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THEIR UNIVERSE IS FALLING APART!Rejuvenants fear the backlash caused by bad drugs; they want to ensure that nothing interferes with their pursuit of long life -- or the profit that comes from promising it to others. Neighbor states fear the aggressive expansion of the Familias Regnant, fuelled by population growth and extended lifespan. Within the Regular Space Service, th THEIR UNIVERSE IS FALLING APART!Rejuvenants fear the backlash caused by bad drugs; they want to ensure that nothing interferes with their pursuit of long life -- or the profit that comes from promising it to others. Neighbor states fear the aggressive expansion of the Familias Regnant, fuelled by population growth and extended lifespan. Within the Regular Space Service, those who have received experimental rejuvenations fear they may have been given bad drugs on purpose. Esmay Suiza's family fears that her marriage to an offworlder will damage their position. Barin Serrano's family fears that his marriage to a Landbride of Altiplano will damage his career and their reputation.Fear begets violent reactions -- from foreign governments, from great Families determined to maintain or increase their power, from internal rivalries in the Fleet -- and nothing escapes the resultant bloodbath unscathed. As Esmay and Barin struggle to reconcile their families, others have more cosmic struggles to win.


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THEIR UNIVERSE IS FALLING APART!Rejuvenants fear the backlash caused by bad drugs; they want to ensure that nothing interferes with their pursuit of long life -- or the profit that comes from promising it to others. Neighbor states fear the aggressive expansion of the Familias Regnant, fuelled by population growth and extended lifespan. Within the Regular Space Service, th THEIR UNIVERSE IS FALLING APART!Rejuvenants fear the backlash caused by bad drugs; they want to ensure that nothing interferes with their pursuit of long life -- or the profit that comes from promising it to others. Neighbor states fear the aggressive expansion of the Familias Regnant, fuelled by population growth and extended lifespan. Within the Regular Space Service, those who have received experimental rejuvenations fear they may have been given bad drugs on purpose. Esmay Suiza's family fears that her marriage to an offworlder will damage their position. Barin Serrano's family fears that his marriage to a Landbride of Altiplano will damage his career and their reputation.Fear begets violent reactions -- from foreign governments, from great Families determined to maintain or increase their power, from internal rivalries in the Fleet -- and nothing escapes the resultant bloodbath unscathed. As Esmay and Barin struggle to reconcile their families, others have more cosmic struggles to win.

30 review for Change of Command

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Reread..

  2. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    Lord, what a mess. There were entirely too many POVs in this book and some of them I really could have done without. There's no identifiable main plot thread...except maybe the shenanigans regarding Bunny's estate? And there was no coherent focus on any character or group of characters - everyone is kind of doing their own thing. I found Esmay and Barin to be totally uninteresting in this book, and there was not enough Heris. (There was barely any Heris). While there were moments of excitement a Lord, what a mess. There were entirely too many POVs in this book and some of them I really could have done without. There's no identifiable main plot thread...except maybe the shenanigans regarding Bunny's estate? And there was no coherent focus on any character or group of characters - everyone is kind of doing their own thing. I found Esmay and Barin to be totally uninteresting in this book, and there was not enough Heris. (There was barely any Heris). While there were moments of excitement and immersion, overall the book felt scattered. It was more set up for a climax than a story in itself. I'll finish out the series to see what happens, but I have to say that I'm disappointed. I suspect that, when I come back to the series upon rereads, I'll just stick to the first three.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    These books were fun to read, but I much prefer Paks, Remnant Population and Speed of Dark (though that one made me mad at the end)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This is the sixth book in the Serrano Legacy by Elizabeth Moon. In this one as Esmay Suiza and Barin Serrano plan to marry Esmay's family fears that her marriage to an offworlder will damage their position. Barin Serrano's family fears that his marriage to a Landbridge of Altiplano will damage his career and their reputation. Esmay and Barin do not care and will not let their families or even Fleet stop them from eventually getting married. Meanwhile, the Rejuvenants fear the backlash caused by This is the sixth book in the Serrano Legacy by Elizabeth Moon. In this one as Esmay Suiza and Barin Serrano plan to marry Esmay's family fears that her marriage to an offworlder will damage their position. Barin Serrano's family fears that his marriage to a Landbridge of Altiplano will damage his career and their reputation. Esmay and Barin do not care and will not let their families or even Fleet stop them from eventually getting married. Meanwhile, the Rejuvenants fear the backlash caused by bad drugs and they want to ensure that nothing interferes with their pursuit of long life or the profit that comes from promising it to others. Neighbor states fear the aggressive expansion of the Familias Regnant, fueled by population growth and extended lifespan. Within the Regular Space Service, those who have received experimental rejuvenations fear they may have been given bad drugs on purpose. Some plot mutiny because of dissatisfaction with Fleet policies and the policies of the Familias Regnant. This book is another great read in this series and I recommend it and the entire series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    I love this series although I do feel the book was bogged own with the machinations of the bad guys and for the chairman to have so much power that he could affect the structure of the military was a little much in my opinion. But overall I enjoyed the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    Lord, I'm annoyed that the library didn't have the fifth book in this series, because jumping from the fourth book to this, the sixth, made things very difficult indeed. There were some dramatic things that occurred in book five, and it's a little difficult to catch up with everything that's happened in the character's lives. However, people discuss this often enough that it soon falls into place. Esmay Suiza's relationship with Barin Serrano has progessed to the point where they're discussing m Lord, I'm annoyed that the library didn't have the fifth book in this series, because jumping from the fourth book to this, the sixth, made things very difficult indeed. There were some dramatic things that occurred in book five, and it's a little difficult to catch up with everything that's happened in the character's lives. However, people discuss this often enough that it soon falls into place. Esmay Suiza's relationship with Barin Serrano has progessed to the point where they're discussing marriage. However, Esmay isn't really the focal point of this book - or rather, she shares that focus with Brun, who has returned as a major character, as she gets heavily involved in the growing political struggle between Rejuvenants and Agists. This book jumped around a bit too much for my liking - rather than staying mostly with one or two characters' viewpoints as previous books have done, this leapt around all over the universe - little headings indicated whether we were on this planet, that planet, this ship, that ship... it was all a bit scattered. I think this book may be setting up various threads for a very strong 7th book - or at least, I hope so, because I've been really enjoying this space opera, and want to continue doing so.

  7. 5 out of 5

    G33z3r

    It's impossible to discuss "Change in Command" by itself, because the book really doesn't stand by itself. It's not just that it continues the story of many of the characters from its predecessor Heris Serrano and Esmay Suiza novels (including Cecillia, Esmay, Barin, Brun, Vida, and even Heris et al), plus a handfull of new characters. Of the newcomers, Kate the Ranger from the Lone Star Confederation is the most entertaining - perhaps the only character in the book who isn't grieving, moping, s It's impossible to discuss "Change in Command" by itself, because the book really doesn't stand by itself. It's not just that it continues the story of many of the characters from its predecessor Heris Serrano and Esmay Suiza novels (including Cecillia, Esmay, Barin, Brun, Vida, and even Heris et al), plus a handfull of new characters. Of the newcomers, Kate the Ranger from the Lone Star Confederation is the most entertaining - perhaps the only character in the book who isn't grieving, moping, scheming, or mooning about like a lovesick puppy. This novel by itself really doesn't have an ending, but is just a set up for the sequel "Against the Odds". It has half a dozen different plots, many of them unrelated, and no real central character or focus. Mostly, it puts characters in place and sets up the problems to be solved in the sequel. (Both "Changing Command" and "Against the Odds" are available in a single compendium volume, "The Serrano Succession". You might as well get that one, because you don't want to try to read just this one by itself.) The multiple plots and deliberate lack of much resolution makes the book itslef unsatisfying, and you'll have to trust the author will tie it all together in the next book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Bratell

    Several substories, a plentitude of characters, and it's easy to become all confused about who is who and what story is currently going on. The individual stories are interesting though and the book is well written and it's easy to just keep going. Still, it's a bit of a mess. Then we have the end, and it's not enough of an end. Was this and the next book supposed to be one book and it was split up for some reason? Not much at all about Heris Serano and Lady Cecilia, the characters that made the f Several substories, a plentitude of characters, and it's easy to become all confused about who is who and what story is currently going on. The individual stories are interesting though and the book is well written and it's easy to just keep going. Still, it's a bit of a mess. Then we have the end, and it's not enough of an end. Was this and the next book supposed to be one book and it was split up for some reason? Not much at all about Heris Serano and Lady Cecilia, the characters that made the first couple of books so good. And not much of Esmay Suiza, the character that made book 4 so interesting. Instead it's a mix of lots of characters, few of them interesting in themselves. And a bit of deus ex machina to kill off a few of the unfinished stories. Also to be able to split a longer book into two?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    The head of the Familias is assassinated and a rival takes over and starts firing all of the senior Fleet staff and hiding the assessment of senior NCOs for dementia. There is a rebellion. Heris Serrano and Esmay Suiza are again in the middle of battles. This book is not as interesting, but actually sets stuff up for the next book (and last in the series) Against the Odds.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yves

    The alternating chapters (much too choppy) made this good story a miserable read but the storyline saves it a bit. So much interesting detail that would have defined the structure of the Families and the interstellar order is missing so the reader just has to duct-tape and cobble together an incomplete view as best he is able. Little juvenile too. Disappointed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Falynn - the TyGrammarSaurus Rex

    Another good instalment in the series. Took a while to get going, and jumps around between even more different characters than the previous books! but overall I enjoyed it. Except for the cliffhanger ending! On to the next...

  12. 5 out of 5

    annapi

    Lord Thornbuckle, leader of the Familias government, is assassinated. Both Esmay's and Barin's families oppose their plans to get married. The Conselline family seizes power, and anti-rejuvenants are plotting. This is a nice mix of politics and action in Moon's continuing space opera saga. Lord Thornbuckle, leader of the Familias government, is assassinated. Both Esmay's and Barin's families oppose their plans to get married. The Conselline family seizes power, and anti-rejuvenants are plotting. This is a nice mix of politics and action in Moon's continuing space opera saga.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anatoly

    Almost 4 stars. Unfortunately, I felt that the last third or so of the book suffered from pacing and directional issues.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Still love the writing style, plotting, and setting, I wish I'd not dropped this series earlier. Still love the writing style, plotting, and setting, I wish I'd not dropped this series earlier.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan Sarabasha

    This book is like one of those TV show with a slew of characters. Just when I was getting with one set, the chapter changed and we were with another. many new characters in this one. Also it doesn’t really end. More like it breaks and one needs to read the next book to see what’s happening. This one and the next could have been one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex Shrugged

    "Change of Command" by Elizabeth Moon is part of the ongoing saga of the Serrano/Suzia series. It ends at a reasonable spot in the story, but it is obvious that there is much more to this story. You will need to read the next book, "Against the Odds" for the ending of the series. The Story: The leader of the Familias Regnant is assassinated and his deputy seriously injured. Mutineers working for the Benignity have been a worry throughout the series along with the dreaded Hunters of Men within the "Change of Command" by Elizabeth Moon is part of the ongoing saga of the Serrano/Suzia series. It ends at a reasonable spot in the story, but it is obvious that there is much more to this story. You will need to read the next book, "Against the Odds" for the ending of the series. The Story: The leader of the Familias Regnant is assassinated and his deputy seriously injured. Mutineers working for the Benignity have been a worry throughout the series along with the dreaded Hunters of Men within the Regular Space Service. When a new Prime Minister takes the helm, he changes everything at a time when the government needs stability. There is the ongoing conflict between the Rejuvenates, immortals who want to stay in power forever, and the young who see themselves shutout for years to come if not forever. And, of course, Barin Serrano and Esmay Suzia are still in love, trying to get married but a new revelation may tear their families apart. Any problems with this story? Yes. A few. Unless you've read at least the previous book "Rules of Engagement" and probably one of the Heris Serrano books like "Hunting Party", a lot of this stuff is going to seem confusing to the reader. The story started off well enough, but it soon became too much all at once unless you were prepared. A character was introduced almost at once and it seemed she was a VERY important character... and then she disappeared from the pages until near the end of this book. I had to struggle to remember why I thought she was initially so important because it was too long between her introduction and her character being used to move the story along. (That would be... (view spoiler)[Ensign Margiu Pardalt from Xavier, the sister of the farm girl, Masiu Pardalt, who had improved the scans that helped Heris Serrano save the planet Xavier. But in the previous book, Rules of Engagement, Heris said that Masiu had died of disease, but in this book it was said that Masiu was killed by raiders. Ensign Margiu Pardalt felt it was important to join the R.S.S. in gratitude for Heris Serano and Esmay Suiza defending her planet and to represent Xavier in place of her dead sister, Masiu. (hide spoiler)] . Another character was introduced almost halfway through the book. She was somewhat comical, but she could be deadly serious when she wanted to be. That would be... (view spoiler)[Ranger Katherine "Kate" Anne Briarly of the Lone Star Confederation. (hide spoiler)] I found it odd that the author would wait so long to bring a new character into the picture, but now that I think of it, I can't see how the author could have brought her in sooner. There were so many other things going on that the reader had to wait until the author could give her a proper introduction. Lady Cecelia returned in her old role as the dotty old maiden aunt who was a very able helper. I worry that the new reader, trying to drop into the middle of the series, might not understand what a very good character she is. She does get a fuller treatment in the next book, "Against the Odds". "Change of Command" and "Against the Odds" really should have been combined into a single larger novel instead of two separate ones, but what can you do? I liked it. I'm already half way through "Against the Odds". If I like this next novel then I'll probably read "Change of Command" again... eventually. Update: I sure enough did read "Change of Command" again and again.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caleb

    I started this one in 2011 but ragequit because a cool character from the series died in the first few pages. Just wasn't in the mood for a while, and then forgot about it until recently. Pulled me right back in like an old habit... I didn't realize until now it only took me less than 8 days to finish (of only roughly 2 hours a day). This one was different from previous in the series. Perspectives changed often, which was a little jarring and yet still interesting -- we got to see Moon's universe I started this one in 2011 but ragequit because a cool character from the series died in the first few pages. Just wasn't in the mood for a while, and then forgot about it until recently. Pulled me right back in like an old habit... I didn't realize until now it only took me less than 8 days to finish (of only roughly 2 hours a day). This one was different from previous in the series. Perspectives changed often, which was a little jarring and yet still interesting -- we got to see Moon's universe from many different viewpoints we hadn't tried before. I particularly liked the Benignity of the Compassionate Hand, antagonists that aren't just mustache-twirling villains. Still, this rapid shifting gave the book a more 'scattered' feel, which was not helped by the abrupt ending. (I suppose it wasn't helped by the 5 years since I read the previous books. I may have to read books #4 and #5 again someday.) Zark, that abrupt ending though! I follow a few authors that tend to wrap up a little faster than I'd prefer, but wow, this one wasn't many steps away from "then the badguy died and they lived happily ever after, the end." If there wasn't another book after this one I'd take two stars off! With that in mind, there's a lot of intriguing setup (and introduction of new characters) that I hope will pay off in the next book. If not, I may be disappointed... there's a few events in this one that feel too convenient, and some enemies whose motivations feel too shallow. I've enjoyed Elizabeth Moon's Serrano Legacy / Familias Regnant books so far because it's a different take on space opera. In this case while majoring in opera, space also took a bunch of different esoteric electives like horseback riding, fox hunting, hot air ballooning, fencing, and royal intrigue. It's a fun contrast from the other space series I read from David Weber and Lois McMaster Bujold -- there's a lot of shared elements (Space Military), but this one is not JUST about what happens in Space Military. Also, Moon was a computer specialist in the Marine Corps in real life -- this gives her some interesting perspectives on everyday life among the enlisted. Nearly forgot -- who's that supposed to be on the cover? Hardly anyone even holds a gun in this book, let alone fires it. Esmay, star of previous books, never saw combat beyond arguments. Is that Margiu? I'm not even sure she unholstered hers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    *contains minor spoiler* Heavier on the politics than the previous 5 books, but still an easy read (which is a relief, as I am not a fan of politics-heavy novels). The politics (within the Familias Regnant) was pretty much the entire first half of the book, with the second half containing a bit of action in amongst the politics. Esmay and Barin made an appearance, if a relatively minor one. The latest obligatory hurdle to their relationship was, I feel, a bit forced: a chance discovery reminding *contains minor spoiler* Heavier on the politics than the previous 5 books, but still an easy read (which is a relief, as I am not a fan of politics-heavy novels). The politics (within the Familias Regnant) was pretty much the entire first half of the book, with the second half containing a bit of action in amongst the politics. Esmay and Barin made an appearance, if a relatively minor one. The latest obligatory hurdle to their relationship was, I feel, a bit forced: a chance discovery reminding the Serrano family of a centuries old feud/vow which, to all appearances, the Serrano family had no idea about and had completely forgotten until the discovery of said diary. In addition to this, it was to their patron not them, and while atrocious (if true) it was centuries ago, with people on both sides long gone to dust, so why is it a current issue?!? This blowing out of proportion of essentially (to me) non-issue events seems to be a bit of a shaky leg to stand on, and seems to be a bit of a theme, and is what resulted in me rating this novel 3 rather than 4 stars. If not for this, it would definitely be a 4 star read, as it is an easy, engaging and enjoyable read (how's that for alliteration!). "Change of Command" presents as a lead-up to the last Serrano Legacy novel, and ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, rather than coming to a tidy conclusion as with the previous 5 novels. Moon's disposition of the Nutex women was nicely done, and fit well with the plot/setting already established. All in all, "Change of Command" is as an enjoyable read as its predecessors.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth Cato

    This is the sixth book in the space opera Serrano Legacy, or can be regarded as the third book that focuses on Esmay Suiza. Sort of.[return][return]The Familias Regnant is in tatters after the Speaker is assassinated. The entire political system hinges on the rivalry between the wealthy Rejuvenants--the ones who could afford the treatment to become endlessly young--and the lower classes who cannot rise higher since the older generation isn't dying off or retiring. Immediate suspicion is laid on This is the sixth book in the space opera Serrano Legacy, or can be regarded as the third book that focuses on Esmay Suiza. Sort of.[return][return]The Familias Regnant is in tatters after the Speaker is assassinated. The entire political system hinges on the rivalry between the wealthy Rejuvenants--the ones who could afford the treatment to become endlessly young--and the lower classes who cannot rise higher since the older generation isn't dying off or retiring. Immediate suspicion is laid on the Old Texan-based extremists who figured prominently in the last book, but more is afoot. The Benignity makes its move for dominance in space; the old allies of the corrupt Admiral Lepescu are also on the move. Meanwhile, Esmay only wishes for Serrano approval to marry her fiance and finds every effort stymied by ship schedules and continued acts of terrorism across the system.[return][return]This book wasn't bad, but it suffers from a lack of focus. It jumped from place to place as more attacks were orchestrated, and there was no one major character to follow. Esmay did almost nothing but pine during the entire book. Mind you, some bits had lovely tension--especially a few chapters where a tram of preschoolers were caught in a hostile invasion--but that was resolved all too quickly, with no major characters stepping in. It felt more like reading a collection of short stories set in the same universe than a cohesive novel. I wonder how everything can be resolved in the next book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rhode

    Unlike the previous books in the series which focused on just one or two main characters' lives, this jumps about all over the place. The Familias universe itself becomes the main character and everyone in it, from a clerks to admirals, all have their on-stage appearances within it. As a book about a universe, it doesn't dig deeply enough into the universe itself for me. All these cute scenes between random people don't delve deeper, instead we are skimming the surface in multiple directions. Als Unlike the previous books in the series which focused on just one or two main characters' lives, this jumps about all over the place. The Familias universe itself becomes the main character and everyone in it, from a clerks to admirals, all have their on-stage appearances within it. As a book about a universe, it doesn't dig deeply enough into the universe itself for me. All these cute scenes between random people don't delve deeper, instead we are skimming the surface in multiple directions. Also, infuriatingly, despite the sexist-pigs-world vs. Familias-world battle lines of the last book in the series, now it becomes quite apparent that the Familias world is plenty sexist as well. In fact, it's so sexist that I wonder if the author realizes fully how sexist she's made it. A few Serrano admirals aside, boys are very definitely in charge here, there and everywhere. The only reason this gets two stars instead of one is (a) I have been following the story for so many books now, I can't stop (b) many of the characters are enjoyably drawn even if there are only a few pages about the majority of them.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides

    Okay. It's been pointed out by numerous people that villains think of themselves as the heroes of their own story. But the main villain here has no redeeming qualities at all. That's a little tough to take. Power-hungry, controlling, no sense of humor, sees women as objects and men as tools ... yeah. Also, it seems like this book and its sequel, Against the Odds, should have been one book but were split in half for logistical reasons. Also also, sometimes it seems like Esmay is kind of the univers Okay. It's been pointed out by numerous people that villains think of themselves as the heroes of their own story. But the main villain here has no redeeming qualities at all. That's a little tough to take. Power-hungry, controlling, no sense of humor, sees women as objects and men as tools ... yeah. Also, it seems like this book and its sequel, Against the Odds, should have been one book but were split in half for logistical reasons. Also also, sometimes it seems like Esmay is kind of the universe's woobie/chew toy. Bad stuff just keeps happening to her and people keep thinking she must be completely untrustworthy, for no reason.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Unwisely

    Ok, so, this book didn't keep me up the way the other ones in the series have. In fact, I put it down and read several things in the middle. But the second part picked back up. The problem with this book is that it's *very much* a middle book - pretty much nothing gets resolved. A bunch of stuff happens, but it definitely isn't a stand alone volume. Having said that, it had some moments. I loved the Texan Ranger character in this book - I lived in Texas for a while and I knew a couple of women t Ok, so, this book didn't keep me up the way the other ones in the series have. In fact, I put it down and read several things in the middle. But the second part picked back up. The problem with this book is that it's *very much* a middle book - pretty much nothing gets resolved. A bunch of stuff happens, but it definitely isn't a stand alone volume. Having said that, it had some moments. I loved the Texan Ranger character in this book - I lived in Texas for a while and I knew a couple of women that were a lot like her. Worth reading if you loved the rest of them, but, do *not* start here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cristie

    I don't think this book is quite up to 4 stars, but it's definitely not down to 3 stars either. It's another really good story, but also feels like a middle book. Which it is, but I thought Rules of Engagement did a better job of being part of a series but still having its own contained story arc. This one follows a bunch of people, and all their stories are interesting, but it doesn't make quite as neat of a package as the other books. It does, however, do an excellent job of setting things up I don't think this book is quite up to 4 stars, but it's definitely not down to 3 stars either. It's another really good story, but also feels like a middle book. Which it is, but I thought Rules of Engagement did a better job of being part of a series but still having its own contained story arc. This one follows a bunch of people, and all their stories are interesting, but it doesn't make quite as neat of a package as the other books. It does, however, do an excellent job of setting things up for the thrilling conclusion in the last book. :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brook

    Rather than being a single storyline, this book hopped around in a way that I didn't particularly like. It still followed characters introduced earlier in the series and furthered the series plot, but it didn't have the same continuity that the other books had. It wasn't as tightly focused, and came through as a bit of a "tying up the loose ends" sort of book. Rather than being a single storyline, this book hopped around in a way that I didn't particularly like. It still followed characters introduced earlier in the series and furthered the series plot, but it didn't have the same continuity that the other books had. It wasn't as tightly focused, and came through as a bit of a "tying up the loose ends" sort of book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Holland

    Book six of a series and it suffers from an attempt to get all the plot threads resolved and braided together before the end. In hindsight, it might have been better to do two trilogies, even if set in the same or similar universes, because the different points of view have an air of being written at different times and cobbled together for a book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Santiago

    The story unravels much as life does but Harris Serrano is no longer the focus but in the background. I've enjoyed the series and going through the books felt more like keeping up with the characters lives after a while. This is a good read and I recommend starting from the beginning. Doing so will make the journey through the story much more enjoyable. Mr. Joe The story unravels much as life does but Harris Serrano is no longer the focus but in the background. I've enjoyed the series and going through the books felt more like keeping up with the characters lives after a while. This is a good read and I recommend starting from the beginning. Doing so will make the journey through the story much more enjoyable. Mr. Joe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Bee

    This is not the strongest installment in the Serrano Legacy series. It's not a bad or offensive book, but it's scattershot, confused, and lacks the strong character work in other volumes. The plot is fragmented (and cuts off at a cliffhanger), and although it tries for political intrigue, is not skilled enough to be interesting. This is not the strongest installment in the Serrano Legacy series. It's not a bad or offensive book, but it's scattershot, confused, and lacks the strong character work in other volumes. The plot is fragmented (and cuts off at a cliffhanger), and although it tries for political intrigue, is not skilled enough to be interesting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JoyfulK

    Not up to Moon's standard. She's got too many plots going in one book. Read if you've read the earlier ones in the series, which are much better (for example: Hunting Party, Winning Colors, and her tour-de-force in this series, Once a Hero). Not up to Moon's standard. She's got too many plots going in one book. Read if you've read the earlier ones in the series, which are much better (for example: Hunting Party, Winning Colors, and her tour-de-force in this series, Once a Hero).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book felt like a lead-up, filler part of the story. I was disappointed it didn't have much about the heroine of the story and ended with more questions than answers. I still enjoyed the book but it felt like there was a lot of set up stuffed into one book. This book felt like a lead-up, filler part of the story. I was disappointed it didn't have much about the heroine of the story and ended with more questions than answers. I still enjoyed the book but it felt like there was a lot of set up stuffed into one book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dev Null

    Weird historical note; this was written in 1999, 15 years ago. After the advent, but before the ubiquity, of cellphones on modern society. These people fly around on FTL spaceships, and apparently don't have phones! Would've solved a couple of their problems _way_ easier... Weird historical note; this was written in 1999, 15 years ago. After the advent, but before the ubiquity, of cellphones on modern society. These people fly around on FTL spaceships, and apparently don't have phones! Would've solved a couple of their problems _way_ easier...

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