The characters and locations were very well-developed and there was a strong attachment to the main characters in the festival storyline and the treachery towards Klag theme. Explanations of why events occurred and how they were resolved were clear and easy to understand.
In particular, the relationship between Klag and his female companion was insightful in that the circumstances that brought them together and the feeling that it was a ‘forbidden fruit’ made it more interesting in how they would get around the rules of honor regarding intimacy outside of mates with another woman.
The strongest message to come out of the novel and all of its storylines was the strong, rigid sense of honor among the Klingon peoples. A significant difference to our own society which left the impression that you could learn about honor by learning more about how it is observed by all Klingon castes.
Although the author closed the loose ends from each sub-line, it still felt overwhelming with the diverse subjects presented, and at times a need was felt to pause in reading to sort out the details. Perhaps only to major storylines would have made it a smoother title, but as it is, a lot of information about the Klingon culture was provided and the glossary of terms used in the novel was a welcome addition as most authors tend to assume the reader can understand their terminology, which isn’t always the case.
Even with the issues described, this novel is an excellent addition to any study of Xenobiology, and should be on any Star Trek fan’s reading list.
Through four distinct storylines within the novel, the author introduces the reader into the world of Klingon honor and how important it is to live and die honorably.
Each of the lead characters were developed fully, and it seemed as though they had personality with in-depth background descriptions which made them into ‘people’, not just characters.
The clarity of loyalty and honor, even to one’s self, was shown true as a close-knit farming family was saved by one of its members who gave her life to save the others in a storm.
The primary storyline was obscured by three other heavy storylines which were only slightly related to the primary one because the principles in each one were members of the crew of a common ship, the I. K. S. Gorkon.
Each chapter jumped between storylines, and that led to confusion at times as the individual plots became more involved.
The author used many Klingon words and terms throughout the novel and only a few of them were clear as to their meaning and their usage. The including of a glossary at the back of the book was nice, but clarifying terminology as you go tends to make the story and intent more ‘reader friendly’.
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