Book Review: Eric Flint & David Drake’s Dance of Time

Book Review: Eric Flint & David Drake’s Dance of Time

by Kathy Davie The Dance of Time by Eric Flint Series: Belisarius, 6 My rating: 5 of 5 stars The sixth and last…sigh…of the historical, military science fiction series, Belisarius. Yes, Flint and Drake did a lovely job of ending it…even though I still want to know what happens next. How long do the reforms last? How long does Photius and his bride survive? Do the Indian kingdoms persevere? Does the reformed Persian empire take hold? How does Washi go on? Be warned reader. Picking up each novel in this series, you will not be able to put it down until you have finished! Dance of Time revolves between our young Calopodius as he strives to seek purpose in his life now that he’s blind with his despising wife on her way to see him—wait’ll you see what she gets up to!—and the variety of major policy and cultural changes occurring across the known world: some accomplished ruthlessly with, I suspect, a nod to the Crusades of our own history while most are a result of clear, decent thinking—hoping for a forever but not expecting it. I guess this is what the entire series boils down to—decent people wanting to […]

Posted March 1, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Eric Flint & David Drake, Tide of Victory

Eric Flint & David Drake, Tide of Victory

The Tide of Victory by Eric Flint Series: Belisarius, 5 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fifth in the histo-military sci-fi series, Belisarius, Tide of Victory starts right off forcing you to teeter back and forth! What is Narses playing at? Whose side is the traitor on? I have thoroughly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes action between rulers. What a treat to get something accomplished while we get to thumb our noses at the politicos! Woohoo!! Lots of weddings, new kingdoms rising, reforms in the Persian empire. Justinian comes into his own with his gadgets as he helps Belisarius and Antonina thwart Theodora. A change of heart for Lord Damodred and Rana Sanga. Betrayal with a twist. Tragedy with the unnecessary death of a well-loved character—I think I cried for two days! Dammit, Flint and Drake, he didn’t have to die!! Oh yeah, you made good use of it eventually, but dammit…it was so unnecessary. All of this interspersed with strategies and battles by land and sea. Fascinating to read of more-modern type weapons being deployed in a less-modern time. View all my reviews

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Ruth Downie, Caveat Emptor

Ruth Downie, Caveat Emptor

Caveat Emptor by Ruth Downie Series: Gaius Petreius Ruso, 4 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Fourth in the Gaius Petreius Ruso Roman mystery series—the series keeps changing with more of a government and politics air than military in this installment. Caveat Emptor begins oddly. I feel as though I’ve missed a story as, previously in Persona Non Grata, we’re left believing Ruso and Tilla are off to Rome to track down stolen money instead, it’s two years later and Ruso and Tilla are married, Ruso is unemployed, and, for some reason, they’re sailing back to Britain (mostly for Tilla’s sake I think as both are fed up with people’s prejudiced reactions to Tilla the Barbarian). It does make for some fascinating asides from Tilla as she comments on the differences between living in Britain and Gaul. Well, the two of them end up in Londinium crashing with Valens who is no longer martially employed but is having marital problems. Ruso’s investigative side is called upon with some blackmail from Metellus and Ruso is off to Verulamium (today’s St. Albans) to investigate the death of a tax collector and the missing taxes. This particular story includes an interesting bit of […]

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Georgette Heyer, Devil’s Cub

Georgette Heyer, Devil’s Cub

Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer Series: Alistair, 2 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Second in the Alistair series, Devil’s Cub takes place some 24 years later after These Old Shades with Dominic, the Marquis de Vidal—Justin and Leonie’s son who is following in dad’s libertine footsteps. Vidal is concerned only with his own pleasures even when tricked by the staid sister of a young and gorgeous bourgeoisie into eloping with her. Mary had thought to save her flighty sister believing Vidal would be so disgusted, he’d let her go. Ooops. Our “hero” does not like being thwarted. Heyer creates characters one can’t help but love and wickedly incorporates humor into her dialog. Excellent representation of the time period. View all my reviews

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Georgette Heyer, These Old Shades

Georgette Heyer, These Old Shades

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer Series: Alistair, 1 My rating: 5 of 5 stars A lovely, class, historical romance (circa Louis XV) in which the evil Duke both gets a two-fold revenge and is reformed by a Parisian street urchin. Masquerades, kidnapping, and reincarnation are set in an English country house as well as high society in Paris and Versailles. Heyer is excellent at recreating the dialog, mores, styles, and culture of the day while giving us characters in whom we believe. View all my reviews

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Eric Flint & David Drake, Fortune’s Stroke

Eric Flint & David Drake, Fortune’s Stroke

Fortune’s Stroke by Eric Flint Series: Belisarius, 4 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fourth in the historical, military, sci-fi series, Belisarius, the general fights a mountain campaign against the best the Malwas have—Rana Sanga, a Rajput king, and Lord Damodara. Brilliant as he is, even Belisairus discovers he has a lot to learn although he does ccreate a whole new fighting force simply through honor. Sneaky tactics and some scary losses will keep you on the edge of your seat. I’m just dying for the next in the series, Tide of Victory Unexpectedly funny, Belisarius is an intriguing mix of the past and the future with strongly-written characters ranging from truly good to truly evil with all the shades of gray in between. The histories raised tempt me to read more in-depth of the non-fiction of the Indian kingdoms as well as the Byzantine court of Theodora and Justinian. View all my reviews

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