This does not subvert expectations and no wrenching choices are made. This was not particularly inventive. The ‘heroine’ Kris has no ideological certainty in herself and no modicum of intelligence. The Longknifes feud with the Peterwald clan over something. There is no Vicky Peterwald; Henry says straight up that he is an only child. Kris has no ruthless command. The Vicky Peterwald existing retcon wouldn’t take place until book 4. Books 2 and 3 (‘Deserter’ and ‘Defiant’) were as equally shamefully inept as this one. I’m reasonably confident that the ‘Vicky Peterwald’ spin-off is better. I dislike and distrust Kris.
“The knife-wielding wife of the farm owner had to be forcibly hauled from one of the trucks.”