Star Trek Voyager: Protectors by Kirsten Beyer
The VOY relaunch gets back on track after the awful ‘Children of the Storm’ and ‘The Eternal Tide’. Janeway is alive and she must face accusations about her role in provoking the Borg’s final and greatest attack on the UFP as well as criticism of her command skills, or lack thereof. Meanwhile in the Delta Quadrant what remains of the Full Circle fleet encounters old enemies and a new world and a new civilisation.
Seven is oblivious to the fact her boyfriend is a psycho, Tom Paris finally faces consequences for his idiot choices and there is unexpected fallout from the Caeliar’s transformation of the Borg and things look ominous for the next book in the relaunch ‘Acts of Contrition’
This was good, for once Janeway is no wild-eyed rampant loon but a woman bogged down by cold fear and a continual refusal to own up to her mistakes. It takes being scapegoat and accepting stinging criticism for her ridiculous choices for Janeway to have a personality transformation. Considering how she was portrayed in the TNG books ‘Resistance’ and ‘Before Dishonor’ this is a good thing.
The King’s Demon by Louise Cooper
This 1996 novel has a cheesy cover and the contents inside aren’t much better. Sefira wanders the moor land suffering from amnesia and acting like an idiot child. Grendon is a shouting, sneering dudebro working for the vile King Karel. There is a forced marriage, a vampire ghost demon thing, magic, characters who suffer from philistinism and a plot that is relentlessly undermined by the idea that good writing is epicene self-indulgence. Don’t even bother with this.
“They and their ways are anathema to any living soul who values his life and his future. Fear them, hate them, and never stint in declaring the depth of your hatred to everyone you meet.”
“We who are sanctified pledge vengeance unsleeping.”