We've always seen Mile's Cousin as a dashing but somewhat unambitious, at times bumbling adjunct character to the series. This captivating and amusing tale shows a whole new side to his character and some surprising gifts as well.
This books begins to set the background for the course of events that led up to Ender's Game. Far from feeling jipped that this book didn't wrap it all up in one volume, this means I can have many more books to look forward to.
The characters are well developed and they have deal with the same kind of difficult, painful choices all of us face in life, without the benefit of know what the future holds.
Any great crisis begins with just unrelated and often puzzling events. It is only from our superior position of hindsight that we recognize their true significance.
I've enjoyed the Kris Longknife series and watch eagerly for each new book to come out. In addition to fast paced action, there are interesting moral dilemmas presented each time and I love the evolving community of personalities created by Kris's self-aware personal computer & her offspring.
The book does seem to feel a little more tired to me...perhaps because Kris herself is hard pushed, stalked and harassed and seems ever more cynical of her culture and the powers that be ....but then, who could blame her?
Orson Scott Card is one of my very favorite authors, but this series doesn't leave me quite as awed and exciting me as some of his others. Lots of interesting plot twists tho.
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