Precociously gifted, Nimisha becomes Lord Tionel's secret assistant - and, in the aftermath of a shocking tragedy, his chosen successor at the helm of the shipyards. But supplanting her father's designated body-heir, the callow Lord Vestrin, is a slight that Vestrin and his mother, Lady Vescuya, will not easily forget. Or forgive.
Preoccupied with carrying on her father's ambitious plans for the Mark 5, an experimental long-distance cruiser, Nimisha dangerously disregards Vestrin's animosity - until a solo test flight of the Mark 5 goes horribly awry, marooning Nimisha light-years from home on a planet as deadly as it is beautiful.
Now, Vestrin and Vescuya are given the chance they've been waiting for: to reclaim the shipyards...by any means necessary. Only Nimisha's child, Cuiva, a girl every bit as ingenious as her mother - stands in their way.
But for how long? For just when her daughter needs her most, Nimisha is unable to help - and in a precarious situation herself. But Nimisha has never given up in her life - and she's not about to start now.
©2007 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Once again McCaffrey has crafted a finely tuned, credible universe and two disparate worlds, human and alien societies, and human individuals within it." (Booklist)
"Susan Ericksen gives an engrossing reading of Anne McCaffrey's latest work of wild fantasy and interstellar voyage." (AudioFile)
If you love stories of capitalism and industrialism this is a great book. It mixes the love of engineering, capitalism, and sci-fi. I am currently only a quarter of the way through, but I can't wait to listen to more. Need to get some engineering of my own done first.
There really isn't the slightest bit of tension in the whole story, not even a harsh word between characters. Almost every bit of dialogue is accompanied by the narrator pointing out the "grin" on the face of the speaker. The first third of the book is a dry rendition of the story of our protagonist growing up, without the slightest shred of personality development. Our protagonist, Nimisha, is clearly perfect in every way.
The story picks up a bit once she's marooned on the planet, but the characters still aren't developed as distinct personalities. The plot summary of the book hints that dark forces are scheming to take over her ship building company while Nimisha is gone, but in reality, that only occupies a few paragraphs and then disappears as a threat.
The writing style of the book is awkward, as if the author was thumbing through a thesaurus to find the most obscure word to say something simple, and of the characters talked the same way. You can't tell the difference between the narrator and any other character in the story. I surely expected something better from an author of McCaffrey's experience.
The narrator talked too fast, didn't make distinctions among voices, and stumbled frequently.
This is not one of McCaffrey's best books, but it is ok. It feels a little unfinished. The narrator is also good, but not great.
I like the premise and the characters but the book feels like it had more story to tell with no time to tell it, and some inconsistencies show a little lack in editing.
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