I've read every book that Modesitt has written about Recluce. I have thrilled to watch different characters go through the refiner's fire of youth and grow into very interesting adults. There have been sorrows and joys along the way and I often felt like I was reading the same book over and over with different character names, different trades they were pursuing, but mostly the same pattern and the same themes. Men are naturally power-hungry and bad. Women are better rulers and good. Applying super future ideology to a pre-Industrial revolution society creates revolution.... All interesting themes and some of the them very cleverly discussed.
Fairhaven Rising is boring. Any sort of real advancement of the story takes more than half the book to get to and the main character is female written with the same perspectives as if she was a 50 year old man. I have daughters....I have had both teenage daughters and daughters in their early twentys and Taelya is a joke as a female character. She's cardboard. She's emotionless. For someone who has lived through trauma and death since she was 7 years old it's ridiculous and boring.
Reading about boring patrols over and over and the mundane chores that have to be done in order for a household to function shouldn't take up 30% of a novel if it's not shaping the story. I felt like I was being slow-rolled along to fill pages because the story itself wasn't compelling enough to fill it all in.
If this is what the fans of the series have to look forward to then stop. Let us have fond memories of Lerris, Cerryl, and Nylan. Don't insult us by filling in epochs in the storyline with characters who we don't care about and books loaded down with filler and very little substance.