The Ghalian Code picks up not long after part 2 of Space Assassin’s, but Hozark’s team have broken up to do their own thing, knowing that they only have to call, and they will be there for each other. Demelza has returned to Master Orkut, the Master Blade smith, Bud and Laskar return to do some work on the ship, as well as do to some ‘work’ on the smuggling front. Hozark is keeping himself busy with ‘Ghalian’ affairs, especially given recent events, and that he is one of the 5.
This is a really brilliant start to the book, because although there is not a lot to it, there is no great mission, or incredible battle scene at the start, just each of the crew members going about their business, and from this, we get a great insight into each of the Characters and a bit more development into our favourites.
Demelza’s section is particularly fascinating in that we get this rare insight, both into how Master Orkut runs things, and trains his pupils, but we also get to learn a bit more about Demelza. Master Orkut’s training routine was not only something that was utterly fascinating at times, in the rather unique and clever things he had her doing, but it was at other times quite amusing.
Bud and Laskar of course, cannot stay out of trouble for more than the time it takes to say ‘Hi’ to the first female they find. But of course, that leads to some rather intense complications, and Bud is in a bit of trouble at the start of the book.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a book about the Wampeh Ghalian if Hozark, one of the 5, and one of the best Wampeh Ghalian’s that there is in the order, wasn’t in it!! Hozark has been busy with Order business, but I won’t give away secret’s here (I don’t want him to come and find me)
Whilst we get to see what has been happening with our Main Characters, this is not the lead in to the actual story.
This is explained when we are shown an attack on a Visla’s house, one we do not know the identity of. Everyone is dead, or it appears that way, but not everyone is there, for a single person has been taken from the household – the Visla’s young son.
This of course leads to the main story in this book, and for the main Character in this series, Hozark, our resident Wampeh Ghalian Assassin, it provides him a mission. Normally the Wampeh Ghalian do not take on rescue missions, there are others to do such work, however, when they learn that that the Council of Twenty might have been involved, Master Corann and Master Hozark have no choice but to intercede and take the Mission.
Of course, Master Hozark does not go alone, pulling together his piloting crew of Bud and Laskar, and most recently, the younger, but still incredibly skilled Wampeh Ghalian, Demelza.
This makes for the main premise of the third book, our two ‘Space Assassins’, and their Pilots, hired to find the young son of a very powerful and prominent Visla, whose son it appears, has been kidnapped by the Council of Twenty.
As with all these books, the Mission is not just a straight forward one in which they can head directly to rescue the child. There are numerous other side missions that are undertaken first, and whilst I am not going to give away any spoilers, I will say, that this does lead to some exceptional story-telling. This has allowed the Author to expand on the already extensive and just stunning world/galaxy building that has gone into this story. The intricate detail that has been used in describing both the Ghalian Order and the Council of Twenty is just masterful, and really allows the reader to fully immerse themselves into this Universe and thoroughly enjoy the story.
The exceptional writing also lends itself well to being able to create really captivating storylines full of political intrigue, combat both on the ground and in space (and the combat scenes are just extraordinary), as well as some really fantastic dialogue that will give you a good laugh.
This incredibly level of detail has also extended to the Characters as well, so that each of the Main Characters (as well as many of the secondary and tertiary characters), all have these impressive backgrounds that create these beautifully in-depth, multi-faceted characters, that really come alive as you read about them. It makes the story so much more realistic, and enjoyable.
This is a really fascinating series, the Wampeh Ghalian are just brilliant, with their abilities, and the way they can cause total and utter terror in people, and yet, they are actually completely misunderstood as they are for the most part, pretty nice people (for Space Assassins). The Council of Twenty, are just as clever, with Emmik’s and Visla’s, some Ok, some that make Vader look like a Misunderstood Hall Monitor.
Regardless, this series is cleverly building into a really fascinating saga, with an utterly extraordinary Main Character (Hozark), and several other Major Characters (Bud, Laskar and Demelza), telling the story, and it is absolutely worth the read for anyone that loves a good Sci-Fi read, regardless of the sub-genre – don’t miss out!!