Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review: Ancestor's World by A.C. Crispin and T. Jackson King (Starbridge, Book 6)

Synopsis: On the planet Na-Dina, the tombs in the Ancestor’s Valley have lain undisturbed for six thousand years. A fully intact royal chamber promises treasures beyond reckoning, but no one expected ancient Mizari artifacts. When a member of the team is brutally murdered, Ambassador-at-Large Mahree Burroughs arrives, determined to find the killer…no matter the cost. What she discovers will change her life, the lives of the Na-Dina, and the lives of everyone in the Cooperative League of Systems. (from the back of the book)

Review: So far, this is my least favorite of the Starbridge novels. It starts slow and never really picks up. The romance is contrived and improbable and there is way too much technically jargon about land faults and earthquakes and tectonic plates. I was also disappointed there wasn't more about the Na-Dina culture. There was some and I enjoyed, but for being on the Na-Dina homeworld, you didn't see much of their daily life. I was pleased with the bits you did see - in particular the gender discussions between the Na-Dina and human characters. The who-dunnit part was well done, if a bit obvious. Overall, this is a decent story - just not as good as the other novels in the series.

Bookmarks: 6.5 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-441-00351-6
Date Finished: 2-7-2014
Pages: 304

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