This is the third Ken McConnell book I’ve read and the second I’ve reviewed for this blog. Here is the link to the Tyrmia review.
Starforgers is the first book in McConnell’s Star Trilogy. Starforgers is not related to Tyrmia in terms of story, but both tales are in the same universe.
The story is an origin story. It takes place many years before Tyrmia, at the beginning of the Great War between the alien Votainions and Humans. This book is not the first one that was written in the trilogy. The first McConnell wrote was Starstrikers. The author pulled a George Lucas by starting in the middle. If you read Starforgers first, then read Starstrikers, you’ll learn a lot more about the past in McConnell’s universe.
I’m not going to spoil the book, so let’s focus on the Writing, Characters, and Plot.
The writing was good for the most part. Short, quick and to the point. There were a few misspellings here and there, but not enough to make me stop reading.
The characters were fun to read. I got a clear idea on how they thought, and acted. Most of all, I found out why the characters acted the way they did. The dialogue between characters was realistic and fun to read. Also, like with Tyrmia, the female characters are never damsels in distress. Rather. they are strong, and fight back. I think in Sci-fi and Fantasy too many women are helpless. This book also debuted Androids as main characters. I think if C3P0 read this book, he would be proud. 🙂
The plot was probably the most complex the author has attempted. All the characters by the end of the tale cross paths, and the story arcs are wrapped up by the end of the book. The ending made me very excited for the last book in the series.
Overall this book was good. I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
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