Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Four down, one to go. Even with numbers these pups haven’t proven to be much of a challenge, but Cholas likes to cheat because he has no honor. Whatever issues I would have with the Clans’ idea of combat and various world views, they’re at least usually an honorable bunch, though some push that boundary more than others. (Watch the last episode of the cartoon and you’ll see what I mean. “To the letter” nothing.)
I still don’t understand why each chapter is starting with the full location and date, but nothing on the clock. Nothing has changed from the previous chapter and this chapter starts seconds after the last one. How much time did they expect the reader would be taking between chapters? Otherwise let’s see how this fight ends. I’m predicting a winner, but that’s because I know the other side is going for kill and this book is about the survivor.
It’s here we learn how pathetic Cholas really is. Not only does he “find” a laser pistol and is prepared to use it (probably trying to come up with a phony story like Haline) but we learn he only won his trials with Castilla’s help. They’re a pair, and a couple. Castilla declares her love for Cholas, but apparently this is rather unheard of for Mechwarriors. Joanna mentions love is something the lower castes do to hide their disappointment of not being trueborn warriors, so it’s interesting that these two, with such a hatred for freeborn members of Jade Falcon, would profess such an emotion. It makes you wonder just how desperate Jade Falcon is to replenish their warriors? Even if this takes place after a truce is arranged with the Inner Sphere the various Clans still war with each other, so some shortcuts might be going on…shortcuts that, whatever I may think of the Clans’ life view, will probably do them more harm than good.
For example, even with two on one, even with their having a laser pistol while Joanna only has studded dress gloves Diana snuck into her belt earlier, they still get taken down. It wasn’t easy but that’s because Cholas had the rest of his gang soften her up and she and Castilla double-teamed her at one point during the fight. The fight itself is well-done within the limits of text, as I was able to “see” the fight more often than not. So this whole section was a good introduction to the characters and some darn good fights.
Next time Joanna meets the “famous” Star Colonel Ravill Pryde. Maybe he’s more impressive than his cheer squad?