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.
That’s right, only one chapter to read this week. Chapter 30 meets my minimum length requirements and so I only have to do one. I like when that works out.
Last time we saw Joanna and Diana about to take a stroll in the desert to where Joanna once lost a big battle. Ah, memories. I’m sure the enemy camping nearby has nothing to do with it. Will we see explosions? Let’s find out.
What started as a trip into the past for Joanna and Diana takes an interesting turn. They arrive at the Gash and learn that the Wolves are secretly setting up an ambush similar to the one the Inner Sphere (we aren’t told what group but like the Clans there are a number of factions within the Sphere) set up on this planet the last time, during Joanna’s defeat years ago. I find this interesting based on what little lore I know, and by that I mean the cartoon. Granted that focused on a slipshot reformation of the Star League dealing primarily with the Jade Falcons (who don’t have facial tattoos according to this story, never mind ones that have circuitry that gives the pilot video game views, so that was a show feature), but the Falcons always tried to set up a set of rules, the “batchall” challenge, which is something the Inner Sphere messes with the same way the American Revolutionaries did with the Redcoats during the Revolutionary War. The Wolvers are playing the Inner Sphere’s rules, showing how Natasha Kerensky, the Wolf Khan who doesn’t want to give up her power, is quite desperate.
We also learn that the Wolves have been planting spies among the Falcon ranks. Originally it was thought this was going on with the whole scientists messing with the normal baby-making operation but perhaps this was a diversion to where the spies really are coming from? Was finding the alternate baby-making factory a lucky fluke? As for the spies? Cholas and Castilla, our way-too-loving-for-Falcon-“culture”-norms couple. Joanna has to restrain Diana because she doesn’t just want to kill them, she wants them to suffer and maybe catch Kerensky off-guard. I wonder if the rest of their quintet are in on this as well?
Here we see how her brief time as a spy has affected Joanna. She’s researching her enemy, holding back for a more opportune moment to strike, all things she had to do back on Dogg. We’re also told the history of the battle of the Great Gash here on Twycross and Natasha’s own history. I wouldn’t mind reading a story about this Twycross battle in the future, even knowing at some point this book will focus on one of the survivors from the Clan.
What devious plan is Joanna cooking up for the traitors and can Diana keep her urge to turn their insides into outside down long enough for it to happen? Check in next time and see for yourself. Or read ahead in the book and don’t tell me until I read it.