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.
And so we’ve come to the end of another book. We’ve Joanna’s highs and lows…when I wasn’t too sick to review. All we have now is the eight page wrap-up of this book. So while the intro is now going to be short let’s see what happens to our favorite Star Commander after her amazing battle last chapter.
There are two parts to this epilogue but only one scene, as it wraps up two character arcs, Joanna’s and to a lesser extend Diana’s, setting up future events in her life. First Joanna has a meeting with Ravill Pryde. It seems being in an actual battle has done him some good, though Joanna still doesn’t like his “psychological ambush” approach. They will never like each other, never become friends. However, after all that’s happened there is a certain level of respect. Joanna is staying with the Falcon Guard as much as she and her colonel may want to drop a Mech on each other. That’s an interesting dynamic.
What I really like is the story ends the way it began, with Joanna, Diana, and Horse talking. Horse has been virtually non-existent for most of the book but it feels right that he’s the one challenging Joanna in the swimming contest because like I said, the trio were there at the beginning. Joanna may not like having two freebirths for friends, given how often she uses the word as a swear, but friends they are. You can see it in the way they hang out together. Then Diana drops the bombshell that she wants to compete for a bloodname, being the freebirth offspring of two trueborns, one a hero of the war. Apparently Ravill was none too happy about that pronouncement, but he was the one who mentioned how she was close to trueborn as she could get and she did help expose the spies. I do know from research that she will eventually go for her father’s bloodname and good on her. I’m glad I didn’t have to compete for my dad’s last name and I wish her luck. I may not be a fan of the Jade Falcon’s culture, or any of the Clans, but I do respect our heroines and I’m happy they have a bright future ahead. As for how the chapter, technically epilogue, ends, I could see that an ending for a movie or miniseries based on the book. It probably won’t happen but it was just a great way to end this book.
As for my full review, check out The Clutter Reports this Sunday and I’ll give my overall thoughts beyond that I really liked this book, though I wish all these sick breaks didn’t cut into my reading it. As for next time, we transition to a new book to review…because in case you forgot after all this time there were three books I was deciding on. I did the first two, now it’s time to go to a different part of the final frontier.