This book contained the first three "episodes" of the Star Guild series. It's classic space opera and has tons of potential. The action scenes were great, and there were lots of them. Space warfare done write in the descriptions.
However, I had a hard time with one thing. These people spent the first two episodes fighting an unknown enemy and complaining that they never thought anyone would attack them. Ever. So why in the world did they have a huge military fleet and thousands of trained fighter pilots? It seemed like they thought they were the only people in the galaxy, and yet they've put tons of time and money into creating a military community?
They also believed they just came into existence (well most of them, some were starting to question this) living on a space station around a moon or planet or something. No one is that stupid. At least I hope not.
I think I could have liked the entire story better if I had one or two characters I really cared for. We are introduced to several very quickly and then we bounce back and forth. The character that felt the most real to me was Crystal. She's on Lumus when the attack begins and her struggle to survive is what pulled me in.
I almost feel like I need a new scale for this book. Technically I'd give it something more like a 3.75. I did like this book. Great action, fun tech, a good mystery is building with the Prime and the Knights Templar. I just needed a little more emotional connection to the characters. And more Crystal with her Mechs. :)
1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure