Its been seven years since the end of the Naxid War. Sidelined for their unorthodox tactics by a rigid, tradition-bound military establishment, Captain Gareth Martinez and Captain the Lady Sula are stewing in exile, frustrated and impatient to exercise the effective and lethal skills they were born to use in fighting the enemy.Yet after the ramshackle empire left by the Shaa conquerors is shaken by a series of hammer blows that threaten the foundations of the commonwealth, the result is a war that no one planned, no one expected, and no one knows how to end.Now, Martinez, Sula, and their confederate Nikki Severin must escape the clutches of their enemies, rally the disorganized elements of the fleet, and somehow restore the fragile peaceor face annihilation at the hands of a vastly superior force....
|Title||:||The Accidental War|
|Number of Pages||:||496 pages|
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The Accidental War Reviews
Williams at his best. At first, the book seems like the last two Praxis novels/novellas: some intrigue, some treachery. But the setting is Zanshaa and there are no small events on Zanshaa. Entirely satisfying in every way.
Not only that, but it's easy to read in this book a callout to our current world. Sure, all SF is like that, but Williams does a great job of making the plot alien, yet very very familiar.
With this book the Dread Empire's Fall series restarts with a bang.
Good read; I'm looking forward to more.
It's book four so if you haven't read the first three you'll already be lost.
This book is a very slow burn. It's two thirds through before any real shots get fired. The first half of the book is setting the scene where a fair duplicate of the 2008 banking crisis hits the economy hard. Noble Houses fall and take everyone down with them. Yet what good is a wide ranging crisis without scapegoats to take the blame? Which is how a new civil war breaks out.
WJW is one of my favorite SF writers, and has been for decades. He’s rebooting the Dread Empire’s Fall series for a new trilogy. OK, rather than reinvent the wheel, here’s PW’s nice summary and review. Read this instead of the publisher's blurb: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-... : “This capable military SF trilogy opener begins slowly, but Williams delivers the goods in the end. …” I liked the use of economics and a banking collapse, basically because of sneering aristos, self-dealing and ...more
As a lover of military science fiction, this first book in a proposed trilogy starts a little slow but pulls you in so that you can't wait until the next book comes out. Set in the future (a long time in the future), humans are part of the Praxis, an empire made up of a number of different species. The characters have appeared in a previous series and that background would probably add to the enjoyment of the book but I liked the book without that knowledge.
It's been seven years since the war d ...more
Couldn't wait for it to end
This is not one of Williams's best novels. It's not even 1 of the best novels in this series. It's not long but it is tedious. Like the earlier novels, this one follows Lady Sula and Gareth Martinez as the Shaa Empire experiences a major crisis. This time, the crisis is economic in nature, caused by corruption among the parasitic aristocracy. For reasons that I won't spoil, a major part of the aristocracy pins the blame on humans. And humans, who have seen the Empire w ...more
In this first Novel of the Praxis, Walter Jon Williams beautifully builds the society, characters, family structure without sinking too far into significant “info dumps” that often lose a reader. This story falls comfortably into the genre of science fiction epic, stylistically reminiscent of Star Wars. While it’s a bit more linear than Tolkien, The Accidental War can sit proudly next to the Epics of Middle Earth as well.
While this is not the first book in this world created by Williams, it’s my ...more
Oh, probably why I didn't like this novel was that I jumped into the middle of the series. I have found in the past that makes me much less likely to like the book, due to not understanding what is going on. I do it all the time anyway because I hope that an author can draw me into his universe at any point (some can).
So, my hopes for this novel were that I could figure out WTF was going on soon since it honestly DID seem so pretty...
It looks like I will just have to order the first one because ...more