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|
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The Accidental War Reviews
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
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
Williams, Walter Jon. Accidental War. Dread Empire’s Fall No. 4. Harper, 2018.
Like Peter F. Hamilton, Walter Jon Williams is a science fiction writer whose forte is world-building. I missed the first trilogy and short fiction in this series, which began in 2002 and has not had a major addition since 2005. The Dread Empire World reminds me somewhat of the world in the Vorkosigan saga that has defined the career of Lois McMaster Bujold; it also resembles the monarchy in David Weber’s Honor Harring ...more
I enjoy this Sci Fi novel and will be hunting up the other books set in the Praxis but not having read those others did not encroach on enjoying this one. The list at the beginning of the various families and the government agencies had me a bit worried but I didn't actually need to consult them. The main characters are well drawn and three dimensional, the government with all their department their ministers, etc. reminded me of Chinese bureaucracy but he action in the story was different -- ya ...more
Maybe I'm struggling because I haven't read the first Dead Empire trilogy, but this just didn't do much for me. (It doesn't help that I found the economics of the financial crisis implausible.) Definitely skipped plenty of passages near the end. I should say that the politicking and economics we're probably better than the space fighting scenes, FWIW
The Accidental War kicks off a new trilogy in Walter John Williams’ Praxis universe. This time, it’s not a power vacuum that threatens the empire – now the Praxis is the victim of its own success. A financial crisis leads to a fracturing of the Empire’s coalition on racial lines, with several non-Terran member groups exploiting the nouveau riche Martinez family’s connection to the troubles to band all Terrans as criminals. As tensions boil over, military conflict ensues. Gareth Martinez ...more
3.5 stars. An enjoyable romp. It plays within what I perceive as standard tropes of space opera. Set seven years after the first trilogy. I don’t believe you need to have read the first trilogy to read this book. I really don’t have that many memories of the first trilogy other than I enjoyed it. I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well written space opera that you will not find too taxing. Well I read it in a weekend. 😊