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Disappointing filler in the series: possibly can be skipped
12 January 2019
This novel should be one, perhaps two, chapters worth of material in the next novel in the series.
1. Some people die peacefully of old age
2. Some younger characters grow up and marry
3. Mainland realms face challenges; some successfully, some not so much, with and without help from Charis as is politically possible
4. The expected denouement of the major plot item for this novel is a couple of pages of cliff hanger at the finish.
I regret spending money on this; the publisher should have rejected it and I have no idea what the author thought he was doing. David Weber, while verbose, generally plots his novels much better than this one. Given spoilers to #3 and #4 a reader of the series should be able to skip this novel and read the next (if published) without missing anything of importance.