Someone is searching for the lost weapons of the H'san: powerful enough to destroy entire planets. Though the H'san gave up fighting long ago, the reappearance of their lost weapons would no doubt lead to a devastating war. It's up to Torin Kerr and her team to fix this problem before it explodes. But the more Torin learns about the relationship between the Elder and Younger races, the more she fears war might be unavoidable.
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Great Story, almost worth the wait, Narration is..
I LOVE Torin Kerr (main character), and the narrator (Marguerite Gavin) is the definitive voice of Torin Kerr. I cannot imagine her sounding like anyone else. Marguerite just nails the sarcasm, pessimism, and hope that Torin filters her view of life through. She's absolutely perfect as narrator for these books, and has, thankfully, narrated the entire series.
However, for some reason, she has forgotten what Craig sounds like! She's got Binty (Mishona) down pat, so that's still good, but Wresk and the other Cray (Kray?) don't sound the same as they used to either, but their voices are less jarring than Craig's voice. She's just all but killed Craig's likable qualities from the last few books with her voice portrayal of him in this latest installment.
Another minor negative in this audio version is that Torin talks to herself a lot (privately in her head, not out loud). In past books, Marguerite Gavin was able to somehow modulate her voice so that is was pretty clear if Torin was talking out loud or just thinking it to herself. In this book, she's lost that deft touch and it was much hard to distinguish between silent thoughts and actual dialogue. That was a bit distracting on numerous occasions, but it was minor, not major.
Voices aside, this is another excellent book from Tanya Huff. I've been waiting for this book for YEARS now, and it did not disappoint. Even better is that it is listed as Book One of a new series! I am thrilled with that, but I really hope Tanya can crank them out faster than this one took. Seriously, years? Far too long. Maybe take a class from Christopher Nutall, Richard Tongue, or Ryk Brown, all of whom have probably written an entire book in the time it took me to write this one review :-)
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Tanya Huff always delivers
The confederation/valor series has always been a comfort listen of mine (which is weird since it has its fair share of tragedy) and An Ancient Peace is a fantastic addition.
I love that these characters seem like real people (even the non-human ones) and I am massive sucker for books with competent people making smart decisions with limited data. Also space opera is wonderful when done thoughtfully and well.
If you like books by John Scalzi or Elizabeth Moon then I would highly recommend this series (but I would suggest starting a little earlier to get the maximum out of it).