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The reader was great but volume was inconsistent. Probably could have used some smoothing out.
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I was really looking forward to this book. Ninefox Gambit was a compelling and original take on an interstellar empire.
Unfortunately, this book feels like it was written by a different author. The structure is completely different and the focus of characters is also essentially completely different.
The biggest disappointment for me was how little actually happens. Most of the book consists of conversations. Instead of the characters doing things, they mostly talked to each other about what they were going to do, or what other characters had done offscreen. Several chapters consisted of flashbacks for various characters that didn't really payoff for those characters in the present. It became draining to listen to and I found myself growing more incredulous with each chapter.
It seems structured the way it was in part to reveal a big "twist" toward the end. Quite frankly, by the time it came, I was neither surprised by it, nor did I care. I finished the book as much for completeness as anything. Were it a physical book, I probably would have put it aside.
What the first book introduced as an exotic universe with interesting characters who were human, yet alien - this second book largely squanders.
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