Queen: A Chronicle of the Sibyl's War by Timothy Zahn
Tom Doherty Associates; 4/14/20
eBook review copy; 384 pages
Sibyl's War #3
Queen: A Chronicle of the Sibyl's War by Timothy Zahn is a highly recommended conclusion to the Sibyl's War science fiction three book series.
Nicole Hammond is a Sibyl, a special human that has the ability to communicate with a strange alien ship called the Fyrantha. In previous books the ship teleported Nicole Hammond on board to help repair its machinery. Nicole was a former
member of a Philadelphia street gang and now she must use her street smarts to help the ship. The ship has now
appointed her the Protector of the ship and its inhabitants. When Queen starts we are right in the middle of a war that started in Pawn and Knight,
the two earlier books in the series. Nicole works with a variety of
alien races to fight for control of the ship from the Shipmasters who
have taken it over and their strong arm enforcers, the Koffren, as they
battle for the freedom of everyone living on it.
My first recommendation is that you read Pawn and Knight before starting Queen.
Trust me on this as it will make reading it much more enjoyable right
from the start. Those who have will not have to work as hard as I did in
order to piece together the backstory and keep sorted out the various
aliens who help her or who live on the ship. It would also, I imagine,
help you to envision the layout of the ship as the battle rages between
areas and decks. I truly wish I had read the first two books first
before jumping right into the battle for control in Queen.
Once I got the backstory and current situation basically sorted out
in my head, I enjoyed the complicated plans, strategy, and tactics
Nicole and cohorts used in the conflict. And make no mistake, there is a
whole lot going on in this space opera. Complications and set backs are
overcome as Nicole works with her wide variety of allies. As the
Protector of the ship, she has an inside to help evade trouble and plan
her strategic actions. Nicole is a very well developed character. We are
privy to her thoughts as she coordinates everything and evades the
Shipmasters, so readers can see her growth as a character.
My review copy was courtesy of Macmillian