Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Unseen Queen Review

The Unseen Queen (Dark Nest Trilogy #2)
by Troy Denning

Review By: Neil Richard

Rating: 3 out of 5

Bugs. Why did it have to be bugs. I hate bugs. And I hate books about bugs.

Well, hate is a strong word to use here. Maybe “a strong dislike” is better. But bugs? Seriously, a story about bugs? Who came up with this idea? I can only hope it wasn’t Denning. If it was, I may lose a large amount of my respect for his skill.

So Leia, Han, Luke, and Mara are all pretty old now (in their 40s). Jacen and Jaina have grown to become some of the stronger Jedi around (and Jacen is arguably stronger than Luke). Ben (Luke’s son) is about 8 and could be stronger than Jacen (if he wouldn’t shut himself off from the Force so much).

The bugs in the story include the Killiks, Gorog, and Unu (odd, the names are all palindromes). There’s good bugs and bad bugs but the good bugs might actually be bad (if they aren’t under the control of the bad bugs).

Either way a story about bugs makes you want to buy a can of bug spray. The good news is that Jacen and Ben continue to show more of their power and Tarfang is back in style. There’s other good news concerning Jacen, but I won’t spoil that part.

The rest of the story needs to go into a roach motel and never check out. Actually the story (and action) was great all the way around, as are the sub-plots and backstabbing. But I still hate bugs.

The review is also available in Word and PDF.

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