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Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey

Wasn’t totally sure what to expect from this last series within a series with the big time jump. However I should have known, it was a great read from start to finish.

There’s been thirty year’s of relative peace since the fall of the Free Navy. The Space Guild controls the slow zone and humanity has spread to multiple worlds. Some of these are flourishing while others are scrapping by, relying on supplies from Sol and other worlds. There are tensions but things are generally stable. Then Laconia makes its play.

Man it was great seeing the Rocinante crew all grown old together. They still have problems of course, Holden still making some stands, but generally things are quiet and there is even talk of retiring. Then Laconia comes into the frame and messes everything up. Their Martian/Spartan military culture, using Protomolecule technology is like nothing we’ve seen in the series and it’s truly awesome (in the awe derivative of the word).

Seven books in and it is still as strong as ever, that is so impressive. This is a bit of a downer of a book, but in a good way. We have a bit of an Empire Strikes Back ending here. There are deaths, no getting around it with the crew and their allies as old as they are, and it does hit. It’s hard to see how things are going to be overcome with the overwhelming might of Laconia but I can’t wait to find out.

4.5 stars rounded down

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