Review: The Star of the Sea by Una McCormack
Reviews / October 26, 2016

Stella Maris is a remote planet where hostile races live in peace under the unlikely shelter of a Weird portal. When the corrupt Expansion comes to ‘investigate’, deserter Yale and former slave Ashot fear the worst – knowing that the Expansion sanctioned mass murder on Braun’s World. Will the Weird keep them safe? Star of the Sea is the fourth book in the Weird Space universe. It continues the story begun in The Baba Yaga, and it’s probably better to read that book first (although previous Weird Space books are optional for added galaxy-building). Me, I jumped straight into the universe with Star of the Sea because it sounded intriguing. Starting here is technically feasible. The opening chapters include enough recaps to make it clear what you’ve missed, and it’s achieved without feeling like a lot of awkward exposition. As the novel is told largely from the perspective of new characters (Yale and Eileen O’Connor), there’s no sense that you should already know what they’re about. Even where characters from The Baba Yaga take centre stage (Maria, sole adult survivor of The Baba Yaga), I didn’t get the impression they had previously had starring roles. In spite of this, my core criticism of the book is that it didn’t do the work to build its characters. This might have made forgivable if they’d been introduced in a previous volume, but as…

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Here’s a rundown of the books we think you should look out for in coming in the week. See any that you are really looking forward to? Find any you had not heard of yet? Know of books we missed? We know we don’t have everything and would love to hear what you feel we may have overlooked.   FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION   FANTASY               SCIENCE FICTION         FANTASY              SCIENCE FICTION   Altered Starscape Ian Douglas 10/25/2016 Harper Voyager Dragon and Thief Zahn, Timothy 10/25/2016 Tor Books Faller McIntosh, Will 10/25/2016 Tor Books Lost Gods Brom 10/25/2016 Harper Voyager Patterns of the Wheel Jordan, Robert 10/25/2016 Tor Books The Blood Mirror Weeks, Brent 10/25/2016 Orbit The Plague of Swords Cameron, Miles 10/25/2016 Orbit Wierd Space: The Star of the Sea Una McCormack 10/25/2016 Abaddon