From the national bestselling author of Alliance, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself caught in a dangerous fight for political power...
The lines. Mysterious yet familiar: the key to controlling every ship in the galaxy. Once they were thought of as tools, but since linesman Ean Lambert discovered strange new lines in an alien vessel, they have become so much more—symbols of a power too great to ignore.
While the Crown Princess of Lancia seeks to share the new technology, her father, the Emperor, has other plans. His latest political maneuverings seem to be tilting the balance of control to Lancia’s favor—a move that not all members of the New Alliance are looking upon favorably.
As tensions mount, Ean’s former shipmates must unite to avert a disastrous conflict: the princess working within the tumultuous Alliance, Ean seeking the help of the impatient alien ships, and Ean’s close friend and bodyguard, Radko, embarking on a mysterious and perilous mission.
But the biggest threat comes from an unexpected source. Someone is trying to take down the New Alliance from within—and will use anything, even the lines themselves, to ensure its destruction...
Author: S.K. Dunstall
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Linesman, Alliance
Series: Linesman #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Linesman, Alliance
Published: November 29, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
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I’m not rehashing what the story is about except to say, if you are picking Confluence before reading any other books in the series, stop. Don’t. Put it down now. This is NOT a series that can be read out of order. Each book builds on each other and there is no nice neat prologue to bring you up to speed. You either start the series from the beginning, or take your chances with being lost. For now I’m just going to hit on what I really enjoyed.
Ean, oh boy. He had me worried there for a moment. I thought all he did was live and breathe the lines and could not wait to try them out, to see how far he could take them. In as much as he is progressing with the lines, throwing in a bit of an ethical dilemma really caught my attention. Is it considered a spoiler if I mention the Eleven goes into battle and destroys an enemy ship? Oopsie if it is but I really enjoyed how Ean struggles with the loss of the lines. Okay no more giving away plots but there is certainly more adventure in-store for him.
As much as there are quite a few characters in this series to follow alone, my favorite has always been Radko. Let me tell you how happy I was to find she was getting her on POV plot. Possible forced, excuse me, arranged marriage issued by the Emperor. Looks like Michelle isn’t the only one in that loveless political marriage boat. I always felt Radko and Ean would hook up. Anyhow, Vega sent her off on a secret covert mission behind enemy lines. I loved her point of view so much it was all I could do to not skip ahead to just read her chapters.
Not by any stretch is Linesman series an easy series to read. There’s a lot that goes on all while absorbing what lines really are. On top of all that, there are quite a few characters, I’m lumping the ships into this category, that not only were easy to like but they certainly kept me on my toes. There’s quite a bit of politicking to be had, which at times was equally fascinating and dull as well. All those veiled threats kept me from losing interest. Who is good? Who is bad? Is New Alliance actually working for the greater good?
I had many questions going in after reading Alliance and while most got answered In Confluence, I was still left wondering. I took a quick gander at author S.K. Dunstall page to see if more in the series was planned. Looks like Ean will be getting another trilogy. And…it looks like my linger questions are going to be the subject of the next trilogy. Yay me! For now I’ll just have to bide my time until they come out.