81 points, 4 ¼ stars!
The survival technique of the Hivers was terrifying — and brilliant. Their huge Sphere ships, controlled by the Many Mind of ten to sixteen queens, surged out into space. When an appropriate planet was found, the Hivers destroyed any and every variety of indigenous life, the queens propagated, and when the new world was full, more ships were sent out. the colonization was repeated until no planet, no species, least of all Man and Mrdini, was safe.
The furry and courageous Mrdini had fought the Hivers for centuries, many dying bravely in an attempt to save their own worlds. Now Mrdini and Man combined to form the Alliance — and Humankind had their own weapons to offer — the power and might of the Talents who could not only communicate silently with each other, but could project cargoes, ships and themselves across the deeps of space.
The four children of Damia — Laria, Thian, Rojer and Zara — were Primes amongst the Talents, and all their skills were desperately needed, for the Hivers’ terrible Sphere ships were still thrusting through space, unfathomable, impenetrable, and carrying death in their labyrinthine depths.
“It must be an amazing mind-set, Afra thought, to consider one’s self the only being of worth in the galaxy. There had been Humans who had had such delusions. They had generally died because of them”
Lyon’s Pride is the continuation of the story from the previous book, Damia’s Children. It picks up exactly where the last book left off. Probably because the previous book just arbitrarily ended when it got to the proper word count and left the rest for this book.
This just had an amazingly slow start. Honestly, not much of note happened in the first SIXTY PERCENT of the book. It felt like I was just spinning around, waiting for something to actually happen. We kept covering over old ground and posing as if it was new ground. I was bored. I want to love these kids so much, but I am just dreadfully bored by them.
Ostensibly this is supposed to be dealing with the Hive. The Humans and Dini have to find out more information about the Hive. And they have to figure out what they are going to do when they find it. Both races have tried to communicate with the Hive, but the Hive don’t even appear to notice other beings exist.
What Lyon’s Pride is really about is managing resources and personnel. So much talking about who goes where, who ships what, how to ship what. It’s so boring. It is also about arranging love interests, which personally I find cute but am growing a bit tired of after the second book in a row of this. Also it is about giving the kids some time off. A lot of talking about the kids having vacation time. So much book time.
Also holy hell they’re drafting like 12 year olds into work now. What the crap, man. I thought it was bad when before. The kids would hit 16 and FT&T is like “welp, guess you’re an adult now, time to have a whole shitload of responsibility and almost no time off!” Nope. Twelve year olds now. This is crazy. How much younger are they going to force these kids to work in the future??
Lyon’s Pride kind of turned into a military space opera by the end. Which I kind of liked. However, this also had the same problem as the previous book. The book just kind of ends at the appropriate word count. No resolutions, no climax. It just..stops.