The Empire is splitting at the seams. The Great Houses refuse to obey the Throne World and have begun to conduct increasingly independent politics. Sensing the weakness of the central government, even the most loyal star systems of the Imperial Core are refusing to take orders from above. Is this just a string of coincidences, or a coordinated campaign?
Can a disjointed humanity rally around a strong leader to deflect an alien invasion? Who of the many figures in intergalactic politics can rise to this challenge? And is there a basis to the creeping rumors that some influential aristocrats have joined forces with the enemy and allied with the aliens?
This book will be the last in the series and will give the readers the answers to all their questions, including the most important of all: "What is Perimeter Defense?"
My Opinion: 310 pages, $5.99, Not available on Kindle Unlimited
Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased the book when it came out.
I have mixed feelings about the last book in the Perimeter Defense series. There’s way too much political intrigue in the story for my taste. The game mechanics of the story are still limited to informational notices of actions from the various houses in the Empire and reputation shifts from actions taken by the main character. There are small moments of action early in the story but you don’t get a space battle until the 23% mark. This is definitely the least action oriented novel in the series.
Yet, the last 10% of the novel is worth the price of the novel by itself, if you’re a fan of the series. I won’t spoil exactly what happens but I’ll say that it was absolutely unexpected and changes the way to you look at the series. It’s really good.
If you like political intrigue in your space opera, then you’ll like this story. If you’re looking for lots of space battles, then this isn’t going to fill that need. If you’re just a fan of the series and want to know how things end, then purchase this and just read the last 10% of the story. You’ll walk away happy.
Score: 7 out of 10