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Sixth in the Confederation series. Not bad! Less Craig content than the last book, which automatically gives it a step up in my opinion. Craig is a lot more palatable when he's just one of the team and sort of background emotional support for Torin, instead of being an integral part of the plot.

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Fifth in the Confederation series. My main problem with this book is that I just don't care about Craig, Torin's love interest. I'm so bored by him! And his role in this book is the biggest it's been so far, since this book is about Torin having left behind her military career to join Craig as a civilian salvage operator. SIGH.

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The Heart of Valor, by Tanya Huff

Another enjoyable entry in the Confederation series!Read more... )

Valor's Trial

Fourth in the Confederation series. And these books just keep getting better! Read more... )
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Valor's Choice (Confederation #1), by Tanya Huff

A fun space opera/mil-sf book about people being competent and about cross-species interactions! It was great. Not deep literature but an enjoyable time, and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.


The Better Part of Valor (Confederation #2), by Tanya Huff

These books are really in a lot of ways about a variety of competence porn, watching Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr be hypercompetent at everything she does, which is pretty great. I particularly enjoy watching her competence at managing up (manipulating her superior officers to make sure things work out correctly despite the superior's incompetence) which is something I have some familiarity with in my work history so it's particularly fun to watch.

The books are also highly dedicated to getting the largest ratio of snark-to-dialogue possible, which is largely fun but gets a bit much occasionally.

Relatedly, the constant offhand references to how sexual the di'Taykan are is mostly fine but also I'm just SO CURIOUS whether there are any di-Taykans who don't fit in with this monolithic understanding of the species, whether being less sexually inclined, less sexually adventurous, interested in only their own gender or their own species, or uninterested in sex entirely. Somehow I doubt this is ever going to come up BUT ONE CAN HOPE.

oh am I actually getting around to plot spoilers? apparently I am! )
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I almost didn't read this book, because it's about war and werewolves and prophecy, none of which are topics that are calculated to excite me. But on the other hand Essie liked it, and also it's Tanya Huff and she can at least be generally relied on to involve queer people and interesting female characters.

So I started it, and was less than enthralled. But I decided to give it until page 50 to grab me, and by that point I was more or less interested, so I kept going, and the further I went the further I was drawn in by the book, until by the end I was kind of giggling with glee? I mean it is a book with a lot of horrible things happening in it, buuuuuuuut it's just SUCH A GREAT girl power fantasy and it made me happy. MIRIAN MAYLIN QUEEN OF EVERYTHING.

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