Monday, 21 April 2014
The Turning Point
The six works collected in the volume comprise:
one last van Rijn/Falkayn/League novel, a sequel to the trader team series that had culminated in "Lodestar";
a juvenile short story featuring Falkayn's son and grandson on Avalon during the colonization of the islands;
a second juvenile short story about a later generation on Avalon during the colonization on the Coronan continent;
the story about the Troubles, featuring the Founder of the Empire;
a story about the early Empire;
the novel about the War between Avalon and the Empire.
All of this has paved the way for the biography of Dominic Flandry, defender of the Terran Empire, beginning in the following volume. However, each of these intermediate works also stands on its own merits and would have done so even if there had never been a Dominic Flandry series. In fact, Rise Of The Terran Empire is a particularly rich collection, even incorporating a literary contrast between the cruder earlier stories and the more sophisticated later works.