Friday, 23 December 2016


Andromeda's War
William C. Dietz
Publisher:Titan Books
Pages: 368
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

In this the third novel in the series of prequel books to the Legion of the Damned novels there are several parts that stand out to most readers. The strength of the Naa is mentioned in a sequence when Eatbig, a Naa soldier sparred with Larkin, though what Larkin does later proves to be effective in case her opponent looked like he would win. They are perceived to be stronger than the humans, yet can be dealt with effectively in the right situation.

In Andromeda's War we come to find out more on certain characters as they are key to the story; Carly Vickers, Eatbig and Carlo Veneto. Carlo has a chequered history, rising from nothing to become the then princess’s gigolo, working his way up to confidant. Known for his sensuality, she has no further interest in him than for the occasional bout of sex, leaving Carlo to do what he desires. Sex in Dietz's world is violent, kinky and debauched, but that only goes to sculpt his characters into the sort of people he thinks readers will want to discover. However, in the future, sex is also virtual and Carlo is known for having his sexual experiences through a lead slotted into his head, which takes him into another reality. There he can get up to every vice, but Carlo finds someone else waiting for him he does not expect.

Though Empress Ophelia feels she has definite rule over everyone, there are others who conspire against her to threaten that rule; one of them is "Colonel Red," who kills one of Ophelia's closest allies. This is only the start of what comes to pass as Empress Ophelia isn't as secure in her power as she thought when she is "handed over to the Hudathans in exchange for a thousand years peace treaty.” For Andromeda there is a chance to go AWOL to escape detection along with Avery, realising she missed her chance to kill Ophelia for her past cruelty. Dressing like Paguumi, they decide it would be best to seek passage on a tramp freighter for Saras Prime. After a while it is good to see Andromeda to have found a soul mate and possible lover in Avery after all the feelings of hatred she has held for Ophelia.

Andromeda’s War is a turning point for the resistance and with Andromeda’s going AWOL she might be able to change her life for the better. Dietz has gone to great lengths to flesh out his characters so they mean more to us than just everyday people we might meet on the street. They seem real through their intentions, kinks and foibles and that makes us want to read it even more.