Thursday, November 24, 2011
Kris Longknife: Daring by Mike Shepherd
Kris Longknife: Daring is the 7th book in this series. I was attending a panel where Mike Shepherd was talking about the Kris Longknife series. He said that he decided to write a series with a female protagonist after his granddaughter was born. He wanted her to have books with main characters she could identify with.
The Kris Longknife series certainly meets the requirement for a strong female main character. In Daring Kris is sent off to try to find the aliens that are destroying the Iteeche scouts. She wants to go with a small swift scouting group; one that can look, run and report back. What she gets is a mix of vessels from different groups. When they meet up with an alien starship that fires without warning Kris must fight to have any chance of returning.
Look for non-stop action, unexpected consequences and a cliffhanger ending. Kris Longknife: Daring is a good addition to the series. This is another one where it would be better to start at the beginning. While there is some back-story in Daring Kris has some issues that can only be explained and understood if you read the books in the following order:
Kris Longknife: Mutineer
Kris Longknife: Deserter
Kris Longknife: Defiant
Kris Longknife: Resolute
Kris Longknife: Audacious
Kris Longknife: Intrepid
Kris Longknife: Undaunted
Kris Longknife: Redoubtable
Kris Longknife: Furious is in the works and is the next book in the series.