“The Blockade” by Jean Johnson is the final book in this particular trilogy. I enjoy the interactions between the main characters and I love the psi elements of this series but for some reason I wasn’t as enthralled as I usually am with this author’s tales. Unfortunately, I think I am slightly jaded by all of the wonders that have been presented in previous stories, and for me, there was a sense of letdown at the last major battle. I love the connection between Jackie (and the interesting variations on her name) and Li’eth and the blend of cultures, even though I grew tired of the constant conflict over the physical differences between their respective peoples, although that may be due more to current events involving bigotry than the story itself! The amazing feats these two are able to do together provide a delicious element in this series and enhance my fascination with psychic phenomena. For me, the punishment for the egregious insult and potential harm to this pivotal pair wasn’t severe enough, although I daresay Vi’alla sees it differently. Nonetheless, this was a satisfactory ending to an exciting and imaginative series, and its connection to the stories in the other series that are set in the future provides a nice incentive to read the other books.
The final book in the ‘First Salik War’ science fiction trilogy picks up immediately after the end of “The V’Dan” and depicts the aftermath of the Salik attack on V’Dan homeworld. The Alliance is teetering on collapse, Ambassador Jackie MacKenzie is fighting to get her remaining people back to Earth safely while facing the prospect of death due to separation from her Gestalt partner, and Prince Li’eth is trying to overcome his sister’s treachery. Who has time to deal with the aliens who are trying to wipe out everyone?
The national bestselling author of The V’Dan returns to her gripping military sci-fi series set in the same world as Theirs Not to Reason Why.
The First Salik War is underway, and the Alliance is losing—their newest allies must find a way to win, or everyone will be slaughtered.
Though committed to helping their V’Dan cousins, the Terrans resent how their allies treat them. The V’Dan in turn feel the Terrans are too unseasoned to act independently. And the other nations fear that ending the Salik War means starting a Human Civil War.
Even as Imperial Prince Li’eth and Ambassador Jackie MacKenzie struggle to get their peoples to cooperate, they still face an ethical dilemma: How do you stop a ruthless, advanced nation from attacking again and again without slaughtering them in turn?