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Title: Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds
Series: The Terran Inheritance
Author: Brian Daley
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Humanity has gone through 2 Diaspora, Enlightenments and Dark Ages. The 3rd Enlightenment is upon Humanity.
Earth has turned its back and become Insular.
A ruler of 19 worlds has died. Among his inheritors is one minor bureaucrat, Hobart by name. Earth’s Alpha Bureaucrats plan to use Hobart to gain the riches of said ruler and make Earth great again. But Hobart needs a guardian. Enter Alacrity, young space man and all around bounder. Alacrity is trapped into babysitting Hobart while Hobart is saddled with Alacrity. Neither man is happy.
These are their adventures.
This was a LOT of fun to read. It wasn’t necessarily humorous, but the chemistry of Hobart and Alacrity, moving from unwilling guardian and client to unwilling accomplices to, just maybe, friends, was great. It was also masterfully written.
There was also a ton of adventure. Space stations, war ships, hunts on alien worlds. Romance, hatred between Alacrity and said Romance’s father. Good stuff.
I’ve only read Daley’s Star War’s stuff, so it was good to see his own imagination at play here. I thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.