kay, i’m way behind on my reviews. However, I can still remember that the second book of John Scalzi’s Interdependency series was as sharp as the first, The Collapsing Empire. So, yes, let’s give this a shot.
To avoid spoilers, I’m just going to mention that the only danger in this book is that that Kiva Lagos, a secondary character behind the Emporox Grayland II, continues to outshine all the other characters with her foul tongue and action-figure manners. Of particular delight is when a rival house attempts to assassinate her and shoots her lover instead. In retaliation, Kiva beats the living shit out of the Countess’ chief of staff (a quite-satisfying pummeling). Sorry, I’m just off on one of my favorite scenes.
Really, The Consuming Fire serves as a perfectly good second book to the series. It moves the action along, introducing strange new characters and new scenes (like the Dalasýsla system, cut off hundreds of years ago and reached through a temporary shoal in the flow) – here we see what could happen (in a best-case but shudder-fest way) if the flow collapses and all the planets of the Interdependency are cut off.
Really enjoyed this one – I can remember that much as the rest of the book fades into the fuzzy place of books-read-in-my-head. If you are looking for politically-driven space-opera, this series should suit. Check it out!