I will pay HEART'S DESIRE the highest complement I can give a book based on a series:
Reading it, I thought I was watching an episode filmed with a bigger-than normal budget.
Seriously. The characterization was spot-on. The situation was one you could see happening in the series. The author avoided the "I have a greater vision than the producers" trap with grace. Even the characters' growth (and there was some) was in directions that made perfect sense--and fit the rest of the series perfectly. It was like finding an episode I'd missed the first time.
And at the same time, it wasn't "more of the same." The setting was different and interesting, with hints of a whole new group of minor System Lords that could be explored in later books without stepping on any existing plotlines. I find myself hoping the author will try it--I've never been in love with the school of thought that says every new story has to be grander and scarier than the last. Why not a few "And then there was the time we..." tales?
Like this one?
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)