Torrin Kerr is one of my favorite military science fiction characters and the dialog by Tanya Huff is to die for. Book four had pretty good closure so I was a bit surprised when I learned about this new book. But Tanya does a good job in establishing this story that takes place sometime after the war is over.
There is a bit more world building here but the mysteries from the earlier books are not explained further. Instead we peek into the life of the salvage-operators that have been living on the fringes of society but with Tanya Huff we get the personal touch. They are visiting Craig’s family. The characterization is getting better and better. I miss the military jargon and banter from earlier books but that is to be expected from civilians.
Torin and Craig try to make a life for themselves but Pirates intervene. Craig is taken and Torrin is left for dead. The kidnapping scene is vivid and well executed. I really feel what Craig and Torrin are going through. Torrin is my hero but Craig does a good job here too. That is good for equality, we can’t let the women have all the glory.
Kidnapped by Pirates, what would you do?
Torrin has a journey of discovery of more than tracking down the pirates. Different parts of society start to come to life. I would very much like Tanya to return with more stories in this universe because it is damn interesting. She keeps the ‘world building’ to what is relevant for the story and the characters at hand. That helps with the pacing and the flow of the story but I would not mind an info dump or two.
The Truth of Valor is different from the previous books in the respect that it is not a military setting. Torrin doesn’t get to ‘assist’ the officers and to lead the troops. This is something I really have enjoyed in this series but it feels right to do something more personal and close this time. Don’t worry too much though. Torrin gets to lead some soldiers before it is over. The final confrontation is really satisfying and I think this is a book I will go back to again just to catch the feeling.
The new Valor book lives up to my expectations and it was hard to put down. I read it in one go. Some books are like that, you start to read and suddenly it is the middle of the night. I would still classify it as a military science fiction and I guess you can read this pretty much standalone but I would start with Valor’s Choice for the experience and the wonderful dialog.
Title: The Truth of Valor
Series: Confederation of Valor book 5
Author: Tanya Huff
Genre: Military Science Fiction
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Daw 2010
Copy: Bought by me from Amazon
Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is attempting to build a new life with salvage operator Craig Ryder on his ship, the Promise. Turns out civilian life is a lot rougher than she’d imagined-salvage operators are losing both cargo and lives to pirates. And when they attack the Promise, Craig is taken prisoner and Torin is left for dead.
When Torin finds out why the pirates needed Craig, she calls in the Marines to get him back-and to stop the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space.