Review: Tiamat’s Wrath

Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse, #8)Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I believe there’s only one book left in the series and it’s pretty apparent the way everything was coming together in this book. It also strongly rewarded readers who’d read the novellas. Having done so provided advanced knowledge of who Timothy was and also a better understanding and empathy with Cara and Xan. They weren’t necessary for getting this book, but they sure made it a lot more fun to read.

It started off with another time skip, but having seen one last time as well, it wasn’t as much of a shock. (It was also a smaller time jump). I think JSAC did a good job balancing the readers’ desire to have all the “good guys” win and all the “bad guys” lose – continuing their realistic style without resorting to dark core.
As always, I thought one of the best things (outside of the characterizations we got from the first-person chapters) was the fact that JSAC makes us realize the vastness of space. The fact that the time from the battle starting until any action happened being on the order of weeks really brought that home.
Overall, and unlike the last novel I was reading, it was hard for me to put it down and many nights I went to bed way later than I should have, in order to finish it.
I can’t wait to see what JSAC have in store for us for the final entry. I think either way will have some critics given how much they’ve given us time to grown and love the crew of the Roci while also being pretty realistic in their plotting. But I have a lot of faith that they’ll do a great job.
If you’ve gotten this far into the series, I don’t see why you wouldn’t already be reading this book. And it is definitely not a place to just jump in. But I heartily recommend.
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