Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair

Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair

One of the first things that struck me about this story was that the sci-fi aspect is well fleshed out. It didn’t feel cliched to me, and I didn’t feel as though the author, Linnea Sinclair, was pulling back on the plot to concentrate on the romance. However, there’s so much information to learn about Sinclair’s world and her characters’ backgrounds that it sometimes gets a bit much, to the point where I found myself skimming in some parts. I’ve since discovered that this book was conceived as a series but turned into a stand alone, and that’s probably why it seems like there’s a lot of background info to get through. I wonder, though, if a prologue might have done the job better. I was left with a lot of questions regarding the Alliance, the Nasyry and biocybes in general.

The best thing about the story is Kel-Paten, the hero who’s been pining for Sass for twelve years. His attempts to show her how he feels, his insecurities about being part machine, his fear that someone will discover his secrets all add up to some very enjoyable angst, although at times he veers into too-sappy territory. I like Sass, the heroine, but her feelings towards Kel-Paten change too abruptly, and I would have preferred a more gradual progression from lust to love.

Having said that, their romance is sweet, and I think I had problems with the sappiness only because the two main characters are such strong, controlled individuals otherwise. The secondary romance between Eden and Jace is even sappier and takes too many pages away from the main romance.

The furzels–cat-like creatures, if I’m not mistaken–got on my nerves. For me, they’re too intrusive towards the latter part of the book. They’re essential to the plot, yes, but they lack subtlety. I also question the author’s decision to give the furzels their own POV.

And finally, the ending is way too rushed … or perhaps the author should have ended sooner instead of trying tie up all the loose ends in the last two chapters.

Overall, the storytelling could have used some tightening up in some places to give more room for exposition in others. On one hand, I enjoyed reading this book; on the other hand, I finished reading the book feeling that I still don’t quite understand the world or the characters. But Kel-Paten is yummy and Sass is fun, and I’m glad that they get their happy ending. Click here for an excerpt.

Note: This post was originally published on August 17, 2007.

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