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Spirit Walk: Old Wounds, by Christie Golden Book Review | SFReader.com
Spirit Walk: Old Wounds, by Christie Golden Genre: Star Trek Publisher: Pocket Books Published: 2004 Review Posted: 7/21/2005 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: Not Rated
Spirit Walk: Old Wounds, by Christie Golden
Book Review by Heather Hunt
Have you read this book?
Christie Golden has cornered the market on Star Trek Voyager novels. She
knows this universe and its characters inside and out and also knows how to
tell a good story. Her latest series Spirit Walk is a perfect example. Book
One is called Old Wounds and centers on Chakotay, but also explores the
old wounds of other characters, both canonical and new.
Non-Voyager fans will find this novel slow-moving at the start, but Voyager
fans will enjoy the vignettes involving regulars, such as the Doctor and
Seven, Janeway and Chakotay, Janeway and Seven, Tom and B'Elanna, and the
finally promoted Harry Kim. In fact, much mention is made of Kim's
promotion, probably as a nod to fans' long-running joke that Kim would be an
ensign forever. Golden also gives fans the obligatory Star Trek scene of new
captain Chakotay arriving in a shuttle to take command of Voyager, coming
onboard, and greeting the bridge crew.
Minor character, Lyssa Campbell, who was promoted from transporter room duty
to replace Harry Kim on the bridge, is also promoted to a major storyline,
one that involves tensions between veteran Voyager crew members who survived
the Delta Quadrant and new crew members who survived the Dominion War in the
Alpha Quadrant. These two groups are as about as accepting of each other as
the Maquis rebels and the Federation crew were in the television show.
Indeed, Golden liberally scatters references from both the television show
missions and her own Voyager stories throughout Old Wounds. She also uses
cultural references, such as Gilbert and Sullivan operas, to ground this
science fiction in relatable Earth terms.
Media tie-in novels tend to be plot-driven adventures and this one has its
share of space travels and planetary encounters, but the characters also
receive their due. Golden weaves several stories including:
* Chakotay attempting to find out his sister Sekaya's secret
* Tom and B'Elanna on the Klingon world, Boreth, researching prophecies
about their daughter Miral
* Refugee colonists attempting to return to their planet
* Janeway's efforts to prevent several systems from withdrawing from the
* Onboard tensions between Alpha and Delta quadrant survivors
In other words, there are more than enough storylines to warrant a sequel.
Book Two is set up when Janeway calls Tom away on her diplomatic mission so
she can polish him off into 1st officer material. Previews of the sequel
indicate that Janeway's story will meet up with Chakotay's story.
Readers need to beware that this book cannot be read with satisfaction
alone. It is not like the Captain's Table series, for example, which are
separate stories thematically linked by the captains of the four missions.
Old Wounds is the first part of a two-part episode and ends with an abrupt
cliffhanger. If you don't want to wait to find out what happens, make sure
you have Book Two, "Enemy of My Enemy" at hand.
Because Chakotay is my least favorite of the main STV characters, I give
Old Wounds fewer stars than if the story focused on, say, Janeway, Seven,
or the Doctor. I credit Golden's storytelling skills, which allow me to
enjoy a Chakotay story, for my generous rating. Her media tie-in books are
high quality, easy to read, well plotted, and engaging.
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