Plot/Idea: Book two of the Perseverance Andrews series continues where the first book, The Defense of the Commonwealth, concluded. The titular protagonist is in recovery following a medically-induced coma. The Commonwealth is still embroiled in conflict, however, and the formidable heroine has little time before she is thrust back into battle.
Prose: Spearman has a crisp, cinematic style that efficiently lays out the setting and circumstances and maintains a steady beat throughout.
Originality: Readers already familiar with Spearman's universe will be right at home in the second installment, while new readers may crave more recap of previous events. Spearman's worldbuilding is sound, if sometimes too tightly focused on technical details over broader, visceral descriptions that might serve to anchor readers in time and place.
Character/Execution: Spearman capably integrates romance, military action, and political conflicts into this polished sequel. Officer Andrews is a heroine with grit, determination, and the capacity for tenderness; readers will root for her success in defeating her foes and finding romantic fulfillment.
Date Submitted: May 05, 2023