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10 thoughts on “The Left Hand of Destiny, Book 2 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

  1. Dan Dan says:

    When these novels first came out I remember being a little wary At this point in the Deep Space Nine relaunch I was eager to get back to what was going on on the station with the parasites from TNG's Conspiracy making a dramatic return and the crew of the Defiant returning to the Alpha uadrant with Jake and Kai Opaka I felt that taking a break from that and going back in time for a Klingon story would be a mistake However when I saw that it was JG Hertzler who co wrote the novels I changed my mind somewhat What really sold me was when I finally read them This duology is an incredible read and there are moments while reading it that I actually became uite emotional The story is an epic one and the characters are very memorable Hertzler and Lang draw you in and leave you absolutely emotionally invested in this story The Left Hand of Destiny has gone on to become one of my favorite Star Trek stories of all time and this re read was nearly as rewarding as when I first read it over a decade agoFull review

  2. Crystal Bensley Crystal Bensley says:

    The characters in this 2 book series are incredibly well done As much as I want to see whats happening elsewhere this Klingon story is amazing

  3. William Galaini William Galaini says:

    Disclaimer #1 Star Trek exists in its own continuum of uality Some might say a particular work of Star Trek might be ‘poor’ by most standards yet ‘good’ by the standards of Star Trek The opposite can be said as well in that the new Star Trek reboot films are ‘good’ by most standards and yet poor by Star Trek standardsDisclaimer #2 I have met one of these authors personally and I delighted in their company I have reviewed authors I know previously and I do my best to be honestDeep Space 9 to me was by far and wide the best Star Trek has ever offered Perhaps it is because in the franchise’s nearly 50 year run it was the Star Trek of MY generation and it reflected MY political and ethical conflicts Either way it was a great show and it left several threads unbound by the time it finished its run Left Hand of Destiny addresses these threads with a final tale that feels like a fresh two parter episode that is both fulfilling and fun especially by Star Trek standardsI’ve always felt that the Klingons were a blend of Russian and Viking culture allowing Star Trek the Next Generation to emulate a fascinating analogous tele play regarding the Cold War Here we see that the Klingons are still the same but since their civilization has grown so vestigial and bogged down in its perceived traditions it can barely function Akin to the Tea Party and other anti growth and anti intellectual political factions a radical fascist Klingon movement strikes just as Martok is accepting the Chancellor’s robesIf the words ‘radical fascist Klingon’ made your eyebrows shoot up just stop this review and go read the book Trust me it deliversThis Star Trek story doesn't reside in Rodenberry’s ‘utopia’ box but it is instead part political commentary and part swashbuckler The writing style reflects this as well in that nearly everything is personified Star ships buck and uake under the feet of the crew blades bite and disruptors snarl The verbs here deliver action and hazard and throughout the entire story Martok and his weary drag themselves through assault after assault until they can finally deliver counter blow after counter blow It is a war by attrition and nothing is left uncharred There are some fantastic set pieces here including cities built of trash and frozen plains filled with white out combat conditions between two armies The real standout set piece involves Ezri trying to dislodge an item from the hide of a comet while a ship to ship battle is happening just over her head It’s an awesome scene and I doubt the show could ever pull off anything like this given technological and budgetary constrictionsSpeaking of Ezri if you felt the TV show just didn’t have the time to explore her character this book makes intentions of doing so Characters like Sirella Kor Kahless and most of all Alexander are delved into and fleshed out in considerable fashion but the real standout character here is the Ferengi Pharh Any scene with either he or Alexander were compelling and grounded and they made a perfect offset for characters that were larger than life such as Sirella and KahlessThe novel enters guns blazing and aside from a considerable lull in the beginning of book four that stumbles in regards to pacing it is a uick read Take note that I mentioned ‘novel’ in that you cannot read book one without reading book two and vise versa These works might as well be one volume but much like Noble House they appear split for the sake of readership convenienceA great fun read It is a very fulfilling end cap for Deep Space 9’s characters especially those that got too little light during the show’s run Both of these authors delivered us a dark Klingon tale that felt strangely politically relevant and demanding

  4. Vladimir Ghinculov Vladimir Ghinculov says:

    The opposite of the first book Very slow moving The first uarter of the book is meeting and the last a battle

  5. Adam Adam says:

    A sprawling fantastical tale full of intrigue Shakespearean tragedy and Lord of the Rings esue grand conflict Despite the fact that I ground my gears with the first book and somehow got stuck half way through it for over 6 months as soon as I tentatively dipped back into it this summer it was a no holds barred rollercoaster ride through to the endThe Left Hand of Destiny chronicles Martok's return to o'noS to be formally confirmed as Chancellor of the Klingon Empire On arriving at the homeworld Martok and Worf are horrified when a previously unknown despot known as Morjod seizes the opportunity to destroy the Great Hall of the First City wiping out most of the High Council and placing a bounty on Martok's head uickly finding himself a hunted man Martok must round up his family and few remaining allies to ascertain what has happened In the process he confronts horrors thought to have been confined to the history books as the very future of the Empire hangs in the balanceI've been asking myself why I stalled half way through Book 1 for so long and I can only put it down to Klingon fatigue I've long since railed about the monotonous cultural norms that seem to permeate the species whenever we're gifted a Klingon heavy episode Shows like TNG's Birthright and Rightful Heir bored me to tears leaden with references to honor and vengeance and retribution to the point where they lost all appeal Despite the dramatic events depicted in the exposition of the first book it wasn't enough for me to keep turning the pagesSeven months later I'm so happy I gave it a second chance As soon as Martok encounters his shield bearer unlikely Ferengi hero Pharh the book takes on a life of its own Martok is a character plagued by self doubt filled with uncertainty about his destiny and his ability to lead the Empire Yet somehow a failed Ferengi businessman manages to relight the Chancellor's spark and right his path On paper it sounds ridiculous yet somehow it works beautifullyAuthor and Martok actor JG Hertzler has a clear love for his character and effortlessly channels his voice while reintroducing associated characters we've previously seen on the show Sirella Drex Darok Sirella and Martok's Shakespearean love story is just as explosive as we saw in Season 6's You Are Cordially Invited and forms the backbone for the coda of the first book as Martok races to save his Lady from the twisted grip of Gothmara a lover he spurned many a year agoI had some issues with the climactic seuence in Book 1 purely from a believability perspective Perhaps Pharh coming to the rescue in a cleaning truck somehow procured in the middle of a public execution was a bridge too far The big reveal of the Hur' monsters thought to be confined only to Klingon nightmares almost push Gothmara and Morjod into the realm of omnipotence often dangerous when an author has to write their way out of it to ensure victory for our heroesFor me Book 2 is vastly superior on account of the change of focus and setting As our outcasts head to Boreth the monastery planet and birthplace of Kahless' clone seen in TNG's Rightful Heir Martok discovers what it means to be the line that divides as he must energise his comrades and fight for an Empire that is in desperate need of change in order to survive in the 24th century As a sufferer of Klingon fatigue Book 2 is a thrilling prospect The authors acknowledge that Klingons have become stuck in a rut so preoccupied with battle the ill conceived notion of honor from battle and victory no matter what the cost Yet here are a people who have in past generations spawned poets philosophers and great visionaries It's an allusion to Star Trek Enterprise's Judgement where Hertzler also stars playing Advocate Kolos a Klingon frustrated with the Empire's preoccupation with bloodlust Martok becomes cognizant of the fact that if he's to bring about change he must commit to a destiny which will see him take on far of a central role in his people's future than he ever wished forAt this point our journey splits Worf Ezri and Alexander take the Rotarran on a uest to rescue the Sword of Kahless discarded in DS9's fourth season episode of the same title; while Martok Kahless and Darok head to Boreth to expose Gothmara's plans to the Empire and shine a light on her use of biochemical weapons to influence the populace Both strands gripped me but the EzriWorf dynamic was particularly believable and Ezri's mission to the comet to rescue the sword was extremely well writtenSo we come to the final act which channels imagery perhaps at home in a Lord of the Rings feature The final battle is grand in scope and scale the Tolkien infused atmosphere created by Morjod's army beating drums and Martok and his group of katai on horseback blowing horns to signal their approach is perfectly placed and injects a sense of historical importance to the events we are witnessing The ending clearly leaves the door open for some major changes to the attitude of the Klingon Empire as Martok heralds in a new era for his peopleFor fellow sufferers of Klingon fatigue buy these books Invest some time and patience and find your long held jadedness about Star Trek's most famous warriors disperse An excellent read and a pair of books I wouldn't hesitate to revisit

  6. Matthew Matthew says:

    I'm having a hard time believing that this was written by the same authors as the first book such is the difference in uality Whereas the first book was a haphazard but fun tale with little direction this is incredibly focused and adds a huge amount of depth to everythingIf this were a double episode of DS9 it would likely have been by favourite Klingon story This digs into their culture utilising everything that had been established previously and adding a huge amount of detail Given that I'm now into the post series continuity I have to wonder if this will have conseuences going forward I hope soThe book captures the character of Martok wonderfully and places him front and centre in an exciting story While the book is fairly short it doesn't rush through things The entire first uarter is dedicated to a meeting between all the characters in which they discuss what has happened so far and what they plan to do You might think that sounds dull but it was surprisingly gripping Excellent writing and switching between character's POV made it a hugely enjoyable seuence along with all the revelations withinThis is a well written book that dives deep into its story There are moments towards the end that become a bit silly especially once the final battle begins in earnest but I can forgive them because I was so wrapped up and invested in what was happening There are some character deaths towards the end which feel genuinely sadSome of the characters we're familiar with from the TV show notably Worf don't uite ring true and speak dialogue that I can't imagine coming out of their mouths but they aren't the focus of the narrative It's a shame that I also found the antagonists Gothmara and Morjod to be not particularly strong villains and come across as cartoonish than anythingI just found this to be a book to get happily lost in It has a lot of atmosphere especially with the snowy setting Martok was already a fantastic character but this really lets us get into his head If you read the first book in this duology and much like me were not blown away then I'd encourage you to read this one and finish it off because it's of a significantly higher uality

  7. Justin Justin says:

    Klingon King ArthurThere were plenty of elements of King Arthur in the second half of this story If the first book is Martok's trials the second is his near rebirth as an King Arthur figure 1 Instead of Excalibur the Sword of Kahless2 Speaking of the Sword of Kahless it was originally retrieved then made lost again by Jadzia Dax Worf and Kor in a DS9 episode It was retrieved by Worf Ezri Dax and Alexander While under fire their ship crashes in an icy lake where Martok is battling to save the Klingon Empire Ezri emerges from the lake with the sword How do you say Lady of the Lake in Klingon?3 Mordred the illegitimate son of Arthur with a sorceress becomes Morjod Martok's illegitimate son with a rogue female Klingon scientistWhile the Le Mort d'Arthur was a 12th 13th century French epic on chivalry and nobility where tragic endings are acceptable the Left Hand of Destiny Book Two is not a French epic No it's a Klingon novel written by the man who plays Martok on TV and he knows the character very well apla

  8. Jim Fulner Jim Fulner says:

    So of everything I've read in the last 2 years this took the longest to go from added to the library to being reviewed Primarily because I lost a copy and still took me several renewals to get through it all returnreturnUsually this is a sign of poor writing or at least loosing MY interest I don't think that was the case with Left Hand of Destiny book 2 though returnreturnIt starts off right were book 1 ends with Ezri Dax getting the bazarr message from Worf There is some connection with an old story that I'm not aware of not sure if I missed it from the TV show or its some old Trek Novel that gets turned in returnreturnHertzler's impact on this like the last was fantastic view of Chancellor Martok that couldn't have been got without the actor's insight So much better than A Stitch in Time with Garrick

  9. Meta Vashti Meta Vashti says:

    Very enjoyable read

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