Pawns and Symbols by Majliss Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sherman's planet is once again the center of galactic attention after a natural disaster destroys the Federation outpost on the planet. The Klingon commander Kang rescues Jean Czerny the sole survivor of the outpost and takes her aboard his starship. She is treated for her injuries and general poor condition and he then invokes a Klingon tradition that by saving her life she is bonded to him. The Empire is still desperate to gain access to the hybrid quadrotriticale and even when torture and and threats prove less than effective other tactics are used and soon Jean agrees to help in the development of the grain in return for her eventual release. Thus Jean begins a long journey through the Empire and learns much of the every day life of non-fleet Klingons, scientists and civilians but who is really the pawn in the galactic game of move and counter move?
Pawns and Symbols is good and complex Star Trek story offering up plenty of detail of the Klingon Empire and a couple of established characters from the original tv series. They are both developed well and their journey as read years later seems to mesh with the idea that the Empire and Federation would sooner or later find common ground for peace. Jean Czerny herself was a good character and little titbits of information is filtered to the reader throughout the book and through her we once again see how honour and integrity of the major individual players can change and shape the destiny of the galaxy.
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