Book: The Dance of Time by Eric Flint and David Drake

The last book in an excellent alternate-history series

Eric Flint and David Drake
The Dance of Time
Baen, 2006
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-0931-8
ISBN-10: 1-4165-0931-3
460 pages

The Dance of Time is the sixth and final book in Eric Flint and David Drake's "Belisarius" alternate-history series. In the series, evil beings from the far future have sent assistance to an empire from central India in the hopes that it will take over the world and alter history. Rather more benign beings, also from the far future, have sent assistance to Belisarius (a real-life general in the army of the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian) in the hopes that he'll be able to prevent that.

Reviews of the previous books in the series are at: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Little needs to be said here since no one would read the book without having read the previous books in the series. It is nearly sufficient to say that the book is a fine ending for an excellent series. Anyone who has enjoyed the series up to this point will enjoy this book. The book and the series as a whole maintain a nearly perfect rhythm as the plot progresses.

The only complaint I can possibly make is that a change of allegiance of certain people that has been hinted at in previous books in the series is carried out less cleverly than I hoped it might be. But that's a trivial complaint when set next to a splendid story told with sure skill over six excellent books. Anyone who thinks they might enjoy the series almost certainly will.

There's a tiny editing error in that there's "crumbled" where I'm pretty sure "crumpled" is mean on page 334.

Posted: Sun - July 13, 2008 at 12:06 PM   Main   Category: