I read book two of Tales of a Dying Star (TOADS): The Ancillary after the author sent me a copy following my review of book one (TOADS: The Siege of Praetor), and the accompanying interview. I hadn’t cared for the ending of the first book. (I think I may have even been a little rude about it.) While the TOADS series doesn’t end with The Ancillary, I definitely liked its ending better than SOP.
The Ancillary story line is tighter, and I feel much more interesting than SOP. It been my experience that the sophomore book isn’t as good as the debut, but The Ancillary is a great book and a great story. If the writing stays as good as The Ancillary, This four-book series will see many more high-star reviews.
I went from reluctantly reading The Ancillary, to completely enjoying it, and looking forward to TOADS: Sword of Blue. I had rated SOP three stars, and I’m gonna bump the rating for The Ancillary to four stars because David Kristoph upped his game. Hopefully he’ll send me the next book and I’ll let you all know what I think. **wink, wink**
P.S. I think I’m hilarious by referring to the series title as TOADS.