DAY OF HONOUR

DAY OF HONOUR



  • Ancient Blood - Next Generation Novel
  • Armageddon Sky - Deep Space 9 Novel
  • Her Klingon Soul - Voyager Novel
  • Treaty's Law - Original Series Novel

    The Day of Honour is a Klingon holiday in which various Klingons (Alexander, B'Elanna Torres, and to an extent, Worf) learn what honour is and to repect their enemies' honour.



    ANCIENT BLOOD [DIANE CAREY]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    Worf goes undercover on the planet Sindikash to stop a multiple murderer becoming governer of the planet and turning it into a criminal network. On the ship, Picard and Alexander get involved in the American Revolutionary War on the holodeck in order that Alexander can learn what honour is. Although on Sindikash Worf is also testing his own definition of honour.

    The only characters really featured are Worf, who basically does lots of fighting with dishonourable Klingons; Picard, who learns about the horrors of fighting in the 18th century; and Alexander, who does the annoying little brat as only he can.

    Of course, in both stories, something goes wrong, and in the true spirit of TNG, it all gets solved in the last couple of chapters. But apart from that, it does make for a good read, once the stories have been set up.



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    ARMAGEDDON SKY [L A GRAF]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    On a planet bombarded by comet fragments, an away team consisting of Kira, Dax and Bashir find some extradited Klingons who were loyal to Worf's family, and have to rescue some Starfleet dignitaries. On the Defiant, Sisko, Odo and Kira have Klingons and Cardassians to deal with, as well as a Starfleet Admiral.

    No one person in this story has to learn the meaning of honour, but during the course of the book, everyone on or around the planet Cha'Xirrac comes to understand exactly what it means.

    This story is easy enough to follow, but the descriptions aren't. The planet is so different that it is hard to picture exactly what is going on, and fight scenes are always easier to watch than read. But for all that, the book is interesting to read, especially to see how the crew get out of their various predicaments.



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    HER KLINGON SOUL [MICHAEL JAN FRIEDMAN]

    B'Elanna Torres and Harry Kim get captured by the Kazon on the Day of Honour she is trying to forget about. But things go from bad to worse when they are then captured by aliens whose name obviously changed, as they have a different name on the back of the book to inside it.

    This is a typical Voyager book really, with what happens in it, there not really being any doubt as to the fact that Torres and Kim will get rescued, and the name-changing aliens are suitably weird too.

    However, for all that this is one of the best of the Day of Honour series, that doesn't push the idea of discovering honour in your face quite so much.



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    TREATY'S LAW [DEAN WESLEY SMITH & KRISTINE KATHRYN RUSCH]

    This book doesn't really have a plot other than telling how the Day of Honour came about. Basically, a Klingon farming colony is being attacked, so Kor and Kirk are sent in to sort it all out. It also means that Worf and Kor become the only two people to appear in more than one book in the series.

    Despite the lack of plot, this book is very good. It is easy to empathise with the Enterprise crew when they suffer the planet's hot days and cold nights. Although quite why this day is worth celebrating above any other is not really made clear.

    It was a good idea to have this book as the last in the series, as before you read this, the whole Day of Honour is slightly enigmatic, and is put into perspective in Treaty's Law.



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