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Okay, Breaking Previous World Building
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
First off, this is not a bad book. It is focused on secondary characters, but the author has written himself into this corner by taking his protagonist away from the action. I get that.
What I don't let pass is how he inflates a meh enemy force into a major threat with a wave of unlikely backstory about how a planetary economy was taken over for 5 years and no one knew about it. How magically a bunch of major warships appear out of thin air in the bellies of spaceship super-guppies. And perhaps the worst offense, how the carefully established magic limits of mages and rune-wrights are so lightly tossed aside when the plot demands it. A normal mage cutting apart a giant station with a kilometer-long force blade? Please, that is so far beyond what has been established in prior books it's ridiculous. And magic can stop lasers now despite not being able to three books back, well isn't that convenience for you.
It's not bad, unless you're expecting it to adhere to the world-building of earlier books. This sort of thing ruins space operas for me. YMMV
Also, I notice the early reviews are all 5 stars and from people who get free copies. That is very shady.