Top positive review
The story unfurls and a new focus is revealed
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020
The Duchy of Terra series is composed of a series of trilogies which maintain some independence while still featuring the same setting and in the case of the 2nd and 3rd trilogy the same protagonist, Morgan Casimir. As frequently happens in the middle book of trilogies, Secrets of the Fall takes the events of the initial book of this trilogy, Relics of Eternity, and grows the understanding of the characters resulting in a modification of their objective and end goals. In short, their known universe just gets much bigger and more dire which is quite a feat after the solar system eating biological relic featured in the first book of this trilogy.
The humans of the Duchy of Terra Series are junior members of outer alliance which has become embroiled in the affairs of even larger core alliances. The overt mission of Morgan in this volume shifts to the prevention of a new war between several of these larger core powers, but still involves much of the exploration of past eras contained in the prior volumes. Morgan and crew find much more than expected and also, of course, manage to prevent the war.
Rather than starting the series with this volume, I would strongly encourage any new readers to start with the beginning of this trilogy, Relics of Eternity, if not the first of all eight volumes. You will be richly rewarded with a deep and unique universe filled with mystery and plenty of classic space opera action.