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Night Song contains information on Zuul culture that I found very interesting. It also assists the reader in understanding the Zuul better as a species. That fact alone should make it a must read for Zuul fans in the 4HU Universe. I found the information on Zuul culture to be believable and well thought out. I am a cultural anthropologist The novel also has all the action and intrigue fans of the series expect to part of a 4HU novel. The book also has a little mysticism tossed in and shows the importance of knowing Galactic Law, and understanding a contract. The story was so entertaining that I kept turning the pages. I finished the novel in three sittings. Watch out Universe, the Zuul are whole again!
More wrinkles and plots added to an already epic and expansive story arc. Mercenary races come in all shapes and sizes. Humans are on the medium to smaller sized races among them. Zuul are one of the larger ones. Imagine being a human mercenary commander and left with the charge of raising Zuul orphans until you can find a way of getting them back to their kind. Then imagine about 14 years later finding yourself on a joint mission with Zuul mercenaries to try and find missing ship from both companies. I won't spoil the rest for you, but needless to say it gets more interesting and complicated.
I think this might be a decent stand alone book - all of the characters are new and the story isn't impacted much by events in the other 4HU books. They form the backdrop, but the story stands by itself. Fair warning, you might be hooked by this one!
Mark and Marisa created a great twist on some classic stories with this one. They certainly captured the many facets of adolescence with alien characteristics. I enjoyed the different personalities of the protagonists and they all seemed to get equal time in the story.
With the remnants of a small merc company based in Australia, 5 orphan Zuul cubs adopted by the commander and his wife after a disastrous campaign, as they become adults they find themselves constantly trying to adjust to living life in a human community. But then things change as the company joins with a Zuul company to find out what happened to 2 missing starships...
The Four Horseman galaxy is so wide and diverse that it's great to get a view into another race. Get that view with a wild ride in a great story and it makes for a wonderful read! Fast paced and action packed, it kept me on my toes, and I think it will do the same for you!