Cobra War #3
The story snores to its inevitable ending. I was bored and glad for the end. The ending might wrap up this particular story line, but it seems more like a middle of a longer series. I’d say 5 or 6 books long.
The only good thing was seeing some of the characters exhibit real character. There were several instances where the character had to give their word and then a situation came up where it made sense to break their word, but they didn’t.
I found that encouraging.
Cobra War #2
I came in with such low expectations from the previous book that I actually found myself liking this.
I am still not a fan of Zahn turning the Cobra’s into a series. By that I mean I like the previous format of 1 book, 1 story, 1 generation. I understand that having a series allows him greater play, but the ability to write a single novel seems to be fading and I have to admit, I like a nice tight…story 😉
Still wouldn’t recommend this to anyone but a diehard Cobra fan though.
Cobra War #1
A start of a new Cobra trilogy. However, it doesn’t start very promising in my opinion.
In the other cobra books, Zahn starts each new story with a new generation and doesn’t include the old generation very much at all. A clean break. It worked well.
He doesn’t do that here.
Jin Moreau Broom gets a message for help from Qasam and it turns out another Troft Demesne is taking it over to kidnap all the spine leopards to let loose on the main Cobra World to distract the Cobra’s while they take over the Cobra Worlds. It deals with Jin, some of her children and a bunch of Cobra-wannabe Qasamans.
Zahn focuses more on the Qasamam “cobras” than on the real ones. And the whole Qasaman paranoia thing wore thin. Let the Cobra’s kick Troft butt. And that just wasn’t what was happening.
Given this is a trilogy, the storyline is going to be stretched out, but still, this opening felt weak compared to the first 2 cobra books. Of course, time and memory might be biasing me against it.