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Title: The Fall of the White Ship Avatar
Series: The Terran Inheritance
Author: Brian Daley
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Battle Axes
Alacrity and Floyt are hot on the trail of Precursor artifacts and Alacrity is bound and determined to be on the council of the White Ship, which appears to be tied to his family’s history.
Only Floyt has seen the future, from the causality harp, and knows that Alacrity will not be the Lord and Master of the White Ship.
Will their friendship survive? In fact, will they survive?
First, the kindle editions I have state on the inside cover that the series name is The Terran Inheritance. I don’t have access to old paperbacks but I’d bet a dollar that that same page is in them as well. But everywhere I go I see the series as the protagonist’s names. The Adventures of Alacrity Fitzhugh and Hobart Floyt, while descriptive, is simply to long and unwieldy. It is too bad that Daley still isn’t around to kick some ass and get things straightened out.
This was partly about Fitz and Ho getting off a planet of sentient cattle-like beings and then about taking over the White Ship. While Alacrity’s past has been hinted at in the previous books, here it takes front and center and it is a bit disconcerting. He goes from a talented space bum to some kind of Old School Space Admiral in about 2 breaths. It wasn’t that it didn’t make sense but it was different from the previous 2 books. If I had wanted different I’d have gone and read a different book.
Daley was a good writer and a fun writer and that just shines on through even in the more serious moments. I have to hunt down his Coramande books but I’m in no big hurry as that is all I have to look forward to from him. Because he’s dead.