Thursday, December 07, 2006
A short while ago, SQT asked if we wanted to see anything reviewed here and I left a comment saying that I wanted to see the Star of the Guardians series reviewed. SQT answered that she never read it and invited me to write one myself. So here we are. The Star of the Guardians is a series of four books (originally a trilogy, then fourth was written to continue/wrap up the storyline) written by Margaret Weis. It’s very epic in scope and Weis calls upon a wide variety of sources for its inspiration and themes. Derek Sagan is a warlord of the republic. He is a Blood Royal, a genetically engineered member of a group of warriors called Guardians. Prior to the events of the book, Sagan turned against his fellow Guardians and the king of the galaxy and helped establish the current ruler, President Peter Robes. Maigrey Morianna, also a Guardian and his lover, has been hiding since. Seventeen-year-old Dion Starfire is the next in line for the crown, but doesn’t know it as he’s been raised in hiding all these years. Along the way they meet General John Dixter, Tusk, Mag Force 7 (who would go on to their own trilogy of books), Bear Olefsky, and many others. Thrown into the mix is the Corasians, an energy-based hive-minded alien species looking to enslave humans, the Order of Dark Lightning, a little political intrigue and backstabbing, and a space-rotation bomb, a super weapon that might save everyone from the alien invaders. As I said earlier, the story is very epic, Sagan is established early as villain, but he is much more complicated. He was trying to do what was right and is now haunted by his actions. He is also a devout Christian and was raised in a monastery. He and Maigrey are lovers and share a link, and of course their relationship is also complex. She has to resolve loving a man who’s done what he’s done and he has to beseech the forgiveness of a woman who he considers a traitor. Through the series, Dion Starfire also grows from some kid on a backwater planet, to a media sensation, to the rightful ruler of the galaxy. In the fourth book, he is married to a woman he doesn’t love and is having an affair with the woman he does love. I don’t recall anything really explicit in the story, but I would say that it’s still not sci-fi for the kiddies. One of the gadgets that the Guardians get to use is the bloodswords. Bloodswords are energy blades that inject a virus into the user through five needles. The energy blade draws on the user’s own power and will painfully kill any non-Guardian who would try to use it. Yes, the bloodswords are an awful lot like a Jedi’s lightsaber, but I think Weis strove to make the weapons distinctive. I grew up in an age where just about every science fiction character got some sort of energy sword – even Robin on the Super Friends carried one around a few times – so I can appreciate a uniqueness that Weis endeavored to develop in these weapons. Margaret Weis throws a lot into these stories. She alludes to myths, history, and even the music of Fleetwood Mac. Don’t ask me where that is though, I never caught it. The Star of the Guardians website is filled with information on character names, historical and mythological guides, and all sorts of other trivia. I recommend that you check it out, though I recommend that you read the books first.