It has been a while since I read a John Ringo book, and this book is by no means a new release (being almost 10 years old), so I decided recently to finally jump back into the Legacy of the Aldenata series with Hell’s Faire.
The first two books of this series are a couple of my favorite all time books. I enjoyed the character development, the locations of the events were exotic and also close to home. The battle sequences were really stellar and the tactics and strategy tended to inspire.
After reading the Afterworde of Hell’s Faire, a few things made a lot more sense. When I read “When the Devil Dances”, I thought the back cover explanation made absolutely no sense. Now I know why! John had intended the two books to be one book, and the dust cover reads like what Hell’s Faire is about.
I’ve enjoyed following the adventures of Mike O’Neal, leader of the ACS battalion, but in this book, all those segments tended to be a little stale. I enjoyed the brief segments with General Horner more than probably the rest of the book.
Also, I quite enjoyed Glennis, a young armored battalion commander that escorted the SheVa gun during the book.
Overall, I just found the tactics and the story progression to be less interesting. I felt like this book was stretched out unnecessarily so that it could be a fourth novel instead of a concluding 100 pages or so to the last book.
The plots that start to get more developed with the Cyberpunks and the Bane Sidhe are also great developments to look forward to future books. I didn’t regret reading this book and I zipped right along through it, but it just is no match to the awesomeness of Hymn Before Battle.