Tanya Huff: The Better Part of Valor
The Better Part of Valor (Confederation #2)
This second book in Tanya Huff’s Confederation series has only three (I think) of the same characters as the first book (once you get past the introductory chapter), but it has all of the same wit, action, and good writing as the first. I enjoyed this one at least as much as the first, and I can’t wait to continue with the series! Especially with that teaser thrown in as the very last sentence…
Let’s start at the beginning. The story itself starts with Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr getting a new recon mission, and she is the only one of her unit to be assigned to this mission. As such, we only get less than a full chapter of all the characters we grew to know and love in the first book. This made me sad. I wanted more of the banter between them.
I needn’t have worried. There was plenty of banter between the new crew, and it was just as fun. It was also fun to see Torin pull together a completely new set of Marines, ones who didn’t already know and respect her. (These new ones respected her rank and position, but not her specifically… at first. By the end? Different story.)
Anyway, it was a great addition to what is looking to be a great series. The world is solidly built, and if I have a hard time at first remembering which species is which, that’s all on me. Huff does a great job with the little reminders without seeming to hold the reader’s hand through it all. I also love how complete the characters are, without having to depend on having known them in prior books already. These new characters are as real as the first book’s were. I guess it just comes down to this: there’s a reason why Tanya Huff is one of my favorite writers.