“Julie Fortune did a great job with the characters. I especially loved the way Daniel and Sam were placed at odds with the rest of the team and the how the dynamic between them played out.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Julie Fortune did a great job with the characters. I especially loved the way Daniel and Sam were placed at odds with the rest of the team and the how the dynamic between them played out.”Melissa K wrote this review Wednesday, April 29, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Characters - ***** Julie Fortune's dialogue was perfect! Curling up with this book was like watching the show. The characters live and breathe on each page - she doesn't falter once!
One of the major problems I had seen in Ashley O'Connell's Stargate books was her portrayal of the characters. Jack, especially, came off sounding lame. Sabine Bauer didn't escape that 100% in Stargate SG1: Trial By Fire. For some reason, Jack doesn't translate into text well. Fortune is the first author who truly nails him! While everyone acted like themselves in this book, finally seeing Jack behave like himself in an SG-1 book was a definite highlight!
Fortune also managed to introduce several original characters without falling into the Mary Sue pitfall. These original characters remain as they should - side characters that help, rather than hinder the plot. While she develops these characters nicely - while you start to predict how Pylades and Iphigenia and Laonides and Eseios and Artemis will likely react to a turn in the plot - the book continues to be about SG-1 and their adventure in the Helos Confederacy of planets.
Plot - **** I will admit, aspects of this plot are painfully cliche. Ashley O'Connell's Stargate SG-1: The Price You Pay examines this idea of appeasing a Goa'uld with sacrifices, but in this case to hunt, not to use as hosts. The Price You Pay is, by far, my favourite O'Connell Stargate novel. Perhaps I just like this plot enough to give it four out of five stars when giving it another whirl - and Fortune tells it better than O'Connell.
Fortune builds suspense brilliantly! When Daniel examines that eery mosaic in the "airport" at Chalcis, and realises a missing panel, those hairs bristle on the back of your neck. A message from a meeting with Artemis come back to haunt Jack, while Daniel's words in a desparate plea to go along with his crazy-ass plan later saves both him and Carter. The foreshadowing is perfect!
She gets more props for using aspects of Euripedes' Iphigenia in Tauris and a brief yet amusing reference in the first season episode "Emancipation".
Author - **** Fortune can write! Chalcis and the whole of the Helos Confederacy are real in this book. Although I must say, the earthliness of Chalcis grated on my nerves a bit. I can understand the ruins that echo ancient Greece and the Acropolis and such; however, Fortune brings modern day Earth into this tale. The bar at the "airport" and the "taxis" especially reminded me of Star Wars Episode I and the irritatingly earthy sports commentary during the pod racing scene. I'm sorry, but did the "airport" at Chalcis really have to be so much like an airport as we know it?
Her love of the series is clear - from the first chapter of the book to the end-note, which reads: Anything screwed up in the course of this story is entirely the fault of the author, as she had excellent references, assistance, and genuine military types to tell her when she was in danger of going wrong. Not to mention outstanding editorial help.
Thanks for stepping through the Stargate with me.
Overall - ***** This is my favourite of all the Stargate books that I have read to date! Any fan of the series, I recommend you snag this one on ebay or on amazon.com.uk or wherever you can wrap your grubby mits around this puppy! I seriously wanted nothing more than to curl up in a quiet spot and emerse myself in this story every waking minute while I was reading this book. I hate that it's over.”