Feb 142016


Here is the current collection of my reviews for the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series of novels, all highly recommended. I purchased the current eight book series for my Kindle, other ebook formats and paperbacks are offered so jump right in 🙂

Stargate Novels

Stargate Atlantis: Homecoming (SGA, #16)Stargate Atlantis: Homecoming by Jo Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Homecoming is a strong start to the ongoing Stargate Atlantis “Legacy” series of novels which will continue the story of the city and it’s people after the tv series was cancelled after the fifth season. In many ways this novel will have the hardest time of all as many fans were never really pleased with the dealings of the IOA and other government bodies when the interfered with the grand adventures. Homecoming had to create a narrative to get Atlantis off of Earth and back to Pegasus with most of the known characters intact and acknowledge that many may not want or could not return and thus introduce new characters into an established mix. Jo Graham and Melissa Scott did a wonderful job of getting this series off to a fine start and I’m kicking myself I waited so long to read the Stargate Atlantis novels from Fandemonium aka StargateNovels.
I’m not going into any details of the plot apart from yeah Atlantis returns to Pegasus but come on you all want to know what hoops had to be jumped through and the compromises made with Earth governments salivating and/or shuddering at the thought of the tech/weaponry sitting off the coast of the USA.

Stargate Atlantis: The Lost (SGA, #17)Stargate Atlantis: The Lost by Jo Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lost is the second book in the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series and the story quickly picks up from the first novel where McKay was captured by the Wraith. The fate of McKay was unexpected but in hindsight perfectly in sync with events as seen in the television series. The complexity of dealing with Todd and the Genii added some depth to the novel which did feel a little like a staging story, moving pieces into places ready for a more hard hitting events to come.
That said I am loving how the Wraith are being written and the creation and expansion of their world is one reason why this Legacy series needed to exist and while I’ve never been a fan of the Genii their presence in this story certainly gave counterpoint to dealing with Todd and the threat of the uber Wraith Queen. Overall a good addition to the series, not every book is going to be all action and suspense and the series will need to balance things out but so far the first two novels are proving well worth the time to read.

SGA-18 AllegianceSGA-18 Allegiance by Melissa Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewing the Legacy series is tricky, I was fortunate I read it well after the fact but was totally unaware of the major plot points but I never went looking for reviews either.
So here we go, Allegiance is the third novel in the series and Rodney is still very much missing and unaware he is helping to bring down his friends and family in Pegasus and after the failure of the first retrieval mission things look bleak. Atlantis greets some old and new friends from Earth but before anyone can get settled the city is attacked by forces loyal to Queen Death, the city survives mainly intact for all but one critical element. However we also see that Sateda in a small way is rising from among the ashes of it’s former civilisation offering hope to Ronon but there are always other worlds and groups looking to exploit the resources of worlds unable to protect themselves. It seems diplomacy will be the tool of the day to protect and nurture alliances within the humans of Pegasus but the consequences of the bargaining being done could be severe…
Allegiance is another fine addition to the Legacy series, Melissa and Amy have done a great job incorporating new and previously seen aspects of the Atlantis tv show into this series and maintained the pacing and entertainment value while holding true to the spirit.

Stargate Atlantis: The Furies (Stargate Atlantis, #19)Stargate Atlantis: The Furies by Jo Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The threat of Queen Death escalates not only to every human in Pegasus but also to the factions of Wraith who she is alienating thanks to her scorched earth policy and together they face a stark truth. There is no help or salvation but from themselves and they all know in their hearts that the current dynamic within Pegasus has been shattered forever, for Pegasus to survive will take not only a military alliance but a fundamental shift in attitudes from everyone. This is the situation which has Teyla once again embracing the part of her which is Wraith and taking her place as a Queen for only a Queen can influence and manipulate the events in the direction which could mean a future for all.
The Furies by Jo Graham once again gives its all to lovers of Stargate Atlantis while enhancing and massaging the established canon from the tv series, some may see this as a bad thing but Legacy has to evolve the characters, it would have happened on the tv show and maybe in a similar direction. I still adore diving deep into the Wraith culture and the introduction of Waterlight was beautiful as is how the Wraith see the humans. The overlay of their worldview on the Atlantis command structure and personnel is inspired and makes so much sense and as is often the case it’s the lack of understanding and insight which blocks potential solutions from being seen.
With the revelations and events in The Furies we can only look forward to their consequences in the next Legacy novel “Secrets”, can’t wait.

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Dec 292011

  Well I said I might come up with a little something for the holidays and while this small edition of The Gatecast doesn’t include the review I had intended to do (Big Finish Audio Story) it does have the review for a Stargate SG1 novel.  Sometime in 2012 I would like to do an indepth review of some of the audio books out there for the franchise assuming funds and time allow it because I think along with the novels they are all we’ll have for years to come.  So we present a review of Ashley McConnell’s Stargate SG1 novelisation and the favourite episode entries to the 100th ep competition we had earlier this year.

Ashley McConnell Website

Fandemonium Stargate Portal

Have a great New Year

 ♥ Stargate Forever ♥

Dec 182010

Welcome to the bonus episode and a small review of an SG1 novel. Trial by Fire written by Sabine C Bauer is the first SG1 novel I’ve read and it’s existence is very much inline with the highly successful Pocket Books series of Trek paperbacks. I’m not sure if we’ll squeeze another show in during the holiday period especially since the next release date is Christmas Day but we are returning in the new year and that will be with the season 4 premiere “Small Victories”.