Shadow Captain is the second of the 3 Revenger series books by Alastair Reynolds, and its story begins precisely where Revenger left off.
…potential spoiler warning for those who haven’t read Revenger…
You can check out my review of book 1, Revenger here via this link.
Fura and Adrana have now been reunited, after disposing of Bosa Sennen and stealing her ship. The Nightjammer, previously known as the Dame Scarlet, is now sailing under the moniker, Revenger. The crew are adjusting to an awkward situation, having been thrown together by chance and circumstance, and are considering their next move. Meanwhile, they are travelling around space, visiting new worlds and baubles to maintain their food and fuel supplies.
To be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Revenger, however it had a reasonable story that was easy to follow, and featured enough world-building for me to believe that a larger story could be in the pipeline, if I could just give the series a chance to grow and develop. That being said though, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to pick up the sequels, had I not already purchased them.
Unfortunately, the first-person point-of-view switched from that of Fura in Revenger, to Adrana in Shadow Captain, and I’ve found myself struggling to remember that I’m now reading the story from a different perspective. I’m not liking this change in the slightest.
Truthfully, as far as plot or story goes, not much of real consequence happens. Shadow Captain is mainly playing a role in linking the first and third books together, rather than providing an exciting plot for readers to dig their teeth into. It’s stretched out and tedious, while the parts that should be exciting, fall flat.
Also, there are far too many missing words, or words misplaced within sentences, especially given that I’m reading a professionally published hardback copy from Gollancz, part of the Orion Publishing Group. These issues are somewhat expected from indie writers, or small publishers, but not with larger companies such as this. It’s not even just one or two silly errors either, it’s quite a lot, almost 30 by my reckoning.
I struggled my way through this novel, but having eventually managed to finish reading, and noted the interesting twist at the end, I’d probably give this 1.5 out of 5 stars. I’m in two minds on whether to read book 3, Bone Silence, especially since it is quite a hefty size at around 600 pages long. However, since I have it to hand, and am somewhat curious about the situation with the quoins, I’m willing to give it a try.