"Sword of Damocles" (plus "Forged in Fire") was my holiday reading for my trip to Brisbane over Christmas/New Year. I was able to devote whole slabs of time to journey through both novels. I found they both moved at a great page-turning rate, and the authors managed to tick almost all my boxes of expectation.
A brief but welcome interlude with Pava (from the Paramount/Marvel "Starfleet Academy" comic) again this time, but the author managed not to indicate that she was actually an Andorian, IIRC.
I know many people like to complain that the Titan's crew diversity is a distraction, but I was riffling a regular novel the other day and the author was making no attempt to remind us about whether human characters were tall, short, dark, fair, old, young, strong or frail in most scenes, so I find that the "Titan" authors do make sure we remember inportant attributes of its unique cast of characters whenever necessary. Mostly.