Looks like Doug Drexler showed us not the new station, but perhaps the construction office overseeing the building of the new station. Am I wrong?
Well, the description of the station at the end of the novels is completely different then what we see on the cover. I'm just guessing they didn't have time/resources to completely design a new station. And I'm glad of it. The station at the cover is just a standard administration station. The new DS9 should be something unique.
In any case, I voted outstanding for not just this, but the duology as a whole.
To me, things were left in a good enough place that, if DS9 and its crew were to never again be featured in Treklit whatsoever, I'm fine with that (even though I will always be a Niner at heart), but would definatly not mind more of it.
I'll be a bit vague from now on, so as not to spoil to much, but there will be some spoilers ahead, so be warned!!
SPOILERS DOWN HERE!!!!
The conclusion of Sisko's arc was satisfying. I really enjoyed reading his storyline over the last few novels, making it a very emotional journey. The ultimate ending of it all was something I'm very happy with.
Kira.... wow.... I was so sad at first, and cried out loud. But it's ok, when you think about it. After all that she's been through her entire life, this makes sense. But I can also see why some people might be dissapointed. But who knows what the future holds. The Emissary came back, so perhaps....
Odo.... Not sure what to think. I find that, perhaps, of all the original DS9 characters, he changed the most. Some of it made sense to me, some of it didn't. But it's been 5 or 6 years since we last some him, and people can change so much in so many years.
O'Brien, Nog, Bashir, Sarina... I was very happy to see both O'Brien and Nog returning, but both of them being back did feel kinda forced. The entire Bashir/Sarina/L'Haan thing, with Ro knowing about Sarina all the time... Bit forced as well.
I loved how the entire Romulan situation was resolved. I was so worried for the entire novel that yet again a praetor would be killed off, especially since this one was sort of put into place thanks to the Tzenkethi to make the Romulans a weaker partner in the TP. But I'm really liking Kamemor, and feel that the Empire finally has a change under her rule. And with Tomalak and Sela finally out of the way, perhaps things can finally look up for the Romulan people. That last scene between Kamemor and Sela was spot on, showing in what a fantasy world people like Tomalak and Sela are living, thinking that their struggle for power is actually benefitial for the Empire.
Vaugh.... I cried. A lot. For a little moment I really thought he would be back... and he was, sort of. But yeah, I cried. He was/is one of my favorite Treklit characters. Luckily, there are plenty of stories of his past that can still be told, so who knows.
So yeah, I finished this book in two days. Couldn't put it down. To me, it proved again that DRGIII is not only one of the better Treklit authors, who also has a grasp of the DS9 characters. Here's hoping he'll have another change to write them.