And this is still my biggest, and probably only, problem with Beyer's Voyager novels. She really only deals with the main characters, and only a few of them have any real development. I mean, this is the third book since Torres and Paris got back together again, and he's still going on about how he can't believe his life has turned out so great and that 10 years earlier he could hever have believed to be in such a place in his life right now.
And I get that that's a special place, but let's have something more for this guy already.
See, with original characters I can often take them or leave them. With the ent-e characters, it's predominantly "leave", but with the voy relaunch up to COTS, it was most definately take.
I'd disgaree with you in that COTS was heavy on original characters, with O'Donnel, Farkhas and her crew featuring a lot in it, and those were the best bits. Sadly the only original character Eternal Tide really focused on was Eden, and for me that was a mess.