. . . that will have serious and lasting consequences for some of our continuing principal characters.
I'm very tired of "serious and lasting consequences." They seem to be most of what the non-TOS line consists of these days.
I don't think it's any coincidence that the only Destiny
-era novel I've enjoyed (Zero Sum Game
) is the only one I've read that took an incremental approach to character development and plot advancement. Aside from the entirely gratuitous graphic sex scene, it felt very much like a novel from the heyday of the DS9 relaunch (which used incrementalism very effectively).
Most novels today seem to be following a similar model to that used on the Star Wars novels since the advent of the New Jedi Order, which favors "shocking" and often brutal status quo changes in rapid succession in the service of a shallow progressing narrative.