I picked up both Vulcan's Forge
a few months back. I set Forge
aside, but went ahead a read Heart
because I'd heard that it ties well into Serpents Among The Ruins
and especially The Art of the Impossible
. Turns out that it definitely does! A couple of slightly different interpretations here and there, but overall, they mesh very very well.
I wrote the following (spoiler-heavy) review right after finishing Heart
, for my own reference.
I picked this one up for cheap at a used book store. I’m working on catching up on my “classic” TrekLit.
I’d heard great things about this book going in, and I wasn’t disappointed. The world-building on Romulus and Vulcan is delicious, as is the fleshing out of Spock and Saavik’s betrothal.
I loved all the little continuity nods, both to canon and to other TrekLit. (Of course, the order is backwards here; most of the “references” to other TrekLit are, in fact, other, later TrekLit referencing this book.) Sometimes it felt a little Small Universe-y (Tomalak’s cameo, especially), but overall, not bad.
Fascinating glance into a young, impatient, headstrong Picard. I’ve yet to read the Stargazer novels (haven’t heard great things about them), but I might pick them up after this.
I did feel I was missing a bit by not having read Vulcan’s Forge beforehand, mainly during the sequences with Ruanek. Wasn’t too bad though.
Really loved the slang used by the Romulan children (“double-shine!”), along with all of the linguistic repercussions of multiple hells (“What the hells?”, etc).
Sort of a shame that Spock’s first major trip to Romulus occurred when he was crazy. But I also loved the glimpses into his early works at Unification.
Was nice to see Narendra III developed, along with the Enterprise-C and alt-Tasha, though I feel that it was a bit of a false climax for the book (of which there were a couple more). This was the only real shortcoming of the novel, I think; the rhythm sometimes felt a bit off.
Overall, an excellent work. Fits into its niche very well, lines up seamlessly with the work that had existed beforehand, and fits extremely well with the work that came after, all while being very readable and attention-holding.
4.5 stars out of 5.