Guys. Guys! I can’t! I just can’t! Okay, let me get myself together and get on with this review. As you may remember from when I reviewed the first Saga, I love this series with all four chambers of my heart. I can’t remember the last time that I have dived into a series and not had to stop myself from doing any eye-rolling or reading through a ho-hum part to get to the next good part.
The whole thing is good parts.
So the story is narrated by Marko and Alana’s child who provides much needed context from much farther in the future. However, I had kinda forgotten about this conceit, so I had a little bit of an issue piecing together who the narrator was at first. But once I got it, it all snapped back into place.
At the end of the first collection, Marko’s parents port in, because all of the moon-horn people can cast a variety of magic. So they came looking for him since he had run away from the army and become a peacenik. Unfortunately, on their way in, they banished the babysitter ghost to a nearby planet, and Marko insists that they go find her. So while he goes to find the babysitter and his mom follows, Alana is left with his dad, and because of the long-running civil war, they have plenty of not pleasant attitude for each other to go around. And at one point, the ship on Alana’s request traps him in some vines so he can’t get out. He can’t just magic himself out because in this universe, you have to give up a secret to cast a spell. And he reveals the secret that no one knows: he is going to die within the month from an incurable disease.
So they become better friends, and dadturns out to be an armorer, so he spends a chunk of time weaving clothes for everyone that have all sorts of magical enhancements. Back on the planet, turns out, it’s not a planet. It’s an egg, and a massive time sucking beast is being born out of it.
And that’s just one of the stories.
Then there’s The Will, who goes back to Whore Planet to get the Slave Child out of hock. Gwen, Marko’s ex, has decided that she wants to find him and punish him for his half-breed spawn, partly out of duty to the army she’s in, but mostly because she’s been scorned. Seriously, a lot of this is like Dynasty in space, but that’s okay. I love some high emotion borderline camp moments.
There’s also the backstory of how Alana and Marko ended up together, basically falling in love over a romance novel that serves as a metaphor for how everyone should just get along.
Oh, and computer prince is still after them, and at the end of the collection, he has them cornered and he doesn’t even know it yet.
The art. The story. The characters. It’s all frikkin fantastic. The only bad thing is that volume 3 doesn’t come out until the end of this month.
JMF Rating: 8.5/10
‘Til next time,