Matters get even more complicated in Ms. Moons CHANGE OF COMMAND (4), a December hardcover, which explores the inevitable political aftermath. When the Speaker is assassinated and a variety of villains step forward to take advantage of the situation, the widow and the daughter of the Speaker find themselves in danger of losing everything. Meanwhile, a mutinous conspiracy gathers momentum, relations are strained with the real Lone Star Confederation, and the Benignity of the Compassionate Hand finds itself forced to take drastic action And on top of all this, Esmay and her fianci must deal with the hostile objections of their respective families to their proposed union. Although many plot threats are left hanging in soap opera fashion, fans will relish the clever intrigue, the outstanding characterization and a perfectly applied dash of humor.

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer