"DeCandido takes what must have already been a highly developed story — needing to fit into the Deep Space Nine relaunch, as well as tie in to the Gateways storyline — and puts his stamp upon it. The happy result is a highly charged romp which tears along at maximum velocity, though pausing artfully to allow the characters the kind of introspective moments of which DS9, even more than the other Trek titles, makes a specialty."
---Kilian Melloy on Demons of Air and Darkness, wigglefish zine, 11 September 2001
"This is yet another excellent addition to the Relaunch series. DeCandido manages to beautifully balance and develop all the characters throughout the entire novel, while at the same time presenting an interesting and engaging story."In May 2001, Pocket relaunched Deep Space Nine in novel form by continuing the story following "What You Leave Behind" in Avatar Book 1 and Book 2 by S.D. Perry. The novels -- like the TV series -- have running subplots, recurring themes, new characters, and ongoing developments. Editor Marco Palmieri is to be commended for this undertaking, which has allowed DS9 to continue to thrive as a franchise even though the TV show is over.
---Virogen on Demons..., TrekPages, 1 December 2001
"My favorite of all the Gateways books, Demons is one of the finest Kira stories ever written and demonstrates great affection for the old DS9."Avatar was followed by two books that were part of larger miniseries. Abyss by David Weddle & Jeffrey Lang was the DS9 portion of the Section 31 series of standalone novels, each using the clandestine organization as a plot point. After that was my first contribution to the storyline, Demons of Air and Darkness, Book 4 of the Gateways crossover. Like the previous Invasion!, Day of Honor, Captain's Table, Badlands, and Double Helix events, Gateways was a multibook series that covers all of Trek. The plot focuses on the Iconian gateways introduced in TNG's "Contagion" (and also seen in DS9's "To the Death"), and includes all four then-current TV series as well as the prose-only franchises of New Frontier, Challenger (growing out of the summer 2000 New Earth event), and S.C.E. (in eBook form).
---Michelle Erica Green on Demons..., Trek Nation
"It is tempting to think that given the fascinating and complex cast of new and old characters assembled for this relaunched Deep Space Nine series, practically anybody could write a great book. But of course that would be completely insulting to Keith DeCandido, who is establishing himself as one of my favorites among the current staff of regular Star Trek writers."The crossover kicked off with an original series novel entitled One Small Step... by Susan Wright, which ties the Iconians into the TOS episode "That Which Survives." That was followed by the Challenger novel, Chainmail by Diane Carey, which also continues the story of Nick Keller, the Challenger, and the Belle Terre colony established in "New Earth." After that came the Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, and New Frontier books, which all take place simultaneously -- it's the most coordinated crossover since Invasion! TNG: Doors Into Chaos is by series co-conceiver Robert Greenberger, Voyager: No Man's Land is by Christie Golden, and of course Peter David wrote NF: Cold Wars (which picks up from the NF hardcover Restoration).
---Paul T. Semones on Demons..., The Library of the Prophets, 23 October 2001
"DeCandido's novel ... lives up to all the previous 'DSN relaunch' books preceding it while adding quite a bit to this crossover as well. Kira's maturing across seven years has never been more evident than here."Demons... includes some nifty things with Kira, Quark, Shar, and Nog, as well as appearances by the Jarada (from TNG's "The Big Goodbye") and the Malon (from VOY's "Night" and "Juggernaut"). The recurring characters Gul Macet and Treir had their novel debuts in this book, and the novel also featured a fight between a Hirogen and the Jem'Hadar Taran'atar, which was voted "Best Scene" in the 2001 Psi Phi Awards for Star Trek Fiction. (To read an excerpt from the novel, click here.)
---Tim Lynch on Demons..., TV Zone #144
"This novel moves. You are gripped from the opening paragraphs and skillfully drawn in to a enthralling plot that is adroitly executed. Adventure and heroics, balanced with humor, and several twists that just come out of left field make this story a joy to read. In addition DeCandido has taken the time to make the characters unique to the story as interesting and important as the regulars."Each of the six books ends with the lead character (Kirk, Keller, Picard, Kira, Janeway, and Calhoun & Shelby) jumping through one of the gateways, not knowing what lay beyond. The final book is called What Lay Beyond and shows what happened to each of them. My own "Horn and Ivory" has Kira going on an odyssey that changes the way she looks at her place in the universe. I am proud to say that this tale won "Best Short Story" in the 2001 Psi Phi Awards. (The eBook portion is a little epilogue featuring the Starfleet Corps of Engineers called Here There Be Monsters.)
---Jackie Bundy on Demons..., The Trekker Newsletter, 1 September 2001
(It's worth noting that in spring 2007, Pocket will release an omnibus entitled Twist of Faith, which will reprint Avatar Books 1-2, Abyss, Demons of Air and Darkness, and "Horn and Ivory.")
"It's a jewel of character study, given a loving level of polish by its author."After Gateways was a four-book series called Mission: Gamma, which had a two-pronged plot, one featuring the Defiant exploring the Gamma Quadrant while the Bajorans prepare to enter the Federation -- both of which turn out to be rather bumpy roads. The books include Book 1: Twilight by David R. George III, Book 2: This Gray Spirit by Heather Jarman, Book 3: Cathedral by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels, and Book 4: Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson. Then S.D. Perry returned to the fold to tell the story of Jake Sisko's Gamma Quadrant odyssey in Rising Son, then brought it all together in the long-awaited hardcover Unity, which brings many plot points -- some of them dating back to "Emissary" -- to a head.
---Kilian Melloy on "Horn & Ivory," wigglefish zine, 6 November 2001
"Keith R.A. DeCandido's wrap-up to Colonel Kira's journey through her lonely loss of faith is powerfully moving, and a seminal moment in the history of her character."There were a few other titles that tied into the post-finale storyline. Two were anthologies Marco edited: The Lives of Dax and Prophecy and Change. The others are the Klingon-focused The Left Hand of Destiny Book 1 and Book 2 by J.G. Hertzler & Jeffrey Lang.
---Paul T. Semones on "Horn & Ivory," The Library of the Prophets, 19 November 2001
"DeCandido's historic tale set on Bajor starring [Colonel] Kira is a gem."Next is Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: three books containing two short novels each. Each of the six novellas covers a world important to the DS9 storyline -- Cardassia by Una McCormack, Andor by Heather Jarman, Bajor by J. Noah Kym, Trill by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels, the Dominion by David R. George III, and, last but not least, my own Ferenginar. It's called Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed, and deals with the changes on Ferenginar brought about during the show, and the struggles of Grand Nagus Rom to enact the reforms started by his predecessor, Zek, and his mother, Ishka. Making life more complicated is an accusation of contract-breaking relating to Rom's first marriage to Lieutenant Nog's mother Prinadora.
---John Freeman on "Horn & Ivory," Dreamwatch, February 2002
"As enjoyable and satisfying as the four previous stories told in Volumes One and Two of Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine are, Volume Three saves the best for last and packs quite a punch. ... With Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed, Keith DeCandido demonstrates that he knows his Ferengi every bit as well as the Klingons with a serious story that still manages to be rousing good fun."That's followed by Warpath by David Mack, which introduces a new adversary and picks up the threads left dangling by the Bajor and Dominion portions of Worlds. Rest assured, the saga of Deep Space Nine will continue in 2007 with Fearful Symmetry by Leanna Morrow...
---Jacqueline Bundy on Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed, Trek Nation
"The Great Ferengi Novel is still David George's 34th Rule, but Keith DeCandido's Ferenginar is a sharp, wry, crisp piece of work that fits into the 'New DSN' plotline and still has scope for some delightful observations about our favourite elephant-eared capitalists."
---Tom Holt on Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed, TV Zone #187
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