Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies
We have arrived at book four of the Legacy series and it starts SO good ya’ll and, as always, only gets better!
Sheppard is on a Hive, but it isn’t Guide’s and as far as he knows, it isn’t good either.
We, on the other hand, get to see all the fun stuff, including a new Queen!
Queen Waterlight is young, possibly the youngest we’ve come across yet, and she’s responsible for a Hive in the time of Death which means she has more than her fair share of trouble to stay away from.
The only reason Death hasn’t killed Waterlight yet is because Waterlight and her Hive are, currently, too small to be bothered with. This is a good thing as we see later on, but for now we have our dear Sheppard a prisoner on her Hive and they plan on trying to use him as a bargaining chip for their safety.
What I like about Waterlight from the start is that she is young and completely different from any Queen we’ve come across to date. She isn’t sure of herself and I like that we get to see this finally.
Wraith can’t always be sure of themselves and the Legacy series has already given us a look into Guide’s head and how afraid he is of being found out and his concern for his Hive and everything else. Watching the series, we see them as these immortal creatures that are always sure that they are the top of the food chain and have nothing to worry about, but that isn’t true at all.
What we get to observe in the books is that they are just like us and if you think about them in those terms while watching the series, your perspective will be completely different.
Remember when Guide lost that first Hive over Atlantis so long ago and seemed to shrug it off as unimportant? Or when the Atero device was activated and two of his Hiveships were destroyed, that we saw, right in front of him?
Having read the Legacy series, you can’t re-watch the tv series and not see things differently.
He had to have mourned. There’s no way, from what we know even so far from Legacy, that he wasn’t affected by the deaths of his people. Can you imagine how awful it had to have been? I know I touched on it for that episode, but it has a different impact now that we’ve been inside not only his head, but other Wraith as well. They have families and friends. They play board games and dress to impress sometimes.
And they’re unsure of themselves a lot more than they let on.
Now we have a young Queen who has inherited her mother’s Hive and is doing the best she can for them. Taking her father’s council while also trying to be her own person isn’t easy and we get to see that, but she’s got a backbone and will be alright.
Sheppard on the other hand…is still a prisoner and is concerned about Teyla, Ronon and the Marines that accompanied them to try and save Rodney.
What’s cool about this book is that it starts out with Sheppard being worried but then trying to get his mind off things in a way we’ve seen before.
So not only do Sheppard and Guide have the same Wraith name, but they both have similar coping mechanisms. Though I doubt it’s exclusive to the two of them, I still find it fascinating that the authors wrote them this way.
I’m not sure if it was intentional, but Guide went into his head, while a prisoner on Earth, and no doubt whenever a prisoner of Atlantis, and walked familiar Hiveships from his youth and from when he was Consort to Queen Snow. Sheppard starts out walking familiar paths in the Middle East from when he was deployed, but then switches to Atlantis’ corridors which are far more comforting to him now.
The similarities between the two is just too much fun, I have to say.
However, that’s about all I’m going to say until next week because we all know there’s a heck ton more I want to talk about, but I am (despite evidence to the contrary) trying to keep these shorter.
Until next week!