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StALeR 31 – Legacy: The Furies (Part 8)

Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies

SGA #19

ISBN: 9781905586578

All the feels this post!

I briefly mentioned in part 2 that Guide set Sheppard up a little when he asked about Carter. Guide thought that Sheppard was Carter’s Consort and was simply playing Carter and Teyla against each other.

This is the part I was referencing.

Teyla and Sheppard are obviously a thing so it’s a little weird that the Wraith wouldn’t pick up on that when they’ve picked up on Carter and O’Neill.

Only thing I can think is that Teyla shields so well they’d only be able to get Sheppard’s side. Considering how many times he’s encountered Wraith Queen’s I can see him building a type of shield or tolerance to the mental aspect, but it’s also likely that he and Teyla practice together.

That’s not the feels part though (at least not the one I’m wanting to discuss a tiny bit).

After they leave Waterlight’s Hive, Guide, Sheppard and Teyla start a conversation that leads to some interesting places. Teyla sees that they have to work together, in truth, to defeat Death. Not these partial alliances that generally leave both sides unhappy and having lost something.

Guide isn’t so keen on trusting them considering how many times he’s been burned by their agreements before.

He’s also not happy about the fact that Teyla has put his men and himself in danger by playing her games.

The Wraith Cruiser she’s using?

One of Death’s from that big battle not too long ago.

And with her making waves concerning alliances with other Queen’s, Guide is definitely in trouble when Death finds out.

And we don’t doubt that she will.

For now though, we get to the feels.

After Teyla asks him to meet them at different coordinates, Guide makes an excuse to step away. Not far enough that he can’t hear them talking but enough that they don’t know he can still hear them.

He doesn’t trust them and wants to know what they’re planning…preferably before he becomes an unwilling guest of Atlantis again, and this is what he hears.

Sheppard telling Teyla he didn’t expect her to come rescue him and Teyla replying, “did you think that I would ever leave you?”.

The feels aren’t from them though, but from the fact that Queen Snow and Guide had a similar encounter long ago and he remembers it now.

I’ve talked about it quite a bit (and will no doubt continue cause why not) but I think it’s really important that we get to see some of what made Guide who he is.

The death of his True Queen is one of the defining moments we know about that made him who he is now and that’s the person that’s willing to do a heck of a lot that’s considered out of the norm for the Wraith.

We’re getting closer to the really good parts of the Legacy series, which is saying something because it’s all the really good parts!

For now, I shall let y’ll go.

Next week will be about what presents I got for Christmas because my Christmas was postponed due to reasons. Lots of books, I’m sure!

Until then, stay safe and I’ll see everyone later!

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StALeR 30 – Legacy: The Furies (Part 7)

Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies

SGA #19

ISBN: 9781905586578

Yay, I’m back part two!

I’m pretty excited about this considering how tired I am (worked 4-11am today on five hours of sleep and God bless everyone who does that normally!!) and wanted to update on things to come.

More StALeR, of course, but there will be a few interruptions because one of my all time favorite authors has the last in a series coming out next Tuesday! (2-23-2021)

If you haven’t read Karen Marie Moning’s ‘Fever’ series you should go do that. It’s a dark fantasy series but is shelved in romance because before this series she wrote a Highlander romance series (that is actually a small part of the ‘Fever’ series) and so the publishers felt it would sell better if marketed to her current fanbase…which is now much bigger!

Having said all that, I will be writing up a review or more about the book (KOSAL= Kingdom of Shadow and Light) and maybe the series as a whole and scheduling them for late March or early April in consideration of the spoiler ban that will be in place. The ban is generally only two weeks long, but there’s no reason to post the reviews so early anyways because I’m not sure if they will be extra posts for the week or taking the StALeR review’s place for the week.

Exciting things to look forward to!

But now to what you came back for…

More Guide!

Initially, I was going to talk about Waterlight and Steelflower’s interaction and how Waterlight didn’t just bow down to Teyla because she was stronger. I really liked how Waterlight didn’t throw her father under the bus when Steelflower asked if he spoke for her, instead, she simply confirmed that he was still Consort.

This insinuated (at least to me) that he can speak for her on certain things but she is still Queen and has final say. It’s one of those tactful things to say when you don’t want to show weakness to a stronger entity. Not a lie but it does leave things open to interpretation later on.

I’ll most likely bring it up later because of what happens with Guide and all that, but it would be a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read the whole series right now.

So!

This week we talk about Guide coming to the rescue!

Immediately after what happened last week, Teyla talks to Waterlight and calls her sister. Claiming a kinship to the Osprey Wraith line (which Thorn notes is an old way of doing things) Teyla makes it clear that she is willing to stand against Death and will happily call anyone kin who stands with her.

A ship then comes out of hyperspace and Thorn (I’m really liking him and would love a scene where he and Guide just go off with their dry humor!) says that Teyla can prove her claims now.

Of course she doesn’t have to because it’s Guide and the two play along with each other as if he were a concerned Consort and arrived before he was supposed to.

Here’s the thing.

We know better.

He had no idea what she and Atlantis were planning (more on that next week) which means that he was coming to try and negotiate to get Shepard himself.

He would have done one of two main things (we all know he would have had plans within plans) which are to pretend to have been sent by Death to pickup the human or get them to join his alliance.

Either way, I very much doubt that Shepard would have been left with Waterlight and her Hive.

I honestly don’t think Guide would have killed Shepard as a ‘last resort’ if he hadn’t been able to convince them to hand him over because Shepard is far too valuable alive. Guide isn’t stupid and no doubt knows that the only reason Atlantis has ever dealt with him is because of Shepard.

Would he have succeeded in getting Shepard?

Absolutely.

He has far more men so if only by sheer number would he have been able to get Shepard back. He doesn’t have to because of Teyla, but it is interesting to theorize what he would have done.

I can see Shepard being a guest of Guide’s for a while.

At least until he could negotiate for more favorable terms with Atlantis on several fronts.

Would he have kept him prisoner?

Nah.

Again, it would be stupid to do so and Guide isn’t stupid. Keeping Shepard on his Hive would be a great risk because he would have to answer whenever Death called (as much as it galls him to do so for anyone claiming to be his Queen) and the entire point is to keep Shepard, and anyone else with knowledge of his dealings with the humans, away from Death and other like-minded Wraith.

The conversations and interactions between Shepard and Guide would have been hilarious I imagine since they’re so much alike.

And that is all for this week because this is much bigger than intended due to the KOSAL info.

Ya’ll have a wonderful week and I’ll see ya next time!

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StALeR 29 – Legacy: The Furies (Part 6)

Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies

SGA #19

ISBN: 9781905586578

I’m back!

Okay, one of the funniest scenes we are going to talk about today is the one where Teyla/Steelflower goes to rescue Shepard from Waterlight.

Those two are cute and they work very well together. We know both of these things from the series’ (TV and book). What makes this particular scene so dang funny is just how bad it really is!

When I first read through the book I cringed at how bad the dialog was, but this second/third time through (I’ve lost count) I realized something.

Their acting is very similar to old, cheesy, movies where the acting was over the top because that was the ‘thing’ back then. Not that it’s a bad thing, just not the more realistic acting we’re familiar with these days.

If you’ve ever watched Star Trek Voyager, you may recall the episodes where Tom Paris and Kim Harry use the holodeck to play Captain Proton (and more memorably where Captain Janeway has to play Queen Arachnia to save the day!).

This scene is not unlike that!

When Teyla calls John a ‘puny human’ (this is where I cringed the first time) it’s cringe worthy because of how over the top bad guy it is.

Noone talks like that.

We knew that Shepard would play along the moment he saw it was Teyla, but the amount of bad acting was spectacular in its cringey-ness.

At one point, Teyla tells one of the younger Blades that he’s pretty but not too smart (paraphrasing here) and Jo Graham (the author if I haven’t mentioned before) makes a point to mention that Shepard makes a strangled noise here.

We ALL know he’s doing everything he can not to laugh out loud and ruin it because I have no doubt that if he started laughing then Teyla wouldn’t be able to keep up the pretense any longer either.

Whether she would laugh out loud too or simply give him one of those amused looks I can’t actually say, but the jig would have been up.

Outside of the bad acting where Shepard pretends like he’s taken over by Teyla/Steelflower and falls to his knees before her, he also has to pretend to be enthralled or under her power. As such, back to the over-the-top thing, he kisses her boot.

I seriously can’t stop laughing at the imagery!

Think about it ya’ll!

Shepard had to have shown Teyla all sorts of movies and I can completely see the two watching the older ones with this kind of bad acting. They could have gone a different way here, but this was the quickest and they, correctly, figured the Wraith wouldn’t be able to tell they were acting so long as Teyla kept her mind shielded from them.

After they get home, and to safety, I can see them having a good laugh recounting this to people. Rodney would find it hilarious, though I’m not sure about Ronon.

Something else to consider.

I’m sure the incident is relayed and gossiped about amongst the Wraith after the fact and Guide no doubt will eventually hear about it. I’m guessing he’d get a pretty good laugh out of it too.

He and Shepard have the same kind of humor after all.

Alrighty!

Thank you for checking in this week and I hope that this post made up for last weeks.

Be bright and don’t let the world dim you.

Until next week!

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It happened…

This will probably be the shortest post ever.

I apologize because there really isn’t a fun Atlantis post this week. I am in my second week of working two jobs and haven’t acclimated yet. I’ll be getting next weeks’ ready tomorrow so there’ll be that but this week it’s just an apology.

Sorry!

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StALeR 28 – Legacy: The Furies (Part 5)

Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies

SGA #19

ISBN: 9781905586578

Having read the last weeks’ worth of posts you can understand how happy I am to get to see (through the emails) parts of SG-1’s lives after the team went their own ways.

However, as I mentioned about two weeks ago I believe, a more intriguing part of the story is about how the Wraith know about Carter and O’Neill.

I wanted to bring this up again (this is, I know, about the fourth time) because it’s not only greatly fascinating, but it’s also brought up in different ways throughout Legacy.

The fact that Carter has an older blade for a Consort back in the Milky Way Galaxy!

First and foremost.

How the heck do the Wraith even know about him!?

Mind you, there is book 20 in the Legacy series which has O’Neill showing up again in Atlantis and even negotiating with Guide, but that is later and the Wraith know about him now.

So how the Wraith know about him would be anyone’s guess…except that I’m here so I’ll be the ‘anyone’ guessing!

The fact that Carter and O’Neill are in a relationship isn’t really surprising. It was made clear in multiple episodes, throughout the shows run, that they had feelings for each other, so their being in a relationship under the radar isn’t what I’m talking about because we already know about it.

I want to know how the Wraith know!

Because they do. Before they meet him!

O’Neill was in Pegasus that one time before when the Altaran’s are killed by the Asurans and the city is taken over. Outside of that, I’m pretty positive he would have made a point to see, if not talk, to Guide while Atlantis was on Earth.

However!

I feel like the Wraith knew about them before even that. As in, back when Carter was in charge of Atlantis.

——

I had to take a few minutes to find what I needed, but sure enough in ‘The Lost’, Dust tells Quicksilver what he knows about Atlantis.

Which includes the information about Carter/She Who Carries Many Things becoming Queen of Atlantis and confirming Sheppard as her Consort. The Wraith considered that to be a formality only though because they knew of her Consort, O’Neill/Trickster, back in the Milky Way galaxy.

This suggests that the Wraith knew for quite some time that Carter and O’Neill were a thing.

A return to the question of how.

I’ll give to you that it’s possible they know about O’Neill now which is why they believe Sheppard’ confirmation as Consort was a formality. As in, they thought Sheppard/Guide really was her Consort until Wraith Guide came back after meeting O’Neill and telling others about him.

What does this tell us?

The Wraith are a bunch of gossips.

Although Queen’s no doubt talk to each other, they would most likely only share information up to a point and rely on their Consort’s and others to get information for them as they mingled with their counterparts.

Thus, gossip.

Which is totally fine and would explain how they know about O’Neill.

The romantic in me, however, has another theory.

We know the Wraith are telepathic and that’s their main way of communication. We also know that they can influence human minds (remember those ‘shadows’ they can make people see?), so it isn’t that much of a stretch to think that they can read human minds to a certain extent.

In the case of Carter and Weir, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t try too hard to get information out of them if only because they were seen as Queen’s and that just isn’t done. But a quick skim to acknowledge their position would almost be an automatic thing for the Wraith and would garner them an incredible amount of information.

And since Guide dealt with Carter quite a bit, he would have plenty of time to peruse her mind and establish that Sheppard wasn’t her Consort in truth.

We all know, and love, that Guide doesn’t necessarily play by the rules, so I can totally see him pushing it when it comes to reading Carter’s mind. As long as he isn’t caught, what’s the harm?

My theory is that’s what happened. Guide got a good look into her head enough so to let others know that Carter had a Consort back home.

Why would that be romantic?

Because Carter’s feelings for O’Neill would have to be pretty strong for a Wraith to pick up on without going far deeper than would be appropriate, by Wraith standards.

Even Guide has limits to how far he’ll go.

And that my peeps is what I think about how the Wraith know about O’Neill before ‘meeting’ him later on in the Legacy series.

Unless anyone else has a theory that’s what I’m going with.

Have a fantastic week and I’ll see everyone soon!

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StALeR 27 – Legacy: The Furies (Part 4)

Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies

SGA #19

ISBN: 9781905586578

Carter emails part 2!

(just picking up where I left off last week!)

Sam writes to Cassie, who is doing her bit as an underling so she can (presumably) join the SGC, and encourages her in her current underling position. Carter was in the same position once and knows what it was like. She also, and I REALLY love this part, asks Cassie to check in on O’Neill. Make up some excuse (though it was easy enough to find a legitimate one) to get him to come over and spend time with her.

Maybe tell O’Neill that her car is having trouble, or the plumbing for her room, or something.

It’s a very Carter thing to do because she also no doubt told O’Neill a similar thing so the two would have excuses to lean on each other even when they think they didn’t need to.

I always enjoyed when they’d bring Cassie back into the show. Back when shows were long running because they did stuff like this where the fans could see important secondary characters again.

Cassie would make a great addition to the SGC and since she’s essentially family it makes sense that Carter never lost touch. Even thought Dr. Fraiser was the one to raise Cassie, I feel like Carter was in her life as much as she could be. I’m not sure what kind of relationship it would be though. Aunt? Sister?

Whatever it was, it’s one of those things that keep fans coming back for more.

Moving on.

Carter doesn’t just send emails she also receives them!

The first one she reads is from Daniel (I know, you’d think she’d skip to Jack’s, but that’s okay cause Daniel is awesome too).

Daniel tells her a lot, including that he understands what she’s giving up to be one of the first starship commanders from Earth. They’ve been doing this for almost fifteen years and they’re all around forty now (except Teal’c but that’s different) and they wanted to do it.

They all made a choice and are happy with their decision to keep at it.

But, as Daniel says point blank, he’s getting to the point where he’s done. O’Neill knew when that time was. When he could no longer go through the Stargate and do what had to be done.

Jack O’Neill got out when it was time.

And Daniel Jackson sees that time coming sooner, rather than later, for him.

Daniel also says that he knows what Carter has given up and that in being in command of the Hammond for even just a few years, will pretty much guarantee she’ll never have children of her own.

I don’t remember what Carter’s thoughts are on the topic specifically, but considering Cassie, I’d say Carter wouldn’t have minded having kids of her own. Unfortunately, there’s an age where it really isn’t safe to try and carry a pregnancy to term and Carter is nearing it.

Almost to the end of this post ya’ll!

The last email we see is one she has saved to be sent to O’Neill in the event she dies.

It just says that she doesn’t regret anything.

We all know she isn’t just referring to her time as part of SG-1, or even referring to their relationship. It’s exactly as she says it in the email (have tissue ready cause you’ll probably cry!).

But it doesn’t get sent because she doesn’t die so we’re all good! (wasn’t going to leave ya’ll in suspense about her fate).

Thank you for once again joining me and I’ll see everyone next week!

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StALeR 26 – Legacy: The Furies (Part 3)

Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies

SGA #19

ISBN: 9781905586578

As promised, this week we shall be talking about Carter and her emails! It will actually be a two-part post because of the whole ‘keeping things short’ thing.

Why are we talking about emails?

Because Carter and her emails are fantastic.

(I don’t actually have to have a reason because who doesn’t love Carter?)

We all know that Carter was given command of the George Hammond after Mr. Woolsey took over as leader of Atlantis. We also know that she absolutely loves it because it’s pretty much the best thing ever.

The downside is that she isn’t with her team anymore.

SG-1 slowly went their own ways, but are still very much friends. What they went through all those years isn’t something they’ll forget anytime soon and they rely on each other maybe even more so now than when they were fighting the Goa’uld and Ori and everyone else.

For them, going through the Stargate was everyday normal.

Now?

Teal’c and Daniel are still doing their own thing, while also being a part of SG-1 under Cameron Mitchell.

O’Neill is a General and doing his best to keep the SGC and Atlantis from being taken over by idiots or de-funded because politicians don’t have a clue or care about anything but themselves.

They’re still doing what they love, just without each other close by in case things go south.

Carter’s emails are a perfect glimpse into how her life is different without them, while also letting us know that they’re right there when she needs them.

First email we get to read is for Jack O’Neill.

Of note, her email to O’Neill is a personal one, separate from the professional reports sent out, and she apparently writes an email almost every day.

What’s particularly emotional about the emails is that she knows her friends so well she intuits how they will respond to everything she types up. It’s basic stuff. Telling them she’s okay, that things got a little hectic, as they do, and they were doing what they could to fix it.

But (and this is why I love books so much!) the author makes it clear that despite the careful words, Carter knows how O’Neill will read the emails.

All the little things she can’t put in them because she doesn’t know who will be reading them and they both have careers in the same military branch so fraternization is still frowned upon.

I love that the author chose to let us into this part of Carter’s life and that they (throughout the Legacy series) chose to let us see how the founding Team is still doing. They say a heck of a lot for not saying anything, ya know?

Carter imagines what O’Neill, or Jack as she’s apparently calling him now *wink- wink-nudge-nudge*, will be doing when he gets the emails.

Sounds like she has firsthand knowledge of what he looks like in the morning, what he drinks and his morning habits/routine.

This makes me really happy because everyone rooted for them to be together and they kind of are.

Not officially, of course, but they are definitely in a relationship. There is just no way for her to know the things she knows simply through conversation.

Her other emails are similarly a wonderful look into what’s been happening since they were a team together.

However, we shall get to her other emails next week, because of life, and I will bid you adieu for now!

(ya’ll should be grateful that I stopped myself because I was about to go off on a tangent about Carter and O’Neill and how the heck the Wraith know about that?! That will, apparently, be another post of its own!).

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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year everyone!!

I know it was supposed to be Carter’s emails this week however, I thought I should welcome everyone to the new year and give an overview of my plans…which are pretty much the same as last year come to think of it.

This post will be short because it’s a simple ‘this is what’s planned for the year’ kind of a thing.

The bigger news first.

Last year was difficult for everyone, though I was blessed to be able to work the entire time and not be put on furlough (I was part of my stores core crew while the store itself was closed to the public. Curbside pickup and such) the hours were much shorter as I only worked 3-4 days a week for the first few months.

With the epic support of my family, I was able to keep up with bills, but not make any progress towards paying them off (as had been my plan). Which is why I put in multiple applications around the area for a part time job.

I am (God willing) about to start in such a position while still working my full-time job.

And now for the smaller news.

The posts for the majority of this year will be much shorter than usual because I won’t have as much time to do them. They will be Stargate still (I have about a dozen to go yet), and I will keep everyone appraised of the RPG news too, but there won’t be much deviation into my crafty things (prob won’t have time for those) or into my writing.

I am truly hoping and praying that I will be able to get the worst of my debt paid off by mid-year, but we shall see.

Hopefully this post isn’t too down-in-the-dumps, I just wanted everyone to know why the posts will be shorter and why I may miss a few, though I will try my hardest NOT to have that happen.

Don’t forget to be lights and I will see ya’ll next week!

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StALeR 25 – Legacy: The Furies (Part 2)

Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies

SGA #19

ISBN: 9781905586578

Drones, not quite as brainless as I thought.

So, I’ve mentioned the Drones a bit and how I didn’t think they were very sentient. Since they have to have a Wraith Commander control them, I thought they were simply mindless puppets.

This may be an oversimplification because in the first few pages we have a Drone ‘talking’ to Queen Winterlight.

Unless I missed something earlier on (and it’s possible) the Drones don’t really think for themselves. It’s more along the lines of being given standing orders and following them, but without more information (and I can’t think of the next books having any) I’m stuck not really knowing how the Drones operate.

Since it isn’t a burning question I have I’ll just leave it and bring it up later if I do in fact find something else that would answer the question.

Unless one of ya’ll has the answer?

Moving on!

I may be a little confused about the whole Consort thing.

Initially, I thought it was purely a husband/wife type thing, and that is part of the definition. However, with the Wraith, it sounds like the title of Consort doesn’t necessarily disappear if the Queen dies.

Winterlight’s father is referred to as Consort and so is Sheppard (Consort of Atlantis). Guide names himself Consort to Queen Steelflower, but it was mentioned (in a previous book) that Death’s blades didn’t think Guide shared Steelflower’s bed.

Here’s my thoughts.

Consort does mean the whole husband/wife thing but can also simply mean a protector/advisor/counselor type person.

I think that (based on things Guide has said or thought) the Wraith consider Carter to be Queen of Atlantis with Sheppard acting as her Consort (in the sense of a protector/advisor/being-in-charge-when-she’s-gone type) as they know (somehow) that Carter has an older Blade as her Consort back home (O’Neill).

Teyla is considered to be Carter’s heir. A young Queen, as Guide has called her often enough, who is still learning but definitely able to handle herself when need be. There is a scene where Guide realizes that Sheppard and Teyla are more along the lines of husband/wife (in reference to the Consort thing) though he first wonders (and sets Sheppard up a little) if Sheppard is attempting to pit two Queens against each other (Teyla and Carter).

As for Winterlight’s father, who is still called Consort even by her, I think this is another example of an advisor type Consort. Since she is so young, her mother is dead and no other Queen (as far as they know) is willing to enter into an alliance with her for safety’s sake, Thorn does his best to guide her and keep her safe.

It’s most likely one of those word things the Wraith do ya know? Like their names being a multilayered thing that can change as they do. Consort is a multilayered word that can mean husband/wife but also protector/advisor or something along the lines of a person so close to the Queen that they trust them implicitly to carry out their will even in their absence.

Having said all that, guess what?

This post is done!

Probably the shortest I’ve done in a long time, but I like it.

There’s far more I want to talk about, but if I try to add even one more thing to this post it’s going to hit over 1,000 words. So, I will stop it there and next week start talking about Carter and her emails!

See ya then!

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StALeR 24- Legacy: The Furies (Part 1)

Stargate Atlantis Legacy: The Furies

SGA #19

ISBN: 9781905586578

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!