I love John Ringo. He needs to write faster, because this series is fantastic, but there are *no more books*! (There will be more.) Ringo has made it onto my list, with George RR Martin, of authors for whom I will happily do favors for the next chapter. (By the way, guys, should you somehow come across this, I make great cookies.)
Before starting this series, you should be warned there are not just one but two
"Mary Sue" characters---larger than life and everything the author wanted to be (or maybe is. I don't actually know. Maybe John Ringo really is a l33t SCA warmonger.) Herzer Herrick and Edmund Talbot are both amazing---but you do at least get to see the "zero to hero" transition for Herzer.
You should also be warned that the SCA, a self-confessed "cheap Japanese knockoff" of an Elf, spaceships, and dragons all do appear in this book. Therefore, since it's a Baen book, the elf, the dragon, and a (non-exploding) space ship are on the various cover of "There Will Be Dragons". As nakor
said "Jim Baen was born to publish John Ringo's books".
(The other covers have a mermaid and a winged girl, respectively).
Also, the title is literal---there will
be dragons in the first book, but you don't really see them until Emerald Sea
. There's one dragon in There Will Be Dragons
but you might miss her if you blink.
All warnings aside, the books are great. I had so much fun reading these that I am tempted to read them again, but I probably won't---there's too much else to read. The premise is fun (and doesn't wear out even with much exposition) and the characters are likeable and hateable and real
. Even the bad guys are smart---evil, twisted, and tricky, but smart---so you can really enjoy the good guys' victories.
The plot also twists in intricate ways---you know the battles will come out with the Mary Sue party on top, but then you think "wait, no, they're going to lose!". And then you turn a page and realize that they've got a plan. Then you turn another page, and realize that the bad guys have a plan, too, and it's a really good one. And then he totally blows you out of the water with the Good Guy plan to beat all Good Guy plans.
The one thing that's wrong is that I do somewhat wish I knew more about the SCA. It's not necessary to the plot, but I think there are a bunch of things I would have been more amused by if I'd been an SCA member.
All in all, I really really enjoyed this series. I should go read more Ringo. Books Read in 2006: 13.5