11 OctNever-Ending Sacrifice 40/52

I was a little worried going into this next book since I didn’t enjoy the Star Trek book I read. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but they are frequently hit and miss for me. I’ll read one and absolutely adore it; the next one I read I end up not enjoying at all.

DS9: Never-Ending SacrificeStar Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never-Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack is one that I adored. It’s funny, because many of the things that I didn’t like about the last Trek book I read were what made me enjoy this one.

Never-Ending Sacrifice, though set in the Deep Space 9 universe, focuses very little on any of the DS9 characters. In the Season 2 Episode “Cardassians”, we are introduced to Rugal, a Cardassian orphan adopted and raised by Bajorans. Aboard the space station with his father to see if setting up a business there would be viable for their family, he accidentally bites Garak when he is frightened by the Cardassians. This leads to an investigation into the matter, and it turns out that Rugal’s real father Kotan Pa’Dar is still alive. By the end of the episode it is decided that Rugal will return to Cardassia with his biological father.

This book picks up where the episode leaves off. We follow Rugal and Kotan back to Cardassia, where the boy now has to learn the Cardassian ways. On a world so different than where he grew up, Rugal struggles and often ends up with a conflicting viewpoint than that of his father. He tries numerous times to find a way back to Bajor. Unfortunately the effects of the Dominion War make things difficult, not to mention the political challenges faced by Kotan and how they end up affecting his son. The story ties together many episodes of Deep Space Nine, despite Rugal not making an appearance in the show.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fresh take on the universe and served as a means of fleshing out the story we experienced in the TV show. The readers are able to learn how Cardassian society really works. After reading the book I had more interest in this society, to the point where I thought it would be fun for a further exploration of a Cardassian story in the Star Trek RPG I play in.

Because this novel is more like a standalone, I didn’t mind that the Deep Space 9 characters weren’t present very much like in the last DS9 book I read. Had they been around more I think it would have felt forced and not suited this storyline very well.

I definitely recommend this book to Star Trek fans, particularly those who would like more of an insight into the other cultures that make up the universe. Five Stars!

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