Out of the Darkness (Babylon 5: Legions of Fire, #3)by Published 31 Oct 2000
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Centauri Prime declares war on the Interstellar Alliance in Book Three of the epic trilogy that continues Babylon 5's brilliant legacy . . .
Blind to the fact that he is a pawn in the Drakh's deadly strategy, Centauri prime minister Durla launches an overwhelming blitzkrieg, sending Centauri warships to devastate other races' homeworlds and pave the way for total conquest. Yet Durla is forced to fight a war on two fronts. Even as he mobilizes the massive space fleet for its glorious attack, resistance leader Vir Cotto works feverishly to counter the Drakh's evil influence on Centauri Prime.
Emperor Londo Mollari possesses the key that can reveal the presence of the Drakh, but to do so would spell disaster, so he is forced to remain silent. But when the Drakh bring another pawn into play--David Sheridan, son of Alliance president John Sheridan--the time for silence may be past. If Vir and the Resistance are to prevail, it will be only through action, and with help from very strange allies . . .
Out of the Darkness (Babylon 5: Legions of Fire, #3) Reviews
I had a hard time rating this book. On the one hand it brought the story full circle and wrapped up plots left over from the show and first two books nicely. On the other hand parts were very rushed and the characters created for the books were undeveloped.
Characters from the show: Peter David did a fantastic job writing the already established characters. You could hear their voices while reading and their growth in the years between the end of the show was (mostly) handled very well. I wish Peter had done more with Marial . The whole love spell that Galen put on her from book 2 turned her into more of an accessory than a character. She was relegated to be a tool used to show Vir's development (more on that later) and to show how much of a prick Durla is. It's a shame that David went to the well of victimizing a woman in the story in order to provide a source of guilt for the main character. Granted this was written pre- Women in Refrigerators movement but the fact that this is in there feels dated. Especially when the show didn't go that route. Marial was NOT a sympathetic character on the show or when she first came around in the books but by the end she was pathetic. This was the one point regarding Vir's growth that I couldn't get behind. He purposely put her in harms way even though she was not in her right mind leading to her being regularly abused by Durla. He had to make a lot of hard decisions but that one was impossible to forgive.
Characters created for the books: Everyone from Durla, to the members of the Centauri ruling class, to Vir's resistance members were undeveloped. They were either cookie cutter characters (the Centauri general is no nonsense and by the book, the former miner thats with Virs group is gruff and unassuming, etc) or so expendable that they didn't warrant any additional development. This left it so when something happened to one of them you didn't really care.
There were several parts that I would have liked more on. Vir's resistance doesn't show up too much. G'kar is just left in a call to rot and mostly forgotten about until the end. David's kidnapping by the keeper happens so close to the end that there was little time to give that event the depth it deserves.
Initially I gave this a 4* review. As I started with the review though I really saw the flaws. A lot of the flaws come from the rushed feeling of the book. It's like watching a 3 hour movie that had to be edited down to under 2 hours for TV viewing. It's still entertaining but there isn't a lot of meat to it. This may not be fair to the book itself. The entirety of the trilogy is less than 900 pages. Whether this was the authors choice or the publishers (considering most of the B5 books are the same size I suspect the later) I dont know. Whatever the reason, that necessitates a condensed story and the book as a whole suffers for it. I still enjoyed it in spite of the flaws. It brings the story to a satisfying yet quick conclusion.
It also delivers one of the best Garibaldi lines:
He's just about to kill the main Drakh in order to save Vir. Before pulling the trigger he says "What's up Drakh". That sums up the characters humor to a T and made me laugh out loud.
As with any TV series, I am very reluctant to read most novels based on the series because of the simple fact they tend to diverge significantly at certain points. Peter David is one of the few authors whose works I am a genuine fan of, for no other reason than he stays faithful to the series itself. "Out of the Darkness" takes Babylon 5 fans and casual readers alike down a rabbit hole of intrigue, lies, war, politics, and redemption with amazing imagery, brilliant dialogue, and the sort of expounded plot that keeps your attention while providing critical details. David develops the characters of the Babylon 5 universe in such a way one wonders why this trilogy was never made into a movie series in first place (thanks for nothing, Warner Bros!) A few small glitches in style and continuity vis-a-vis book and series are easily resolved using some inventive flashback moves, but what this book lacks in minor issues it makes up for in so many other ways.
In this final book of the “Legions of Fire”-trilogy we get an answer to almost every question the Babylon 5 TV-series left unanswered.
The famous Star Trek author Peter David offers a story that is structured in a way that doesn't allow the reader to lose any interest for a second. The story is packed with insightful characterization, story twists and dramatic moments, is emotionally stimulating yet by no means is it sentimental or overly melodramatic.
“Out of the Darkness” is necessary reading for anyone who watched the TV-series, since it offers so many answers so many viewers have been searching for. It gives you something to think about for days.
"Out of the Darkness" is, without a doubt, the best Babylon 5 novel so far. Indeed it’s one of the best if not the very best Babylon 5 story ever told in any medium. A masterpiece, truly and honestly.
Peter David's Centauri trilogy comes to a conclusion with a rivetting and entertaining book. To say I'd been looking forward to this one is a bit of an understatement. But I will admit I approached this book with a bit of excitment--and a bit of dread. After the superlative set-up not only by Babylon Five but also by the first two parts of this trilogy, part of me was prepare for a disappointment.
It never happened.
In a short 250 pages that literally fly by, David answers the questions raised by such superb B5 episodes as "War Without End" and "Coming of the Shadows." He brings to a close the character archs for Londo and G'Kar in satisfying ways. And even though long-time B5 fans know how it all ends, the journey there and the emotional ramifications of what we discover in the end may surprise you. I will admit they surprised me.
I would love to sit here and bring up plot points from the book, but to do so is to ruin the reading expereince. You've got to come to it with a set of fresh eyes to really enjoy what happens here. I will say this--if you watched and enjoyed Babylon Five, pick-up this trilogy. It's got the goods. And if you've got someone you are trying to hook on B5, this is a good place to start. David does a nice job of keeping the plot going while giving subtle reminders of important points to the readers. He doesn't summarize who episodes but he does give enough clues so that it will jar memories of long-time fans and let fans who might not have seen the series yet in on the fun. I will warn you this trilogy is far more satisfying if you've seen all of Babylon Five's run, but if you're a new fan or just want a good read, you can't go wrong here.
I really enjoyed this. It was wonderful to get to have the gaps filled in, the arc completed, watching Vir come into his own. The final piece was perhaps a bit simplistic, but sometimes the simplest stuff works best. Now, I just need to see if I can find books about the Drakh plague, and the stories that would have comprised the spin-off series.