Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Volume Three
Ferenginar and The Dominion

Authors: David R. George III and Keith R.A. DeCandido
Pocket Books
RRP £6.99, US $7.99, Cdn $11.99

ISBN 0 7434 8353 7
Available 07 March 2005

Within every federation and every empire, behind every hero and every villain, there are the worlds that define them. In the aftermath of
Unity and in the daring tradition of Spock's World, The Final Reflection, and A Stitch in Time, the civilisations most closely tied to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine can now be experienced as never before... in tales both sweeping and intimate, reflective and prophetic, eerily familiar and utterly alien...

Volume Three of Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine consists of two stories based on Ferenginar and The Dominion.

Ferenginar: Quark's profit-driven homeworld is rocked with scandal as shocking allegations involving his brother's first wife, the mother of Nog, threaten to overthrow Rom as Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance. Making matters worse, Quark has been recruited by Rom's political adversaries to join their coup d'état, with guarantees of all Quark ever dreamed if they succeed in taking his brother down. While Ferenginar's future teeters on the edge, the pregnancy of Rom's current wife, Leeta, takes a difficult turn for both mother and child.

The Dominion: Since its defeat in the war for the Alpha Quadrant, the Great Link - the living totality of the shape-shifting Founders - has struggled with questions. At its moment of greatest doubt, its fate, and that of the Dominion itself, is tied to Odo's investigation of his kind's true motives for sending a hundred infant changelings out into the galaxy. As Odo searches for answers and takes a hard look at his past choices, Taran'atar reaches a turning point in his own quest for clarity... one from which there may be no going back.

The third book in this series, for me personally, is the best so far. The two stories centre on two of my favourite DS9 characters (Quark and Odo).

Ferenginar has the edge though. In this tale all your favourite characters are present and correct - Rom, Nog, Zek, Ishka, Maihar'du, Leeta and Brunt. Writer Keith R.A. DeCandido has the subtle characteristics of all the main players spot on. And of all the tales told so far in this series, this is the one that would have made the best TV episode.

The Dominion is also a good read. However, I don't know (especially after such short a time) whether getting Odo and Kira back together again was such a good idea. The TV series said everything that need to be said, and dragging Odo out of The Great Link and stumbling into Kira was not a great idea. Surely Odo could have undertaken his investigation without needing to meet up with her.

Both stories are enjoyable and will not disappoint DS9 fans.

Pete Boomer

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