reviews were mostly about fantasy novels, so, today I will change the
tone; not a major shift since I am returning to a series I’ve
wrote about in the past 16xx.
series is a joined project of Eric Flint and David Weber; the novel I
wrote about is 1632, so today we are jumping one year, to the
next novel, 1633.
might remember, this alternative history; a West Virginia, XXth
century is being transported through time and space to XVIIth century
Thuringia. The series follows the Americans as they are trying to
shape their destiny amidst the Thirty Year War.
we deal with the initial shock suffered by both the Americans trying
to understand what happened to them, as well as the Europeans that
witness the miracle; we are also starting to see the way Europe’s
political and religious powers are adapting their plans.
is a book where we see the birth of a nation, 1633 is a book
where the young nation will have its baptism of fire to test its
viability. The new USE will have to fight armies and prejudices as
most enjoy about this series is the coherence of the world it
proposes; each detail is taken into account: the Thirty Year War, the
interests of the belligerents, the personalities of political,
religious and military leaders, the economy, the society, the
technology, etc. And this degree of detailed is applied to the entire
characters are well developed and believable; they are not the
caricature shallow things where heroes have all conceivable qualities
and the villains all the defects. People are people, they have
complexity, depth, and their way of thinking is heavy influenced by
the people, religion and class they belong to. If a character is
based on an actual historical figure, it borrows not only the name,
but the temperament as well.
who ask themselves how would they have fared if they could travel in
time, while keeping the know how and technology of today, this book
will be a wonder. If you do not believe me, read the first chapter
here; you will see conflict, love, drama, humor, and above all,