This is the last book in the Terok Nor –series which focuses on the Cardassian occupation of Bajor and starts a little bit before it. First book is Day of the Vipers and the second book is Night of the Wolves

All of the books in this trilogy have pretty epic scope; they span decades and have a very large cast. So, they might feel a bit disjointed at times. I’ve enjoyed all of them and heartily recommend them for all Deep Space 9 fans. They are definitely the best DS9 books I’ve read (admittedly, I haven’t read many of them) and easily in the top 5 of all Star Trek books I’ve read (I’ve read every TNG book made before A Time To… series (they were never shipped here. Distribution just stopped.) which might say a bit more).

This book covers Occupation years 33 to 41 and in the end, it gives a glimpse into the liberated Bajor. There are many, many people in this book and none of them emerge as a clear main character which is as it should be. It’s about the destinies of the people caught up in a violent occupation. Many of the characters from the previous books are seen here as well as many minor characters from the show from Kai Opaka to Vedek Bareil to Jaro Essa and the Bajorans inhabiting the colony at Valo II. Gul Dukat is, of course, the prefect of Bajor and he views the Bajorans as ignorant children. Kira Nerys, Odo, and Quark are all major characters. Kira is a part of the Shakaar resistance cell and some of her missions are described. Here, we finally see how Odo could stomach working for the Cardassians (I don’t entirely agree with it but the writers had to take him there somehow).

We get a look at the Cardassian side of things, too. Not all of them are happy with the Occupation although the reasons for that tend to be more patriotic than just a concern for the Bajorans. Some of the Cardassians are afraid of what the Occupation is doing to the Cardassian Union and its citizens. In many ways, the Bajorans are more united than the Cardassians because they have a clear enemy to struggle against.

Most Bajorans are just trying to survive as best they can. However, they are united in supporting the Resistance and also keeping their religion alive. In contrast, most Cardassians look down on religions and have outlawed their most persistent religion, the Oralian Way. Some of the Cardassian characters are struggling to keep the Oralian Way alive.

There are also some discussions about the Prime Directive. Perhaps understandably, the Bajorans are quite bitter about the fact that the Federation didn’t come to their aid while the Cardassians think of the Federation as weak. Even some the Federation characters are quite frustrated with the limitations they must live with.

At the back of the book, there’s an Appendix about the character and places mentioned in the book. Unfortunately, as I discovered, it’s pretty hard to use in an ebook. Apparently, Microsoft Reader just isn’t equipped to handle any kind of going back and forth inside the same book. Anyway, the Appendix itself is mightily useful. It even lists the first appearance of the characters mentioned.