Overall good story, good pace, the romance was a nice slow build, and I liked trying to work out the world setup through hints.
I guess Jane Fletcher is found of the sob-story for all her main characters, but it's well constructed and the end is pretty satisfying.
The end of this book introduced the Temple and Celaeno's history, so I don't feel out of the loop historically either and many question I had from Shadow is now answered.
Instead the book, in part one, presents us, the readers, with Sergeant Chip Coppeli accepting a new private, Katryn Nagata, into the 23rd Ranger squadron as her underling. Then, suddenly in Part Two, we are way back in time when Katryn Nagata first joined the Rangers and the 12th Ranger squadron (the same squad that was in Shadow of the Knife). Because I didnt care I already knew Katryn had a fucked up existence in her first posting, had been accused of murder, had the accusation dropped but left in a way that rumors still follow her, etc. Foreshadowing isnt the right word. Katryn applied 9 years after having been in the Militia after having risen up to Sergeant a position shed have lost if she transferred over to another military service (the Rangers). They, as in the Militia as the Captain of the squad turned over the investigation to the militia, couldnt line up the evidence in a way that would find Katryn guilty (there were very important reasons why). Where-upon Katryn arrived as a transfer really old Private to the 23rd Squadron.
Chip was the star of this book, for sure. The third act definitely picked things up; the murder mystery aspect was really cool, and really well plotted out, lots of nice twists and turns. Lots of things that appealed to me personally, and it helped that I loved them as characters in the first place.
Maybe because I did read Westernfort first and this helped me tie the pieces together. Anyway, this is a critical piece of the series so it is a must-read to get the whole picture.
Aspects of this book that worked for me: * The world. I latched onto terms like gene mother and enjoyed finding out what they meant and how this world worked. She had been through some hard times prior to meeting Chip, and I wanted things to work out for her. Aspects of the book that didn't work for me: * The slow pace. Katryn doesn't start telling her full story until page 78 on my Nook, so I spent longer than I felt I should have wondering whether the entire book would be about uncovering the mystery of Katryn. The book picked up the pace when it switched to Katryn's story, but, even then, it took a while to get to the murder. I finished the book feeling a little confused about some of the details, but it's possible that things would be clearer to me if I went over the explanation a few more times. My interest in Katryn, Chip, and their world was more than enough to carry me through the book's pacing. I finished Rangers at Roadsend quickly and immediately wished I could read one of the other books in the series.
This book was fascinating because it's a lesbian romance and a cold-case murder mystery. The part of this book that's weirdly addictive is the fantastically real way the author writes this sort of military setting and cast of characters. I've never thought reading a book about, basically, what is a fantasy equivalent of the army rangers or green berets would be interesting, but it totally was. At first you wonder if the Rangers are just women-only, or if maybe this book just doesn't have male characters, and it isn't until about 2/3 of the way into the book a character mentions in conversation "Do you understand what I mean when I say he?" and you realize, men just don't exist at all. Quickly you just accept that this is the way it is, and read on, not really needing an explanation for WHY there are all women - maybe assuming it's just a MacGuffin setup for the entire lesbian romance.
Her love of fantasy began at the age of seven when she encountered Greek Mythology.