It was over before it truly began.
The reign of the Overlords, after their transformation was record breaking in how brief it was.
See, its things like this that sets Mark Ellis' Outlanders apart from all the vast majority of the other series that are available for reading.
Pretty much everything that is published by Gold Eagle is Episodic, or Stand Alone. They have no impact at all in the overall picture of the series.
Deathlands had it years ago, when Laurence James wrote it, and then the short period of time that Mark Ellis, Mel Odem and another gentleman named Terry were working together to try and keep the continuity intact.
However, that is long since gone, and the other series that GE puts out are suffering from it as well. Rogue Angel, Mack Bolan, Stoney Man, they're all episodic and thus suffer from it.
In many ways, Outlanders has more in common with a Television series than it does a book series. Take Stargate SG1, Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Jericho, and Heroes just to name a couple.
Each show has an overall Story Arch, and in some cases, the entire year is a story arch, such as what you have with Heroes.
But at the same time, each show has individual episodes that don't have much to do with the overall story arch, but still contribute to the series.
Outlanders is just like that. The first thirty or so novels the overall story arch dealt with the Cerberus Exiles attempting to overthrow the powerful Baron's while at the same time learning about Humanities hidden past.
Then the overall arch changed in Children of the Serpent. The Barons became the lost Annunaki pantheon, the Overlords.
Now, the arch has taken a major turn once again. The events in this novel deal a major blow to the Overlords, with the death of not two, but possibly all of them, and the destruction of Tiamat.
Individual episodes are good, but the episodes that contribute to the overall story arch are by far and far the best.
And this novel is one of the best the series has to offer to date.
Don't fret, it has everything that the fan of the series has come to expect over the years. Exotic locals (Egypt, the Sinai desert, even space). Beautiful women (the introduction of another character as well, someone who's true intent has yet to be revealed), adrenaline pumping excitement - especially towards the end... hell, who could ask for anything more?
A SOLID 5 out of 5.