George V. Reilly

Review: 1634: The Bavarian Crisis

1634: The Bavarian Crisis
Title: 1634: The Bavarian Crisis
Author: Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Baen
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 690
Keywords: alternate history
Reading period: 13-23 February, 2008

Another book from the 1632 series. This one largely develops a new plot. The arch­duchess Maria Anna of Austria is sent to Bavaria to marry the newly widowed Duke Maximilian, and finds that she’d rather not. She flees Munich in the company of two Grantville women, triggering a major crisis.

The book is en­ter­tain­ing but it’s marred by ob­ses­sive­ly detailing the enormously com­pli­cat­ed re­alpoli­tik of Mit­teleu­ropa. Still, it’s one of the good books in the 1632 series.

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