I'm... really not sure what to think about this book. I think it might be my least favorite Peter David book so far, but that's not necessarily an insult, given how my brain explodes with squeee over his other giant novels.
I loved the beginning and end bits about Jadzia, though they totally made me WANT TO CRY. Worf/Jadzia really does make me squeee a lot sometimes. SORRY.
I loved Alexander. He didn't seem Alexander-y enough to me at the beginning, since he was rather uber-Klingon and, timeline-wise, I don't think "Generations" was that long after "Firstborn," but then I realized that it actually worked pretty well as a bridge between TNG Alexander and DS9 Alexander. (Since I was always "whu? When did you become a warrior, then?")
TOM. RIKER. I LOVE YOU, TOM RIKER. Thank you for not forgetting about him!! I swear, I waited FAITHFULLY for all of DS9 for him to come back. However, now I am unsure what to do about my longtime DS9 WIP "Crossing the Lines," where I was going to have Tom Riker play a major role, and the events of this book mess with that a bit. Do I take this book into account or not? That is the question.
The absolutely best part of this book is that it accounts for all the missing time between "Generations" and "Way of the Warrior" on DS9... and it actually makes sense! I love books written by people as geeky as me. It totally filled in all the gaps. I squeaked with joy when it explained how Alexander ends up back on Earth, and Worf ends up at Boreth... yay.
So, the bad. It almost made me a Worf/Troi 'shipper. No, not because it was so very convincing, but because everybody was against it. Including Worf and Troi. The contrarian in me got kind of riled up in response. I just wish it wasn't quite so heavy-handed about how they are WRONG WRONG WRONG! for each other, because it made them seem just plain stupid for being together in the first place. And as much as us viewers at home knew that... they didn't have to write a book where they got engaged just to badger them about it for three hundred pages. *shrugs* Perhaps if more of the book had been action and less had been meeting-the-family-and-them-getting-insu
And at the end of the book, I felt ripped off. Because... Riker and Troi don't get together (which, yay, canon, etc, but they could have at least had Deanna be the one to say -- reasonably -- that she needed time until "Insurrection" instead of Riker being a punkass). And yes, Worf learns the true meaning of Christmas, but JADZIA IS ALREADY DEAD. So, basically, it's a whole big romantic novel with no romantic resolution. Come on, people. I don't read romance novels just so that everyone can BREAK UP.
Oh, and the terminally geeky, since I know you were waiting for it: In the last scene, Worf cries about Jadzia. My first thought is "Wait, Klingons don't have tear ducts!" Someday I'm going to make some 35-year-old man in a Captain Kirk outfit living above his parents' garage very happy. *thuds head on desk*
So yes, I suppose I am... mixed on this book. I'll have to reread the first Imzadi to make sure it remains untarnished. Yayyy!