Jeff Sinclair, former commander of Babylon 5, embarks on a new assignment that will change him forever...literally...in the first novel that creator J. Michael Straczynski considers "an official, authorized chapter in the BABYLON 5 storyline," as he puts it in his Introduction. Assigned as the Earth Alliance's ambassador to Minbar, and then more or less cast aside in the name of political expediency, Sinclair is told the truth about the ancient race known as the Shadows, and of their return to our galaxy. He is also given a new challenge: Reviving the Anla'shok, or Rangers, an elite fighting force that once led the battle against the Shadows, and that is destined to do so once more.
A number of loose ends from the series' early seasons are tied up here: Sinclair's journey from Ambassador to Entil'zha, Marcus Cole's origins and training as a Ranger, and the fate of Catherine Sakai, Sinclair's fiancee. Most importantly, it shows the beginnings of the road Sinclair takes that will eventually lead to his ultimate destiny.
Drennan's premiere novel reads much like an episode of B5, and with good reason...she has written for the show before, and the characters shine through very strongly. A number of questions are answered, while still others are raised, and the ending will have you hanging on the edge.
A essential read if you want the whole B5 story, and a well-written story overall.
Title: To Dream in the City of Sorrows