Dickson has set himself a difficult task with the three Bleys books. They're the story of someone who's isolated, humorless, full of himself, self-pitying, and almost completely unsympathetic. Moreover, he's static. None of his accomplishments and none of the people who come to love and admire him really change him; he remains his mother's emotional victim throughout. This makes thematic sense: he projects his insecurity on the entire human race, and wants to return it back to the womb represented by the Earth. But it would be hard enough to make the reader care enough about such a character to keep him interested through one book, let alone three. I felt that I understood Bleys quite well enough after Young Bleys, and the next two books were simple a collection of incidents, as unnecessary as the rescue sequence in The Chantry Guild.
|Hal books(The Final Encyclopedia, The Chantry Guild)||Bleys books(Young Bleys, Other, Antagonist)|
|At the time of the attack on Hal's home, the Others control almost all of the human worlds.||The Others control only the Friendly worlds at that point.|
|Bleys's mother was a Friendly, and his father a Dorsai/Exotic crossbreed.||Bleys's mother |
|The Others try to keep hidden that their power to persuade comes from their Friendly background.||Bleys first becomes a public figure as a member of the Friendly parliament, and it's well-known that he grew up on Association.|