Star Trek Deep Space Nine finally draws to a close with the double-length episode What You Leave Behind. Diane Carey's novelisation transfers the story very effectively to the printed page, taking us inside the characters' minds as they face the climactic conclusion to their seven-year adventure aboard DS9. Carey adds a couple of extra scenes and some new dialogue, as well as the characters' thoughts and feelings, while remaining close to the television script. The action is handled well, with some excellent descriptions of the battles.
While the starship 'Defiant' leads a combined Federation, Klingon and Romulan fleet against the Dominion and its Cardassian and Breen allies, Kai Winn and Gul Dukat head for the Fire Caves where they intend to release the Pah-wraiths, false Prophets who they believe will give them immense power. Captain Sisko is central to both story lines. As the Starfleet commander of DS9, he is one of the leaders of the fleet, but he is also the Emissary of the Prophets, and only he can stop Winn and Dukat.
Everyone has something to do in this final adventure, and most of the plot threads are neatly tidied up. After seven years, it's hard to say goodbye, but this story does it well, bringing DS9 to a satisfying, if poignant, conclusion. --Elizabeth Sourbut