While the Picard/Crusher romance is central to the novel, I found myself more interested in the Romulan political situation. Following the coup by Shinzon and his eventual death, the Romulan Empire finds itself in turmoil. Tal’aura, the senator who set off the thalaron weapon which killed the Romulan Senate, is now Praetor, while a significant faction of the Romulan military opposes her rule. While I’m not the biggest fan of Sela and feel that she is a bit overused in the novelverse, I thought it was interesting to see Tomalak again. In Death in Winter, he is the commander of the military forces loyal to Tal’aura, and it was fun to imagine Andreas Katsulas once again delivering lines in Tomalak’s bombastic manner.