(Second part of review; see "The Dreaming Void" for first half.) This time around the author feels the need to throw in way too much sex; it's not erotic like it was in Pandora's Star / Judas Unchained. It feels adolescent and contrived. In Eddyard's world there is a lot of swearing, except it's so stupid. They have a religion based on veneration of "The Lady" - who knows why - and every curse phrase substitutes "The Lady" for where we would say "God" ... e.g., "The Lady damn you!". This becomes silly to the extreme. Here's an example of how bad this is: at some point, one of the wizards says that going into the House of the Blue Petals was "the ruin of many a poor boy!" - the Animals would love this, eh? The ending reveals little, and certainly doesn't leave you hanging in suspense such as the end of Pandora's Star. This whole thing reminds me of how much I loved Snow Crash, only to find the succeeding novels not nearly as good. Well, there you have it - it's up to you!
The book is part 2 in a series that seemed more fantasy than science fiction. The enjoyable part of the novel is seeing how characters introduced in the 1000 year prequel
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well this the first book of the trilogy, but really its the 3rd book in a 5 book series - starting with PS (Pandoras Star), JU (Judas Unchained), then this book and the 2 after it also, you must read all 3 for this story to make any sense, so treat this like 1 huge book - its not necessary to read PS and JU first but if you haven't then there are some characters in here that are a little misunderstood if you haven't read about them in PS and JU
Being the first book in this group if you are expecting any kinda understandable ending you aren't going to get it until you finish the 3rd book so don't even try to figure it out, just go on to the next book and wait till its over because its great
This is really 2 stories in 1 here, and they will come together in the end and all will make sense, really good sense as Peter F. Hamilton always does
This is the book that sets up everything for the next 2 books minus a few little surprises thrown in in book 2 and 3
there is this Void in the middle of the galaxy and what it does is expand at times over the millions of years its there and destroy anything it touches, like planets and stars and such - it is determined that this will destroy Earth and the rest of the galaxy if not stopped and there are like 100 million people wanting to go in there because of the dreams of someone who dreamed what is actually in the Void and what you can do there
in the Void you can use telekinetic powers and talk to people with your mind (as well as something even more cool but I don't want to ruin it for you) but technology doesn't work at all for the most part so no one has any, its like it was in the 1900's or a little earlier on Earth but they have recorded records for 2000 years or more, detailed records also
people came in the Void somehow and caused it to expand and that's not good, so the like 100 million people who want to go there have to be stopped
LIstened to the first book in the series and couldn't wait for this one. Ahh. But I had to as it took a year to release this one after the 1st one. Start by reading the first one or you might get lost. Have fun.....
This author for me is real enjoyable but not my favorite how ever keep up writing like this. great story with the dreams i kept waiting for the next Ediyard dream. but where is ozzy leaving us with a promise to see him in the third book? i enjoyed the heck out of this book really waiting for the third. john lee is one of my favorite narrators i enjoy his work.