HALO orginally takes place some 500 years in the future, Cryptum takes place 10,000 years in the past. This book takes you back but in a way that you don't feel lost. It explains the history of history, and does it in a way that one can easily link back to future.
The main character, Bornstellar (spelling is hard when you listen to a book) has a unique position and is placed in a difficult world, one that will be ending soon.
Bornstellar's home world in the Orion Nebula made my imagination run wild with a fascinating sky of stars and nebula. The vistas and architecture could be seen and I felt like I was on an alien world when I read.
The book is very much a history of the Forerunners, while it is based on the life of Bornstellar there is a detachment that I have, knowing that in the end these people will ultimately meet their fate with the HALO's
This is a great book for those of us that are into the HALO universe. I would recommend reading the other books before starting this series.
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