Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.
Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried - yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful elite. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle - as shepherds and guardians of all life.
Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder, just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans. He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors - long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent - forces his father’s hand. Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies. But powerful forces are at play.
On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny… and the fate of the entire galaxy.
This is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change - and of human origins. For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.
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I absolutely loved this book! But, I have read the other Halo books and played all of the Halo games. I can see how non Halo universe fans would get lost in the details of this book but for the fans it should be a must read.
I felt like Greg Bear did a great job filling in story gaps between the other books and games regarding the Halos and the Forerunners. Like, why is there a terra forma inside the rings?
Great book, can't wait for the next in the series from Mr. Bear.
Having played Halo 1,2, and 3 on Xbox; at the end of it all I found myself wanting more. More story, more answers, more pieces to the puzzle. This book gives you that! This book takes you back to the beginning where it all started. The story took a little time to grab me while I became acclimated to the setting and new characters but once it grabbed me I couldn't turn turn off my mp3 player. Holter Graham is pretty versatile in his characters, switching from one to the other in pretty believable fashion. My one nit pick would be his use of a sort of pseudo Scottish accent towards the end of the book for one of the characters you meet in the climax. It just sort of threw me off and took me out of the experience because the character is a Forerunner not a human. Like other reviewers, I too wished the story had kept going but I believe the authors’ intent was to leave us on the edge of our seats salivating for the next installment. I can’t wait for it to come out. Please disregard reviews by people disappointed in Greg Bear comparing his previous works to this one. If you’re not a Halo fan or a Sci-Fi fan of course you would have a harder time enjoying this book. If you are a Halo fan this book is most definitely you.
Halo Cryptum was a good read in my opinion. I do think it needed to be a little longer and needed more detail. I liked Greg Bear's writing overall, though. It was easy to read/listen to and flowed well. Holter Gram does a good job narrating, also. It's not my favorite Halo book, but it fed my anything Halo obsession. I would recomend anyone who loves the game , the other Halo storys and Sci-Fi in general to read this book. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
great bear needs to do the other books! Fantastic performance, rich voices, and great story! 10\10
This story is invigorating and extremely deep. The reader does an AMAZING job conveying the emotion in extreme detail and depth. Except for one time right near the end where he uses an (impressive) out of place Irish accent hahaha but I definitely recommend a read before Halo 5.
Let me start by saying that I love Halo and I really enjoyed some of the other Halo books especially Fall of Reach. But when telling the story of things that happened many millennia ago, you need someone who can blend those feelings of strange ancient wonder and epic galactic struggle from the point of view and perspective of a distant time, all while creating the lore that led to the present Halo universe. I can't think of anyone who could have done a more masterful job than Greg Bear. The universe he paints is beautiful and alien and yet very human. I highly recommend reading his other work especially the Eon series.
Even if you haven't read any of the Halo books or even ever played any of the games, Cryptum and the rest of this trilogy stands on its own and has the feel of any brilliant classic science fiction.
I can understand some of the complaints saying that this doesn't have the same feel of the other books. That military hard sci-fi feel. But this book is about galactic history so that's a good thing!
This is the story of the hubris of a civilization that can create solar systems, and the personal journey of a young Forerunner who finds himself caught up in a battle that will wipe out all life in the galaxy.
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