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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The best book I have ever read. Thought provoking, mind expanding, I loved it so much I immediately read it again. If you love science fiction, this is the ultimate. If you love Halo, this book is a must read, as it fills in history and starts an entirely new chapter in the universe. I can't find many faults here, except for the fact that i wish it was longer. After i read it, my brain kept dreaming, kept thinking of the possibilities. This book was perfect for me. If i had to choose one phrase, it would be mind expanding.
Easily the best thus far. Greg bear has become one of my favourite authors because of this book.
Dune. While not as ground breaking and eternally memorable as Herbert's work, the comparison gives a potential reader the echelon of tale about to be spun. Like Herbert, Bear is obviously highly intelligent and takes the matter of his story to be a four dimensional fluid concept, and not merely a 300 page jaunt down a-few-bucks lane. Things, all of them, are thought out.
The Didact. Part army sergeant, part Gadalf, part man who knows his race is about to be extinguished, I thought he was mesmerising like the Grey wizard, but far closer to someone you mourn for in passing.
Extreme in the sense that one truly never knew what to expect, especially not at the end. Upon that final paragraph the height of reaction was 'WTF?!' in a tremendous way. Unlike almost any Science Fiction attempt I've seen, that has tread the minefield of prequel eras, this story actually enhances what happens 100 000 years later, in feeling and in depth.
I'd recommend this book to any lover of fiction, especially those who've grown stale on what they thought was Sci-Fi. From Dune to the Ender series, Verne to Asimov, Bear and this work belong on the path of 'fiction to reshape fiction'. I hope other Halo and established universe writers take note of what can be done.
Greg Bear's work is absolutely a must for any Halo fan who has wondered about the Forerunners and their society. His writing is phenomenal, and the narrator was absolutely perfect for young Born. Although he went a little Scottish at the end, but the rest of the book was captivating and amazing!
Honestly, I didn't like the book in written form. So as a true Halo and Greg Bear Fan, I tried it on audible. Its significantly better in audio form. The plot truly came alive in this venue. He's no Eric Nylund when it comes to Halo Novels, but still pretty good.
Its an alternate approach to Halo, focusing on the Forerunners. Although the Forerunners are a plot point in the Halo book and comic series (as well as the games), they aren't developed characters until Greg Bear takes a swing at it here.
The invisible maze to the Cryptum is well developed.
Worth a listen for a Halo fan.
I enjoy the medium of audiobooks, and Halo: Cryptum is among the very best in this medium, and certainly the best of the Science Fiction audiobooks I have listened to.
The Moon Maze Game - somewhat juvenile and predictable
Robopocalypse - pretty standard fare
Pandora's Star - The first book of this series - a charming tale
Judas Unchained - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
The Dreaming Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
The Temporal Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
The Evolutionary Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
The Memory of Earth - Just as good as Halo: Cryptum
The Mote in God's Eye - A real classic and a great story
Impact - Predicable, but enjoyable nonetheless
Blackout and All Clear - Loved this time travel tale - an Anglophile's dream
The Draco Tavern - just plain fun to listen to
Excellent voice and dialect control, but occaisionally dialog between characters became a bit of a challenge to the listener
Forerunners are powerful, but even they need all the help they can get.
Keep adding classic SciFi titles to the Audible library.
story was so captivating i couldn't stop listening to it
the first description of the halo rings blew my mind
Yes, a growing plot throughout, starts somewhat confusing and slow but builds and builds into an enthrawling novel full of realizations.
Brings the Halo series into a whole new light.
The words of the captive... so cool.
Many surprises kept me riveted and interested.
This novel provided a believable and fascinating origin story for many races from the Halo games, including a great history for humanity that I did not expect. I would not recommend it for those who are looking for an action-oriented title as there is little of that here but it can be surprisingly gripping to learn of the decisions and events leading up to the world of the games. I do believe anyone who enjoys the Halo story will get their money's worth out of this book.
Cryptum gives the reader a much broader view of the Forerunner civilisation. I felt the story draged on in many places, possibly due to its writing style being less action packed and not as relatable as the previous novels involving humans.
Still very enjoyable and a must read for Halo fans.
The first 4-5 chapters were very slow, I even fell asleep at one point. BUT if you can get past the start it speeds up quite a bit. Ends up being a very good listen.
I rarely, write reviews, but I was very surprised by the star rating on this audiobook that I had to say something;
This audiobook is by far one of the best audio books I've listened too.
It's been a while since I read other greg bear classics (forge of God, anvil of the stars) but Halo: Cryptum is something else.
Even if you don't care for the XBox games, this story is incredible.
Just the thought of a space faring human civilisation pushed to the brink of extinction tens of thousands of years ago resonates excitement within.
The reader is exquisite, very good at emoting the alien narrator.
If you are on a monthly credit scheme, jump in, just be aware it's shorter than you might like.
Very enjoyable. Can't wait for book three as I listened to the first two books back to back.
"Unless you're a Halo fan, a definite no."
Preferably I would give this 3.5 stars (but that ain't possible). Everyone who is a fan of the Halo series is looking for more information of the elusive forerunners. Even with Halo 4 out there is still much that isn't known ABOUT them, not just the events leading to their disappearance. In this respect, the book is excellent.
Regrettably that's where the good points end, the plot itself is fine but it is drawn out with so much waffle that even the narrator sounds bored, which doesn't help, despite being a comparatively short audiobook.
Unless you're a halo fan looking for more information, this would be a one star rating (two if you're lucky) and absolutely not worth getting.
"Really rather dull"
I found the whole thing to be rather dull, but I know nothing of Halo the game, so maybe I'm missing something because of that.
In summary, events are strung together with no real depth.
This is the first of a series, but wont get any of the other books because I simply don't care what happens to any of the characters and there's nothing in the book I want to find out any conclusions to.
"No where near has good as the other books"
I found this really boring. It moved way to fast with little explanation as to what was going on. Slowed down around the boring bit. I'm a massive halo fan so will continue reading/listening to part2 of this trilogy but really was hoping for more.
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