The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground.
The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection. Meanwhile, the Arbiter, the defector turned leader of a broken Covenant, struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.
Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died on Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartans, and now she's broken some more to save them. Marooned with Chief Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, she finds that the shield world has been guarding an ancient secret – a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind.
As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity’s violent past begins to catch up with all of them as disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth, and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone’s loyalty to the limit.
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Man, I hope the rest of the trilogy is as good as this book - Glasslands deserves to be recognised beyond the world of franchise fiction as a damn good sci fi novel in itself - multi-layered, considered, brooding - its got a lot of personality for a novel based on a video game.
Also - please keep Euan on this gig - his reading captures the whole thing perfectly.
Yes, this is a great continuation of the story started in Ghosts of Onyx.
Glasslands is written quite similarly to Ghosts of Onyx, continuing the story and expanding to include a great new cast of characters.
Characters are well defined by the distinct voices he uses for each one.
None stand out as the whole book was great.
Great, intense, suspenseful
*SPOILER* I have to say that when they brought Halsey away. Or maybe the scene when the Sanghilei (can't remember his name) got decked by Naomy... Naomi... Whatever.
This book is an Amazing addition to the Halo Univeres and a major gap filler for Halo 3-Halo 4.
Yes and because it is a great way to pass the time and also I love the story.
Vaz was my favorite he was tough as nails with just enough compassion to make him really dangerous.
the accents made the story it made it very easy to fallow along with who was saying what.
I've enjoyed the entire Halo story, and Karen Traviss takes the story to a new level. Well laced with character building and humor, and less on the weapons and battle description (because lets face it, by now we know that stuff very well)
My favorite character would be Naomi. Ive always wanted to see a confidently humorous Spartan
all of them were very well done
Audiobooks are my way of easing the long commute to work! Thank you!
Definitely! This is a great piece with a lot of backstory for the Halo canon. Any Halo fan would surely appreciate it!
I liked Dr. Halsey. Her interactions with the spartans as well as her superiors was great to see and enlightening as far as Halo backstory was concerned.
The part where The commanding office and Dr. Halsey explain about Red and Blue Spartan origins.
Yes fore sure!
Great story and great addition to the Halo realm.
So far this is my second least favorite of the Halo books (the flood is my least favorite).
This is my first book by Karen Travis.
Hard to say. It was probably one of the scenes with Admiral Parangosky.
No, but I did enjoy it.
I really didn't like the way Dr. Halsey was written. Chief Mendez either. Pretty jarring change from Ghost of Onyx.
If the narration was not monotone, I would have enjoyed this much better
BB, AI are always very interesting.
His monotone made it hard to digest the information contained in this book. It was nearly impossible to tell when characters were speaking aloud or in their own heads. His voice droned on and made me want to stop listening even though I wanted to finish the story.
The story was fine.
Performances of audio books need to be actual performances, not just readings. I should have just picked up the book at the store so I could have read it myself.
flowing,enjoyable, satisfying minimum 15 words??????? and they only ask for three words!
the other HALO books
it was OK
This should be called "Crucify Halsey" rather than Glasslands as almost the entire story seems to be a vehicle for Traviss to replay time-worn cliches about govt abuses of power instead of the continuation of the Ghosts of Onyx. It seems as though she wrote this without reading any of the earlier stories. This reminds me of all the Atlantis myths and legends that grew out of Plato's mentioning of Atlantis, while only retaining a superficial relationship to the few lines mentioned by Plato. I found Traviss' version of Halo to be boring and uninteresting. In addition to being a waste of time and money, it's actually insulting to any fan of the game and the stories.
"Superb book and a must read for any Halo Fan!"
After reading/listening to all the previous titles i really looked forward to Glasslands as it followed on from the brilliant Ghosts of Onyx and it certainly didn't disappoint me. All aspects of the story flowed along at a steady pace and didn't come across as boring at any point. So if you are a Halo Fan then this book is a MUST Read or Listen (I had audio book version) and will not disappoint.
However if you are new to the Halo Series of books then avoid this title and you need to start from Harvest or Fall of Reach, either of those books has a more natural progression into Glasslands as this book will be difficult to understand if you have no prior knowledge of the Halo Series.
"Fast paced, and engaging."
Glasslands is set after the events of the third Halo game and follows a newly formed team of ONI agents called KIlo 5. The charcters of Vas, Mal, Phillips (or Phillys as the hinge heads call him) alongside Osman Naomi and the wonderfully wicked Black Box A.I. angage you immediately and your join them on their first mission. Alongside this is a parallel trhead of plot tying up the loose ends of Ghosts of Onyx in an intrigueing way. Game tie-ins get bad press in the main thanks to some truly woeful films, but Karen Traviss show how it should be done.
"Excellent continuation of the story"
Theres not much more to say other than this is brilliant. I was waiting for the next installment for my commute to and from work and I was not disappointing. Certainly as the previous reviewer noted, this is not the book to start the series on, but if you are already knee deep in the story its spot on. In fact, it is certainly setting up some of the story to tie in with Halo 4 game.
A must read if you are a fan of the series.
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