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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The story is based on things that occured in previous books, so catching up with the story took a lot of time. The last chapter did not really have an end. I won't buy anymore from this series.
honestly I never thought I can enjoy the story so much and the setting that is my job probably has a lot to do with that As I am a police officer at a college campus that requires a lot of foot patrols at night so the calm peaceful night and dark skies combined with a very interesting story makes for a good shift thank you very much!
the ghosts of onyx felt like it was to close to the story of halo to do anything new, kilo five steps away from that and does its own thing very well
This book detailed the dark world of the intelligence community in the Halo Universe. Although unorthodox to the other Halo novels, this novel still captured my attention like a wolf pack hunting it's prey.
It can be a bit confusing at times, mis the multiple story lines to follow and keep up with with. At first I wasn't too "in" with the reader but he grew on me over the 15 hours. Preformed very well, seriously love how well he could change characters, and present them in a realistic way. Overall this was an excellent addition to an amazing lore.
Addicted to the Halo series. This one closes some doors opened in previous book.
Looking forward to the next book!
Amazing story would definetly read a leaves you whanting more overall such a great story
"Perfection in a nut"
Perfect narration of all the characters the story draws you in making you want more overall a brilliant book.
Great story! Enjoyed every second of it. Great finish to ghost of onyx story arc and great introduction to kilo 5
Great story set in the Halo universe, thoroughly enjoyed. Can't wait for the next part.
"worth checking out"
really enjoyed this book!! Picks up again with the Spartan II and catherine halsey with the capture of one of the sangehelli shipmasters Jul Tdama. if you have listened to any previous books some may have lacked a little bit this is great read, highly recommend.
"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.
"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.
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