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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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.
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 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.
Karen Travis is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint with this book! I have loved her work with Star Wars and I have loved her work with gears of war, but what she is done here with Halo is fantastic!!!
It's a good story. Most of them are, but this one really stands out because of Euan Morton, the narrator. This guy must be a decent actor. His accents and voices are brilliant, and distinct. He performs dialogue, rather than reading it. I have a feeling he's a Scott too, because his Scottish accents are spot on. His American voices aren't bad, and his British and Australian ones are fantastic. He also knows to pronounce the J in Mjölnir* as a "ye" sound, rather than a hard "je" sound. That bugs me in a number of the other Halo books. The Russian one I can't comment on. I only know one Russian, and he doesn't sound like Vas. Morton has also set up a new accent for the Sangheili, that works, if you ignore the fact that Morton doesn't have the four jaws required to be totally authentic :)*Said as "myerl-neer", where the first R is not prounounced.
When the team is first "meeting" Naomi in her Mjölnir armour. Mal's reaction is gold.
Yes, much the same. He's a consistently good performer.
Why do the fields this review form presents change every time I edit my review?! I have to keep changing the content, as well as the errors! ARGH!
I don't do tag lines. Just read the damned book.
Yes, people reading this really should read The Thursday War and Mortal Dictata after it, in that order. The Kilo Five trilogy is not three stories. It's one in three volumes.
people are complaining that there is no action, and it is true, it's more like a spy novel, undercover missions, etc... it's good and engaging unless all you are looking for is action, in which case don't read...
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
yes great info
please do republic commando same author all 5 books come on its star wars do it
IT is my career.....Technology is my passion.....Gaming is my relief.....The outdoors is my escape
One of the best books I've listened too. The story is well written for an audiobook setting.
Read or listen to the first 4 Halo books: Halo: Fall of Reach through Halo: Ghosts of Onyx. These books build up the story line to where Grasslands takes off.
Very good storytelling. His voices really bring life to the characters. One of the best audiobook narrations I've heard
It's way too long for one sitting, but definitely one that kept you wanting to hear more!
"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.
"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.
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