"A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.Since then, I’ve traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies - a greater reach than any human before me. You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I’ll be able to finish the story.
"Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...."
In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.
In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.
Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder’s cruel researches into the Flood - which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than 10,000 years before.
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I tried. This book had a few interesting situations, but in the end it didn't feel like there was a point. I've given up. The book just reminded me of the several really boring bits in the JRR Tolkein books without any of the endearing or exciting parts to draw me on.
I kept saying to myself, "are the characters actually going someplace?" I've got too many other books in my library to stick this series out.
Just love listing to audiobooks. Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn and Brad Thor
So far this year Primordium ranks in the top 5.
It reminds me of all the other Halo books. But this one gives you more of the background store of the Fourrunners.
No I haven't. This is the first one and it was good.
I did get a little choked up towards the end of the book.
Probably, the good parts are good. Unfortunately he doesn't mind wasting your time with filler. Also, had a nice straw man religion to look down on in this work.
Characters were clear and separate, easy to listen to, narrator did not distract. A+
It was enjoyable and had some interesting spin on things. A great deal of annoyance at the arbitrary functionality of forerunner equipment, it lasts for days or weeks or years unless you need it to stop working for a plot development or so you can see it right as it stops working.
Most of this book is about walking around in barren places. If you listened to the first 5 chapters and then skipped to chapter 26 or 27 you would have missed barely anything, and you would have enjoyed the book so much compelling you to go back and listen to the 22 chapters you skipped, only to realize there was nothing significant in them. (In summery the good parts of the book were about 2/5ths by volume.)
more action and more detail
no science fiction is my life but this author should change genres
narrator is fine
the whole thing
how did this even get published?
The story, was simply drawn out and dry.
NO, I have loved the HALO series, but this book seemed very dry, especially compared to the other HALO titles.
I did not mined the narrator. The story line was simply not up to par with other HALO novels.
The end, adds a small twist. But not enough to make the book worth the cost.
The HALO series is and has been amazing up until this book. I enjoyed the first forerunner saga book, but I did not enjoy this one.
yes was so totally immersive
the portrait of charters
made me excited images of new worlds flashed in to my mind with vivid realism
get it will blow you away dont need to play the games or even be a fan
I'm quite the fan of Greg Bare, having been introduced to him through his Star Wars novel Rogue Planet. I wasn't initially impressed with Timothy Dadabo's narration, but he grew on me over time and did fit the book well.
Without giving anything away, the ending is a real shocker and a cliffhanger as well.
343 Guilty Spark
At first, I wasn't sure how to feel about the book. This is one of those books that you can't judge until you've read the entire story. Unlike his first book in this series, Cryptum, the story doesn't make much sense until you reach the end and it all clicks into place.
In chapter 34, there are a lot of audio artifacts. I recognize them specifically as jitter from an improperly ripped cd. I've reported this to Audible and, according to them, they are not the ones who convert the discs but get the content directly from audiobook publishers. That being the case, I have to wonder why the publishers are giving Audible rips of their own discs rather than providing digital masters. I will be pursuing this with McMillan Audio, as I'm intrigued as to why Audible was provided with a bad rip when a rip is not even necessary. Audible themselves were understanding about the issue, and it's not their fault.
The last 1/3 of the book was the only exciting part of it, but it blows you mind if you get to it. you just have to get past the first 1/2 of it for it to start picking up.
Chakas was my favorite
The way it ties in the Halo Universe
I can't say, that is the best part.
No, I have not, or I dont think I have.
How is it possible to mess up a halo universe book ??? Well it is just listen to this load of boring rubbish.
I've listened to the first book and its ok , this book is not worth your time.
Give it a miss !!!
I've generally enjoyed every book in the Halo series but this is sole the exception - read in a very matter-of-fact way, it just drags and drags with little ever happening and the most dull of events described in tedious detail. It's taken my several months to get half way through this thing I do hope it will have some payoff in the end but I'm not very optimistic.
"Such a great shame."
Just like Cryptum, this book is for Halo fans wanting to know more about the forerunners. Actually we don't learn much more about the forerunners but instead learn more about the first inter-stellar human civilisation and the precursors. This was an excellent idea that was let down by the fact that not enough information was given away. At the end I still had many 'how', 'what', 'why' questions in my head, that is to be expected as there is another book to come but not so many.
The first half is quite boring, persevere through it.
There is a very clever twist at the end, very clever indeed. And actually the twist had an added dimension as an audiobook and was fantastic to listen to. I can't give anything away but it is a massive 'OH' revelation moment (still only for halo fans though).
It is a shame as the forerunner saga could be so good, but at the moment I can't see the justification of making it a trilogy, more information needed and it all needs to be condensed. It is far too diluted for anyone other than Halo fans to read or listen to.
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