"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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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.
Imagine my suprise when the second book to such an epic start to a series is a drab, unsophisticated take on the events which transpire in book 1. Take the amazing scope of the universe outlined so vividly in Cryptum; throw it all away and instead wander around inside the brain of a tribal human who's stuck on a patch of dirt.
Pretend this book doesn't exist. Hopefully Bear comes to his senses in the third book.
The narrator does a great job of trying to keep things interesting, but it turned out writing a review for the book was more interesting.
Not great, not terrible...not much more to say. It passed a few hours in the car.
This was not the book I was hoping for. Cryptum was a disappointment; this was worse. The first half of this book is non-sense.
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