"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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Narrator saves a mostly meandering and somewhat confusing middle chapter of the Forerunner saga. There's some great stuff here, but you have to work for it.
I have been hooked on the Halo story since Halo 2. I love all the books in this series but this book has some performance issues and skips at crucial parts very annoying
This is not an action based story more of a history of how it all began type of book. It was still a fantastic story but a little confusing at times requiring more than a few short rewinds here and there to get all the information into my head. I am really looking forwards to the last book in the series to see where it all leads to.
The narrator easily one of the best of the twenty or so audiobooks I've listened to, but it was sadly not enough to save this series so far. After listening to the original Halo trilogy of books and enjoying them, I was extremely impressed with Ghosts of Onyx, and Evolutions, and found pleasure in Contact Harvest as well as Cole Protocol. Each book had pieces of the puzzle and each time I reflected on the story and was content.
Though with this book, as well as it's predecessor, Cruptum, I've felt like it was reaching a bit far. It seemed like a halo book/plot in names only. It was dreadfully boring, as though Microsoft told the author to include certain names and key points, then do whatever else he wanted. Seemingly endless and nearly pointless dialogue as well as overly descriptive events that do next to nothing but to lengthen this short book. I found myself binge listening just to get it over with. This book is one gigantic explanation for things in the halo series, existing solely because there were things that COULD be explained. Please, save yourself the trouble and read a detailed plot summary or spend some time on a wiki.
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