Bone Silence

Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Series: Revenger, Book 3
Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
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Return to the third book in the Revenger Trilogy, for another thrilling tale set among the stars....

Quoins are accepted currency throughout the thousands of worlds of the Congregation. Ancient, and of unknown origin and purpose, people have traded with them, fought for them, and stolen quoin hordes from booby-trapped caches at risk to life and limb throughout the Thirteen Occupations. Only now it's becoming clear they have another purpose...as do the bankers who've been collecting them. 

The Occupations themselves are another puzzle. The rise and fall of civilisation may have been unevenly spaced across history, but there is also a pattern. Could something be sparking the Occupations - or ending them? And if so, what could it be, lurking far beyond the outermost worlds of the Congregation? 

The Ness sisters are being hunted for crimes they didn't commit by a fleet whose crimes are worse than their own. If they're to survive, and stay one step ahead of their pursuers - if they're to answer the questions which have plagued them - it's going to require every dirty, piratical trick in the book....

©2020 Alastair Reynolds (P)2020 Orbit

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Disappointing trilogy closure

Bone Silence is the 3rd installment in Alastair Reynolds' Revenger series. The sisters are being pursed, while they are trying to solve the mystery of the coins and the periodic occupations. On a frontier world, they come in contact with an alien, the clacker, who is being hunted for unknown reasons, and agree to take him to another world. They stop along the way for a bit of piracy and end up becoming the target of a concerted effort by the powers that be to take them down. They encounter a worthy foe in a young commander who possesses some unique bone skills. The sisters split up with separate ships and each has their own adventure. They finally link up again and learn the mystery of both the coins and the occupations with a few surprises as well.

Reynolds cobbles together a tale of multiple chase scenes, but saves the revelations until the very end. The identity and origin of their mysterious pursuer who can invade a mind through the bones is never satisfactorily addressed as is how the financiers decided that the sisters were the cause of the economic disaster. The battle scenes have a bit of dues ex machina as a 'ghosty' demise proves useful, but seemed rather random. All the sewer meanderings were tiresome. Finally the big reveal at the end was underwhelming. As a concluding tale, this was unsatisfying,

The narration was quite well done with a decent range of characters and solid pacing throughout.

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Tense and satisfying. Scifi that's 100% Original!

I really loved it. Tense and satisfying. I really enjoyed the way it wrapped up the Revenger trilogy. If you like the steampunky space pirate world that is the Revenger series, you will definitely miss out if you don't read this.
I feel like "ghosty gubbins" for sure after this...

I read the audiobook version and Clare Corbett hit a home run, such a great job. A more in depth review to come! (less)