• Halo: Legacy of Onyx

  • By: Matt Forbeck
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,083 ratings)

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An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

Molly Patel was only seven years old when the alien alliance known as the Covenant destroyed her homeworld and killed her family. As one of the few to escape the glassing of Paris IV, and despite the United Nations Space Command winning the war on behalf of humanity, Molly never forgot how much she had lost.

Nine years later, when her adoptive parents - research scientists specializing in ancient Forerunner technology - are called to the mysterious and wondrous place known as Onyx, Molly vehemently objects. It's not so much that Molly's concerned about relocating to inside a spherical construct the diameter of an entire solar system but the fact that she also has to live alongside members of the same alien species that murdered her family. And when the Servants of the Abiding Truth - a violent ex-Covenant sect under the guidance of the notorious Pale Blade - somehow makes its way inside this supposedly impregnable sphere, Molly is now forced to consider if she and her new parents have made a terrible and fatal mistake in coming here....

©2017 Matt Forbeck (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Halo

This book really followed the story of a bunch of kids in the aftermath of the war on Onyx (Trevelion) trying to co exist and prove there species can live together. It’s pretty good but it’s not your average halo book with soldiers Spartans and combat etc. I recommend it if you want to follow the lore and learn about halo 5 events but not if you only wanna read about usual combat etc.

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Never thought I wouldn't like a halo novel

I was so excited to find out what happened to onyx and then the book starts out being told from the perspective of a little girl... That in itself isn't bothersome but it's the context that makes it so. This is a halo novel. It's about super soldiers, fighting badass alien, in the midst of a galaxy that was once run by a race of beings unfathomably, technologically advanced... if I'm hearing about children it better be a spartan. The story is SO fucking whiny. It's constantly focusing on the pitiful emotions of the children that are the main characters. When ever you do finally get a bit of action, it's short, disappointing, incredibly anti-climactic. There's a few pages at the end where you're FINALLY teased with the promise of upcoming Spartan badassery and the author than completely deflates what 8 games and 19 novels have spent over a decade building in that of the reputation, ability, and intelligence of the GODS that are Spartans, with a pathetic attempt at tantalizing story telling that is only KINDLY described as unimaginative, short, and just plain inconsistent when every other instance you've seen a spartan. He allows both Spartans so go down with barely a fight, which was sooo obviously done just so the author could have an excuse for the stupid little girl and her kid friends to swoop in and save the day. It seemed like I was reading one of those books that's meant to pander to children as it's audience. Putting them in situations that just would never happen and making them the heroes of scenarios that would so obviously be taken care of by the 100s of other specialized adults that are obviously trying to solve the same issue. It's was just sad. And it make me more sad to think that now any story on onyx is going to include this boring little brat and her Patric band of average ass kids -_-

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Dont listen to the naysayers

While told from an unusual viewpoint, this Halo novel turned out to be one of my favorites. It ties in neatly with the most recent events in Halo 5 and tells the story of another important place in the universe at large during those events.

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Good story

A lot of negative reviews I don't understand. the book is written from the POV of teenagers so it's supposed to sound whiny. It may not be as action packed as other Halo books but I enjoyed the story of how different species were learning to live together and the struggles that required.

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should be a middle school book report option. LIKE

"Animal Farm", but instead of communism it's racism/ xeno-phobia. This book covers some DEEP socal and psychological concepts that kids need to know. yes there is Violence, but no more then playing the 1st HALO game, and that was rated Teen.... then changed to M because there was drops of blood (ughh dumb ratings).

my point is it's easy to see how wrong hate is in this book. Then you just have to ask yourself, how is this xeno hate differnt then Race hate.... it isn't. I forgot I read this when younger. and it helped me understand a cup of the bucket of hate some races deal with.

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Not the best Halo book. Not the worst

Main protagonist isn't loveable nor are the friends of the protagonist. Character development is slow and then does an immediate 180 followed by a boring climax.

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A good bridge story

Not a bad story, but mainly bridges the gaps between time spaces in the games and book lineage. More of a setup book for the next which i do look forward to

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My new favorite halo book.

While master chief doesnt make an appearance, the expanded lore of Onyx is really cool, and the adventure of the younglings of this book is fresh for the halo series.

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Scott brick is hot steaming garbage

Please, please, please stop using scott brick he is a pile of hot steaming garbage.

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excellent

one of my favorites in the series so far, the performance by scott brick was, as always, superb.

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  • Kaz 1862
  • 04-28-18

Amazing

How do they get it so good! Anticipating the next chapter. Cannot recommend it enough, nearly cried and leapt with joy at times, damn it, I wish I was a Spartan!

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  • 02-21-22

Main character is very annoying

I have read nearly every Halo book with Matt Forbeck being some of my favourite.

This story was always going to be of interest to any Halo fan, with the planet Onyx at the forefront. Throw in allying Sangheli, Unggoy and 2 of the most legendary SPARTAN 3's (Lucy and Tom), not to mention Jul M'dama's sons, this book had so much going for it.

But the main character Molly is just so annoying! Her story is slow to start and with long dialog on arguments with her new parents, you are far into the book before anything really happens. I really loved the arrival on Onyx and Matt is amazing at painting the picture of how incredible the planet is. It's just a real shame the main story follows this feckless 16 year old girl, who apart from being stupidly reckless, has no real attributes.

It's a must read for Halo fans to get more insight on Onyx, the events of Crotanas Guardians and the M'dama legacy which was left on such a cliff hanger, but it's just do muffled down by the main character.

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  • JohanBennerheim
  • 01-19-22

Nice tie in

Really fun to hear about familiar things from the games but in a total different setting. The book give the the perspective of the every day citizens of the galaxy in their day to day lives and The challanges and problems they face. We can't all be Spartans now can we?

Narrator Scott Brick is brilliant as usual!

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  • Robert Gower
  • 10-29-21

One of my favourites so far!

This book is so well written and as usual Scott Brick does a fantastic job at narrating it.

I loved that we finally got to see where the M’Dama storyline ended up and it’s always nice to hear about Onyx!

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 05-19-21

view point's of the galaxy didn't know i wanted

a superb book, from the view point of a teenage girl who is coming to terms with the events of the war and it's aftermath, a story from a view that i didn't know i wanted but loved it, it's relatable as well

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  • ed
  • 08-16-18

terrific!

somehow managed to get the story of a normal teen in the halo universe! and implemented action and great halo lore! love it best book ever! please make a follow up story!

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  • Tommy Malcherczyk
  • 05-02-18

civilian perspective in the halo universe

it's a good book it adds new perspectives to the halo universe. you get to see more about the grunts and the elites which is nice and the overall story is good. also great voice acting

its not on the level of the kilo five series but it's a good halo book none the less. recommended

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  • Stefan Higgs
  • 03-01-18

slow

unlike most other halo books this has taken a lot more to get into and only really gripped you coming towards the end of the book

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  • Craig
  • 02-19-18

Amazing

An amazing continuation of the Halo narrative through the events of Halo 5, including the stories of Spartans Tom and Lucy and the Servants of the Abiding Truth. An uplifting look at the lives of civilians from both UNSC and Covenant following the end of the war.

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  • David Gould
  • 12-02-17

This story sees the return of favorite characters

we see some new and some old character's in this book. people from all over the HALO universe are put together. this book builds on the KILO5 serise and makes some good references

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  • Loxton
  • 12-08-17

A fantastic self contained story

Legacy of Onyx is a fantastic self-contained story within the Halo storyline, and whilst at first, I didn't like the perspective of it being from that of a regular civilian teenage girl, I quickly grew to enjoy that as it shed a whole new light on the Halo ongoing plotline.
We were given the vision of the galaxy, the war, the budding political species alliances and how to deal with the past from a young woman who is destined to be amongst those who carry her people forward in time.

So as a self-contained story, I found it fantastic! The characters were well fleshed out and well performed. The descriptions were clear and easy to envisage. The setting flowed quickly but at a good pace.

But there were issues that I had to ignore as that "self-contained story" progressed. I describe it like that because if you absolutely link it to the other stories like how it is meant to be, then certain pieces don't match up with established cultures and facts.
Many things, I felt, happened the way they did for the sake of plot and the possible appearance in Halo 6 or whatever other novel precedes that.

1) The Forerunner portals. The UNSC and ONI had already discovered the MASSIVE weakness that these portals presented to Onyx from the escape of Jul and his rise to power as the new leader of the Covenant.
I simply could not understand how using a battalion of Spartans, Marines, and a whole bunch of Huragok, that the UNSC and ONI had not extensively explored the portal network already. Nor had they even attempted (apparently) to block off the portal which they were very aware of that Jul had escaped through.
I turned a blind eye to this ongoing annoying point though, since to me it felt like clear set up for the Servants to position alongside the Banished as the next major Covenant-like faction to fight against in next Halo title.
But even still, that raises issues... There must only have been a few hundred Servants left at the end... What kind of threat are they meant to pose to anyone?

2) Which leads onto the next point expanded in the Epilogue.
Durol(Dural?) is told of the Forerunner Warship stationed on one of the planets within Onyx by his Huragok who is not native and even states that it is still learning the Onyx systems within the story. This warship will clearly be present in some form to heighten the nature of the threat of the Servants in a future Halo title, but it goes against common deductive knowledge.
It is known within Halo Canon that Huragok prefer to work with Human's over Sangheili due to better treatment, and as such tend to work a whole lot more efficiently(from all references I've seen/read), and yet the Huragok who are native to Onyx but happily put themselves within Human control do not know of this ship? Or communicate about it with their wards?
This just seemed ridiculous to me... Prone to Drift proved he had an inquiring mind and was an especially good problem solver, and was very quickly able to work out how to dismantle the Guardian, and yet after years and years living in Onyx didn't know of the Forerunner ship?

3) UNSC/ONI presence. Onyx is easily the most important site within UNSC control in the whole Halo universe. And yet they are so poorly reinforced that a relatively small force of fanatic Sangheili are a major threat.
How is it that the UNSC can commit a larger, more lethal, and more prepared fighting force to a single ship (Infinity) than they can to the most important physical and easy to build on site in all of Human discovery?

4) UNSC presence + The Portals!
It's reinforced multiple times how incredibly vast Onyx is, and how tiny the Human/Sangheili settlement is, and how small-a-space they've secured.
But they know of the portals, they have Huragok who can activate them, they have the forces to occupy each portal they discover/link to, and as such, they have the capability to explore and secure huge areas of Onyx's surface.
This point, to me and I'm sure to many others, seems absolutely obvious. So as a reader, this being obvious, how could it not be to the in-canon military minds in charge?
I felt it was this way purely for the plot to be able to progress and introduce the Servants into Onyx to be a threat at all, but it took a lot of effort to ignore seeing that as a big flaw in the story.

5) The last point that I feel negatively impacted the story - The depth of the allied Sangheili characters.
The insight we got into these characters was new and refreshing, and it showed in many ways that they aren't all that different than Humans, emotionally and psychologically speaking.
But I feel that the story stopped short of going as in-depth into their thoughts and behaviours as it could have. Showing their inner thoughts (in some way) of not just being allied with Humanity, but contemplating Human expression/freedom of character choice would have done so much to broaden their character horizons.
I feel this was touched on more with the Unggoy than the Sangheili.

But those points aside that I had to try to not let bother me throughout the story - It's a well written, well narrated, and well-delivered story that clearly sets up a lot of things for whatever comes next.
It's kindled the fire to want to jump right back into the Halo universe in Halo 6 (whenever that comes out) or in whichever story comes out next.

My thanks to Matt Forbeck for writing another fantastic addition to the series, to Scott Brick for an excellent narration, and to the folks are 343 for captaining the Halo universe forward.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-20

Like Harry Potter, only no magic and set in 2558

Really fun Halo book and a fantastic performance by the readers. Hoping for a direct sequel.