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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 6 a real fight coming

This was a real story that is going to set the stage for UNSC infinity and the rest of the halo 6.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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ruining the Onyx Legacy and the kilo 5 storyline

this is literally the worst Halo book I have ever read. And this was the only one I had not. :-). it was poorly written the character development is ridiculous 4 throw away characters. 40% of the book is building the base for a character that it is impossible to relate with or care about being that the timelines do not add up. it was just a week story and following after so many recent books about Onyx and the kilo 5 Saga it is pathetic that this was released. Everyone should hope for a new kilo 5 Edition before this book ever gets continued it is literally painful.

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Great Addition to the Halo Universe

Absolutely loved this book. I have read every single halo book and this has been a fantastic addition. loved how an grunt was one of the main characters! Was a good lead up to Halo 6

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Best Halo book since Ghosts of Onyx!

It was kind of like Stand By Me meets Halo. It was a good read.

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An insult to the Halo mythos.

Apparently the author believes Halo is a drama about teen angst. I didn't buy the book to hear about some girl's emotional issues. Yawn.

How about the action? Oh wait, what action? The book's most proficient killers is a group of untrained teenagers (who are not spartans). Apparently plasma blades through the gut no longer kill or paralyze.

The spartans couldn't save this story. One blacks out from the pain of being shot through the leg. Some badass...

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  • Ryan
  • MISSION VIEJO, CA, United States
  • 12-03-17

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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Not the best story

*SPOILERS* I liked the connections with the Kilo 5 trilogy and Halo 5 and that they found a way to disable the guardians. I didn't like the secondary roles that Tom, Lucy and Mendez had and that it was a bunch of high school kids who came to save the day. Since this is a continuation of Halo: Fractures story Lessons Learned, I expected the Spartans and Mendez to have a more leading role and not just support characters. I which the novels focused more on the main story line with the main characters like the initial few novels.

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Scott bricks best

typically Scott Brick has a pretty bland voice while reading the Halo Trilogy however this book it is not the case he breathes life in every character and the story deserves it too 4.5 out of 5

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Good, but too many coincidences/luck near end

Starts off absolutely excellent but there ends up being too many coincidences or just plain luck of the characters. Also a couple things don’t quite make sense.

Don’t get me wrong, book is great but the ending just kind of fell flat I think and I’m a bit disappointed at that... seems like perhaps it was rushed at the end since several people that were built up throughout book don’t really get to show the usefulness of their knowledge.

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Molly and her class just happen to be visiting the repository at the exact time of the attack... but fine... okay...

Why would Spartans be training kids in self defense instead of spending their time improving existing marines... seems like a strange way to make a difference and only happen to be training the 4 that end up helping? Not to mention these skills don’t really help at any point other than it put the kids in physical shape enough to run after them.

Why doesn’t Dural make sure Tom is dead?

Dural surviving at the end is over using his character. He should’ve just died. Although he is an interesting character, it makes no sense that he survives and just manages to gain control back. After so many subordinates supposedly hate him.

Dural’s subordinate crennic (?) was just kind of suddenly a rival... should have built up more that every one of his subordinates (not just the top two) were unhappy with him.

Bakar being Dural’s brother is quite the coincidence...

You’d think Prone to Drift would have better things to do than to fly to the school in the middle of a battle just because a hatch was opened in the school... what would he have done anyway?? Also amidst all the stuff going on with sensors wiped out why would that one just happen to work??

So Molly’s new parents are the experts on the guardians and yet add literally nothing of value throughout the entire book as far as stopping them... they only provide an avenue for Molly to find out things that ONI already knows... literally all the useful info comes from Prone to Drift... maybe they should have just asked him about it...

So this warship that is mentioned at the end of the book has just been ignored by humans??? How would a Huragok not native to the world find out about it but not the humans with many Huragok...

Why did the servants just retreat from the city... should they not have been slaughtered? Especially since they all seem so set on hitting the humans head on... so someone ordered retreat assuming Dural is dead? Or did I miss something?

Finally... why the are the servants not wiped out since for at least 3 days they knew exactly where they are... no strike force??

Somehow no one of importance does at the end... not even parents of one of the side characters... and despite all the carnage only a few dozen or less marines? Really??

Molly ends up being useless compared to Kareem who figures out Kadam’s signal and can fly pelicans... Molly is kind of just the emotional one there... all the training and she uses none of it really... to me this kind of falls flat with all the time we’ve invested with her.

Also they don’t get eaten by the beasts until they just happen to be in a position to use them against the sergeants who they are now suddenly ahead of... I mean this was just sheer luck that this worked out... not their training or anything but sheer luck right up to the end of the guardian just starting to come alive right as they get to it...

Do we really learn anything about the guardians in this book? Not much... other than they can be taken out by a Huragok from the inside... great...

Probably more but that is what I can think of right now... just too much luck...




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new perspectives and glorious foreshadowing

narration by Scott brick is always an A+. brings a new perspective in the eyes of a civilian child during and after the covenant war that left her an orphan. my complaint though.... they glorified the kids and made them out to be lucky superheros and brushed the spartans off to the side. great book otherwise.

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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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  • Joshua
  • 11-27-17

A great return to Onyx and Civillian perspectives.

This book is a great listen. One of the first halo books with a good sense of humour that puts u following children as they try to get along with each other in multi-species school. With interesting lore into the Guardians from halo 5 this book has got something for everyone, especially after the death of Jul'Mdama in halo 5.