Halo: Forerunner Saga

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,874 ratings

Halo: Cryptum Publisher's Summary

Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried - yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful elite. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle - as shepherds and guardians of all life.

Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder, just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans. He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors - long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent - forces his father’s hand. Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies. But powerful forces are at play.

On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny… and the fate of the entire galaxy.

This is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change - and of human origins. For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.

©2010 Microsoft Corporation (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Halo: Cryptum

    • Book One of the Forerunner Saga
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

    Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I want more - the best is yet to come?

    • By Chromo Domo on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • Halo: Primordium

    • The Forerunner Saga, Book 2
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dadabo
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,121

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Once upon a time on a Halo far far away...

    • By Ms. Rocki on 10-28-12

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 3

    • Halo: Silentium

    • The Forerunner Saga, Book 3
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 982
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 894
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 900

    In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Orgasmic!

    • By Ablazah on 04-28-13

    Regular price: $20.99