Void Horizon: A Military Scifi Epic (Ruins of the Galaxy) Paperback – October 24, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (October 24, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 488 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1701913046
- ISBN-13 : 978-1701913042
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.22 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoy series like Star Wars (Zahn), Galaxy’s Edge, The Dark Tower, Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), Lord of the Rings, etc and this series is right up my alley.
Fun and interesting characters that have depth and are really great to see how they interact together. Creative sci-fi elements and story line (not all sci-fi stories have this, that’s for sure.)
Nice humor scattered throughout.
Looking forward to the rest of this 9 BOOK SERIES!!! YES!
After getting through 225 pages of 325, I decided to read other negative reviews to find out if it was only me and if there was any point to finishing it. Regardless of the majority of 4/5 star reviews, it was NOT only me, and for the same reasons: 1) a meandering plot that is going nowhere and 2) a child (whom I liked up to this point) leading grownups around by the nose. (I mean, she sabotages their ship, for the gods' sake, and nobody says one word to her about it...not even 'please don't do that again, dearie'. Really?)
Well, now that I look back on the previous books, there were signs that it could be going this way, but I had hoped that it wouldn't. However, it wasn't until this book that everything fell apart.
(Side note: R.C. Bray, who is an absolute marvel, narrated the first two audiobooks, but that's where the audiobooks ended. The entertainment factor is always greater when he's bringing characters to life. It's possible that his participation created too great an expectation for the rest of the books. Oh, well.)
SPOILER AHEAD: Anyway, I'd pretty much had enough of this book even before I read in another review that the child character, Piper, goes over to the dark side and takes up with the 'bad Jedi' stand-in after a couple of misunderstandings regarding the male lead, Magnus, including thinking that he had pushed her mother into the line of fire. Given the overused similarities to 'Star Wars' anyway, I'd started to suspect that this was going to take the same route, which is why I stopped to investigate. Finding out that I was right was extremely disappointing. END SPOILER
The last straw, for me, was also pointed out in other reviews, which is the female lead, Awen's, perpetually naive insistence that nobody should commit violence, much less kill somebody. I'm all for peace and love when it's possible, but when you have a highly-powered individual intent on dominating the universe, who can barely be stopped using his own sort of 'force', and you have a rare chance to kill him and thus end the inevitable threat...and you don't...well, that's the end for me. If the authors believed that killing the guy would end the storyline, then DON'T CREATE THAT POSSIBILITY IN THE FIRST PLACE! Excuse me for yelling there, but that's exactly what I did when they let him live, only in less PG terms.
So, I'm clearly not recommending this book, and I won't be going forward to the next one...and that's after giving the first book a (for me) really nice review.
I love the way the characters are evolving.
THIS IS MY OWN OPINION (you can skip this, has to do with some of the characters.... views.
Awen: what can i say. the girls painted a pretty picture of a rainbow where the Novia are concerned. Totally missing the thunder clouds in the background... the Gladia Umbra.
Awen pictures the Novi and Umbra as peaceful. Wining their battles through dialogs and understanding. which is true but the Gladia Umbra, as their name (Swords of Shadow) suggests , we're the Novia equivalent of Elite Warrior Mystics. Fighters, Killers. Warriors, Peacekeepers. The novia equivalent to our CIA, Secret Service, And Special Forces all in one Jujari Unity Powered Package. the fact the novi had such devastating and leathal weapons, not to mention the amount of them, proves they or at least the umbra we're not pacifists like awen has convinced herself they we're.
she's constantly berating the team about "killing" their enemies. enemies that could care less about dialogs or understanding.
in the last book they all took the name Gladia Umbra as their own, awen going so far as to take umbra "teacher and student" terminology and using them. yet is horrified when piper, in defence of rohoar and others, kills an enemy combatant by using the unity to make his heart explode. again, Swords of Shadow...
awen is horrified by Magnus when he questions a captive, and disgusted when he plans to break the captive to get information that could save lives. she calls mgnus "Barbaric" and says torture is barbarism. she has a very nieve view of "war". War itself is barbaric. War is bloody. War isnt glorious, heroic, or fun ( 96 loses points for saying his hacking and using the enemies torps against them as fun).
war is screaming, war is fear, and terror, and crying and dying in horrible painful ways. Awen needs to wake up. its war, its petty and callus, its not pretty. and sometimes its al thats left to do to protect the innocent from a worse fate.
Top reviews from other countries
Wow! This has been a complex, intriguing, complicated, emotional and very, very intense premise! It took me to a whole new level of feelings.
A new look, infinite changes, new alliances, darker threats..an unsuspecting turn of events..this instalment marks an in-depth, a thoughtful desire to bring forward a different way of existence. Thoroughly intense, dynamic, passionate and thrilling! The other worldly powers that Awen and Piper wield are astounding and reverential, holy mystics, I’m totally wowed by them! The world building is superb, with admirable characters. A magnificent turnout, with daunting prospects. I had to stop reading a few times, to reload and digest all the nerve wrecking, edge of seat scenes! I just didn’t want the story to end. Lol. So eager to read Black Labyrinth #5!