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Bringer of Light (Hidden Empire 4) [Hardcover]

Jaine Fenn
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18 Aug 2011 Hidden Empire 4

Jarek Reen is trying to save a lost world. He discovered the primitive theocracy of Serenein by accident, and now he wants it to take its place in human-space. To do this he needs a shiftspace beacon - without it, there is no way to find the planet again. The beacons were made by the Sidhe, the race that originally gave humanity access to the stars - and dominated human-space for millennia, before a coalition of human rebels and Sidhe males brought the evil Sidhe females down.

Most people think the Sidhe are long dead, but Jarek knows better: a renegade female Sidhe is one of his companions, and a male Sidhe gave her and her lover the special powers that made them Angels, very unusual trained assassins.

Jarek's only hope is to find Aleph, the hidden system where the last Sidhe males are rumoured to live. But even if he can persuade these eccentric, introspective beings to put aside their interminable internal squabbles, he still has to persuade Serenein that joining the rest of humankind is a good thing . . . for the price of progress is likely to be high. Can he stop it turning into tragedy?


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575096942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575096943
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jaine Fenn is a British author, mainly of science fiction, who practices a small but evenly balanced number of virtues and vices. She studied linguistics and astronomy before going on to work in IT, an experience which left her with a distrust of technology unusual in an SF writer.

After having a number of short stories professionally published in the early noughties, she turned her writing virtue/vice into a career when her first novel was picked up by Gollancz in 2007.

The Hidden Empire series are far future SF, with each book telling a discrete story which contributes to the overall plot.

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"A fabulous setting for a sprawling series of old-fashioned adventure novels. There is a similarity here to the oeuvre of Neal Asher. . . . Good light entertainment, which continues to build a platform on which Jaine Fenn can grow her empire and her audience." --"Strange Horizons" on "Guardians of Paradise" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jarek Reen is trying to save a lost world - but the cost may destroy it...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Stark and vivid 19 Aug 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The third release by Jaine and the concluding part to the set up of the forthcoming fall for the civilisation within. As usual with Jaine's writing it's a lot of fun, the characters wonderfully vivid and the story arc delves into a deeper understanding of a universe that few knew much about at the beginning of the first title.

Add to this stark prose, great descriptive which when backed with a conspiracy of epic proportions alongside a decent overall strategy and it's a title that really gets you ready for a huge war of atrocity as the few go against the many in a no quarter asked for war. Magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Nov 2013
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I have just discovered Jaine, and I am most impressed a fast paced story with excellent chracters!

I would recommend this to people who like Si-Fi
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fight against the Sidhe - Part 4 10 Oct 2012
By Zippy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read all of the current series of Jaines books about the fight against the female Sidhe on the Kindle. This one has probably been the best laid out and I must say an enjoyable read. Other reviewers have given good descriptions of the book so I won't bother with that but I'm now looking forward to the next in the series "Queen of Nowhere". Though I note it isn't being released until just after Christmas which seems like a barmy idea from the publishers Gollancz.
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