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Magnificat: Book Four in the Galactic Milieu series (The Galactic Milieu Trilogy)
 
 

Magnificat: Book Four in the Galactic Milieu series (The Galactic Milieu Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Julian May
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The concluding volume of the GALACTIC MILEAU trilogy, following JACK THE BODILESS and THE DIAMOND MASK.

Humanity is enjoying the Galactic Milieu. Colonies are thriving, Earth is peaceful, and as more metapsychics are born, the goal of mental Unity with the Milieu seems close. But a rebel group want Earth to remain separate, led by a man obsessed with human superiority. This is Marc Remillard, unknowingly influenced by Fury who is now unveiled and on the run. Marc's goal is nothing less than the elevation of human metapsychics above all others, through artificial enhancement of mental faculties. His methods are unpalatable; his goal horrific. So Marc and his co-conspirators continue their work in secret. Only the very Unity he fears can derail Marc's plans. And only his brother Jack the Bodiless, and the young woman known as Diamond Mask can attempt the impossible: destroy Marc, Unify humanity and allow the golden age of the Galactic Milieu to begin.

'Fascinating . . . May has cemented her position as one of this generation's foremost storytellers' Library Journal

'A certain crowd-pleaser' Kirkus Reviews

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Humanity is enjoying the Galactic Milieu. Colonies are thriving, Earth is peaceful, and as more metapsychics are born, the goal of mental Unity with the Milieu seems close. But a rebel group want Earth to remain separate, led by a man obsessed with human superiority. This is Marc Remillard, unknowingly influenced by Fury who is now unveiled and on the run. Marc's goal is nothing less than the elevation of human metapsychics above all others, through artificial enhancement of mental faculties. His methods are unpalatable; his goal horrific. So Marc and his co-conspirators continue their work in secret. Only the very Unity he fears can derail Marc's plans. And only his brother Jack the Bodiless, and the young woman known as Diamond Mask can attempt the impossible: destroy Marc, Unify humanity and allow the golden age of the Galactic Milieu to begin. 'Fascinating . . . May has cemented her position as one of this generation's foremost storytellers' Library Journal, 'A certain crowd-pleaser' Kirkus Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Where to start? May has done herself proud here, with a fine conclusion to a saga that I spent a long time wishing wouldn't end, and an equal amount of time begging bookshop owners to "give me the book I know it's here somewhere!"
The plot is still wonderfully crafted around Marc and his...coterie, seen as a retrospective through the memoirs of Uncle Rogi. Knowing (if you've read the Exiles Saga) what happens, though not the mechanics of it, makes the end all the more poignant.
The imagery conjured up is, as usual, superb...you can almost see Marc's CE Rig, and he is, without doubt, Abbadon, the angel of the abyss. Beyond that we have the (rather subtle) Miltonian symbology..a sympathetic Lucifer figure? Heh.
The only gripe is that the conclusion was just not suitably..apocalyptic, given what it was meant to symbolise, for both sides. Ah well.
In all other respects, a fine book and a great conclusion to a fabulous trilogy of books. Now go and buy the others (esp Intervention!) if you haven't already.
I'm off to the Metaphysic Congress, looking for a boy with piercing Coercer eyes...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Book 3 of The Galactic Milieu. 24 July 2007
By Sands
Format:Hardcover
A well written and intelligent science fiction book. Book 3 in the trilogy of the Galactic Milieu, centred around the Remillard family who have the strongest supernatural powers of all humans. You have to Read Jack The Bodiless and Diamond Mask before this one.

Magnificat is Marc Remillard who appeared in the Saga of the Exiles. This book details the culmination of the Metapsychic rebellion with Marc and his younger brother Jack on opposing sides, with earth shattering consequences.

This trilogy has lots of links to the Saga of the Exiles which you could read before or after this Trilogy, but best to read Intervention before this Trilogy as that introduces you to the Remillard family and the origins of Psychic abilities in humans.

This is still one of the best books I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Magnificat 2 Aug 2013
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The climax to the finest series of fantasy novels ever written (yes, including the Lord of the Rings). Start with the Many Coloured Land and eight books later you get to this masterpiece. I envy those about to read them for the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read. 20 Jun 2014
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Book two of this story and still a good read I cannot put it down. Bring on the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 12 Jun 2014
By Leon
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Im a huge fan of the many coloured land saga and this series gives so much context to that original series. Well worth a read although i recommend either starting with the Many coloured land or atleast intervention before reading this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 14 Mar 2014
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A can't put down read. As good as previous books , you wanted to meet th e characters good and bad, such a soulful fight to the last and still left with hope
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 4 Nov 2013
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The full series was fun reading starting with Intervention. Finished all books in two weeks. cant put down books,great need to buy paperbacks now.
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Magnificat succeeds wonderfully in drawing together all the loose ends of the preceding books and closing the loop between the Pliocene exiles, the exoticTanu and the Lylmik, and the post_Intervention Earth of the 2100's. The whole series of books together - the Saga of the Exiles (4 volumes), Intervention (one long volume), Jack the Bodiless and Diamond Mask (one volume each) and finally Magnificat are a superb read which'll keep you charging up your e-reader more or less permanently! Possibly my favourite science fiction story.

I always had the idea that the Saga volumes were written slightly tongue-in-cheek, with whimsy and troll / goblin stuff all over; a sort of SF Lord of the Rings, if you like. Noticeably, though, as you work through the books they become more serious in their approach to the story; darker and more adult. The character of Marc Remillard is developed to explain some of his actions and indeed his presence, in Pliocene Europe. He's not a nice bloke, really - his ultimate fate is guessable quite early on and isn't gruesome - but it is most definitely justice being served. Clever, clever plot twisting and development.

I heartily and fully recommend you try these books. Can't speak more highly of them.
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