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The Orphaned Worlds (Humanity's Fire) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Oct 2012

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The fight is on. So let the battle begin. Darien is no longer a lost outpost of humanity, but th....

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed956a8) out of 5 stars High Fantasy in a space opera setting 30 Jan. 2013
By Manly Reading - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a long time reader of epic fantasy, this book seemed pretty familiar in a lot of ways. Cobley wrote a pretty good fantasy trilogy some years back, and Orphaned Worlds reads like a fantasy author writing space opera: in some places the reskinning appears pretty light on, and I could almost believe that it was first written as high fantasy and then rewritten as space opera. For me, that's not a problem, for purists, it may be.

This is a middle volume, building on Seeds of Earth and opening up new adversaries and new alliances. All of the old characters are back, although it does not necessarily end well for some (or indeed all) of them. We have a quest through the Tiers of Hyperspace - a nice concept - an ancient enemy revealing itself, and a whole lot of other twists and turns. There is not a lot of classical deep space ship to ship combat, but that's not what this story is about. I found the book gripping and enjoyable, and maybe because I am used to big sprawling plots, not overly complex - although to the degree there was confusion, I generally found it on the part of the characters not knowing what was going on around them rather than poor writing.

All up, I really enjoyed this, and now I'm sorry I had it sitting in the to-read pile for a year or so. Hopefully The Ascendant Stars is a suitable finish - and then there is apparently a 4th Humanity's Fire novel in the works.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ece6d38) out of 5 stars Galactic Empires scramble for the remains of a Forerunner weapon. 26 Dec. 2012
By H. Ray Spitz - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is a space opera about several Galactic Empires converging on a single planet because it has a working Forerunner weapon system on it. Humanity is very much a junior player. And the weapon system has a mind of its own. (Reminds me of something, let me think...)
The author's concept of tiers of hyperspace containing the remains previous universes reminds a bit of astral space and the concept of the remains of a previous creation and Qliphothic shells. I wonder if that was intentional. Overall, a pretty good read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f399378) out of 5 stars A Great Beginning to An Epic Future Universe Saga 6 Dec. 2012
By Kelly Guenther - Published on
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If you're a sci fi fan and you like trilogies, then these books are for you. There are multiple characters in multiple parts of the galaxy with multiple plot lines but it's all relatively easy to follow. And it's compelling. I bought one book after the other in this trilogy. Working on wrapping up the third one now -- and each and every book has been fantastic. A great escape.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f5721a4) out of 5 stars Endless invention -- perhaps too much 17 Nov. 2014
By M. Milligan - Published on
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On the Kindle site there's a quote from a review of this book by SFX that says "The invention is endless". That about sums it up. On the plus side, this is a wonderfully imaginative romp through endless layers of hyperspace, strange species, incomprehensible levels of intrigue; and if that's enough for you then it's a great read. I just got tired, about halfway through, of that same endless invention. I suppose the Tolkien books do somewhat the same thing (albeit with greater artistry), but my taste in adventure is for stories that create a strong central narrative and an interaction between protagonist and antagonist. That's all somewhere in this book, but it's buried in the confusing number (and relative lack on distinguishing characteristics) of the characters, the constant plot twists and the mind-numbing kaleidoscope of creatures, empires, histories and hyperspace levels. It's a triumph of inventiveness over story, and it didn't work for me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ece6798) out of 5 stars second in the series is even better and best yet there is a third too! 4 Sept. 2013
By CO Native - Published on
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a well written, suspense filled and twist turning followup to book one. hard to put down and i have thoroughly enjoyed all three of this series. if you enjoy scifi as i do you will enjoy all three books in the series. only wish there were more.
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