- Mass Market Paperback: 636 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (30 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316214018
- ISBN-13: 978-0316214018
- ASIN: 0316214019
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.4 x 17.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,148,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Orphaned Worlds (Humanity's Fire) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Oct 2012
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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.
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.