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The Temporal Void: The Void trilogy: Book Two

The Temporal Void: The Void trilogy: Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Peter F. Hamilton
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'A glorious, captivating story.' -- Fantasy Book Critic

'A great, sprawling ripping yarn reminiscent of Golden Age Science Fiction.' -- SFCrowsnest

'The action is taut, the description sexy and the dialogue clipped...Good stuff.' -- Death Ray Magazine

'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'
-- Walker of Worlds

'hugely impressive. We've said it before but let's say it again: nobody does BIG SF quite like Hamilton'
-- SFX

'the fantasy sequences...have an unexpected lightness of touch. An audacious collision of genres with real energy and verve: excellent' -- BBC Focus Magazine

`All Hamilton's trademark strengths are on show: mind-expanding ideas, deft plotting and convincing depiction of political intrigue'
-- Guardian

`One of the most popular authors of "space operas" in Britain today...Hamilton's story telling is crystal clear' -- Guardian

`This cleverly constructed book plays with plot strands and characters and keeps you guessing, entertained from the off'
-- Waterstones' Books Quarterly


'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 756 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Unabridged edition (19 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK219E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his family. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night's Dawn trilogy - which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction - and his critically acclaimed Void novels: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. His novels and his handbook (a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Hamilton continues his story of humanity in the 36th century, leading his cast of bio-engineered characters across vividly imagined worlds into impossible situations that even their advanced technology and knowledge cannot protect them from.

* Plot
The book begins with the Commonwealth facing dual external threats from an invading alien fleet and an expansion of the mysterious sun-eating "Void". Internally various factions are becoming increasingly brazen in their struggle to to advance their belief systems and gain control of people who can communicate with those living in the Void. However, the bulk of this book concentrates on recounting Inigo's dreams of life in the Void, a fantasy tale following the adventures of Edeard and his friends as they struggle against the gangs of Makkathran.

* Style
As usual, Hamilton's skill with imaginative composition of the sci-fi elements is excellent. The fantasy element is also very good. The split between these two elements is good insofar as the Void storyline could stand on its own, but it does limit coverage of the rest of the characters (there are about ten squeezed into a third of the book).

There are occasionally small spoilers which foreshadow events in Edeard's storyline. In some ways these enhance the suspense, in others they spoil it a bit and make some of the twists less shocking. However, the twists were still enjoyable with various clues about the factions' agendas slowly woven together... to leave us waiting for the next book.

I was not expecting this to extend to a trilogy and I'm a bit puzzled (in a good way) about how he's going to find enough material for a same-sized third book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The middle book of a trilogy 11 Aug. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Dreaming Void was very good indeed and as the story grows so do that characters, which is what you would expect. Only the story of The Waterwalker drags on. I became tired of the story line and although you need to know how his power grew and his life changed it just goes on too much. At least at the end of each Waterwalker section something happened to progress the plot. As for the chapters about the Commonwealth and ANA it all got a bit convoluted (not necessarily complicated).
Still this book was very enjoyable, which is worth knowing given anyone starting the Void Trilogy is likely to finish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Temporal Void 26 Mar. 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I awion't go into the plot lines as that gives away too much. But generic comments: As usual with Peter Hamilton's books they take a bit of getting into with multiple and swift changes of chracters. Most of teh characters are from the previous book and some from earlier series too which is great. The plot is typical Hamilton, hugely ranging, vast concepts, and civilisation endangering threats. This oen more than others of his ended with less thread tying and more loose ends leaving room for the next and final book in the trilogy whioch is eagerly awaited. I'm an admitted Hamilton fan and liek all his books, this is one of the best but others pip it at the post. He is maturing as an author and describes well rounded cahartcers. Funnily enough (or maybe not) I enjoyed the sections of the "Dream" more than the reality with the waterwalker growing in power and skill all through the storyline. Fully recommended but read the Dreaming Void first as it will make a lot more sense that way
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The flagging void 6 Sept. 2012
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I am a fan of the Void trilogy, and if you are considering this second volume, so probably are you. It is, however, the weakest of the three. The plot, notably around Araminta, slows down notably, and the book is used to introduce characters that only come into their own in the next volume. There is probably too much on Edeard and Makkathran, not all of it action-packed. This remains readable, however, and the third and final volume definitely justifies sticking with the series.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful continuation and very impressive novel 29 Sept. 2008
The Centaurion Station, the base of the Void observation for countless millennia, is torn apart as the Raiel machines move to counter the Void's expansion. Justine, who is at the station as it is destroyed, makes a decision that will affect the whole of humanity; to enter the Void in an attempt to negotiate with the Skylord. Will the Second Dreamer be able to get her safe passage, even if it means exposing herself?

After rejecting the Skylord's offer Araminta now comes to the full realisation that she is indeed the Second Dreamer, the one Living Dream say is destined to lead them into the Void and the life they so desperately wish. However, along with this discovery Araminta now knows she is the target of everyone who wishes to use her to their own advantage. But she will not bow to the pressures put on her and is on the run, unsure where or who to turn to.

Paula is continuing her mission to track down Troblum who holds crucial information about the Accelerators and their plans. Desperate to get hard evidence, Paula tracks him down and comes to the very harsh realisation of how far the Accelerators are prepared to go to fulfill their plans. Meanwhile, the Ocisen Empire are on their way to Commonwealth space to enforce the threat they previously issued: cease the pilgrimage or face the consequences.

After his spectacular display of power and unwavering belief of what is right, Edeard now faces increasingly difficult obstacles in his bid to bring peace to Makkathran. With the gangs planning to undermine the Waterwalker he must stand for what he believes, even if it means unwanted political manoeuvring, and the events that take place in Makkathran lead down the path that will reveal the full potential of the Void.
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