Most helpful positive review
An improvement on Glasslands but still lacking in pace and depth.
on 10 February 2013
Sometimes it can be long winded and sure knows how to drag at times however it certainly picks up in terms of action when compared to the preceding book. In the first book nothing that happened seemed to have any large implications until the end. This book however involves matters that will actually grasp your interest, as the events that transpire are on a far larger scale without losing track of the narrative. Both this book and it's predecessor cannot even dream of competing with the masterpiece "Ghosts of Onyx" which is starting book but this is a great addition to the Halo universe. However there are some problems as many characters from Glasslands simply vanish which is strange after the same writer just spent a whole book developing them. I was also disappointed as to the resolution of what happens to Catherine Halsey who is, perhaps the most intricate and complex character within the series she represents the conflict between doing what must be done and what is right. To have her simply squished out with very little mention was a major loss to the book, the fact that all the characters seemed to bear a mutual hatred towards her was somewhat surprising.
Instead all the one dimensional characters remain, but the writer attempts to add more depth to these characters and to a degree succeeds although certain drastic changes in characters personalities is still odd, Phillips the prime example.
Despite this though the book somehow managed to keep my attention with ease and I was not left disappointed at the end.