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The best Halo novel ever. Of all time.
on 19 March 2013
I've been a Halo fan for over 11 years now, I've seen the series expand from being an isolated tale about being stranded on a mysterious ringworld to something with a tremendous amount of depth. Greg Bear is a phenomenal writer and he delivers once again an absolute belter of a story in Halo: Silentium.
Prior to this, Cryptum was my favourite novel in the series because of how well written and detailed the Halo universe was 100,000 years ago. Over the past 3 years, the Forerunner Saga has gradually introduced these characters I came to love and care about, and Silentium closes many of those arcs in a fashion which left me emotionally devastated (in a good way).
Let it be said that this novel is a mix of two things - a cosmic horror story interweaved with a mythical tragedy. Greg finally delves into the role and history of the Precursors, and I have to say that they are among the most utterly terrifying beings in my repertoire of fiction. This is full-on Lovecraftian-esque sci-fi horror, not something that has been watered down for the masses. My jaw was on the floor for a good portion of the book where certain revalations come to light which takes what you THOUGHT you knew and twists it in ways you'll never see coming.
It makes me very sad to see the end of Greg's involvement with the Halo series, I think he's the best thing to happen to it in many years. I'll close by saying that Silentium closes the doors on a number of questions we've had since the first game in emotionally satisfying ways, but sets the stage for double our previous questions and makes the future of humanity in the Reclaimer Trilogy look to be very bleak indeed.
If you're a Halo fan, you're interested in the story and want to see just how much depth Halo 4's story has - buy this book.