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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, gripping finale
From a slow start, when I only read a few pages at a time and felt rather 'couldn't care less' about what might happen, I was gradually drawn in to the world of the station, the planet below, and the all-too-human machinations going on above and below. All the characters were beautifully drawn, and by the end of it, I really wanted the story to continue and to stay with...
Published on 2 April 2008 by Gwen

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3.0 out of 5 stars Centuries Beyond Hammerfall
The story is mainly located in a space-station above Marak's planet. Here Procyon acts as an 'interface' between Marak on the planet and the political factions on the station. The characters are well drawn as is usual for Cherryh, but the style of the story is changed from Hammerfall. It reads very like some of the stories in the Foreigner series - the same ideas of...
Published on 31 Mar 2006 by R. Harper


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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, gripping finale, 2 April 2008
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Gwen (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
From a slow start, when I only read a few pages at a time and felt rather 'couldn't care less' about what might happen, I was gradually drawn in to the world of the station, the planet below, and the all-too-human machinations going on above and below. All the characters were beautifully drawn, and by the end of it, I really wanted the story to continue and to stay with Procyon in his new circumstances and find out 'what happened next'. Hopefully it won't be too long before the next book is written which will tell us just that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, 29 May 2013
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Good escapist summer reading. I've read the previous edition in the series also. Good story line, believable characters and reasonably well written. I've read other work from Cherryh as well, very imaginative writer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Centuries Beyond Hammerfall, 31 Mar 2006
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R. Harper (Dunstable, Bed's United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The story is mainly located in a space-station above Marak's planet. Here Procyon acts as an 'interface' between Marak on the planet and the political factions on the station. The characters are well drawn as is usual for Cherryh, but the style of the story is changed from Hammerfall. It reads very like some of the stories in the Foreigner series - the same ideas of factions, spacestation, planet and an 'iterface' in trouble just transposed to Marak's world. This is disappointing, it no longer has the feel of a new series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Within the genre this is as good as it gets, 29 Jun 2014
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I have come late to CJ Cherryh but found this eminently readable with hints of Dune in the environment of the planet setting. I am currently reading the sequel and enjoying that too. Parts of the work are over written which slows the narrative down and which is why have retained the 5th star for those books which are truly classic literature transcending the boundaries of Sci Fi. Within the genre this is as good as it gets.
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