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A good fourth instalment of this space opera, with an unusual ending.
on 27 June 2014
The fourth book in this series focusses on separate attempts by Ethan and Atton in first of all finding, and then persuading the mythical Avilons to come to their assistance. I don't want to say too much about the plot, so you will just have to read the book.
Nevertheless, this fourth instalment on the whole, is in my opinion, actually an improvement on the original trilogy. The author has expanded the use of technology, but in a way which meshes well with the telling of the story. The main characters from the original trilogy, namely Ethan, Atton, and Alara are filled out more, along with some new ones, including a few Sythians. Captain Caldin makes a welcome return, and is key to Atton's mission.
There are some surprises in the story which I didn't foresee, particularly at the end. In fact, I have to admit to being somewhat incredulous at the ending, and am not sure it gels well with the story. However, you will just have to read it to make your own mind up.
I am pleased that the massive amount of appendixes that appeared in the original trilogy have been omitted here, as I think the story explains itself fairly well without the need for them. A good book, and I look forward to the fifth instalment.