2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining space opera,
This review is from: Nova War (Shoal Sequence) (Hardcover)
Gary Gibson's "Nova War" is an exciting, gripping space-war novel that sparkles with credible science-fiction invention.
This was the first book by Gibson that I've read. It was very enjoyable so I'll definitely be buying more.
"Nova War" is the sequel to "Stealing Light", but Gibson fill in any gaps that you might need so that it reads well as a stand-alone novel in its own right.
The plot moves along apace with plenty of excitement along the way. The story-telling hops between different scenarios relating to the main four characters, following their differing paths until they converge for the finale. This is a well established and effective story-telling technique and Gibson uses it well in the main. However, occasionally, it feels a bit cumbersome as he flips back in the plot's time-line, causing the reader to just hesitate slightly in getting to an understanding of what's going on. Thankfully, this happens rarely enough for it not to affect the overall enjoyment.
A book worthy of other luminaries of the scene, such as Alastair Reynolds.