Eve: The Empyrean Age (Gollancz) Paperback – 13 Aug 2009
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Space opera on an unprecedented, larger-than-life, scale.
About the Author
Tony Gonzales is a former world developer at CCP Games where he helped to create the Eve Online Universe and published two novels based on the franchise: EVE: THE EMPYREAN AGE and EVE: TEMPLAR ONE. The books have sold more than 30,000 copies so far. Tony is currently writing the second book in the Tabit series, and lives with his family in New Jersey.
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It has done an admirable job. The story fills in gaps and ties together plot elements without ever straining credulity. The characters are well written and the setting true to the game that inspired it. The author manages to describe and incorporate many elements of the EVE universe, presenting a coherent tale where before there were only snapshots.
The story takes place towards the end of a cold war between the four primary space-faring nations of EVE. The plot follows a small number of individuals whose actions shape events. Some of the characters are important figures with no small amount of power, while others are minor players reluctantly forced into the middle of the fray. Mysterious figures make desperate power-plays for personal ends, while democratic institutions are demolished in the face of strident nationalism. Tyrants and folk-heroes vie for power while new technology threatens to tilt the balance.
If there are things I would criticise I would say:
1. The portrayal of Amarrians is very one-dimensional. The only good ones are those that have lost their minds, or so it would seem. This goes to extremes with some chapters handling the Amarr Chamberlain. I think one of the descriptions, if portrayed visually, would land the author in jail. Caldari fare only a little better, while the Minmatar are all haplessly naïve.
2. The timing of this novel is a bit rushed.Read more ›
First off, I'm not an EVE player. In fact, before buying the book off Amazon I had never heard of EVE. Possibly the book means more to those who do and may have more insight into the stories behind the scenes & history of the civilizations presented in the book.
The book flowed well, especially for what is evidently the writer's first novel. My only constructive feedback would be that more time should be sent with the central characters to develop them. Example would be Téa and Gear. If the author had simply added a couple of chapters on their back stories, then the reader would have experienced these first hand and felt more about the characters.
Otherwise for a non EVE player, a two-page history of the civilizations at the beginning of the book would have helped... as it took awhile to decipher what civilization did what and who hated who, and so forth.
I enjoyed the book and would recommend it -- to a regular Sci-Fi reader, not a novice (as there are far better Sci-Fi novels to introduce someone to).
Read this book a couple of months ago, and then leant it to my brother, who like me, has been reading science fiction since the days of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke.. (I'm 50 yrs he's 60...) The book I have to say read much better than I had first imagined, and after an initial thirty five page read, I picked it up again the next day and in a marathon burst, read the rest of it in one go, overnight.
Every turn of the page opened up a new door, this book is for any Science fiction fan, a refreshing read, it's just not that often that a book this well written comes along. We - (Both me and my brother..) have thoroughly enjoyed the read, we usually (One of us..) buy a book and share it after being read.
This book got a nine or nine and a half out of ten from us both both for content and originality..
For instance there is one character in the book called "The Broker..", The Broker can clone himself repeatedly to achieve his various business aims and power manipulation within the plot.
This guy can have similar copies of himself in different looking bodies, (Usually impersonating someone he's murdered..) performing different roles, but all with the same ultimate objective at once. Further these copies willingly commit selfless suicide at the end of their usefulness to protect the Broker's true Identity, as they know they "Live on.." in other instances. - Great Idea, just the kind of stuff that Science Fiction has been missing for a long time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of only three brilliant novel's from the eve universe they definitely need to do more.Published 14 months ago by carl royle
A brilliant exploration surrounding the lore of Eve Online. Being a player I was unaware of the rich and intricate plot that CCP games have woven around the MMO, and was thankful... Read morePublished 19 months ago by James Crowe
Really worth a read even if your not in to eve online. The writing is good the characters are better and the story is fantastic.Published on 9 Jun. 2014 by Philip
This is a good book but includes unnecessary adult content making it totally unsuitable for children. Otherwise a good story, if you already know the eve background.Published on 31 May 2014 by Terence Stephens
As a player of the Online game EVE I thought I'd give this a go for some bedtime reading. Although the story refers to ships, galaxies and people races from the game it is only a... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by Kindle Customer
A wonderful science fiction Universe, abounding with nice science fiction concepts and enthralling characters. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by Mr Patrick Orobor