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The Temporal Void (The Void Trilogy Book 2) by [Hamilton, Peter F.]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in The Void Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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'A glorious, captivating story.' -- Fantasy Book Critic

'A great, sprawling ripping yarn reminiscent of Golden Age Science Fiction.' -- SFCrowsnest

'The action is taut, the description sexy and the dialogue clipped...Good stuff.' -- Death Ray Magazine

'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'
-- Walker of Worlds

'hugely impressive. We've said it before but let's say it again: nobody does BIG SF quite like Hamilton'
-- SFX

'the fantasy sequences...have an unexpected lightness of touch. An audacious collision of genres with real energy and verve: excellent' -- BBC Focus Magazine

`All Hamilton's trademark strengths are on show: mind-expanding ideas, deft plotting and convincing depiction of political intrigue'
-- Guardian

`One of the most popular authors of "space operas" in Britain today...Hamilton's story telling is crystal clear' -- Guardian

`This cleverly constructed book plays with plot strands and characters and keeps you guessing, entertained from the off'
-- Waterstones' Books Quarterly

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'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1939 KB
  • Print Length: 756 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New edition edition (19 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK219E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Hamilton continues his story of humanity in the 36th century, leading his cast of bio-engineered characters across vividly imagined worlds into impossible situations that even their advanced technology and knowledge cannot protect them from.

* Plot
The book begins with the Commonwealth facing dual external threats from an invading alien fleet and an expansion of the mysterious sun-eating "Void". Internally various factions are becoming increasingly brazen in their struggle to to advance their belief systems and gain control of people who can communicate with those living in the Void. However, the bulk of this book concentrates on recounting Inigo's dreams of life in the Void, a fantasy tale following the adventures of Edeard and his friends as they struggle against the gangs of Makkathran.

* Style
As usual, Hamilton's skill with imaginative composition of the sci-fi elements is excellent. The fantasy element is also very good. The split between these two elements is good insofar as the Void storyline could stand on its own, but it does limit coverage of the rest of the characters (there are about ten squeezed into a third of the book).

There are occasionally small spoilers which foreshadow events in Edeard's storyline. In some ways these enhance the suspense, in others they spoil it a bit and make some of the twists less shocking. However, the twists were still enjoyable with various clues about the factions' agendas slowly woven together... to leave us waiting for the next book.

I was not expecting this to extend to a trilogy and I'm a bit puzzled (in a good way) about how he's going to find enough material for a same-sized third book.
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The Dreaming Void was very good indeed and as the story grows so do that characters, which is what you would expect. Only the story of The Waterwalker drags on. I became tired of the story line and although you need to know how his power grew and his life changed it just goes on too much. At least at the end of each Waterwalker section something happened to progress the plot. As for the chapters about the Commonwealth and ANA it all got a bit convoluted (not necessarily complicated).
Still this book was very enjoyable, which is worth knowing given anyone starting the Void Trilogy is likely to finish it.
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Format: Hardcover
The Centaurion Station, the base of the Void observation for countless millennia, is torn apart as the Raiel machines move to counter the Void's expansion. Justine, who is at the station as it is destroyed, makes a decision that will affect the whole of humanity; to enter the Void in an attempt to negotiate with the Skylord. Will the Second Dreamer be able to get her safe passage, even if it means exposing herself?

After rejecting the Skylord's offer Araminta now comes to the full realisation that she is indeed the Second Dreamer, the one Living Dream say is destined to lead them into the Void and the life they so desperately wish. However, along with this discovery Araminta now knows she is the target of everyone who wishes to use her to their own advantage. But she will not bow to the pressures put on her and is on the run, unsure where or who to turn to.

Paula is continuing her mission to track down Troblum who holds crucial information about the Accelerators and their plans. Desperate to get hard evidence, Paula tracks him down and comes to the very harsh realisation of how far the Accelerators are prepared to go to fulfill their plans. Meanwhile, the Ocisen Empire are on their way to Commonwealth space to enforce the threat they previously issued: cease the pilgrimage or face the consequences.

After his spectacular display of power and unwavering belief of what is right, Edeard now faces increasingly difficult obstacles in his bid to bring peace to Makkathran. With the gangs planning to undermine the Waterwalker he must stand for what he believes, even if it means unwanted political manoeuvring, and the events that take place in Makkathran lead down the path that will reveal the full potential of the Void.
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This is the second book in the authors' The Void Trilogy and continues without a beat from the first book. I initially struggled with the book for the same reasons as the first, and that was the dream sequences. For me these sections were much weaker than the activities outside of the void. The problem for me was that it reads like an average fantasy adventure, with the weakness of a seemingly invincible hero.

For the most part it was the threads outside the void that kept me reading. And there are some major events taking place, and I did wish that at least some of the were granted some more attention. As always I found his writing style very approachable. The author handles complex ideas very well, and he constructs a rich world (or worlds in this case!) for the story to inhabit.

In fairness the dreams weren't bad. They just didn't compare with the other parts. That was true until the end and the reason and mechanics for the void were revealed, and then those slightly laboured sections were redeemed. This turned out to be a fascinatingly esoteric concept which has certainly kept my interest for the next book.
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