- Hardcover: 736 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey Books (24 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345496558
- ISBN-13: 978-0345496553
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.6 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,926,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Temporal Void (Void Trilogy) Hardcover – 24 Mar 2009
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One of the most popular authors of "space operas" in Britain today, writing vast doorsteps of novels that combine fantastic speculation with incredible detailed imagining of the lives we will lead after the 30th century . . . Hamilton's story telling is crystal clear. (GUARDIAN)
Even in the longest established careers, there should still be the potential for surprises. In Peter F Hamilton's case, it might just be that he has the same gift for fantasy narratives as he has for hard SF...hugely impressive. We've said it before but let's say it again: nobody does BIG SF quite like Hamilton. (SFX)
Peter F Hamilton certainly doesn't work on a small scale. Such ambitions require formidable technical prowess and, with the second volume in his Void Trilogy, Hamilton again proves he's expert at conjuring widescreen space opera. But it's not just the epic at which he excels: the fantasy sequences...have an unexpected lightness of touch. An audacious collision of genres with real energy and verve: excellent. (BBC FOCUS)
Maintains the quality and wonder that began with The Dreaming Void. (SFSIGNAL.COM) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Still this book was very enjoyable, which is worth knowing given anyone starting the Void Trilogy is likely to finish it.
Now, in Temporal Void, the Commonwealth we know of 1,500 years ago in its history begins to rear its magnificent head. I can't be specific without crushing the surprises in store, but let's just say some names are peripherally dropped, which caused me to gasp with excitement and horror. The Commonwealth storyline definitely had some jumper cables attached to my heart. Even though it takes up only a third of the 746 pages novel, it's a train that's hard to stop. On the flipside is the Void storyline with Edeard, which takes up the remaining two-thirds. This story, too, is grossly involving as we follow Edeard through the ranks of the city police, on the trail of the criminals who inhabit the city and the evolution of his skills. The parallelism is fantastic as one story drives a diesel powered juggernaut and the other is a savage thorny blossoming flower.
Where, as reading the Dreaming Void, I was skeptical of the evolution of the Void Trilogy, after reading the Temporal Void I can now sense the very exciting new direction which Hamilton has endowed his latest saga. Thinking of the conspiracies lodged in my brain about how the Trilogy will continue is a simple but perverse pleasure as I try to read the mind of Hamilton. For this reader, it's T-minus five months until I can sink my teeth into the Evolutional Void. Trust me; I'm chompin' at the bit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have now read the whole trilogy. Absolutely brilliant, each book rocks along at a good pace. Peter F Hamilton has achieved grand master status along with Arthur C Clarke.Published 8 months ago by D A Saunders
This is the second book in the authors' The Void Trilogy and continues without a beat from the first book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by M. Brookes
Stunning series of 3 books, but I am biased, Peter Hamilton just writes epicsPublished 10 months ago by Paul Chipperfield
Another classic from Peter F. Hamiton. The more you read about the Galaxy of the story the more you want to read.Published 12 months ago by David Butt
For me Peter F Hamilton is quite hit and miss. The 'Commonwealth' Saga (Pandora's star, Judas Unchained, and the Void trilogy) are not just my favourites of his but some of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Karl Kirkby