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For almost a hundred years, Hadrian Marlowe has served the empire in its war against the Cielcin, a vicious alien race bent on humanity's destruction. Rumors of a new king among the Cielcin have reached the imperial throne. This one is not like the others. It does not raid borderworld territories, preferring precise, strategic attacks on the humans' empire.   

To make matters worse, a cult of personality has formed around Hadrian, spurred on by legends of his having defied death itself. Men call him Halfmortal. Hadrian's rise to prominence proves dangerous to himself and his team, as those within the imperial government distrust or resent his new influence.   

Caught in the middle, Hadrian must contend with enemies before him and behind.   

And above it all, there is the mystery of the Quiet. Hadrian did defy death. He did return. But the keys to the only place in the universe where Hadrian might find the answers he seeks lie in the hands of the emperor himself....

©2020 Christopher Ruocchio (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

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Fantastic!

A absolutely fantastic new entry into what is the best (if not one of the best) current science fiction series being written. I also really enjoy The Expanse and Red Rising. It is hard to reconcile the old man reminiscing on his life in the opening pages of the first book with the young naive Hadrian in the same novel but this book is another important piece to that puzzle and journey.

The author really impressed me by walking many fine lines. There is enough philosophy and musings to add zest but does not overwhelm like the latter Malazan novels and Kharkanus books. There are many dark things in the books but there is also hope and goodness. There are a lot of fun science fiction tropes and yet it feels new and dynamic. Well done sir! Look forward to the next book and the audiobook has a fantastic narrator as well.

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The Real Triple Threat

This work stands alone among a few that combine excellent, gripping narration standing atop a story worthy of it. Ruocchio and Roukin are a power house combo that is an aural delight. Building on the first two novels and the handful of short stories, Ruocchio manages to deliver a thrilling, moving, and stunning third installment that manages to top the heights of its predecessors.

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Excellent book from an excellent series.

This book takes the best elements from the previous books and ramps them up to 11. This series is some of the best underated sci-fi out there. The McGuffin at the core of the book is interesting and still evolving, balancing sci-fi concepts with an Eldritch coating. This book strikes a perfect balance of political intrigue, world building, exploration, and epic battles. On top of an excellent story the narration is perfect. If I had one small complaint over the 30 hour run time I found some dialog to be slightly repetitive. Still one of my favorite books out there, and worth every hour.

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Great series

I have really enjoyed this series. It started with familiar settings but really grew into its own and was a wonderful journey along the way. I thought this was the conclusion of the story but I am left eager to continue.

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Wow that was worth the wait

This series is so original that you are not bored in the world the writer pulls you into. Read it or listen to it.

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Well worth the time

I rarely give five start reviews but this entire story has been amazing. I am probably a little biased because I have read a lot of bad stories lately. Not really bad but cheap and lazy. In a lot of others stories you can almost predict what is going to happen because of the way characters and plots are put together. It is like the writer is following some very generic and cliche story telling script and all of the pieces become predictable. These stories have a complexity and dialogue that is very engaging. The use of quotes and historical input is not used as story filler but rather it enhances the story and gives insight into the main characters essence. I never felt like the story was droning and I never sighed at the typical love interest cliche things in other stories or the cliche use of cursing. The relationships and language all worked together to tell a very good story.

Well done.

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Excellent continuation

What a magnificent story and storyteller, couldn't ask for a more entertaining use of 30 hours. Samuel Roukin does an excellent narrative and I can't imagine a better voice for Hadrian.
If you've followed the series this far, then there is no need for summations, other than to say that the lives and times of Hadrian Marlowe just keep getting more interesting and irresistible. There's something for everybody within this space opera; with humanity losing the war, Hadrian still seeking answers to his visions, space warfare, gladiator fights, political deception, exploration of strange and forgotten planets, comical banter, intriguing new characters, old rivals becoming new allies, and those forgotten may reappear. Hadrian lives up to his name half-mortal, the man who can't die, only to put his life in more jeopardy. We think we know the end of his journey, but I wonder.

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Best book I've read in a decade

There are books and there are stories. This one is a fantastic story, the best I've read in a long time. Both narrator and author nail it. Ruoccio can be a little long winded and a bit poetic in prose, but this is one of a few times where it works - it's almost always interesting and relevant. This is written as a journal and he doesn't pretend omniscience, so there's some mystery left in a few situations. For me it makes the device more believable.

It avoids so many of the traps I see in other books; a hero never really coming into power and plagued by insecurity, side characters meant purely as plot devices, a Paramore that just tags along after she's been wooed.

In this people die, people quit, new people are introduced over so many centuries of life. Worlds are full of depth with their own societies, species and cultures are distinct. Marlowe doesn't get stuck on daddy issues forever - he's a fully capable man at this point, struggling with complex problems. And he's fully aware of his melodrama and his reputation which brings out his humor.

What's more it's a great balance of political intrigue and realistic difficulties of space travel and relative age. Not only how a feudalistic society would realistically function but also why it would be necessary when so much else has advanced. Brings back the same feeling of discovering Dune.

TLDR Get it, it's worth your time and the series is only getting better unless he really tanks the last book. Plus it's 30+ hours of solid story for one credit.

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Great Story

Best one of the story so far. Narration is good but could use some work. Narrator mispronounces things frequently and changes pronunciation of names from chapter to chapter. Like Siren become Sirahn. But overall a great sci Fi space opera.

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Fantastic!!!

From the very first book I knew there was something spectacular about this series....and let me tell you. THERE IS! This is a MUST Read! please read this series!