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Publisher's Summary

The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us the second novel in an extraordinary space opera trilogy about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man's discovery will save or destroy us all.

After eighty years of fragile peace, the Architects are back, wreaking havoc as they consume entire planets. In the past, Originator artifacts—vestiges of a long-vanished civilization—could save a world from annihilation. This time, the Architects have discovered a way to circumvent these protective relics. Suddenly, no planet is safe. 

Facing impending extinction, the Human Colonies are in turmoil. While some believe a unified front is the only way to stop the Architects, others insist humanity should fight alone. And there are those who would seek to benefit from the fractured politics of war—even as the Architects loom ever closer.

Idris, who has spent decades running from the horrors of his past, finds himself thrust back onto the battlefront. As an Intermediary, he could be one of the few to turn the tide of war. With a handful of allies, he searches for a weapon that could push back the Architects and save the galaxy. But to do so, he must return to the nightmarish unspace, where his mind was broken and remade.

What Idris discovers there will change everything.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2022 Orbit

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Idris learns all of the secrets early on

And then never tells the reader. You never get answers. But he did.

They tell you every few minutes that he understands everything, it's just too complicated to explain. And that's the full explanation, its too complicated to tell the reader or even think about.

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Not his best work

This author has done much better work than this, such as his “Children of Time” books. This story is long and boring. What was supposed to be a revelation was utterly predictable. I knew the secret from the first book.
The book kept promising revelations that never really came. I’m pretty disappointed over all. Even the first book in this series was much better.

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A real bait and switch

You know those restaurants that advertise "We got the big monster gutbuster XXXL cheesy-blaster butt-ruiner big man big sandwich!" And then you go there and order it and its just a regular grilled cheese with an extra piece of bread in the middle?

That is the experience of reading this book.

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Twice as long as it needed to be

I'm a fan of world building, but this series is all world building and no character development. There's a lot of buildup to not-that-satisfying revelations.

The narrator is a good fit for the material but the voices got exhausting to me by the halfway mark.

If you weren't totally sold by the first novel in the series, this one won't change your mind.

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great - can't wait for more

This story is vast, and the pdf accompanying it would have been very helpful with the first book. I'm so bummed I have to wait for book 3. I will probably buy every book he ever writes. I've finished all 10 shadows of the apt books. finished the first 2 children of time books. and now these! It's not necessarily my favorite narrator, but she's still great.

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Solid characters, awkward pacing

I liked the world he introduced in the first book, and especially the characters. Which is good because the characters carry a lot of the awkward pacing in this one. some parts of this one were repetitive, and found the writing in some places to be a bit strange. like using certain phrases like "he removed the panel with extreme prejudice", "took a step forward with extreme prejudice", etc, multiple times without any real meaning behind it. It was also a bit strange having the vast majority of the story take place in two locations with the main crew being split up for too long while Idris repeats the same story beat. followed by an ending that felt very rushed. But all in all, I don't regret continuing this story and will read the next one. The emotional parts of the story work well, they're just needed to be more of it, especially around the ending. I really enjoy this narrator, she does a fantastic job, and has a tremendous range. although my reception was mixed, I am eagerly awaiting the next book.

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I actually haven’t finished it yet

I’m excited yet worried… this author is incredible and truly made an impression on me this one time when I ate a huge edible and it happened to kick in hardest while listening to a particularly intense chapter of children of time, so much so that his writing caused me to be immersed so completely that I felt like I was on the verge of a panic attack, so much so that I actually said to myself “don’t be the kind of guy that eats an edible and has a panic attack while listening to a book… that isn’t you Benjamin.” Thankfully I pulled it together but still…., no other author has brought me to that point, and I listen to ALOT of books… ALOT! So yea ya know, last book was “ ight” but not really memorable all together… honestly it was a disappointment but hey, Get paid my guy, I mean he is awesome and one great book that opens the mind is worth a few gap fillers. It’s not like it is horrible, I’ve paid for worse and I didn’t even like those authors. Like I’m sure it will be entertaining and ease my audio book addiction for the time being and at this point I am just happy to support my favorite authors. Get that bag mr trophkoskyy, I will also buy the next one even if this one isn’t all that. Congratulations and I hope all I well

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Incredible

I can’t get enough of this story and this deep, rich world filled with fully realized characters. I need book 3 now. Right now.

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Terrific book, didn't realize it's the second tho.

A really good read, very much enjoyed it and the narrator is about perfect for the material. Wish I had known it's the second in a series before starting it. Minor gripes: mispronounced hegemony 1000 times, one character has unique information crucial to the whole of existence, but neglects to share it at every opportunity.

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This book was a slog. Too much time spent on things that ultimately felt unimportant.
Narration was good though.