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EVE: The Empyrean Age (EVE #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  938 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
A clone with no name or past awakens to a cruel existence, hunted mercilessly for crimes he may never know; yet he stands close to the pinnacle of power in New Eden. A disgraced ambassador is confronted by a mysterious woman who knows everything about him, and of the sinister plot against his government; his actions will one day unleash the vengeful wrath of an entire civi ...more
Kindle Edition, 672 pages
Published (first published June 19th 2008)
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Jorgen Schäfer
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Fred Hughes
Feb 28, 2012 Fred Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tony Gonzales continues the story of EVE. The portal that transported humanity to another galaxy and then closed to strand them there.

At once a political thriller as much as a space opera this is the story of the ongoing power struggle between the various tribes of humanity. Co existance is fragile between them and although everyone is in their place everyone is not happy.

Fighting amongst the various civilizations is led by immortals, a crazed trillionaire, a resurrected goddess, the founders wh
Mike Jordan
Sep 26, 2009 Mike Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the ultimate space-opera. Gonzales succeeded in not only weaving an impossible-to-put-down tale spawned from the EVE universe, but also providing us with unforgettable, painfully human characters. Unimaginable calamities and hardships befall them seemingly at every turn, but the book never seems contrived, and Gonzales is a master at making these characters come to life. Despite the non-stop action, I kept reading because I truly cared about what happened to these people. Be prepare ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been playing Eve Online for a while now. When you log in there is generally fiction regarding the goings on of the universe intermixed with news of player created events. That and some of the character creation background info is as much attention as I payed to the mythology of the game.
This book is written by the guy who helped create that mythology. It was very neat reading about ships, places, and even some characters I've encountered while playing. It was also nice to get a bigger pictu
Apr 06, 2014 Abhinav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

I’ve long wanted to play EVE Online, a game that many friends over the years have recommended to me on various levels, but I’ve never been able to get around to it. The expansive scope of the game, the concept, the visuals, the mechanics, everything is very intriguing and compelling, and any time I come across something to do with EVE Online, I get a hankering to play the game. But sadly, no time for a game requ
Feb 11, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes space opera sci-fi, reading about new cultures, or an EVE player
Shelves: utterly-fluffy
First off - if you're reading this to get a better idea of the EVE universe (which is based on an MMORPG), then this book is not a bad start. I'd suggest that you get familiar with the basic backstory of EVE first (wormhole, the collapse of the EVE gate, etc.), before fully diving in.

As for the book itself - very well written. Clean, sharp, and precise (in my opinion). While it didn't get into all of the "meatiness" of EVE that I would prefer, that's a sharp bias I have because I play the actua
Mar 25, 2010 Jukka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book a lot, I also play the game EVE Online MMORPG, the world/setting which the stories takes place in. I also think one needs to read up a bit on the world and its canon to really understand the whole story properly. Playing the actual game makes it a bit more easy as well.

While I enjoyed the book a lot, there were moments when the writing wasn't really up to par and bits that seemed somehow unrelated. Unrelated things made more sense later on, when the events in the book connected
May 27, 2011 Jakub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most important thing to get it out of the way as soon as possible: this is a book based on a MMO game, Eve Online.

Having said that, I must also mention that it's not half bad, unlike some other, um, book-like products out there in the market :) Yes, it helps a lot to know the basic facts about Eve Online, Yes, the wording is sometimes coarse and hard on the eyes. Despite that, I think the novel captures nicely the day-to-day events of Eve universum - wars are made, plots are being schemed, unexp
Elizabeth Hunter
Oct 20, 2009 Elizabeth Hunter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Being sufficiently out of the loop, I had never heard of EVE Online, an apparently popular online game. So I'm not sure how the novel--by the company's director of intellectual property--relates to the game. On its own merits, it's a well-realized world with nicely complex politics. The characters were distinctively drawn, although sometimes their backstories were pretty sketchy and occasionally their actions felt entirely subservient to plot, rather than character. Overall, a ripping space oper ...more
Arthur Gibson
Well written. Well crafted world. Interesting. Good politics and characters. But something about it turned me off. It was almost on edgy in your face book just to be that way. Violent to be violent. Harsh to show harshness. Not anything that advanced the plot. Not sure if I will continue with the series.
Jerod Dunn
May 28, 2009 Jerod Dunn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: MMO addicts and far fantasy nerds
Shelves: far-future, games
I really enjoyed reading this book and playing the game. Tony Gonzales does a great job of drawing you into the EVE Online world and making you feel like you are adventuring just as you imagined when you were in the game blasting pirates and trading goods. He captures the corporation and race struggle brilliantly. Five stars.
Apr 02, 2013 Daryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing, owned
A tough one to get through. Way too much political intricacy confusion. I have no knowledge of the game "Eve", and didn't know it even existed until reading a review after completing this book. Had I known this was an attempt to relate to a game world I would never have begun the disappointing journey of getting to the end.
John Skidmore
Nov 02, 2009 John Skidmore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve-Online Canon.
If you play Eve-Online then you'll like this book. It fills in a lot of the story lines between the news articles and the chronicles. Explains the rise of Tibus Heth, Empress Jamyl Sarum, the Minmatar Tribes and the cause of the current state of war in New Eden.
Jul 08, 2010 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't bring myself to finish this book or even skip to the end to see what happened.
John  Ibarzabal
Feb 26, 2011 John Ibarzabal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, entertaining, and I am not saying this only because it is on the same universe of this PC game that I play.

Very well done story, great conspiracy, great fight scenes

May 17, 2015 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you would ask me what I like most about EvE Online, I would say its seafaring aspects. Even though it might deal with spaceships, at its heart it is a game that has far more in common with The Old Man and the Sea than it does with Star Wars. EvE is all about the lone captain and his craft, out to score a big fish in a very large, very dangerous stellar ocean. Unfortunately, Tony Gonzales’ EVE: The Empyrean Age ultimately fails to capture that essence for more than a brief moment.

The book star
Jan 06, 2015 Tegan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm an EVE WAG (wife and girlfriend). This means I read this book as someone-who-likes-reading not someone-who-likes-EVE. Maybe that makes my review invalid.

Now, I do love an unusual name. And this book has a bunch of them, which is great.
But despite liking different names, when I'm reading a book, I want the names to actually be different to each other as well. That is, I like character names to be distinctive so I know what character is being referred to. Sounds like good logic, yes? To assist
Skare Krow
Apr 25, 2017 Skare Krow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tie in to the EVE online universe. This book is mostly lore for the world of politics, governments, space ships and alliances. Great detail too the characters and crazy action. You find yourself getting to know the characters more and more as a battle between races and alliances threaten to destroy one another. Even if you know nothing of the EVE online game world this book is still an amazing space adventure full of excitement and intellectually stimulating. I am trying to get a copy of the f ...more
Ethan Jensen
Nov 07, 2013 Ethan Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would happen to you if you were hunted for crimes, and stood so close to the greatest power in the universe, but didn’t know about either? Great power can make people do anything just so they can obtain it. It can give someone the ability to do what they’ve always wanted, or make people do what they’ve never wanted. EVE: The Empyrean Age by Tony Gonzales is a kind of science-fiction book that mainly focuses on the event of hunting down one man across the universe who doesn’t know anything a ...more
This wasn't the most satisfying read in the world, but it was far from being the worst. I could probably summon up the experience with a quick shrug of the shoulders. It's basically a big Space Opera, with lots of 'tribes' or castes of humans, with different beliefs and cultures, suddenly erupting into all out war. To be honest, I didn't follow all of the shifting plotlines, but you don't really need to - suffice to say that everyone seems to want peace, but is drawn into war anyway.

The characte
Rory Bergin
May 03, 2015 Rory Bergin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I am compounding the time wasted reading this book, by writing a review of it. If it could have a negative star, I'd give it one. There is so much wrong with this book that its hard to figure out where to start. I read a lot of sci-fi, but I have very little time for this type of nonsense. It is a game of thrones type scenario spread across multiple worlds involving multiple 'clans' or 'races'. All of them are basically human, there are no real aliens, so the fact that this is set in space makes ...more
Aug 04, 2008 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an Eve player, I picked up this book hoping to gain some greater insight into the events and people behind the stirring of war that was recently introduced with the 'Empyrean Age' expansion to the game. As an avid fan of sci-fi literature, I was just hoping for a good read.

As an Eve player, I was entirely satisfied. So much, in fact, that I piloted my ship through the game to visit the places discussed in the book and examine the remnants of those horrors witnessed while reading (and nearly g
Christopher Fowers
Not among the best of the best in terms of Game based novels though not near as bad as many are claiming. I admit the beginning was a bit tough to chew on. Some assessments on the first 10 chapters, though we're shallow at best. The main characters who are portrayed as fragile or injured were never claimed to be weak. I see no reason why a person with an injured leg can't have strength in his arms, or good leg for that matter. Or why a woman who appears fragile is unable to posses physical stren ...more
Robert Kloosterhuis
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Jan 29, 2012 Billy rated it really liked it
Based on the MMO 'EVE Online', this book was a surprisingly interesting read, with a rich complex plot set in a rich complex universe.

I had a good time with this, and I definitely wouldn't mind reading a follow up to the story. Be warned however - if you are not familiar with the game, or indeed if you are not a player of the game, then perhaps you might not be able to fully appreciate the book.

The book follows several different characters, giving us several different subplots which, to be hones
Jul 12, 2015 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things that bother me about this book. Let's start with the number of exclamation marks! On one page alone, I counted 16. Reading this book, I felt like I was shouting! Open up any page, and the prose will be filled with them. Another thing that really bothered me were the "borrowed" lines from other scifi tales. There are tons of cliques taken from Star Wars and Star Trek, and they are used over and over again. And the language is too "now." Some of the characters seemed like ...more
Patrick Harrison
A good point of entry for EVE lore, and providing a lore component for the concurrent introduction of faction warfare is a very cool idea. That being said, it was quite a disappointing read from a writing point of view. Basic grammar and spelling mistakes should have been picked up in the editing process. There was far too much reliance on telling instead of showing, particularly with the myriad of flat characters who were introduced for the sake of exposition. And after all the build-up of a sp ...more
Grant Kisling
Jan 10, 2013 Grant Kisling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, kindle
I couldn't help but enjoy reading this book. It has many interesting characters, intertwining plot lines, and action.

That being said, it does has its faults. It starts off fast and interesting, but drags a bit in the middle. The ending makes up for the middle though with plenty of action. The quality of writing can vary throughout the book and the ending leaves many things unsettled.

I would be curious to find out if someone enjoyed this book with prior knowledge of the Eve universe. It seems l
Jul 18, 2011 Mattias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
Det händer rätt ofta att jag köper nya böcker när jag är ute och reser och "Eve: The Empyrean Age" hittade jag på flygplatsen när jag insåg att jag glömt något att läsa. Jag köpte den för att den kändes som en lagom lättläst scifi/rymdopera, och inser först senare att boken bygger på spelet Eve Online. Nåväl, detta till trots är det en bra, lättläst och underhållande bok.

Berättelsen har mycket gemensamt med Webers serie om Honor Harrington, och en del med tv-serien Battlestar Galactica. Rymdske
Matthew Lane
Apr 04, 2015 Matthew Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read Theodicy (novella) then Empyrean Age and Templar one.

A good bit of bias from me because of my interest in the game. Recent in game events got me interested in learning more about the universe and I'm glad I did. Plot is driven by very interesting characters and a very unique universe. Frequently caught myself thinking "Oh, I've been there!" and thinking about all the time I've spent in the game. It's chock full of actual things, places, technologies & etc.

I have no idea how enjoyable
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