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Bringer Of Light

(Hidden Empire #4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Jarek Reen is trying to save a lost world. He discovered the primitive theocracy of Serenein by accident, and now he wants it to take its place in human-space. To do this he needs a shiftspace beacon - without it, there is no way to find the planet again.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Gollancz
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Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2015
It is thought that the Sidhe, cruel rulers of humanity, are long gone. Jarek knows that they are still around and he has made it his life’s mission to expose and destroy them. The world of Serenein had been isolated from the rest of humanity by the Sidhe, and Jack feels it is time to bring them back into the arms of humanity. But there are problems there too, as the religious dictatorship that rules that planet does not want to relinquish it’s iron grip.

For them to become part of hum
Adam Whitehead
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Jarek, Taro and Nual's attempts to expose and defeat the machinations of the alien Sidhe continue. In alliance with the Minister of Vellern, their latest mission takes them to Aleph, the refuge of the male Sidhe after the devastating war with the females. However, the trio's assumption that the enemy of their enemy is their friend is soon shown to be hopelessly naive. Meanwhile, on the primitive world of Serenein, other allies against the Sidhe find their attempts to keep their people safe may s ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thought I'd reread a favourite Space Opera this year.
Things I'd remembered. That this is where we start getting the revelations about how this universe got the way it was, and why it's still like that. Quite a feat for the fourth book in the series! And some large scale space opera constructions.
Things I'd forgotten. That we get a lot of updates of what's going on back on the recently discovered back-water planet. What do you do after secretly supplanting a secretive ruler? If you ch
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Star Wars with Space Elves

Hope Jaine forgives me for that headline. I mean that in the best way possible.

Reading an ongoing book series is a change of pace from everyday life. One year between episodes would not go down well on television (my other interest) but it does when reading. You still want it earlier but the gap between books in a series let you re-read the ones you already have and good books are like really good friends, they are always there when you need them so I of
Martin Stewart
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm not the fastest of readers and this book I took slowly and have really enjoyed wandering around the world Jaine Fenn has created for her characters. In this book elements encountered earlier in the sequence start to come together in a pleasing way and I really enjoyed meeting some of the people from the other books again. It's hard not to give away the plot when writing a review but I especially enjoyed the interaction between the off worlders and Serenein and it was nice to see the Angels g ...more
Sketching Girl
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I liked this, but I didn't love it. Throughout the majority of this book you are following three separate groups of characters, a chapter in one location, then next chapter in another and so on, as they each go through the story simultaneously. I really liked one group of characters, Taro, Jarek and Nual. I think these are the main characters? (I haven't read the other books in this series, only this one). But I personally would rather stick with these, as I didn't love the others in the story. ...more
Matti Tornio
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This was definitely better than the last two entries in the series. The novel does a very good job of bringing together the various plot threads from the first three books.

On the other hand I wasn't a big fan of the Serenein plot line and Taro remains an extremely annoying and cringeworthy character.
Jan 01, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
That angry-frustrated-betrayed-by-literature feeling when you pick up a promising book that gives absolutely *no clue* that it is the third in a series on the cover or by the list of other works by the author; read a couple of chapters which feel weird; then read the GR reviews, and then google this not-a-standalone-novel to have your worst fears confirmed...that!
Guy Robinson
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
A return to Serenein is planned with Jarek working to make good on his promise to return the isolated planet to the interstellar community after the events of Consorts of Heaven.

More of the Hidden Empire is revealed and there is many a slip between planet and transit hub ...
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Fenn links the first three books together flawlessly to bring every thread together in this, the fourth book. The fifth book is calling to me from the bookshelves…
Adrian Leaf
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another really enjoyable space opera from Jaine Fenn, the characters are as good as ever and the story and universe is advanced further. It is definitely here most confident and ambitious book yet.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
this was a good read what people call a page turner.
Pippa Jay
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My problem with this book? I have to wait until next year for the sequel, grrr! :)
Fred Langridge
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm still really enjoying this series. Bloody good science fiction.
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Truth may be stranger than fiction, but it's also far harder to track down. Jaine Fenn has had numerous short stories professionally published, some of which appear in the collection 'Downside Girls' and has won the British Science Fiction Association Short Fiction award. Her Hidden Empire space opera sequence, published by Gollancz, starts with the novel 'Principles of Angels'. Her Shadowlands sc ...more

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