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Magnificat

(Galactic Milieu Trilogy #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,037 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The concluding volume of the GALACTIC MILEAU trilogy, following JACK THE BODILESS and THE DIAMOND MASK.

Humanity is enjoying the Galactic Milieu. Colonies are thriving, Earth is peaceful, and as more metapsychics are born, the goal of mental Unity with the Milieu seems close. But a rebel group want Earth to remain separate, led by a man obsessed with human superiority. This
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Kindle Edition, 576 pages
Published February 14th 2013 by Tor (first published 1995)
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Shayne Power
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me 20 years to get from Intervention to the end of Magnificat. I suppose that is a risk you take when you get involved in a series while it is still being written.

The main surprise in this book (I won't give a spoiler here, though it was introduced at the very end of Diamond Mask) was a great shock. I've known the character involved for all of those 20 years and his/her ending was very sad. And knowing why it had to happen was even worse. I'm pleased to say that I didn't feel the need to
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Michael Battaglia
It's hard to even say this is the last book in the trilogy when the trilogy almost immediately leads into the Saga of Pliocene Exile (which was published before this) which then leads back to "Intervention" which brings us right back to the beginning of this series again. May has written herself a loop that Joyce would be proud of.

In fact she's written that loop so tautly that I think to actually gauge the real effect of it you have to read all the books pretty much straight through, maybe more
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Ria
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A magnificent end to an epic, sweeping saga.
The world is nearly ready for Unity and the Rebel factions are gaining momentum in opposition to the Milieu.
Jack the bodiless and Dorothea MacDonald are fighting Jack's brother Marc who takes up the reins of the Rebel faction and supposedly wants Earth to retain its individuality and not join the Milieu in Unity but beneath all the Rebel dogma he is fomenting a secret plan of his own to advance the human race into a society of fully operant and metapys
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Nobbynob Littlun
Despite very much liking the two preceding books - Jack the Bodiless and Diamond Mask - I was very put off by this one. The writing seemed pedantic and the story disjoint.

Maybe I should have read the Saga books first? Thoughts from those who've read the entire spread of books set in this universe?
Batmensch
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final entry of possibly my favorite series of books ever (except for LoTR, natch). This one shows signs of being perhaps a little rushed, but given the overall quality of the series I think I can give Julian May some leeway here.

Two separate series of books are based in this universe:

The Pliocene series (the Many-Coloured Land series)
The Galactic Milieu series

Magnificat, the last book in the Galactic Milieu series, is the story of the rebellion of a part of humanity against the peaceful Gala
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Penny
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last of the Galatic Milieu series, which leads into the Pliocene Exile in a satisfactory loop.
I think that it's the weakest of all the 7 books, feeling a bit rushed, and with a lot of galatic politics to wade through. Still, the characters remain compelling, and it's necessary to read it to finish off the series.
I've done my re-read, I can probably leave it for another 10 years or so, but I bet I'll come back to them again..
Charlie Devlin
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ben
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why is this book called 'Magnificat'?

The final installment in both the Galactic Milieu Trilogy and the eight book series which began with The Many-Coloured Land - the first book of the Saga of Pliocene Exiles - this is essentially a prequel, but has elements of an epilogue to the entire series as well.

With a return to more exciting style of Intervention, May hypes up the action as things forment and the inevitable rebellion finally fulminates. Unlike Jack the Bodiless or Diamond Mask, the focus
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Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

By the mid-twenty-first century, humanity is beginning to enjoy membership in the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of exotic races spread throughout the galaxy. Human colonies are thriving on numerous planets, life on Earth is peaceful and prosperous, more and more humans are being born with the metapsychic abilities that characterize the next step in human evolution . . . and it is not long before these gifted minds will at last achieve total Unity. But xenophobia is deeply rooted in the human

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Chris Branch
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The climactic book in the sweeping saga of the Pliocene Exile and the Galactic Milieu - I'm not sure exactly why, but this last volume was less memorable to me than most of the others. In particular I had forgotten the details of Fury's end and even some of the critical events of the final confrontation of the rebellion.

Also if it's not too harsh to say, I felt as if May's impressively polished writing might have slipped just a bit here - yes, some of the cleverness and playful salaciousness was
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Andreas
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The scope of this saga spanning eight novels is staggering. A gate is opened to the past, specifically the Pliocene era. But it is a one-way trip. Adventurous souls travel back, and find a world unlike any they could imagine. Epic conflict rages between ancient races, and the future destiny of man is decided. The initial four books make up The Saga of Pliocene Exile.

* The Many-Coloured Land
* The Golden Torc
* The Nonborn King
* The Adversary

These can be read as a standalone series, but who wou
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Alan Denham
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-paper
Finally, the end of this epic . . . no, that sounds as if I am glad it is over. Not so, though the whole thing (eight large volumes!) does leave one with a certain feeling of relief when the end is reached, simply because of its size!
Here, at last are some resolutions, some tying of loose ends. Four stars - it deserves that at least, just for getting me to the end of something so large. And the epic that this is part of is, in my opinion, the best stuff May has written (I haven't yet written rev
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Hali Sowle
The final book of the Galactic Milieu Trilogy and the 9 book series compromising the Galactic Milieu Universe. The metaphysical rebellion is looming and Marc is one step closer to engendering Mental Man. Fury and Hydra are aiding Marc from the shadows, although he doesn't realize it and Jack and Diamond may finally understand what the true meaning of Unity is. The book is full of tension and surprises and every page seems to be packed with information. My biggest complaint is that "rebellion" it ...more
SA
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Just as good as it was fifteen years ago. Maybe when I next read it, I will remember to come and brain-dump my thoughts less than three months after reading, but such is not the case now.

I know the ending can seem pretty abrupt, but that's missing the point: in the context of the story, Rogi is only tasked with telling the "secret history" of events from the Remillard family perspective. So not going into great detail about the dramatic encounter is very much a knowing literary conceit; May lea
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Andrew Grewcock
After all the build up to the Rebellion, both in this trilogy and the Pliocene Saga, I have to confess to feeling cheated. I understand that rendering metaphysical concepts in prose is necessarily tricky, but the final result had me flicking pages to check I hadn't accidentally skipped an entire chapter (or more). I can't imagine May was writing to a deadline, but considering the attention to detail she has previously lavished (and I use the word both pejoratively and admiringly), it's one of th ...more
Thomas Kimpton
This book culminates a 9 book series. Much of the series refers to the culmination. You are lead to expect an epic culmination. And this book builds up to the two (maybe more, been a while since I've read it) page culmination. WHAT a LET DOWN! I flipped the pages back and forth in disbelief. THAT'S IT? Oh, well. The entire series is great,
Surveillance
Metaconcert
The Many-Colored Land
The Golden Torc
The Nonborn King
The Adversary
Jack the Bodiless
Diamond Mask
Magnificat

It was just a disappoin
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Michael
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speaking from a plot standpoint, if you've read the other Galactic Milieu / Pliocene Exile books, there are few surprises in store for you. The Rebellion arrives, characters die, and the saga of the Remillards comes to an end. I felt as if there should have been more of an emotional payoff since I was pretty invested in the first volume, but May had to spend too much time resolving Fury/Hydra to give Jack and Dorothea their due. It would be nice to talk with someone about Unity/Rebellion one day ...more
Graham
And finally. Phew. Eight books later, and the chess pieces are finally in the end game. Fury is resolved, Hydra is resolved, Jack and Illusio attain apotheosis, Marc's mental man project hits difficulties. And the complex multi planet, scifi fantasy, multi entity, metapsychic based, multistoryline, happens over six million years take ends.

There is no point recounting what happens, because it will make no sense unless you read the other books. Suffice to say that Julian May started writing a Celt
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John Devlin
Simply the best space opera, and the best series of novels I've ever read. This is the first of the nine, and while the last three show signs of fatigue, these novels capture a cast of characters, and one in Marc Remillard, that are truly memorable. From the worlds and milieu May imagines to her evocative themes, the novels capture humanity with all its foibles and promise, and if you stick around for #6, you'll get the best plot twist in all of bookdom.
Rob Carr
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got a bit weird at points but definitely an enjoyable read. It is interesting how Julian had tried to pull together the ending into a sense of justice whilst being consistent with the milieu non-violent approach. I did feel like the ending could have done with more detail though the book does end with a couple of things unexplained. Would recommend this series.
G
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the story, but the climax was two pages long, and was speeded through. The detailed events in the rest of the book had led me to expect similar clarity in the final pages. The attack, which had been anticipated for over a decade of book-time, was sketchy at best; it was as if the narrator had not been given all the details, and had mumbled through the explanation.
Jenn
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before: I finally get to finish a series I started 20 years ago!! :) I hope it lives up to the expectation lol.
After: hmm...I think it lived up to my hopes. Pretty sure. Although now I have to read the Pliocene books dang it.
Vicki Ellerhorst
Final third of the Milieu trilogy. Metapsychics vs Mental Man. Scary. I don't know a lot of science but it was nice pretending I could while reading the exciting bits. Family and it's secrets are still a big part of the action that propels the story so well. Into the future.
Stuart Lutzenhiser
Final book in this series. Brings to fruition the Metaphysical Rebellion as well as the destruction of Fury. Wanted more of the Rebellion and less on Fury. The whole Fury plot line is interesting but totally took over the novel.
AmbushPredator
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I'd award this six stars if I could! The best - bar none - scifi series I've yet read, and Ive now read it three times, and each time found something new about it.

In a few years time, I've no doubt I'll read it a fourth time.
Darren Kerrigan
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series of books by Julian May, wish there was more. Would recommend (and i do ...often) to any sci-fi or fantasy reader. Thanks for creating such an amazing world Julian.
Karen
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it
Lindsay
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, z2007
Excellent conclusion to the trilogy. The characters development was believable in the scope of the books and the tension that had built up throughout the series was resolved.
Rleeh3
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much dialogue for me. Soapy. However, I really liked Uncle Rogi and am still interested in the other books.
Collin Reremoana
A GREAT AND FANTASTIC RIDE!!!!!!!!!
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Julian May was an American science fiction, fantasy, horror, science and children's writer who also used several pseudonyms including Ian Thorne, Lee N. Falconer and many others.

Other books in the series

Galactic Milieu Trilogy (4 books)
  • Intervention (Intervention #1-2)
  • Jack the Bodiless (Galactic Milieu Trilogy #1)
  • Diamond Mask (Galactic Milieu Trilogy, #2)
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