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The Sanctum of the Sphere (The Benevolence Archives, #2)

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Go rob that train. Nice, normal. An everyday heist.

But nothing is ever normal for Brazel, Grond and Rhundi.

A simple act of motorized larceny quickly explodes into a galaxy-spanning adventure for the two thieves. Blade-wielding elves, a fast-moving global war, a secret outlaw space city, incomprehensible insectoids and one impossibly lucky human are just the start of
Published April 28th 2015 by Prostetnic Publications (first published April 26th 2015)
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Aaron Hamilton
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Siler continues to impress me with his originality, humor and pacing. I had a blast reading this installment of the Benevolence Archives. It kept me guessing and turning pages, and I was sorry when it ended. I can only hope there will be a third book in the near future. I especially enjoyed additional fleshing out of the characters, some with backstory and others through the hints in dialogue. It was a nice bonus to get more details about the Benevolence and why everyone seems to fear them.

Thomas Weaver
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The "no spoilers" version: If you liked The Benevolence Archives, you'll love The Sanctum of the Sphere. It has the same mix of fun-but-not-goofy combined with serious-but-not-grimdark, and because this is a novel instead of a collection of related short stories, the author had room to show more of the setting and the characters. And, as always, there are plenty of (subtle!) references to the (famous movies) source of inspiration for these stories.

4.5 stars.
Éric Kasprak
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ogre, Gnome and Elf in a space opera adventure with solid writing, great pacing and dry humour, YES please! The second Benevolence books are a longer story with more exposure to the world and characters created by the author. The story is surprisingly simple, but still engrossing, we get to see some backstory from ground (the half ogre) and hopefully Brazel and the other characters will get the same treatment in later books. I really love the fantasy races in space and because of my familiarity ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
How to describe in one word The Sanctum of the Sphere by Luther M. Siler?


I mistakenly thought I was picking up a simple summer read. Little did I know that the halfogre Grond, the gnome Brazel and his savvy wife Rhundi would pull me into a smart adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat, made me laugh out loud, and had me reach for a hankie at certain points. Then there's Irtuus-bon and who can forget Asper ... won't give away who this character is here ... superb!

From the
J.R. Barker
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book carries on from the Benevolence Archives, it still follows Brazel and Grond.
Again I found myself fully immersed in the universe Siler created. Everything was there, suspense, characters, spacey battles, love, loss and everything.

Well, not quite everything, things got a little confused when it came to the build up of the finale, I Knew who the most of the good and bad guys were, but I wasn't entirely sure who the fight was with. The Benevolence was the obvious one, but there seemed to
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Luther Siler was born in 1976 in northern Indiana, where he currently resides along with his wife, son and an assortment of various pets.

He writes about space gnomes and Mars.

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