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The Gap Into Power: A Dark and Hungry God Arises

(The Gap Cycle #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  6,209 ratings  ·  125 reviews
A master storyteller, Stephen R. Donaldson established a worldwide reputation with his unforgettable, critically acclaimed fantasy series "The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant." Then, with "The Real Story" and "Forbidden Knowledge," he launched a thrilling new science fiction series. Now the galactic epic continues as humanity struggles against the forces of ultimate evil--an ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published September 11th 2008 by Gollancz (first published October 1st 1992)
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Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, gap-cycle
The third book in the Gap series i.e. A Dark and Hungry God Arises shows us the real manipulators in the game, all the previous characters which we have met so such as Morn,Nick and Angus are pawns in the hands of these corporate bigwigs.Donaldson keeps a tight leash on the story in this book, and he switches between the different pov characters effortlessly, the outcome is an superb convergence which leaves you wanting more.

Some of the strong points of the book are

1.New set of pov characters.
3.5 stars

I have made no secret of the fact that I struggle with Stephen Donaldson’s writing. This is the only series of his that I have made any connection with, and my relationship to it is turbulent. I’m not one of those people who needs to like the characters in order to like the book, but it helps if I care what happens to them. I reluctantly care about what happens to the main characters in the Gap series.

Its like Donaldson took the Star Trek universe and turned it inside out. There is no P
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The story tangles further. The betrayal is deeper. The stakes are higher than you thought. Donaldson's sci-fi version of Wagner's Ring Cycle begins to truly blossom here.
Here we see the Gap Series begin its true, slow, inexorable motion. Like drowning, the reader is caught in a euphoria of despair.
This book, like the ones before it, offers little hope, but a creature emerges from it that can be neither countenanced nor resisted. I do not know whether to laugh or cry, but it appears the final
Gilda Felt
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m happy to say that the series has finally hit its stride, this being the best book so far. The reader is given a deeper look into what is going on that even those who thought they knew, didn’t. Betrayals abound, as nothing seems to be what it is, so the reader is left wanting more. Luckily, there are still two more books.

I’m still not totally happy with the main characters of Morn, Nick, and Angus. Their flaws still rule their lives, and they have plenty. I could perhaps feel more sympathy fo
Steve R
The Amnion are in conflict with the Bill for the possession of the forcegrown child Davies Hyland. His mother, Morn, is also a desired quarry since she should not have survived an advanced procedure performed on her and her child, and is worth studying to see how this came about Angus, now a cyborg and Nick, still a pirate at heart, seek to do their best in the situation. That their motives are both at times controlled by others while at other times, totally selfish, helped make this an enjoyabl ...more
Jan 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read "The Gap" series, a five-novel saga from Stephen R. Donaldson.

I think Donaldson does better with SF than fantasy. The series is set in a future as created by something called the Gap Drive, an FTL travel method that sometimes drives people mad. It starts out with a complicated little minuet of a story involving the lives of three people who live on the fringes of space (the first novel), but over time the series becomes a complicated tale involving a terrible cold war between an alien rac
Thomas Stacey
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well... that was awesome!

When I asked Fantasy Faction for dark, character driven sci-fi, this series was recommended. It's taken a couple of books to hit its stride, but it's finally there - the world has opened up considerably and many characters introduced in the previous books are given their time of day.

After such a climatic ending, I simply cannot wait to explore this series further. Highly recommended.
Boostamonte Halvorsen
What a book! What a ride! Man, I just don't know how Donaldson juggles all of this...he's a master storyteller. The twists and turns are so unpredictable. The constant rotation of the Hero>Villian>Victim thin this absolutely astounding, and now it's stretched to a secondary batch of characters..or two's hard to tell if they are going to rotate or are just fun...I can't wait for the next book! ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, this series is killing it. Had to force myself to put it down (reading three other novels as well) but I failed time and time again. Donaldson has long been one of my favourite fantasy authors. Now he is my favourite Sci-fi author (granted, I don't read much in the genre).

On to book four ... in a bit.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Gap Cycle is where Donaldson's story really begins to take shape. Although he uses our interest in the characters to carry us along, the story really is about the political schemes and wheels within wheels that arise from the commercial development of faster than light travel and contact with a semi-hostile alien species. Although the series is based on Wagner's Ring Cycle, the historical bits of the story show a very plausible development of this society from our own, espe ...more
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Wow, this book took me awhile to get through. Its a great book, but its not light reading. This is an emotionally heavy book from start to finish. Its a noir story loosely based on the Ring cycle, that is set in the far future in space. This is the 3rd book in the series, and it slows the series down a little bit, mainly because its transitioning us from the beginning of the story into the roller coaster ride toward the ending. I can't remember as of writing this review if there are two more boo ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that I had lucked out when I found all five of these books in a used book store. I really liked the Covenant books. After reading the short (didn't feel short...) first book in this series, my first thought was, Did an editor get near this thing? The writing itself is atrocious. Not wanting to admit that I wasted my money, I soldiered on. I managed to get about a third into this book (the third) before I gave up.

There were several instances where I was pretty sure that Donaldson used t
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume brings on the full force of the terrific and memorable storyline. And by this time you're ready for it. The volume before this one, althought it moves right along, stays focused on the behavoir of the crew aboard ship, and only the crew (maybe 3 of the book's chapters reveal a larger plot) and that limited, confined scope of Forbidden Knowledge (Gap #2) feels like an expanding bubble in contrast to the burst of this 3rd volume which fires the kitchen sink right at you.

There are 3 di
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew Couzens
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Gap series is gradually getting easier to read. It's gotten past the typical horrific opening that Donaldson often front-loads his narratives with to drive the conflict throughout the rest of the series, so it's now possible to hate some of the more despicable characters without hating oneself for reading about them. This book is also where some of the political machinations become more salient, which dilutes the more unpleasant psychological profiling that filled the first two books. There ...more
Baal Of
Jul 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this a long time ago. All I remember was that by this third volume, I absolutely hated this series, I hated every character, and I thought Donaldson was a fucking asshole.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Celine by: Reddit
That took a really long time, but it was really worth it. If you happen to read this series, try and get the covers that have the triangles on it cuz those pages are much nicer. This edition had flimsy thin pages, not a fan.

Anyway, the third in a series, usually a book where the characters move to a spot to be relevant later in the next book, however, so much happened in this book. (view spoiler)
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aaaaand, I'm done. I got about a third of the way through this one before tossing it into the corner.

There are several problems with this series for me:

* I don't like/can't identify with ANY of the characters or their motivations. That being the case, I don't know who to root for. And that leaves me without any motivation to keep reading. I just don't care what the future holds for these characters.

* The world-building is very weak. Basically, you could sum this civilization up as "Everyone's t
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who have read the two previous novels
Shelves: sci-fi
This, the third book in the series, is slightly less gripping than its predecessors. The frenetic pace of the previous novel slows down as the story behind the story takes a greater proportion of the center stage. Similarly more stories within the story are explored as events are experienced through the perspectives of a wider range of characters. There is still horror and depravity aplenty, but as the story moves along and the situations change those aspects fade into the background.
I found the
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult series to get into, because the first two (or so) books are endlessly traumatizing - to the female protagonist, and to you, the reader, if you have any decency. It was only the fact that the series was recommended so highly by a friend (a female ethics professor, at that) that kept me trudging through the first two books. After that, though, the brutality diminishes - at least, the brutality against vulnerable characters, though the initial scenes still motivate the story arc ...more
Micah Scelsi
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Summary: The Plot Thickens

This book is in the middle of the series, so there isn't a ton of resolution, but the storyline and characters continue to develop and face new challenges. This book is the convergence of many things that were set into motion during the second volume. Besides fleshing-out the various characters a bit better, Donaldson does a good job of telling the story from different character points of view throughout the book.

There is still quite a bit of crude language, but physica
John Kerr
I struggled somewhat with this one, reflected in the length of time it took to read and the fact that I kept turning to other books during that time. I never felt that I got to grips with the political and corporate machinations that seem to be key to driving the story and I couldn’t say for sure whether that’s down to me missing stuff or Donaldson’s writing. I’ll no doubt read the next in the series though, if only to see what happens to the transformed Angus when, as I’m sure he will, he cuts ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard Sci-fi fans; Donaldson fans.
Shelves: science-fiction
A bit meandering at times (and slightly anti-climactic), but it would seem a necessary thing in light of all the stuff that's obviously planned for 'Niebelungen-in-space' that Donaldson has planned. Still, highly complex characters who are all completely flawed and suffering throughout; in essence, some finely honed space opera here and worth the read.
Book 3 is certainly better than 1 & 2 in that this is much more action & story development. Still there are characters you'll love to hate & completely silly wide open plot holes. I'm glad I kept reading - but would be surprised if I every pick up this series again. ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-2020
4.0 Stars

A little slow and convoluted in places but a great expansion in the scope of the story and a fantastic climax makes this entry the strongest by a country mile.

Really interesting to see if the rest of the series can keep up the momentum.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still hooked. More.
Dark Betrayal. Revelations. Dark.
Origins of where all the bad stuff truly began. Awesome book. Already reading Gap #4.
Francois Schwartz
Could not get past 50% - did not finish
Barry Brown
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters in this series are so well done. Would love to see it as a movie series.
Keith Boyle
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crown jewel of sci fi

If you hate a person initially but then like them later it's usually with reckless abandon...thermopyle you bastard! I'm all in on the gap cycle.
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Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novelist; in the United Kingdom he is usually called "Stephen Donaldson" (without the "R"). He has also written non-fiction under the pen name Reed Stephens.


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