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The Tropic of Eternity

(The Amaranthine Spectrum #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
It is the 147th century. The mighty era of Homo Sapiens is at an end. In the Westerly Provinces of the Old World, the hunt is on for the young queen Arabis, and the vile creature that holds her captive. In the brutal hominid Investiture, revolution has come. The warlord Cunctus, having seized the Vulgar worlds, invites every Prism to pick a side. In the Firmament, once the ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Night Shade
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Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book. I finally found a series where I will be re-reading the previously released books every time a new book releases!

Tom Toner may be the Steven Erikson of Science Fiction, because he drops the reader straight into an unfamiliar world without any explanation.

I'm a fast reader and sometimes tempted to skim more than I should, which works with books set on our world where not every third word is strange and unfamiliar. After reading a third of the first novel, abo
The third novel in the extraordinary, beautiful and original Amaranthine Spectrum series is perhaps the most complex and, for this reader, most difficult of the books, but it is nonetheless a bewitching and enchanting read. There are moments, places and characters here that are described with such gorgeousness, as well as not a little horror, that they more than compensate for the other moments which left me wondering what in the heavens was going on! Review to follow shortly on For Winter Night ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
With the aid of Perception, the liberated AI now masterminding their plans to bring down Aaron the Long-Life, Hugo Maneker, Lycaste, and Huerepo are ready for war. They take to the skies with a mercenary army in the hopes of bringing down the scheming ancient before it can transfer from its decaying Caudipteryx body into something far more effective -- Perception’s own remains. The Amaranthine have almost served their purpose for Aaron, and as he turns his gaze to more distant stars, he accelera ...more
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Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Far into the future humankind has fractured into different species, each with its place in the hierarchy of the extended social structure; the Amaranthine, the descendants of humanity who have unlocked some of the secrets of immortality, right down to the Prism species at the bottom of this vast social order. Each faction now vies for supremacy. Things are going to get very messy, unless a balance can be found.

Imagine the Jabberwocky running amok within a steampunk world, and one with the most s
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The final installment in The Amaranthine Spectrum series, this book is just as wild, as wacky and generally as weird as its two predecessors. I must also say before we start: it’s probably a good idea to go back and read the first two before you dip into these. This is not a series for the faint-hearted; it’s a series to savour and enjoy, and it’s all to easy to get lost in its labyrinthine passages.

Tom Toner’s incredible imagination takes us back to the world of the Amaranthine and a galaxy bur
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time it was the 'sense of wonder' that kindled my love for SciFi and bound me to the genre. The Amaranthine Spectrum-Trilogy by Tom Toner brings back those early sense-of-wonder-y goosebumps. It's a complex, highly ambitious, very differently and originally structured and first and foremost deeply romantic tale of the far future.

I just can't summarize this last book of the trilogy. Summarization is futile. Very far in the future, and very deep in the past, the world(s) is (are) very
Pedro L. Fragoso
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Honeysuckle and warm evenings, the perfume of jasmine on the breeze.” And Tom Toner is still unrelenting, and no-holds-barred uncompromising, on the multigalactic scope of this million years epic-to-end-all-epics saga and on its continuing demands of the readers.

“When I was younger, Jatropha had said as they made their way down, we all thought the world was going to end, sooner or later. But it never did; the new just piled on top of the old, as it always had, and the world carried on.” Exactly
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I saw someone refer to Tom Toner as being the Steven Erikson of science fiction, and I think that is fair when referring to the scope and ambition of these books, but I think the spirit of the books, their strangeness and creativity owes something to Iain M Banks as well, who I’m sure would have loved this series as much as I do.

The tension is ratcheted up in this volume and builds and builds to an epic climax, and while the first book was challenging and surreal, the setting and characters hav
Paul Trembling
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tropic of Eternity (Volume Three of this trilogy) has a very useful little summary of past events included at the front. This would have been good to have had at the beginning of volume 2, but was probably essential at this stage. With so many characters, so many places and so many interwoven plotlines I found it impressive that the author managed to keep track of them all, let alone the readers!

And, even though this is the third and final book, Toner doesn't stop introducing new characters, sce
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Advance copy supplied by Netgalley) Bloody hell, this was brilliant! Tom Toner is absolutely the natural heir to Iain M Banks. Stop wasting your time reading my review, go and read the books!
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Tom Toner was born in Somerset, England, in 1986. After graduating with a degree in Fine Art from Loughborough University and the FHSH in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, he spent some time in Australia teaching life drawing. Upon returning to England he completed his debut novel, The Promise of the Child. He lives in London.

Other books in the series

The Amaranthine Spectrum (3 books)
  • The Promise of the Child (The Amaranthine Spectrum #1)
  • The Weight of the World (The Amaranthine Spectrum #2)