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Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper.
In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened...more
March 26th rolls around, my copy of Tiamat’s Wrath, the penultimate novel in the long running Expanse series downloads to my Kobo, I pick it up and read the first sentence. Four words, three of them ...more
I'm really afraid to say just about anything for fear of spoiling the crap out of this novel. It's just one of those things. I mean, I counted three times I cried and I won't tell you whether it is tears of rage, sadness, or happiness. That would be TELLING, you know?
But if I'm okay with being all general and gushy and stuff, and if anyone has read any of my reviews, they know I am, then I'll just go, "Oh, wow, What A NOVEL."
Duarte's Empire and the Resistance. There are no whiny ...more
Coming back to this series felt like embracing family after being gone a few years… like coming home. In my mind, these characters are real people. Their development is so on-point, I always feel their triumphs and defeats poignantly. These authors are brilliant. And I have to say, they really set out to shred my soul with Tiamat’s Wrath. Holy shit.
Truth be told, I’ve been really apathetic lately with books. This is the first novel in a ...more
Do things get better after that? Let’s see what one of the characters has to say about the possibility of good things happening after bad things:
”Sometimes it’s just one shit sandwich after another.”
So yeah, there are a couple of moments in this that absolutely suck if you’re invested in these characters. That’s not to say that all hope is lost, and that there aren’t some good fist-pumping “Hell yeah!” moments. ...more
All that to say, this was a really solid penultimate ...more
A lot of things I said about The Expanse novels in my previous reviews - except Persepolis Rising since I forgot to write one - and I will not ...more
As the penultimate book in the epic Expanse series, Tiamat’s Wrath gives one the feeling of an entire galaxy holding its collective breath—things aren’t so much happening as they are preparing the field for the final play. And yet, if you’ve been on this train since the beginning, you’ll know that James S.A. Corey, the collaborative team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank writing as one, isn’t going to let that get in the ...more
I do have one observation on the series as a whole. To me the theme of the series is how various social structures can act contrary to the needs of ...more
I just can't get enough of this epic space series and this latest installment did not disappoint!
As always, I loved getting to spend more time with the returning characters. I missed certain perspectives in this book, including few fan-favourites, but, by the end of the book, I understood why those choices were made.
As in previous installments, this book introduced new characters with their own POV chapters. Elvi’s chapters were among my ...more
Book 2: 4.5*
Book 3: 4.25*
Book 4: 3.5*
Book 5: 4.5*
Book 6: 4*
Book 7: 4.5*
Book 8: 4.25*
I will say first and foremost this setup book 9 which is supposed to be the final installment to be quite the epic conclusion. Those last two lines of dialogue were so simple but the ramifications anything but.
The problem, and it's a minor quibble, with most of these books in the series is it takes forever to get momentum. Lollygag, review, renew acquaintances while slow burning the story. In the end ...more
Luckily, when the action finally ...more
Laconia has won and Wilson Duarte is now the High Consul of an empire that spans 1,300 star systems, including Earth and Medina station, with complete control over the gate network. Bobby, Alex and Naomi are leading the underground forces against the Laconians but things look grim for any ...more
I do like this series, but find the books to be hit and miss. I don't think I'll reread the entire thing before the ...more
The narrative picks up a short time after the events of the previous novel, with our crew separated and dealing with Duarte’s despotism, in control of all humanity in his empire. As always, we have several narrators, with Holden still being the constant but in a reduced fashion, echoing his prisoner status on Laconia. Naomi, ...more
Book after book after book, each one somehow better than the previous, all of them 5+ Stars.
Tiamat's Wrath is astounding and wonderful and very, very sad. Be prepared for tears.
As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.
Okay, here it is: If you haven't read the previous books, then start with book #1, Leviathan Wakes and enjoy what is definitely the greatest space opera series of all time.
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Audiobook: Another great job by Jefferson Mays. Early on I didn't find him that impressive, but when he didn't do Cibola Burn I realized how much I liked him for the series. I'm not sure if he's a narrator that I'd pick up another series for, but he's the only ...more
After Duarte took over, defeating the Earth-Mars coalition in the previous book, we now get a more or less firmly established empire. Laconia is the capital, ruling thousands of worlds much like Rome did so long ago.
Our favourite ragtag band is split up: Holden is a prisoner at Laconia, Naomi is ...more
The lack of momentum at the start is surprising because this is the eighth book in a great series, and the seventh installment ended with a really tantalizing cliffhanger. So, I was totally caught off-guard when I just could not get into this book. It's true that I was a bigger fan of this series for the first four entries when the alien stuff was front-and-center. Ever since the fifth book, the series has become more about intra-human political drama, and ...more
TIAMAT'S WRAITH is the latest volume of the Expanse. The Expanse struck science fiction like a breath of fresh air and is basically serving as Game of Throne's slightly less successful brother in bringing genre fiction to the mainstream. It's a high concept series about wealth, power, politics, and an alien molecule that defies the laws of physics. Honestly, you can tell how much I like the Expanse in the fact that I'd still be happy to read the series if ...more
Corey has mastered the art of pushing me to the raggedy edge. Every book has become a gruelling emotional marathon: high stakes, high tension, highly personal. Tiamat's Wrath doesn't share Nemesis's relentless book-long escalation of terror - Corey took pity this time; the tension ebbs and flows - but it never pulls its punches.
And I am bruised, people.
Tiamat's Wrath doesn't disappoint. Expect one of those all-consuming reads where you don't want to pause to take care of bodily functions ...more
The first time I started this book I put it aside for several months. I only got through the first sentence. It basically said, "Your favorite character has died." (Not a spoiler since no one knows who that is.) Why did they do that to me? This time I stuck with it and admittedly the beginning is a bit slow but by 25-30% it picked up steam.
It surprised me that Teresa, the villain's ...more
NO! After 8 books, mysteries and threats don't grow deeper! They get resolved! Enough already!
The bait-and-switch of the Expanse continues with more teasing of revelations regarding the protomolecule and the aliens that build the ring-gates that opened up the universe to exploration. But as before, the authors are able to take the premise of the EXPANSION of humanity across the universe ...more
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