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The Forbidden Stars

(Axiom #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The ancient alien gods are waking up, and there's only one spaceship crew ready to stop them, in this dazzling space opera sequel to The Wrong Stars and The Dreaming Stars.

Aliens known as the Liars gave humanity access to the stars through twenty-nine wormholes. They didnt mention that other aliens, the ancient, tyrannical but thankfully sleeping Axiom occupied all the
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Angry Robot
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Richard Derus
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, returned
Real Rating: 4.5* of five

We're not under any illusions about the Axiom anymore, are we? They're the xenocidal monsters of which nightmares were first brewed, they're cruel and thoughtless and smugly superior...no, scratch that, they're oblivious to lesser life's reality and so find nothing or no one convincingly sentient except themselves. They're even working, while in hibernation, on changing the fundamental constants of the Universe! And all so they can prolong their own nasty existences (and
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
Spoiler-Free Trilogy Review Video: https://youtu.be/tn9ktLmfYcc

This was an excellent final installment to the Axiom trilogy. Picking up right where the last book left off, this book jumps right into the action with little time wasted on recapping past events. As the third book in the series, readers should not read this one until they have read The Wrong Stars as well as the Forbidden Stars. This trilogy is highly bingeable so readers can easily catch up.

I always pitch this series as
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Kevin Hogan
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
More 3.5 than 4 stars, this book is fun like the rest of the trilogy, and wraps the storyline up in a mostly-satisfying fashion without sacrificing the possibility of more work in the universe.

Not deep, but I do not regret spending either the time reading or the money purchasing.
Bryan
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The preceding volumes in this series were a fun romp through the Galaxy, but only echoes of that remain here. In this final instalment, theres only a couple of pages of real tension, little meaningful camaraderie, and not much new plot development. Evil alien overlords who used to be scary and all-powerful are now just cartoonish and pathetic. It felt like the author was out of ideas and just going through the motions - a disappointing end to this story. ...more
Deborah Ross
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its always a risk to jump into a series or a multi-volume story, like this one, and in general I dont recommend it. It takes great skill on the authors part to bring a new reader up to speed without boring those who already know the backstory. When I asked for a review copy of The Forbidden Stars, I assumed it was a direct sequel to The Wrong Stars. Wrong (excuse the pun) book, though. However, since I loved The Wrong Stars, I decided to take a chance. After a little coming-up-to-speed, I found ...more
Mike
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A space opera heist caper, where the target is an entire solar system, and the mark is a group of fascist aliens (servants of Mythos-esque, godlike, ancient malevolent aliens, who are sleeping but not dead).

Because it was structured as a heist, and because it was so enjoyable, I forgave the ease with which the tiny crew achieved everything they set out to do. The third time the main progagonist went in alone into a facility full of enemies, this time almost literally with her hands tied behind
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Jules Bertaut
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! And this is an excellent conclusion to it. There is a good amount of weird shenanigans going on in this book, but things were pretty well concluded, and in a way that made sense and didn't feel weird and too convenient.
Hisham El-far
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forbidden Stars is the third book in Tim Pratts excellent Axiom series of space opera sci-fi.


These books have picked up and hijacked some classic sci- fi plot devices and tropes and taken them for a joy-ride. The Forbidden Stars is no different and it makes for a fun read.

A story of a found family fighting to protect everything and everyone they hold dear in the universe from an existential threat to all things using more than a few explosives along the way Reading The Forbidden Stars was
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Alexis
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Adri Joy
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The adventures of the White Raven crew come to an end...

The Forbidden Stars is third in Tim Pratt's Axiom series, which began with The Wrong Stars back in 2017. If you're interested in the series of a whole and only want one book worth of spoilers, you may be interested in my review of the second book, The Dreaming Stars, which also includes a summary of what to expect from the first book if you add it to your TBR. In that review, I expressed a wish for the Axiom to be one of those neverending
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John
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Bang up close, with betrayals, reversals, clever tricks, and explosions galore. Not to mention a happy ending with just deserts all round. Heres my favorite line: Callie, thats not a tumor. Its a ship. Its a ship made out of meat! Writers, you cannot buy lines like that, they must be earned. ...more
Ken Richards
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tim Pratt brings his Axiom trilogy to a satisfying end in The Forbidden Stars. The intrepid crew of the White Raven follow tantalizing breadcrumb clues left for their benefit by a mysterious benefactor. These lead to juicy Axiom artifacts, Their first find is a fancy cross-dimensional Key, cryptically labelled for use on the last day of the war. Found in a vault in a pocket universe. Of course, since nothing could go wrong with such a device they are soon gallivanting off to the Vanir system, ...more
deep
Aug 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
PW Starred: " The lightning-paced latest installment in Pratts Axiom space opera series (after The Dreaming Stars) launches the crew of the White Raven head-first into another deadly encounter with ancient alien forces. The first aliens contacted by humans, a race who call themselves the Liars, gave humans access to 29 other stars via wormhole bridges, but never revealed that the Liars themselves were hiding from a powerful enemy known as the Axiom. Allied with a secret Liar faction, White Raven ...more
Rafael Morillo
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Forbidden Stars" is the last book of the Axiom Trilogy. This novel is the best of the trilogy and continues the story of the protagonist Captain Callie and her crew as they visit a the lost Vanir System in the Milky Way Galaxy and discover the fate of their human colony. Through their adventure they discover a deeper connection between a new faction of the alien species called the "Liars" and another faction of the beings called the Axiom which threaten all intelligent life.

This novel
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Hisham El-far
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Forbidden Stars is the third book in Tim Pratts excellent Axiom series of space opera sci-fi.


These books have picked up and hijacked some classic sci- fi plot devices and tropes and taken them for a joy-ride. The Forbidden Stars is no different and it makes for a fun read.

A story of a found family fighting to protect everything and everyone they hold dear in the universe from an existential threat to all things using more than a few explosives along the way Reading The Forbidden Stars was
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Michael
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Axiom series by Tim Pratt. In this one, following clues given by a mysterious being known only as the Benefactor, White Raven Captain Callie Mechado and her crew travel to the Vanir system to investigate a colony thats been silent for almost a century. With their bridge generator they have skipped past the closed wormhole and entered the system from an unexpected area of space only to discover another Axiom project, fully awake, and poised to pour through the ...more
Yvonne Aburrow
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing conclusion to the series. It's action-packed from page 1 onwards, and the twists and turns of the plot were like the interior of Axiom architecture. We get to find out more about both the Axiom and the Liars. And there's an absolutely brilliant and succinct explanation of why fighting Nazis is an excellent idea (on page 324 of the Angry Robot Books edition):
You don't debate with people who consider first contact an opportunity for genocide. My right to exist isn't open to debate. The
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Lyle Blosser
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the series was very good, the second one, not quite so much. But this third book once again returned to the exciting derring-do, humor, and cosmological threats of the first book, with the great feature of wrapping up some threads left dangling from the earlier books. A super-satisfying ending to the trilogy (according to the author, he's satisfied, too), but I sincerely hope there are more stories to come. Yes, we got some resolutions in this book, and they were satisfying, ...more
Peter
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Book 3 of the Axiom series. I liked the previous two books, so it came as no surprise I liked this one as well.
In this story Callie and her team take on another still active Axiom cult and lots of destruction happens. Everything that there was to love in the first two books is here again as well: lovable characters, witty banter, action and explosives and inclusive politics.

My only complaint is that everything went a little bit to well in this book. I feel that wrapping up all the story lines
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Anne Szlachcic
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the 1st book in this series .but is the 1st I have read and what an enjoyable Space Opera it turns out to be .
This was a heist with a difference . in this case its an entire Solar System ......... with a mark with a difference- Fascist Aliens .
How such a small group can take on and beat the odds takes some believing but that just added to my enjoyment .
There is plenty of tension , the pace is fast and the humorous banter makes for an great read .

I will certainly be going back to read
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Thomas
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pratt, Tim. The Forbidden Stars. Axiom No. 3. Angry Robot, 2019.
Space opera pure and not so simple. The old aliens, the Axiom, have retired into virtual reality, but they may have left a bunch of projects in process. There are some aliens who may be working on their behalf but who knows, because they are called Liars for a reason. Humans are outnumbered and overmatched, but they learn quickly. This sequel The Wrong Stars and The Dreaming Stars is a good finish to the trilogy. I would not be
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Annarella
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun read and I loved it!
I don't usually start a series at the end and now I will surely read the other instalments as I want to learn more about the world building and this amazing series.
It's an engrossing and entertaining read, it's like meeting again a lot of classic tropes of a space opera and seeing them through new eyes. They look exciting and renewed.
I'll surely read other books by this author.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all
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Sontaranpr
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 so can't go into too much detail. Our crew on Starship Snark are still stealing things, blowing up things, stealing then blowing up things, and in one instance blowing up a thing then stealing it. Still hot on the hunt for bases of the Great Old Space Bastards a benefactor appears with notes and a list of places to check. One of these involves a colony long lost. You could leave for there but no-one has come back in a century. What could possibly go wrong? Everything.
Orphir
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid ending to a very enjoyable series. As the White Raven heads for the incommunicado 29th system, they discover that something is very wrong indeed. Body horror abounds as the denizens of the system have transformed themselves and medically experimented beyond what is right. The book maybe does a bit too good of a job tying up loose ends in a happy way, but I also didn't terribly mind. I'd love to continue to read about these characters, this whole series gets a big recommend from me.
David
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, it seems that the Axiom series has completed with Pratt's latest installment (as I read his Acknowledgements). And that is too bad. This happy, twisty adventure had just enough action and more than enough fun characters to survive another couple rounds. And, honestly this one was the best of the three for me. As I read, I thought how it would make a great animated series. (That is a compliment.)
Mike
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jamie Rich
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Forbidden Stars (Kindle Edition) by Tim Pratt

What a great ride!

In the last installment of the trilogy, we find our screwballs are well and truly challenged by the uber evil bad guys. Once again, not everything is as it looks, but when is it ever?
Our stalwarts really have to up their game in this round, and yes, the steaks are higher than ever. Happily, they each find some way to rise up and meet the challenges.
mybluesunset
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A 3 on the weak side. I had a lot of trouble getting into this book, which is reflective of the general weakness of the character work in this series. However, after a few attempted starts, I was able to get into the book and finish it. It was solid, but not inspiring, and there was a little too much "monologue as exposition" happening.
Jill Heather
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Ends not with a bang but with a whimper -- so much so that I checked to make sure this really was the end to the trilogy. I guess it ended things but all that buildup for the Axiom was a lot anticlimactic. That said I appreciate the heist setup enough that it means No Real Losses (a classic in heists) is fine.
Paula
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a ride! I love the open-ended conclusion to the story and the fact that the whole trilogy - while fresh and original - feels somehow familiar, deftly navigating the tropes we all know and love in new and innovative ways. The fantastic worldbuilding and character fleshing out made this pleasure to read.
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