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Bone Silence

(Revenger #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Return to the third book in the Revenger Trilogy, for another thrilling tale of set among the stars . . .
Quoins are accepted currency throughout the thousands of worlds of the Congregation. Ancient, and of unknown origin and purpose, people have traded with them, fought for them, and stolen quoin hordes from booby-trapped caches at risk to life and limb throughout the
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Orbit (first published January 30th 2020)
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little civilization of ours is squalid in places, unjust in others. It is constructed to a large degree upon a foundation of greed and inequality. But it is not beyond salvation, and just as crucially it is all we have. There are fine things about it, too. There are lovely worlds, more than you or I will ever see in our lifetimes. There are beautiful cities and fabulous ruins. If we are feeling adventurous, there are baubles. If we are not, there are teahouses and cakes, and I should not ...more
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Gollancz and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

CW/TW: Graphic Violence / Mutilation / Talk of Dead Bodies / Physical Abuse / Loss of Limb / Death of Characters

One of my most anticipated reads for the start of 2020 was Bone Silence. While not a lot of people talk about it, the Revenger trilogy has been a highlight to my sci-fi reading life. It kind of falls into the cracks because it got written as YA (It won
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bone Silence is the third and final volume in the Revenger series, and it is a fitting and compelling conclusion to the whole saga. This epic space opera series is best read in chronological order as many of the overarching questions about how everything came to be the way it now currently is requires some knowledge of the preceding books for full enjoyment. Many of the curious questions readers were concerned about in the first and second instalments are answered in Bone Silence. Usually, books ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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S.J. Higbee
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, Id recommend that if you havent yet had the pleasure of reading at least one of the previous books in this series, then dont start with this one put it back on the shelf and go looking for Revenger instead. While this story is still full of space battles, weird aliens fighting amongst themselves, and struggles to overcome peculiarly horrible diseases a fair chunk of the book is taken up with resolving some of the big mysteries regarding the world and how it has come to be the way it ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A year ago, I reviewed Shadow Captain, the second part of this trilogy of Space Pirates stories, which made my Best of list for 2019. With the arrival of the third book in the series, does it still hold water?

There are clearly changes afoot with this third book. Whereas the first book Revenger is told from the perspective of pirate captain Arafura Ness (aka Fura) and Shadow Captain from the perspective of her sister, Adrana, in Bone Silence the narrative is mainly third-person focused, and this
Brian Clegg
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all the best modern SF writers, Alastair Reynolds is arguably the supreme successor to the writers of the golden age. He gives us wide-ranging vision, clever concepts and rollicking adventure - never more so than with his concluding book of the Ness sisters trilogy.

Neatly, after the first title, Revenger was written from the viewpoint of one sister, Arafura and the second, Shadow Captain, had the other sister Adrana as narrator, this book is in the third person. It neatly ties up many of the
David Harris
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm grateful to Gollancz for a free advance copy of Bone Silence.

The final part of the Revenger trilogy (after Shadow Captain), Bone Silence returns to the universe of Captains Arafura and Adrana Ness. In this far-future solar system, the planets themselves have been dismantled, yielding the material for the construction of tens of thousands of "worlds" - habitable structures a few kilometres across, built in all shapes and sizes (discs, spheres, spindles...) This is where humanity lives now,
Helen French
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sffh, netgalley, 2020
This book hooked itself into me and forced me to read it over the course of a single day.

Bone Silence is the third (and final?) of a series about sisters, space and pirates. I don't advise starting with this book, though you might be able to muddle through if you're desperate.

If the last two books were more about survival, exploration and the sisters' relationships, this book is more about answering some big questions - what is wrong with the quoins (a sort of currency) and what does it mean?
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the second installment in the series. Definitely entertaining. Some parts felt like filler but these weren't too long and helped to create a rythm to the story. At the end I feel like there were too many unexplored plotpoints. I could see this universe continue for a great many more books with this style of slow and deliberate writing.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Bone Silence is the third and final (for now) novel in Alastair Reynolds Revenger sequence. I really enjoyed the previous two novels, chronicling the adventures of the infamous Ness sisters, their ship, and their motley crew, and was looking forward to seeing what happened next. And Ill tell you right now, it was worth it. Theres a lot going on in these pages. Theres Reynolds trademark elaborate, complex worldbuilding, each piece of the wider
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ive been a fan of Alastair Reynolds for years now, and have read almost all his works. This trilogy of stories was a departure in that it seems to be marketed as YA. The first book in the series was excellent, and it was followed by a solid sequel. This one however I feel giving three stars is even a bit generous.

Perhaps its a case of expectations being unfairly high, but considering how long this book is, not a whole lot of happens in terms of the whole story. The majority of the book involves
Malcolm Cox
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Revenger was such a refreshing take on the space pirate yarn and had a lot to live up for. Shadow Captain was enjoyable, but did fall short of the first book. Thankfully, I can say that Bone Silence reaches the pinnacle set by Revenger. Once again, I felt like a bystander to a conversation I missed the beginning of and only have half an idea what is going on. This universe is already established with its rules and peoples and ways of talking and there's little effort to bring the reader up to ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adrana and Arafura (Fura) Ness are back in this (allegedly) last book in the series. Having upset the whole Congregation of worlds with the changes in quoins and their values, they are now being hunted for a variety of crimes. They set out to acquire a means of communicating and listening in on ship to ship messages. Each sister also has their own 'shopping list' of things they want to acquire while docked.

Fura commandeers another ship for Adrana and they each set their ships towards their next
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On the surface, this book is a decent if imperfect conclusion to this trilogy. Much of the first act felt like a rehash of the first act of "Shadow Captain:" A prolonged chase sequence with tension, clever tactics and exactly the same stuff as the last two books. It's fine.

The remaining acts of the book are a little disjointed, with lots of info dumps which bring Revenger's setting much more in line with Reynolds' other settings. It's cohesive and readable enough, if a little bit of a let down.
Dom Mooney
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the concluding part of the Revenger trilogy, the story of the Ness Sisters as they transition from innocents to feared space pirates and beyond... Set in the distant future where the eight planets of the solar system have been dismantled and turned into thousands of habitats orbiting the ageing 'Old Sun', a future where civilisation has expanded across the system, reached dizzying heights of technology and then collapsed thirteen times. A future where the technology of past occupations ...more
Aditya Dubey
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-sff-tbr
Woohoo! It finally arrived, the much awaited conclusion to the Revenger series. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and was extremely happy when I saw that Reynolds had reverted back to chunky door-stoppers (it's 600 pages) after consciously attempting to write shorter books in recent years. (No - I do not judge a book by its length; Yes - I do love shorter works; Yes - I do find some chunky door-stoppers interminable; But there are some authors I absolutely love and more of their ...more
Anne Szlachcic
This book is the third in the series and I would recommend that the two previous books be read first setting the characters , their relationships and the worldbuilding in place , to fully enjoy this last book .

The characters in this book are not the traditional type usually found in books of this genre ( that is too , too good to be true ) I like characters who have flaws , who can rise above expectations and still be who they really are .
Fleeing from Space Pirates , sisters Arafura and Adrana
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I had a very hard time picking out a rating for this book. I think it's well written, but certain things really dragged. I didn't like how long the chase sequence went on, it was too long and the bad guy was so wholly nonredeemable that it was hard to read and care. Then, they didn't explain some of the things I really wanted to know more about, AND they just never mention the horde of coins they left behind in the last book being put to any kind of use they might have found by the end of the ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reynolds, Alastair. Bone Silence. Revenger No. 3. Gollancz, 2020.
Glowies and ghosties, clackers and crawlies, hardshells and twinkle heads. The Congregation of habitats around dimming Old Sun is home to an amazing collection of creatures, critters and things in between, including a few monkeys like us. Bone Silence wraps up the trilogy that began with Revenger and Shadow Captain. In an afterword Alastair Reynolds tells us he is through with his sister slaves turned space pirates, at least for
Craig Harrison
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The point of view changes again in the third book - containing both sisters viewpoint rather than one or the other from the previous books. The books escalates in suddenly action packed stops involving bar brawls, super assassins, procurement of medicine, pirates, more pirates, bounty hunters and a questionable path of morality. Again, the universe continues to be interesting and unique, more questions raised at various parts than answered.

The second part pushes towards the bigger arc, the
Patrick Mcnelis
"I am, for the time being, done with the Ness sisters."

Thank gawd for that. This series has never been my favorite, but this 3rd in the series felt so forced. I don't get the sense Alastair Reynolds had any fun writing it, and I think he ran out of decent ideas around the 4th chapter. Passage after passage throughout the book was tedious. And the sheer number of coincidental plot devices made this read like a mediocre fanfic piece instead of a novel written by a pro. If Alastair never writes
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, 3-5
Bone Silence is the concluding book to Alastair Reynolds Revenger series. It pretty much continues on from Shadow Captain, as sisters Arafura and Adrana captain their pirate crew while on the run from a fleet keen on collecting the bounty on their heads.

Reynolds writes a well-constructed story that keeps things ticking along. There's quite a bit going on - the sister's relationship is always under scrutiny, as is the loyalty of some of the crew, the various aliens (Crawlers, Clackers, and the
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Bellingham
While this final volume in the Revenger triology felt a bit rushed towards the end, the left turn into cosmic, existential science fiction was very welcome indeed. I enjoyed the whole 'golden age of sail... in space' vibe that suffused the whole trilogy, and I think fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies would feel at home with these books.

The Disney franchise might use magical McGuffins where Revenger and its sequels employs artefacts of or alien lost science, but they share a memorable
Vincent Thurgood
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The timing of Alastair Reynolds trilogy about Readjustment couldn't be more prescient. I wrote a review of Shadow Captain, the second book, where I read parallels into the story with what was happening in the UK at the time. This predates the Covid 19 pandemic but feels like a response to the end of last year just prior to the election, to me.
In the third book a reckoning is arrived at, and a new villain introduced (or maybe another iteration of the spirit of Bossa Sennan?), and a few
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're reading this, I guess you are already familiar with Reynolds' Revenger series. This is amongst my favourites of the universes he has created - I love the slightly archaic feel, and the sense of technologies that are simultaneously far ahead and well behind our own - possibly because it's the most fun. This is the final volume, and let me reassure you, it wraps things up well. No spoilers of course, but character arcs come to satisfactory conclusions, and the ending goes up and on and ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Revenger is one of my favourite Sci-Fi series and the wait for book 3 has not been easy. Thankfully this book was nearly as good as its predecessors (although book 1 will always be my favourite). Fura and Adrana may have defeated notorious space pirate Bosa Sennan but they are now facing a new enemy in the form of Incer Stallis who is a worthy successor to the feared Sennan. The last quarter of the book did have some parts that moved slowly but overall it was a fitting end to the adventures of ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcase-1
The third and final book and i'm really glad i read it.

The first few chapters felt a bit YA to me but after that the series really picked up. I still occasionally struggled with some of the almost Pirate like language in places as that still felt a bit daft. but overall I loved the book and the series.

I was reading the last half of the book as quickly as possible desperate to find out what happened.

So will have to go back now and re-read it now that i'm a bit calmer :)

A good series.
What's up with the congregation? What's up with the worlds and the bubbles? The occupations? The Aliens? The Quoins?

Three whole books in, and all we get are some hints of an answer. What do we get instead? Character development for the Ness sisters, which, to me at least, felt somewhat forced and arbitrary.

The premise of the congregation is awesome, but the pace at which we learn about it is too slow.
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I'm Al, now a Goodreads author. I used to be a space scientist, and now I'm a writer, although for a time the two careers ran in parallel. I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s, then eventually branched into novels. I write about a novel a year and try to write a few short stories as well. Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent ...more

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