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The Saints of Salvation

(Salvation Sequence #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,216 ratings  ·  244 reviews
Humanity is struggling to hold out against a hostile takeover by an alien race that claims to be on a religious mission to bring all sentient life to its God at the End of Time. But while things may look grim in the immediate aftermath of the attack, mankind is busy playing an even longer game than the aliens may have expected. Will a strategy millennia in the making final ...more
Kindle Edition, 576 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Del Rey
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I have nothing but positive things to say about Peter F. Hamilton's new series, now on its third book.

It has everything I dream of in a story. Not just a good story that takes on the full subjugation of humanity, but tens of thousands of whole technological alien species, but a rebellion story that goes all the extra miles with solid tech, solid circumstances, and mind-blowing ramifications.

For not only did we start out with micro-black-hole technologies in the first book, but we go way beyond t
Okay I followed maybe 75% of this but it was still 100% EPIC.

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the previous two novels in the series.


The Saints are tasked with infiltrating an Olyix ship and stowing away until they reach the enclave. The hope is that they'll be able to send out a signal so that future generations can send the cavalry. Of course, we're familiar with some members of that future generation - and they are going to need some serious firepower if they'r
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.

This final installment in Peter Hamilton's latest standalone Salvation Sequence trilogy goes above and beyond what I could have hoped for or imagined.

This is galaxy and millennia spanning, alien apocalypse mania that continues the parallel narratives, past and present, of the previous books. Many of the narrative threads are personal stories of triumph and tragedy that Hamilton masterfully weaves together in some unexpected and int
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible third volume! PFH manages every time to make me gape in awe at the concepts he comes up with. What he did here with (view spoiler) is simply astounding. I will never get tired of these kind of ideas and their development.

And what is best about this universe is that more will come in the next years (he said that in a FB post). I can't wait to follow Yirella further in her quest.

Mr. Hamilton, I can't even imagine where you get all these ideas from, bu
Chris Berko
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Prior to 2013 I did not read much science fiction. I read some classics like 2001 and Dune and some of Ted Chiang's short stories but not much else. I am also a lover of long books. If I'm into a story it doesn't matter if it's seven thousand six-hundred and fifty-seven pages long, I'm there for it. So, point being is that in 2013 someone recommended I read some Peter F. Hamilton because his books tended to be on the long side and the stories were pretty vast, so I read Pandora's Star and Judas ...more
Gyorgy Boda
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
PFH is by far my favourite sci-fi writer. Actually, cannot even name who would be the distant second (maybe Vernon Vinge). However, I am not an unconditional fanboy: I hated Misspent Youth and - much to my shame - never finished Night's Dawn, gave up during the last book.

Now - somewhat unexpectedly - I find myself in a tough spot: I promised a honest review easily as it never occured to me there is any chance to give anything less than 5 stars. However, having finished Saints of Salvation, I wa
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-read
Peter F. Hamilton is definitely my favorite science fiction author, and since since science fiction is my favorite genre, he is probably my favorite author overall. He is on my short list of must-buy authors that also includes literary mystery writer Tana French, epic fantasy writer Brent Weeks and British speculative fiction noir aficionado Richard K. Morgan. My must-read list of authors is much longer and includes people like Louise Penny, Peter V. Brett, Alastair Reynolds and many, many myste ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Four well deserved stars

Well, my beloved Peter F. Hamilton does it again. The author constructs an evocative space opera trilogy full of highly speculative science and amazing adventures that spanns thousands of years of galactic-scale history.
aPriL does feral sometimes
'The Saints of Salvation' by Peter Hamilton is another mind-boggling novel as well as the conclusion (?) of the The Salvation Sequence trilogy. Readers MUST begin with Salvation - none of these books are standalone.

Below is the book blurb on the cover:

Humanity is struggling to hold out against a hostile takeover by an alien race that claims to be on a religious mission to bring all sentient life to its God at the End of Time. But while things may look grim in the immediate aftermath of the attac
Luke Burrage
A five star conclusion to a five star trilogy! Unexpectedly a massive hit for Luke and Juliane in 2020.

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #437:
Luke and Juliane are joined by special guest Peter F Hamilton to talk about The Saints of Salvation, the conclusion to the Salvation Trilogy.
Nicholas Kotar
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Peter F Hamilton is a confident writer at the height of his powers. So why the 2 star rating?

Primarily worldview dissonance, though that alone wouldn't be fair on my part.

It's the ending. The whole thing was set up as a David/Goliath kind of conflict. But when David has to become something more powerful, bigger, and probably scarier than Goliath to beat him, then, in my humble opinion, the author has pulled the rug out from under this reader's feet.

The characters by and large are not likable,
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saints of Salvation is the third and final book in the Salvation Sequence series where, with refreshing determination and hopeful grit, humanity activates a bold endgame against an alien invasion. Humanity is struggling to hold out against a hostile takeover by an alien race that claims to be on a religious mission to bring all sentient life to its God at the End of Time. But while billions of cocooned humans fill the holds of the Olyix’s deadly arkships, humankind is playing an even longer game ...more
Judy Lesley
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
How I do wish book rating systems allowed for decimal designations of some sort. The previous two books in this trilogy (hmm, can't help but wonder if that will really hold true) were solid 5 star books for me. This one wasn't as good for me but it certainly didn't slip too far backward either. 4.5 would definitely come closer to an accurate rating. I latched on to one of the main big concepts flowing throughout the series and discovered in this book that I had been sold a slightly incorrect bil ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2020
Having originally welcomed the Olyix and their technologies, it became apparent that they had tricked mankind. They laid siege to the Earth and began harvesting the people there, cocooning them and shipping them back through their wormholes as offering to their god. They claim it is a mission to present all sentient life to this god at the end of time. Humanity is fighting back though, and they are prepared to play the long game, their plan has been millennia in the making and they are starting ...more
Ralph Blackburn
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saints of Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton- The third book in this exciting trilogy is full of strange twists and turns as we find out more about the Olyix and their strange Enclave. Across several timelines, humans are playing a millennial-long game after their rude awakening at the Vayan trap. They need to outthink and outmaneuver their deadly foe, who has become even more resourceful and dangerous. Once again Peter F. Hamilton gives us a daring space epic, where the human condition stands stead ...more
Adam Whitehead
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The alien Olyix are besieging Earth, whose great cities stand protected by forcefields, each one powered by a quantum entanglement portal leading to distant colony worlds. One-by-one the fields and the cities they protect are failing, the inhabitants captured and cocooned for an unknown fate. The defenders of Earth are preparing to launch a counter-attack, knowing they are only buying time for the great exodus fleets which are hurtling into deep space, intending to preserve humanity for the even ...more
Nikhil Saxena
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Peter Hamilton is lot about how the heroes overcome impossible odds. And that is what I love.

However other than few minor instances this installment is about "My ship is bigger than yours.. Magically".

Several scenes added deliberately to keep characters relevant and some lose ends left unanswered
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an #Endgame to the 'Salvation Sequence', this is a solid 4.5* book. Go, read it! ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A truly galactic scale conclusion to The Salvation Sequence with the last stand of the remaining cities on Earth and their descendants making plans for the final battle against the enemy’s hidden location

Full review -
Edward Silverman
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, who allowed me to read this ARC in return for a fair and honest review. I had the good fortune or reading book 2 and book 3 of the series back to back. This made everything flow very well-the story, which spans the galaxy and even time, is expansive but reading the story together heightened my appreciation for the author's craft. So my first recommendation, lucky reader, is to get all three books at once, or read them right after one another. This series de ...more
A lot of people like this book and the whole series.
They praise it for "No cringe sex scenes" - a point I can agree upon -, a less meandering plot and less "unnecessary" details. It's more modern with gender fluidity and time travel paradoxes.
It didn't really come together for me.
I can still remember characters from his Commonwealth Saga. I'm not only talking about Paulo Mayo or the Sentient Intelligence. I don't know if it's because it's the first big series of his that I read, because the char
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome journey that finally reaches its climax. This was another win for Peter F. Hamilton.

As usual, the characters grew on me and it all came together in the end for a fairly satisfying conclusion, though the way was clearly open for more books set in this universe. In fact, the last chapter almost demands another book or two. I wouldn’t mind.

I have a few more thoughts that might be regarded as spoilers, so only break the seal if you have read the books already or don’t mind knowing some s
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
It could have been so much better, not that I am complaining, but this was a predictable , rehash of pfh's own and others'(I dare not name them) previous works and ideas. Still, a decent popcorn story, I guess...
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-The ending clearly sets up future
Anthony O'Connor
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep wombling back and forth between 3.5 and 4

Hamilton's conclusion to his (for him) streamlined epic trilogy that overflows with big ideas, wild sci fi concepts and blistering action. The pace did sag a little for in the middle sections which were bogged down by some truly leaden dialogue-based exposition that really needed more room to breathe. That said, the first and third acts were brilliant.

I suspect Hamilton will return to this universe (just as he did with the Commonwealth) and I'd abs
This is such a good trilogy and I enjoyed its conclusion. I must admit to have trouble remembering events and people from earlier books in trilogies, but it soon came back to me. I loved seeing the strands come together, in the near future and thousands of years from now. Peter F Hamilton is such a fantastic story teller and imaginer of strange and wonderful - and frightening - worlds, futures and aliens. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was quite frustrating. Peter F. Hamilton gave up on any character development. He did the development in previous books, and now you just have to take it as read. Yirella is smart but scared of battle (so smart she's basically physic). Yirella and Del love each other. No reason for that, they just do. Del thinks he's dumb, and on and on.
There is a weird nostalgia for an earth that none of the characters knew, and time travel (of a sort). I hate time travel. And some really lazy writing
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the other books in the series, it is long, imaginative, and engaging. Hamilton is very talented and if you like any of his books, you'll like this one as well. I enjoyed this. Hamilton is a solid bet for a good tale. Recommended.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

There are a handful of Scifi authors that are on my "must read" list. Peter F. Hamilton is one of them. His stories are consistently some of the most creative, even if they are a bit dense to get into at the beginning. While his stories are quite heavy on technical language, he always has a unique
vision of what a future Earth culture might be like, without losing sight of people being people.

This b
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Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Peter F. Hamilton is a British science fiction author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide, making him Britain's biggest-selling science fiction author. ...more

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