Revenger Series: Book 3 – Bone Silence (Book Review)

Bone Silence is the third of the 3 Revenger series books by Alastair Reynolds, and continues the story of Arafura and Adrana Ness, and their rag-tag crew aboard the Revenger.

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You can check out my reviews of book 1, Revenger here via this link, or book 2, Shadow Captain here.

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Revenger Series: Book 2 – Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds (Book Review)

Shadow Captain is the second of the 3 Revenger series books by Alastair Reynolds, and its story begins precisely where Revenger left off.

…potential spoiler warning for those who haven’t read Revenger

You can check out my review of book 1, Revenger here via this link.

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Revenger Series: Book 1 – Revenger by Alastair Reynolds (Book Review)

Having read a few Alastair Reynolds books before, I decided to pick up his three Revenger novels: Revenger, Shadow Captain and Bone Silence, hoping for more of his gripping hard sci-fi adventures. However, I later discovered that these are actually young adult books and so are not quite up to the same standards as earlier reads.

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The Solaris Saga by Janet McNulty (Book Reviews)

This review comprises the four novels in Janet McNulty’s space opera series, The Solaris Saga. You can read my full review of book one ‘Solaris Seethes’ via OnlineBookClub.org here.

 

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The Relissarium Wars: Book 12 – Cataclysm – Andrew C. Broderick (ARC Review)

Cataclysm marks the end of Andrew C. Broderick’s 12 part Relissarium Wars Space Opera series. A thrilling story of war and strife between races. The sky above Relisse is besieged by Imperial Forces headed by the emperor Pollus, as both the Carbonari and the Yasta fight together against their common enemy.

While Cherish, Hubard and the rest of the main Carbonari and Yasta forces attack the Imperial Fleet above Relisse, Cierra and Theo escape the arena to hunt down Pollus and free the concubines from their life of slavery. But which side will conquer, and who will remain alive to claim the victory?

 

The Relissarium Wars is an engaging fast-paced series that has been a joy to read. The characters are well-written and relatable, reminding us that heroes can come from unlikely places. It is the choices we make in life that shape who we are, and our selfless actions towards others that make us heroes.

The only let down in Cataclysm, and indeed the rest of this amazing series, are the countless spelling errors that seem to be part and parcel in most independently published books these days, resulting in a rating of just 4 out of 5 stars for both Cataclysm and the series as a whole. With a little more attention to spelling, the series could actually be improved upon.

 

I have voluntarily chosen to write this review, and would like to take a moment here to thank Andrew for providing me with ARC copies of all 12 of his Relissarium Wars novellas.

 

See also:

Book 1 – Annihilation

Books 2-4

Book 5 – Ascent

Book 6 – Capture

Book 7 – War

Book 8 – Prophecy

Books 9-10

Book 11 – Showdown

The Relissarium Wars: Book 11 – Showdown – Andrew C. Broderick (ARC Review)

Showdown is the penultimate novella in Andrew C. Broderick’s Relissarium Wars Space Opera series. The Yasta Monks and the Carbonari have succeeded in taking control of the mines on Relisse, and are currently gearing up for the coming war. However, unbeknown to the Carbonari Theo and Cierra are still unwilling captives of Emperor Pollus.

Pollus works to break Cierra’s spirit and mould her into being more acceptable of her current position, by forcing her to bear his child. However, intending to make Theo’s execution a public spectacle, he stages a duel between Theo and his rival, Prince Karl. Determined to prove his worth and get back into the Emperor’s good graces, Karl puts on a show for the crowd.

As Cierra watches from the balcony, the future looks bleak for Theo. He has been poisoned by dark matter and his strength is failing him, between the dark matter eating him alive from the inside and the constant barrage of attack from Karl. Has Theo’s time as Hulaki now come to an abrupt end? Or does Batumah still have plans for him yet?

 

I received an ARC of this book from Andrew C. Broderick and voluntarily chose to write this review. Showdown is a great continuation of a fantastic series, it’s fast pace and unexpected twists keep you turning the pages, eager for more. As usual, it is let down by some typos and spelling errors, awarding it just 4 out of 5 stars. But, I can’t wait until next week, to find out how this story ends. Will there be a happy ending for our friends in the Carbonari? Will the war obliterate everything in sight? Who knows? I guess we’ll find out soon enough though.

 

See also:

Book 1 – Annihilation

Books 2-4

Book 5 – Ascent

Book 6 – Capture

Book 7 – War

Book 8 – Prophecy

Books 9-10

Book 12 – Cataclysm

 

The Relissarium Wars Series: Books 9-10 (ARC Reviews)

The Relissarium Wars Space Opera Series Andrew C. Broderick

 

Book 9 – Dark Matter

The saga continues in Dark Matter, book 9 of Andrew C. Broderick’s Relissarium Wars series. A near death experience helps Theo to further hone his gift from the Yasta, as he embarks on a dangerous mission with Cierra and Jaedo. Karl and Makram have a secret weapon stored deep underneath their Military base, but can Theo discover what the Princes are hiding? Meanwhile, Cherish seeks aid for the Carbonari from an unlikely source.

The Relissarium Wars series just seems to get better with every book. It is fast paced and suspenseful, giving the reader just enough detail to keep them coming back, again, and again, and again.

With fewer spelling errors than some of the earlier books, I’m giving Dark Matter the full 5 out of 5 stars. Keep up the good work Andrew. I received an ARC of this book from Andrew C. Broderick and voluntarily chose to write this review.


 

Book 10 – Attack

Attack is book 10 of Andrew C. Broderick’s Relissarium Wars series, and it follows on directly from Dark Matter. Theo and Cierra have been taken captive by Emperor Pollus on the planet Castor. While Cierra braves the Emperor’s Harem, can Theo endure torture without revealing the Carbonari’s plans? Meanwhile, on Relisse, Cherish and various other members of the resistance are learning more about their enemy’s uses of Relissarium in their weaponry.

While reading this instalment of the Relissarium Wars, I noticed some worrying issues with continuity. The author makes a number of errors with character’s names in some of the early chapters: Nial briefly becomes Niall, and Cherish gets confused with Cierra. Is there too big a rush to publish these books on time that continuity gets ignored? These sorts of issues are sloppy and the perfectionist in me always grimaces when I notice them.

Aside from spelling errors and continuity problems, I wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. There didn’t appear to be much story progression, and I failed to see how the plot could conceivably be brought to fruition with only two more books to go. However, just as I was ready to bemoan the lack of any surprising twists, it all suddenly came together and I couldn’t believe that it’d reached the end. I can’t wait until next week, I really need to know what happens next!

I received an ARC of this book from Andrew C. Broderick and voluntarily chose to write this review.

I give Attack 4 out of 5 stars.

 

See also:

Book 1 – Annihilation

Books 2-4

Book 5 – Ascent

Book 6 – Capture

Book 7 – War

Book 8 – Prophecy

Book 11 – Showdown

Book 12 – Cataclysm

The Relissarium Wars: Book 8 – Prophecy by Andrew C. Broderick (ARC Review)

The Relissarium Wars Space Opera series continues in book 8, Prophecy. The remaining members of the Strike Force Retaliation team are reeling from the events at the Yasta Monastery, and suffering from shock and disbelief at a surprising revelation.

While the majority of the team are focused on a retaliation mission against the Imperial soldiers, Irane takes Theo on a secret side-trip, in a time-travelling spaceship. This enlightening journey through time reveals a terrifying prophecy of future events, shocking Theo into taking action. But when he returns to the present, will he choose to save his friends from deadly peril, or sacrifice them in order to change the future?

 

More unexpected twists are revealed in the eighth book of the Relissarium Wars series, which hook the reader even further into this amazing story. I really enjoyed the time travel sections, and the way that they were used to deepen our understanding of certain events and the characters motivations.

Due to some spelling errors my overall rating of Prophecy is only 4 out of 5 stars, but this a fantastic series that constantly leaves me craving more. I cannot wait for the next instalment.

 

I received an ARC of this book from Andrew C. Broderick and voluntarily chose to write this review.

 

See also:

Book 1 – Annihilation

Books 2-4

Book 5 – Ascent

Book 6 – Capture

Book 7 – War

Books 9-10

Book 11 – Showdown

Book 12 – Cataclysm

The Relissarium Wars: Book 7 – War by Andrew C. Broderick (ARC Review)

Book 7 of Andrew C. Broderick’s Relissarium Wars Space Opera series is called War. Following on from events in book 6, Capture, Karl has falsely accused the team of murder and had them locked in a dungeon beneath the Yasta Monastery.

With the festival of Dargani fast approaching, and no way to contact Hubard or the rest of the Carbonari operatives, the team’s options are limited. Do they sit tight and wait for the right moment to act, or attempt to flee and risk exposing the other Carbonari in hiding at other Monasteries?

 

As with previous novellas in the Relissarium Wars series, there is an unexpected twist in the story that both surprises and intrigues the reader, keeping us eager to continue reading as more books are released. The monastery is attacked earlier than expected, but is it the Carbonari’s doing, or that of someone else?

Again at 4 out of 5 stars this is another good story that is let down by some spelling and grammar errors. The Relissarium Wars series is composed of short novellas, which are easily read within a couple of hours and well worth the time it takes to do so.

I received an ARC of this book from Andrew C. Broderick and voluntarily chose to write this review.

 

See also:

Relissarium Wars: Book 1 – Annihilation

Relissarium Wars: Books 2-4

Relissarium Wars: Book 5 – Ascent

Relissarium Wars: Book 6 – Capture

Relissarium Wars: Book 8 – Prophecy

Relissarium Wars: Books 9-10

Relissarium Wars: Book 11 – Showdown

Relissarium Wars: Book 12 – Cataclysm

The Relissarium Wars: Book 6 – Capture by Andrew C. Broderick (ARC Review)

In book 6 of The Relissarium Wars Space Opera series from Andrew C. Broderick, an old enemy returns to thwart the Carbonari’s plans once again. The remaining members of the Strike Force team are currently adjusting to their new situation, as undercover agents among the Yasta monks. When an unexpected face appears within the monastery, causing friction and disagreement, Cierra and Makram take matters into their own hands with disastrous consequences.

This book touches on the subject of good vs evil, and the ambiguous nature of their definitions. While at first they may appear definitive, context and circumstance can muddy a situation resulting in varying degrees of right vs wrong or good vs evil, until it can be difficult to determine the wisest course of action. Capture sees the Strike Force team faced with just such a dilemma; are the Yasta the enemy that they are led to believe, or is their mission to disable the monks harming innocent lives?

At 4 out of 5 stars this is another great book in the Relissarium series, with moral dilemmas and a cliff-hanger ending. However, a number of spelling and grammar errors continue to let the quality down slightly.

I received an ARC of this book from Andrew C. Broderick and voluntarily chose to write this review.

 

See also:

Relissarium Wars: Book 1 – Annihilation

Relissarium Wars: Books 2-4

Relissarium Wars: Book 5 – Ascent

Relissarium Wars: Book 7 – War

Relissarium Wars: Book 8 – Prophecy

Relissarium Wars: Books 9-10

Relissarium Wars: Book 11 – Showdown

Relissarium Wars: Book 12 – Cataclysm