Summary

Darien is no longer a lost outpost of humanity, but the prize in an intergalactic power struggle. Hegemony forces have a stranglehold over the planet and crack troops patrol its hotspots while Earth watches, passive, rendered impotent by galactic politics. But its Darien ambassador will soon become a player in a greater conflict. There is more at stake than a turf war on a newly discovered world. An ancient Uvovo temple hide’s access to a hyperspace prison, housing the greatest threat sentient life has ever known. Millennia ago, malignant intelligences were caged there following an apocalyptic war. And their servants work on their release.
However, Darien's guardians have not been idle, gathering resistance on the planet's forest moon. Knowledge has been lost since great races battled in eons past, and now time is short. The galaxy will depend on the Uvovo reclaiming their past - and humanity must look to its future. For a new war is coming.
From the author: "Audible did a great job with the audiobooks of Seeds Of Earth and The Orphaned Worlds - and David Thorpe is one versatile guy, able to lend his vocal talents to every strange character I was able to think up. Just excellent!"
©2010 Michael Cobley (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Irene on 26-04-11

Another brilliant book.

Once again Excellent...loved every minute of it. The characters are well defined and bought to life, the twists and turns of the plot is like a 3D maze and the narration is excellent. I can barely wait for the next instalment!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 19-02-12

Brilliantly read 2nd part of excellent trilogy

I picked this having read the first part (Seeds of Earth) following a recommendation by Audible (in fact for the 3rd book of this trilogy - The Ascendent Stars). I have to say that David Thorpe is an even better narrator than Michael Page who so excellently read Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies.

This book really builds on the first part and the multi-layered Politics / participants lead to an increasingly complex but still coherent and understandable story. I've been racking my brains to try to come up with an equivalent - if you like the recent Battlestar Galactica TV series then this is like that, but more so. Also Iain M Banks fans will surely love this too.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kevin Lamott on 21-04-17

Sequels are usually less and this one doesn't disappoint.

The first book was written for a 14 to 16 year old. The second book seems to be written for a 6 to 8 year old. Characters magically are saved from death or annihilation. And then there is the excessive rehash of the first book storyline. Pure filler. The story is interesting enough to review book 3 and I hope it is better.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Warren on 26-04-11

Very good performance of an OK Book

The performance of this book is very good. There are several characters and the story continuously jumps between them. The reader's voices make it easy to follow each scene change. The book itself is mediocre story telling and the kind of science fiction which is very easy to digest because it doesn't go well beyond current capability. The author appears to have read (from the terminology borrowed), very good Sci Fi writers such as Dan Simmons. If you are into deep sci-fi, I would skip it, but if you are up for something at the quality level of a good TV miniseries, this can be an enjoyable listen.

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