Eyes of the Void: The Final Architecture, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the author of the thrilling science-fiction epic Children of Time, which won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. Eyes of the Void is the second high-octane instalment in Adrian Tchaikovsky's Final Architecture space-opera trilogy.
What waits in the shadows as we fight our greatest foe?
After one great battle, the Architects disappeared. Yet humanity’s fragile peace is brief. For, 40 years later, the galaxy’s greatest alien enemy has returned. This time, the artefacts that preserved entire worlds from destruction are ineffective. And no planet is safe.
The Human Colony worlds are in turmoil as they face extinction. Some believe alliances with other species can save them. Others insist humanity must fight alone. But no one has the firepower or technology to ensure victory, as the Architects loom ever closer.
Idris spent decades running from the last war’s horrors. Yet as an Intermediary, altered to navigate deep space, he’s one of humanity’s only weapons. He’s therefore forced back into action. With a handful of allies, Idris must find something—anything—to stop the Architects’ pitiless advance. But to do so, he must return to the nightmare of unspace, where his mind was broken and remade. What he discovers there will change everything.
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|Listening Length||20 hours and 44 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 April 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 7,301 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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In theory, less plot advancement gives space for character development but that seems to have taken a back seat in the name of 'excitement'. The rather repetitive fights and disputes with their over-detailed descriptions almost led me to skipping through them but as I normally regard that as something of a crime against literature, I ploughed on.
If you want to know what more is revealed about the Architects and what is behind them, then read the last thirty pages or so. Not that it will be particularly illuminating even then, plus everything there is at least hinted at in the first book.
Despite my negativity, this book is still a good read; it's just that the first book cued up something rather special and I don't think the second has taken the opportunity to build on that before the inevitable book three.
It was promoted as the second of a two book series, and hence the expectation was for all the loose ends to be neatly tied up at the book’s conclusion. But the last sentence of “But neither the universe nor the war was done with him yet” gives the lie to that.
So I look forward to the sequel, particularly if it has another 500+ pages as this one did.
The structure of the universe convincingly imagined. Believable characters, both human and non-human.
I am impatient to read the sequel.