Release Date: 03/11/11
Battle-ready factions converge above Darien, all with the same objective. The goal is control over this newly-discovered planet and access to the powerful weapons at its heart. Despotic Hegemony forces dominate much of known space and they want this world too, but Darien's inhabitants will fight for their future. However, key players in this conflict aren't fully in control. Hostile AIs have infiltrated key minds and have an agenda, requiring nothing less than the destruction or subversion of all organic life. And they are near to unleashing their cohorts, a host of twisted machine intelligences caged beneath Darien. Fighting to contain them are Darien's hidden guardians, and their ancient ally the Construct, on a millennia-long mission to protect sentient species. As the war reaches its peak, the AI army is roaring to the surface, to freedom and an orgy of destruction. Darien is first in line in a machine vs. human war - for life or the sterile dusts of space.
Whilst I haven’t been the biggest fan of Michaels Humanity Fire series this one has picked up the pace and overall arc where the others felt a little flat. The characters felt like they grew and when you add to this decent pace as well as solid prose, it was a vast improvement on the previous two.
Whilst Michaels series does have some major flaws in it to date, this title has a round up, a list of characters and generally makes this book accessible to those who haven’t read the previous releases. All in a decent enough release although for my fix on this type of Science Fiction I’ll stick with Peter Hamilton who I feel is a better rounded Space Opera author.