Saturday, 23 January 2016

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Humanity's Fire: Ancestral Machines - Michael Cobley

Release Date: 14/01/16
Publisher:  Orbit


The Warcage is a feat of unprecedented stellar engineering: two hundred worlds harnessed to an artificial sun. Built to travel through space as a monument to peace between alien species, its voracious rulers have turned it into a nightmarish wasteland, capturing new planets for slaves and resources, then discarding the old.

Now, when a verdant agri-world is pulled out of its orbit and a deal goes bad, it is up to the captain of a smuggling ship to journey into the Warcage and rescue his crew.


If you want some solid sci-fi with cracking fully rounded characters backed up with solid prose alongside dialogue in fairly dark future, then Michael’s, Humanity’s Fire series has probably already been on your radar for quite some time. Whilst I haven’t been the biggest fan of the series, the last book, The Ascendent Stars really picked it up for me, so I couldn’t wait to see what would happen in this title (which whilst set in the same universe is currently a standalone.)

Within is a book that has cracking action, quirky humour as well as people that you really care about. Back this up with a cracking overall arc makes this perhaps the best book set in this world for me. Magic.

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