Book Review: The Temporal Void – Peter F. Hamilton

The Temporal Void (Void Trilogy)

The Temporal Void (Void Trilogy)

I just finished reading the Temporal Void last night, and I would implore anyone
who has a mind for imaginative sprawling space operas to buy this book. It is a
wonderful addition to Hamilton’s established Commonwealth series, beginning
chronologically with Pandoras Star and Judas Unchained (known collectively as
the Commonwealth saga), and the Void trilogy, of which the Temporal Void is
number 2.

The plot picks up directly after the end of Dreaming Void,
with Justine escaping Centurion Station, immediately after the Void encroachment
is triggered by the Second Dreamer’s rejection of the Void entity known as a
Skylord. Aaron, the ANA agent, is on Hanko with Inigo and his estranged wife
Corrie Lyn, trying to escape before the world implodes from an m-sink which was
driven into the planet. The threat of the Ocisen fleet is a constant danger,
with a few nostalgic twists that I couldn’t help but smile at, in particular the
Ocisens very formidable ally, unknown as yet to the Navy. If you’ve read the
Commonwealth saga, you will know what I mean. The book basically kicks off with
most of the characters trying to escape certain death, (or capture, in
Araminta’s case).

There is also another vital aspect of the book which I
find very engaging. The story of Edeard the Waterwalker is one of the best
concepts I’ve seen in large scale sci fi such as is fitting to Hamilton’s
writing style. If you were to take out all the segments entitled “Inigo’s
Dream”, from the first 2 books so far, you would have a thoroughly engaging
stand alone fantasy novel. But the way it ties in with the rest of the storyline
is a winner, expertly switching from the events in our Universe, and that of the
Void.

The closing chapters supplied me with many memorable (and
emotional) moments. Edeard’s plight as he consolidates Makkrathan and drives out
the gangs, amounts to a series of wonderfully fashioned events which I found
immensely gripping, paying homage to Hamiliton’s development of his characters
within the Void.

All in all, I would thoroughly recommend this book,
whether you’ve read Hamilton’s books or not (though is you haven’t you’re going
to be very confused). I will let something slip though, which I cannot contain,
but it sets up the final installment nicely. If you don’t want to know finish
reading here. To be honest it was inevitable, but if you’re wondering where the
hell Ozzie’s been all this time, you’re guaranteed to pay him a visit in the 3rd
book.

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