Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable.
The first intelligent species to encounter mankind attacked without warning. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable. With little hope of halting the invasion, Earth's last roll of the dice was to dispatch three colony ships, seeds of Earth, to different parts of the galaxy. The human race would live on ... somewhere.
150 years later, the planet Darien hosts a thriving human settlement, which enjoys a peaceful relationship with an indigenous race, the scholarly Uvovo. But there are secrets buried on Darien's forest moon. Secrets that go back to an apocalyptic battle fought between ancient races at the dawn of galactic civilization. Unknown to its colonists, Darien is about to become the focus of an intergalactic power struggle where the true stakes are beyond their comprehension. And what choices will the Uvovo make when their true nature is revealed and the skies grow dark with the enemy?
Cobley's debut, first published in the U.K. in 2009, is a well-constructed space opera with a sense of vast scope, populated with an array of beautifully differentiated intelligences both organic and artificial. A lost human colony planet, Darien, is discovered by an Earth spy ship in the Huvuun Deepzone, territory contested between the Brolturan Compact, who have allied with the militaristic Sendruka Hegemony, and the Imisil Mergence. Darien faces its own internal crisis as its Scottish, Russian, and Norwegian citizens and the intelligent Uvovo, whose planet the humans peacefully share, react to the return of Earth's influence and appearance of its representative, laid-back ambassador Robert Horst. The Uvovo face a menace from their ancient past that hates all organic life, while Horst and his contemporaries rely heavily on their AIs. Despite a few inconsistencies, this is a thick and satisfying 10-course meal of starchy pageantry, meaty characters, bitter losses, and sweet romance. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 24, 2012
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