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Pretty weak sauce.
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
Well, here we have it: my first out-and-out “stinker” in the Halo canon.
It’s not that “Halo: Last Light” is a badly written novel – in fact, the actual writing itself – by popular Star Wars writer Troy Denning – is one of the few things in the book that I can point too that’s actually compelling. The key problem with “Last Light,” at least as I see it, is that the story that Denning is telling here is deeply, DEEPLY uninteresting – there’s no “hook” to draw the reader in, nor are there any characters to earn our sympathies or interest. Vast swaths of “Last Light” involve characters wandering around in underground caves, in search of – shocker –ancient Forerunner technology. There are ways to make a story like that interesting, i.e. creating tension between characters, tying the story into the broader Halo canon in fun ways, etc. Yet time and time again, it feels like Denning continually chooses the least interesting, least compelling narrative route. The result is a novel that’s a chore to read and easily my least favorite piece of “Halo” fiction since Greg Bear’s “Forerunner Saga."