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One of our best authors lays an egg
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2022
I am a huge fan of space opera, if well done. This was apparently AT’s first effort at space opera, and with one book to go in the series, he is failing. Book one was OK, but Eyes of the Void just dragged on and on. He has one book left to redeem himself, but I’m not optimistic.
Some specifics: 1. The plot is too formula and predictable, and I know that space operas all have the same basic outline. 2. The characters are one dimensional, and generally not likable. This is especially true of Idris. 3. The science is awful. Good sci fi can break some rules, most notably by enabling FTL travel. But here slower than light travel seems almost instantaneous, without even a hint of explanation. People travel from one end of a solar system to the other in hours, without any sense of acceleration or deceleration. Ships also are able to detect each other from millions of miles away. This was just sloppy by the author. 4. The central concept, unspace, was just silly, especially when Idris is in it looking for the explanation of everything. The author’s presentation of this exploration is boring at best and incoherent at worst.