Eyes of the Void by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This second book of the Final Architecture series continues the wild ride of the first. There's a little more emphasis on plot this time around, with some wonderfully written battle scenes. Along the way, we get some questions answered about the Architects and the nature of unspace....which only lead to more questions. The biggest unanswered question is just what the Presence is in unspace, and why it is sending the Architects to attack inhabited planets. Although we're given a huge hint in that direction due to our protagonist Idris discovering that the thoughts of sentient beings affect unspace.
I must also render a huge THANK YOU to whoever added "The Story So Far" pages to the book before the narrative proper starts. I think this should be done with all series, especially ones as big and complex as this one. Not everybody starts reading a series with the first book, y'all! In my case I did, but this served as a nice refresher before I dove into this book.
Adrian Tchaikovsky is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors, and this series is a big reason why. It's a space opera as broad as the universe itself, and as intimate as a protagonist who is fed up with being a pawn in the war against the Architects. The author has leveled up his characterization, worldbuilding and storytelling with this series, and you should not miss it.
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