The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota #3)

The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota #3)

The Will to Battle ?the third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota series?a political SF epic of extraordinary audacity ?A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.? ?Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings The long years of near-utopi The Will to Battle ?the third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota ...

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Title:The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota #3)
Author:Ada Palmer
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:The Will to Battle
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota #3) Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Dec 20, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

  • Mike
    Jan 02, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

  • Odo
    Nov 28, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

  • Nils
    Jul 06, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

  • ambyr
    Dec 25, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

  • Pearl
    Jan 25, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

  • Jo Walton
    Dec 21, 2016

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

  • Bjørnar Tuftin
    Feb 04, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

  • Chris
    Jan 20, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...

    I love this series. Regardless of what I?ll write next about the good or the bad and what worked or what didn?t, I?ll start by stating how pleasing it is to open these books and be surprised. This is part of why I read in the first place. Not for comfort or for safety, but to ...

  • Matt
    Feb 13, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...

    I love this series. Regardless of what I?ll write next about the good or the bad and what worked or what didn?t, I?ll start by stating how pleasing it is to open these books and be surprised. This is part of why I read in the first place. Not for comfort or for safety, but to ...

    The series is still going strong. Book 3 out of 4, so it can neither be an amazing plunge into a whole new world, nor a finish with amazing twists. Are you baffled, reader? Reader: ?Insult me not, Mycroft.? It has plenty of politics and philosophy of course. Some of th...

    First and most obviously, this series is one of the most impressive worldbuilding accomplishments in SFF. It feels like a logical outcome of history while resembling nothing I?ve ever seen before; our earth, changed to something rich and strange. I love the finer points of Hive histo...

    Oh this perfect book! Ada Palmer continues to write like a cross between Gene Wolfe and Jo Walton. She continues to write a future history with a depth and sensitivity to history, anthropology, politics and philosophy like no other book I?ve read. The result, coupled with subtle c...

    I think the reviewerly rhetoric of persuasion is probably useless when it comes to Terra Ignota, certainly when it comes to Volume Three: you either enjoy this series, in all its staged grandiosity, deceptiveness, gnarled peculiarities, deliberate infurations, earnest ambitions, and ma...

    I feel a bit betrayed by this book. It is riding on the coattails of the great scify world that it has built. But it really doesn't seem to move all that much. Sure sometimes it takes the time to describe a scene in great detail. Not necessarily overly detailed, but really painting a p...

  • Bradley
    Dec 05, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

  • Julie
    Jul 03, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

  • Louisa
    Jan 15, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

  • Niall
    Jan 16, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...

    I love this series. Regardless of what I?ll write next about the good or the bad and what worked or what didn?t, I?ll start by stating how pleasing it is to open these books and be surprised. This is part of why I read in the first place. Not for comfort or for safety, but to ...

    The series is still going strong. Book 3 out of 4, so it can neither be an amazing plunge into a whole new world, nor a finish with amazing twists. Are you baffled, reader? Reader: ?Insult me not, Mycroft.? It has plenty of politics and philosophy of course. Some of th...

    First and most obviously, this series is one of the most impressive worldbuilding accomplishments in SFF. It feels like a logical outcome of history while resembling nothing I?ve ever seen before; our earth, changed to something rich and strange. I love the finer points of Hive histo...

    Oh this perfect book! Ada Palmer continues to write like a cross between Gene Wolfe and Jo Walton. She continues to write a future history with a depth and sensitivity to history, anthropology, politics and philosophy like no other book I?ve read. The result, coupled with subtle c...

    I think the reviewerly rhetoric of persuasion is probably useless when it comes to Terra Ignota, certainly when it comes to Volume Three: you either enjoy this series, in all its staged grandiosity, deceptiveness, gnarled peculiarities, deliberate infurations, earnest ambitions, and ma...

  • Alex
    Feb 06, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

  • Standback
    Jan 22, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

  • Jessica
    Jan 15, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

  • Ruth
    Aug 21, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

  • Sam Worby
    Jan 09, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...

    I love this series. Regardless of what I?ll write next about the good or the bad and what worked or what didn?t, I?ll start by stating how pleasing it is to open these books and be surprised. This is part of why I read in the first place. Not for comfort or for safety, but to ...

    The series is still going strong. Book 3 out of 4, so it can neither be an amazing plunge into a whole new world, nor a finish with amazing twists. Are you baffled, reader? Reader: ?Insult me not, Mycroft.? It has plenty of politics and philosophy of course. Some of th...

    First and most obviously, this series is one of the most impressive worldbuilding accomplishments in SFF. It feels like a logical outcome of history while resembling nothing I?ve ever seen before; our earth, changed to something rich and strange. I love the finer points of Hive histo...

    Oh this perfect book! Ada Palmer continues to write like a cross between Gene Wolfe and Jo Walton. She continues to write a future history with a depth and sensitivity to history, anthropology, politics and philosophy like no other book I?ve read. The result, coupled with subtle c...

  • Dániel Darabos
    Aug 31, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...

    I love this series. Regardless of what I?ll write next about the good or the bad and what worked or what didn?t, I?ll start by stating how pleasing it is to open these books and be surprised. This is part of why I read in the first place. Not for comfort or for safety, but to ...

    The series is still going strong. Book 3 out of 4, so it can neither be an amazing plunge into a whole new world, nor a finish with amazing twists. Are you baffled, reader? Reader: ?Insult me not, Mycroft.? It has plenty of politics and philosophy of course. Some of th...

  • Akahayla
    Jan 14, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

  • Tzu-Mainn Chen
    Feb 08, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

  • Swuun
    Aug 26, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

  • Maya Chhabra
    Mar 10, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

  • Pau Fita
    Dec 24, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

  • Sarah
    Jul 26, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

  • Sarah
    Jan 21, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

  • Kane
    Jan 11, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...

  • Clara
    Dec 22, 2017

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...

    I love this series. Regardless of what I?ll write next about the good or the bad and what worked or what didn?t, I?ll start by stating how pleasing it is to open these books and be surprised. This is part of why I read in the first place. Not for comfort or for safety, but to ...

    The series is still going strong. Book 3 out of 4, so it can neither be an amazing plunge into a whole new world, nor a finish with amazing twists. Are you baffled, reader? Reader: ?Insult me not, Mycroft.? It has plenty of politics and philosophy of course. Some of th...

    First and most obviously, this series is one of the most impressive worldbuilding accomplishments in SFF. It feels like a logical outcome of history while resembling nothing I?ve ever seen before; our earth, changed to something rich and strange. I love the finer points of Hive histo...

  • Aisha Mayken
    Jan 15, 2018

    Update, later the same day: I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :) Original Review: I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more. Ada Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...

    I?ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can?t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won?t convey the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book. I know there are at least a few of you interested in this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance? Me: Not necessarily?I?ve got a nagging question that won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...

    4.5/5.0 ...

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...

    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...

    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...

    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...

    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...

    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...

    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...

    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...

    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...

    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...

    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...

    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...

    Es difícil intentar definir estos libros así que no voy a intentarlo. Simplemente decir que me siguen encantando y que si bien esta tercera entrega quizás empiece un poco mas floja, rápidamente remonta y te deja pegado leyéndo. Hay que tener arte para que cuando a la narración se...

    The Terra Ignota series does so many things well: it is original, highly creative, wildly ambitious, and unlike anything else I?ve ever read. However, as the series progresses, the books are becoming less successful as actual novels, getting so tied up in the philosophical Conversati...

    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...

    I love this series. Regardless of what I?ll write next about the good or the bad and what worked or what didn?t, I?ll start by stating how pleasing it is to open these books and be surprised. This is part of why I read in the first place. Not for comfort or for safety, but to ...

    The series is still going strong. Book 3 out of 4, so it can neither be an amazing plunge into a whole new world, nor a finish with amazing twists. Are you baffled, reader? Reader: ?Insult me not, Mycroft.? It has plenty of politics and philosophy of course. Some of th...

    First and most obviously, this series is one of the most impressive worldbuilding accomplishments in SFF. It feels like a logical outcome of history while resembling nothing I?ve ever seen before; our earth, changed to something rich and strange. I love the finer points of Hive histo...

    Oh this perfect book! Ada Palmer continues to write like a cross between Gene Wolfe and Jo Walton. She continues to write a future history with a depth and sensitivity to history, anthropology, politics and philosophy like no other book I?ve read. The result, coupled with subtle c...

    I think the reviewerly rhetoric of persuasion is probably useless when it comes to Terra Ignota, certainly when it comes to Volume Three: you either enjoy this series, in all its staged grandiosity, deceptiveness, gnarled peculiarities, deliberate infurations, earnest ambitions, and ma...

    I feel a bit betrayed by this book. It is riding on the coattails of the great scify world that it has built. But it really doesn't seem to move all that much. Sure sometimes it takes the time to describe a scene in great detail. Not necessarily overly detailed, but really painting a p...

    I feel conflicted about this book. I really wanted to like it but I just didn't. There were some amazing moments that gave me hope that eventually, things would turn around but they never did. And those moments were just not enough to redeem the novel as a whole. Palmer writes wha...