The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground.
The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection. Meanwhile, the Arbiter, the defector turned leader of a broken Covenant, struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.
Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died on Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartans, and now she's broken some more to save them. Marooned with Chief Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, she finds that the shield world has been guarding an ancient secret - a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind.
As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity's violent past begins to catch up with all of them as disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth, and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone's loyalty to the limit.
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really enjoyed this book!! Picks up again with the Spartan II and catherine halsey with the capture of one of the sangehelli shipmasters Jul Tdama. if you have listened to any previous books some may have lacked a little bit this is great read, highly recommend.
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Glasslands is set after the events of the third Halo game and follows a newly formed team of ONI agents called KIlo 5. The charcters of Vas, Mal, Phillips (or Phillys as the hinge heads call him) alongside Osman Naomi and the wonderfully wicked Black Box A.I. angage you immediately and your join them on their first mission. Alongside this is a parallel trhead of plot tying up the loose ends of Ghosts of Onyx in an intrigueing way. Game tie-ins get bad press in the main thanks to some truly woeful films, but Karen Traviss show how it should be done.
Theres not much more to say other than this is brilliant. I was waiting for the next installment for my commute to and from work and I was not disappointing. Certainly as the previous reviewer noted, this is not the book to start the series on, but if you are already knee deep in the story its spot on. In fact, it is certainly setting up some of the story to tie in with Halo 4 game.
A must read if you are a fan of the series.
After reading/listening to all the previous titles i really looked forward to Glasslands as it followed on from the brilliant Ghosts of Onyx and it certainly didn't disappoint me. All aspects of the story flowed along at a steady pace and didn't come across as boring at any point. So if you are a Halo Fan then this book is a MUST Read or Listen (I had audio book version) and will not disappoint.
However if you are new to the Halo Series of books then avoid this title and you need to start from Harvest or Fall of Reach, either of those books has a more natural progression into Glasslands as this book will be difficult to understand if you have no prior knowledge of the Halo Series.
"One of the best in the Halo saga"
Yes, this is a great continuation of the story started in Ghosts of Onyx.
Glasslands is written quite similarly to Ghosts of Onyx, continuing the story and expanding to include a great new cast of characters.
Characters are well defined by the distinct voices he uses for each one.
None stand out as the whole book was great.
"Excellent Addition to the Halo Universe!"
Great, intense, suspenseful
*SPOILER* I have to say that when they brought Halsey away. Or maybe the scene when the Sanghilei (can't remember his name) got decked by Naomy... Naomi... Whatever.
This book is an Amazing addition to the Halo Univeres and a major gap filler for Halo 3-Halo 4.
Euen is great at purtraying the various characters of the Halo universe. The story does well the bridge the events happening along side the game events. A must for fans of the series!
"Exactly what I wanted from Karen Traviss"
Yes and because it is a great way to pass the time and also I love the story.
Vaz was my favorite he was tough as nails with just enough compassion to make him really dangerous.
the accents made the story it made it very easy to fallow along with who was saying what.
"Traviss at the top of her game"
Man, I hope the rest of the trilogy is as good as this book - Glasslands deserves to be recognised beyond the world of franchise fiction as a damn good sci fi novel in itself - multi-layered, considered, brooding - its got a lot of personality for a novel based on a video game.
Also - please keep Euan on this gig - his reading captures the whole thing perfectly.
"what an exciting cliffhanger !"
I really enjoy how the narrator uses accents for the different characters and different species in the Halo universe.
It was a very good story that explained what happened in the gap between Halo 3 and Halo 4. I have to get the next book in the story.
"Great story and brilliant narration"
The plot was easy to follow and kept me on my toes throughout the journey. The narrator knew exactly how to portray each character perfectly and I will gladly listen to this again
I was enticed by this book the entire time a must read for any halo fan
"A surprisingly excellent military scifi story"
Solid written with complex characters and believable consequences for the actions of some terrible people.
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