Thursday, 23 January 2014

Ragnarok Trilogy Review


Review By Patrick Scattergood

Written By
John Meaney

Published By
Gollancz

Genre
Science Fiction, Action, Adventure

Synopsis

In 8th century Norseland, a young warrior called Ulfr returns to his village where his comrades, under mesmeric compulsion, are slaying one of their own. In 1920s Zurich, a young Jewish woman, Gavriela Wolf, returning home from her first lecture at the ETH where Einstein studied, witnesses the first hint of fascist violence destined to sweep across Europe.

On 27th century Fulgor, Roger Blackstone – son of a long-term spy, his nature as a mu-space Pilot hidden – perceives an evil that cloaks itself from everybody else.

A million years from now, in an airless hall upon the Moon, decorated with shields and spears, Ulfr, Gavriela, Roger and others awaken in transparent bodies of living crystal, ready for the final battle. But in their normal waking lives, they will remember only fragments of far future meetings.

Each of their stories is a chronicle of their century and more, as their time-separated lives and minds become ever more entangled, playing out their parts in a confrontation that began an epoch ago.

Review

I figured that as this is an epic science fiction trilogy that it would be much better to review the entire trilogy as a whole so here we go sci-fi fans.

In the trilogy you have the books 'Absorption', 'Transmission' and 'Resonance' and they all can link in together like a jigsaw.

One of the things that I liked the most about the trilogy itself was the simple fact that they reward both the readers who want to read all three parts and the readers that just pick up on one or more of the books  themselves.

Obviously, if you read all three of them, you get a lot more out of the story.  That's one of the main strengths of Meaney's writing in that he has put so many layers in to the characters and the worlds that he has created that you can't help but get really in to the story itself.  That's especially true of the the characters themselves in that they always have their own particular reasons and motives for any of their actions.  There is never any moments in the  book that just seem to be there for the sake of being there, each and every scene has a purpose yet they keep the pace flowing brilliantly.

As a massive science fiction fan, I've read lots of apparent 'epics' in the genre yet this series is one that actually is well deserving of the title.   I love how if you read the trilogy as one book after another, it really flows as if it's one long novel instead of three separate parts.  You get to see the characters grow and mature in front of you.  The best way to describe it would be that it's a bit like watching a well planned out montage in a movie yet without the general cliched nature of such a thing.

All in all, if you love your science fiction to have a bit of an epic feel to it then you should get this trilogy right now.  In fact, I would even go so far as to say that it's one of the best series that I have read in the science fiction genre for a very long time.

Also John Meaney is a very good author that creates characters that you end up caring about and that really raises this series high above the other series in the genre.

Well worth picking up.

Story 8/10
Characters 8/10
Covers 7/10
Recommended 8/10
Overall 31/40

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