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[Howling Dark Books ] Free read as ePUB AUTHOR Christopher Ruocchio


  • Hardcover
  • 688
  • Howling Dark
  • Christopher Ruocchio
  • English
  • 22 November 2018
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10 thoughts on “Howling Dark

  1. says:

    Howling Dark the second book in Ruocchio's Sun Eater Science Fiction series is a lengthy epic fantasy novel set in outer space that will take some time to read but is well worth the epic effort It postulates a future where mankind has spread among the stars mainly locked into a feudal empire with titles and an imperial emperor whose line stretches back millenium to Earth But the universe is big and there are others ou

  2. says:

    25 starsThe first 13 or so is a slog There are so many references to events that apparently happened after the first book Empire of Silence and before the start of this one Half the time I had no idea what was going on and felt like there must have been a book I missed there wasn'tThe second 13 was in a word boring There is just no other way to describe it The characters are stuck in a place called Vorgossos for what feels like Forever and

  3. says:

    Disclosure I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest reviewEmpire of Silence burst onto the Sci Fi scene with its intimidating wallop of a book that was big enough to be classified as

  4. says:

    IT's been a while since I've given anything five stars But this is bravura storytelling people No it's not perfect Ruocchio has a few writing tics that are distracting and I still just don't get the Hadrian Valka romance at all But that's not important What is? It's hard to be surprised these days with anything coming out in publ

  5. says:

    This is the second book of the memoir of the palatine Hadrian Marlowe on his way to becoming the Sun Eater and a genocide of an entire alien raceIt picks up after some un chronicled adventures that occurred after the first book which is a bit c

  6. says:

    Find this and other reviews at The Reader in IndigoWhen EMPIRE OF SILENCE was first released I read many reviews comparing it favorably and unfavorably to THE NAME OF THE WIND And it occurred to me after I sat down and actually read through it what a hideously unfair comparison that was How that sets the reader up for disappointment and what a disservice that does to the author Because a major reason THE NAME

  7. says:

    For me this was the best science fiction novel I red after Dune I wrote in my review to Empire of Silence that it was a 10 star book Well this is a 12 star book The writing is brilliant the author has a vast culture and you can find reinterpretations of Dante's Inferno or of the myth of Saturn Theseus and many others Th

  8. says:

    I received a copy of Howling Dark from Hachette Australia to reviewOutstanding new author Christopher Ruocchio who blew me away last year with his debut novel Empire of Silence returns with the second book in his brilliant Sun Eater series Howling DarkThe Sun Eater series is set far in humanity’s future where humans have left Earth and expanded out to thousands of worlds While humanity mostly in the form of the Roman inspired Sollan Emp

  9. says:

    Sadly a howling failure I enjoyed the first book very much which revelled in its derivative nature whilst being fun and original This descends into bog standard sci fi tropes to the extent that it's uite boring to read with some overly extended action seuences I paged through and still nothing had been resolved After spending most o

  10. says:

    Space opera at its literary finest

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Howling Dark

Ill face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace but contend with creatures that once were human with traitors in his midst and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankindIf he succeeds he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history If he failsthe galaxy will bu. I received a copy of Howling Dark from Hachette Australia to reviewOutstanding new author Christopher Ruocchio who blew me away last year with his debut novel Empire of Silence returns with the second book in his brilliant Sun Eater series Howling DarkThe Sun Eater series is set far in humanity s future where humans have left Earth and expanded out to thousands of worlds While humanity mostly in the form of the Roman inspired Sollan Empire has flourished for the last four hundred years they have been fighting a brutal and destructive war with the Cielcin a spacefaring race of aliens who have destroyed hundreds of colonies and billons of humans Each of the books in the series is written as a part of the autobiographical chronicle of series protagonist Hadrian Halfmortal Marlowe otherwise knowns as the Sun Eater Hadrian is the man who will one day destroy a sun in order to burn every Cielcin to a cinder and in doing so become both history s greatest hero and most infamous monster However these events are set to occur much further on in the future and these earlier books focus on the events that formed Hadrian s character and show how he became the man to end it allIn Howling Dark the story is set some 50 years after the events of Empire of Silence During this time Hadrian Marlowe has been wandering the outer fringes of the galaxy trying and failing to find a myth Leading a band of mercenaries former gladiators and disguised Imperial legionnaires and carrying a cargo of frozen Cielcin prisoners Hadrian hopes to travel the lost planet of Vorgossos The planet s mysterious master apparently has a way to contact the Cielcin who Hadrian hopes to finally negotiate peace with ending the brutal war that has ravaged both races However finding Vorgossos has proven far difficult than Hadrian initially anticipated The legendary planet is well hidden and the only way to uncover its location is to deal with the Extrasolarians a group of humans who live outside of Imperial control and whose reliance on technology and enhancements borders on the heretical As Hadrian and his companions locate a promising lead they are suddenly ordered back to the fleet as the war against the Cielcin needs every soldierDetermined to bring his plan for peace to fruition Hadrian and his companions disobey these orders and go rogue Entering the worlds of the Extrasolarians the Exalted and other grim horrors at the edge of the known universe they are able to obtain passage to Vorgossos However what they find at their destination may be even worse than the alien foes they are attempting to contact Between facing technological monstrosities a cruel immortal king and the appearance of humanity s oldest and most feared enemy Hadrian has his work cut out for him But the further along his path he travels the Hadrian begins to understand the grim destiny in front of him and the terrible cost he will have to payThis is another epic book from Ruocchio Howling Dark is a dark gothic science fiction masterpiece that was an absolute treat to read and which really highlights the author s creativity and ability to create a wide ranging universe with some uniue and captivating featuresView the full review at other exciting reviews and content check out my blog at

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The second novel of the galaxy spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fireHadrian Marlowe is lost For half a century he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alie. Howling Dark the second book in Ruocchio s Sun Eater Science Fiction series is a lengthy epic fantasy novel set in outer space that will take some time to read but is well worth the epic effort It postulates a future where mankind has spread among the stars mainly locked into a feudal empire with titles and an imperial emperor whose line stretches back millenium to Earth But the universe is big and there are others out there and mankind has now met a foe worthy of respect a foe which swallows planets like nothing and has no understanding of the terms of peace parley or ambassadors a race warlike and which towers over mere mortals Hadrian and a band of mercenaries are seeking a way to find a secret planet so secret no one knows where it is and perhaps an emissary like no other who can deal with the alien race the Cielcin You know someone who can make an introduction that could perhaps lead to a peace treaty But this secret planet is like no other and is like perhaps all of Dante s circles of hell and is ruled by an undying man who rumour has it has lived for 15000 years and possesses terrible secrets It is an amazing plot which only unfolds slowly It is unnecessary to begin with book one in the series although perhaps that would be helpful This book has a universe like that in Dune filled with all manner of aliens and a multitude of planets spread out so far from Earth that it is barely remembered in legend There is swordplay aplenty and amazing battles There is a chess game and a game within a game that will result in surprises for the reader There is an endless battle between humanity and artificial intelligence and uestions about what it means to be human after 15000 years of life what it means to be human when clones can be manufactured that seem so human How much can you alter and replace and still be a person rather than a machine There is also a mysticism that elevates the story Prepare to be astonished by the way things develop A lengthy read to be sure but one that is epic in its reach

REVIEW Howling Dark

N Cielcin He has not succeeded and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenariesDetermined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars There he w. Find this and other reviews at The Reader in IndigoWhen EMPIRE OF SILENCE was first released I read many reviews comparing it favorably and unfavorably to THE NAME OF THE WIND And it occurred to me after I sat down and actually read through it what a hideously unfair comparison that was How that sets the reader up for disappointment and what a disservice that does to the author Because a major reason THE NAME OF THE WIND is so popular is that it allows readers to live vicariously through Kvothe to experience his many victories as if they were our own Kvothe wins you see many battles if not necessarily or does he the war And he racks up wins immediately or near enough to make no difference The story overflows with tidbits showing him outwitting his enemies manipulating the world to his benefit and such and sundry And since Kvothe is a born geniuspolymath it s like that from the very beginningEMPIRE OF SILENCE in contrast was not a book dedicated to watching Hadrian outwit outplay or outfight the universe it was a book I thought dedicated to dragging him through the mud And every time you thought he was going to pull himself out of the mud he just got hammered further and further down It got to the point where I was forcing myself to keep reading not because it was bad it s an excellent book but just because I as a reader was feeling Hadrian s pain and it was hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel when Hadrian himself was constantly prophesying even greater failures to come It didn t help that this book is extremely lengthy so the reader spends a lot of time watching Hadrian get kicked around Yes there s the idea of dragging someone down so you can build them back up but Hadrian spends A LOT of time being dragged down And the picking himself up parts seem much shorter than the others and less freuent Much of that dynamic continues into THE HOWLING DARK if not always at the same intensity In the sense that Hadrian s I am the hero in a fairy tale and Reality s just gonna have to deal with it mentality continues and though he wins out over Reality rather here than he did in EMPIRE OF SILENCE he s still not at KvotheHarry DresdenPaul Atreidesetc levels Though the ending gives reason to believe Book 3 will upend that at least partially in Hadrian s favorWe open with a time jump passing over the early years of the Meidua Red Company s time as mercenaries and picking up after they overthrow a dictator and pick up some new recruits an incident that seems important enough in story that I actually looked to see if there was a bridging novella I d missed The uest for Vorgossos and a peace we know will never come monopolizes THE HOWLING DARK I ll say little about how it plays out but know that while it is definitely a slow burn it is never ever a boring one By the end we get a clearer sense of the board our game is played upon and possibly about what sort of game is actually being played To say nothing of what pieces are really in play One thing I love about this series is how deeply it plays with the notion of the devil and all accompanying facets Hadrian s prose style is melodic but never forget that as Milton showed us Satan is Creation s most elouent child Hadrian Marlowe s Lucifer connotations were clear to see in EMPIRE OF SILENCE if somewhat underplayed thematically but the comparison really gets jacked up to eleven in THE HOWLING DARK and looks to go further still in future books Free will is the name of the game as are treachery and temptation and Hadrian s role in all of these is crystal clear as muck As an aside I think the series would ve been better served if it had played up the LuciferDevil themes of the narrative marketing wise rather than comparing this to DUNE or THE NAME OF THE WIND or some other book that hits completely different character and story rhythmsOne aspect I really adored worldbuilding wise was the Luciferian tie in with America I don t think it s too much of a spoiler to mention that the Mericanii play a role here though I won t specify how which makes sense of all the nations of Earth who has in common with the beautiful charming tempting better to rule in hell than serve in heaven Bringer of Light than America herself There s something so delicious about how Ruocchio transmits the common elements of my culture into Luciferian horror and even beyond to something explicitly eldritch To say nothing of certain other cosmic horror elements I just love cosmic horror Space opera without cosmic horror is like tea without sugar If books were food THE HOWLING DARK would be Death By Chocolate rich decadent inviting but something it takes rather a long time to consume I expected to have this review up a month ago at the latest but I d spend hours absorbed in the story only to look up and find I d only made it fifty pages So pick this up but be prepared to sink into the uicksand of the story don t expect a uick race to the endHighly recommended and I m really looking forward to Book 3A huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review


About the Author: Christopher Ruocchio

Christopher Ruocchio is the author of The Sun Eater a space opera fantasy series as well as the Assistant Editor at Baen Books where he has co edited four anthologies He is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he studied English Rhetoric and the Classics Christopher has been writing since he was eight and sold his first novel Empire of Silence at twenty two To date his boo