the guardian Fri 03 October 2008
This is the second novel in the Void trilogy. In the first, the Intersolar Commonwealth was threatened by a vast black hole, the dreaming void, within which was a virtual universe. Disciples of the Living Dream religion made it the goal of their pilgrimage - humans and aliens alike feared this might lead to the expansion of the void. The second volume combines space opera, scientific thriller and detective story as various forces vie to discover the secret of the void. All Hamilton's trademark strengths are on show: mind-expanding ideas, deft plotting and convincing depiction of political intrigue. Though nothing is resolved in this novel, it ends with several thrilling cliff-hangers.