The Ascendant Stars
Michael Cobley
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Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM By Michael Cobley

Battle ready factions converge above Darien, all with the same objective The goal is control over this newly discovered planet and access to the powerful weapons at its heart Despotic Hegemony forces dominate much of known space and they want this world too, but Darien s inhabitants will fight for their future.However, key players in this conflict aren t fully in controlBattle ready factions converge above Darien, all with the same objective The goal is control over this newly discovered planet and access to the powerful weapons at its heart Despotic Hegemony forces dominate much of known space and they want this world too, but Darien s inhabitants will fight for their future.However, key players in this conflict aren t fully in control Hostile AIs have infiltrated key minds and have an agenda, requiring nothing less than the destruction or subversion of all organic life And they are near to unleashing their cohorts, a host of twisted machine intelligences caged beneath Darien Fighting to contain them are Darien s hidden guardians, and their ancient ally the Construct, on a millennia long mission to protect sentient species As the war reaches its peak, the AI army is roaring to the surface, to freedom and an orgy of destruction Darien is first in line in a machine vs human war for life or the sterile dusts of space.
  • Title: The Ascendant Stars
  • Author: Michael Cobley
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  • Page: 450
  • Format: Kindle Edition

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James Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
The book starts with something more books in a series should do. Apart from the useful reference pages of characters, species and political systems, a very handy précis of the previous two novels - what each character had got up to and where they were left at the end of the previous book. Very useful as I certainly couldn't be bothered to read the previous book again - marks gained. That said, these things are only useful if the editor reads them before publication. Too many errors to be forgiv [...]
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Chris Moyer Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
This may be the worst book that I've ever finished. It says something that I finished, something in the world and characters made me care enough to want to see the end. But each page was painful. Layers upon layers of unbelievable magic pretending to be technology. Untold crazy coincidences. The worlds dumbest plot twists. Every sacrifice or death meaningless when it was undone or a trick. Ugh.
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Ben Babcock Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Going to keep this review short because (a) I’m ridiculously behind on writing reviews and (2) I feel like I’ve said almost everything I can about this series in my reviews of the first book and the second book. The Ascendant Stars concludes the Humanity’s Fire trilogy (I know there’s a fourth book, but it appears to be a standalone), but if you’ve made it this far, then you know pretty much what to expect.As with The Orphaned Worlds, this book includes a synopsis of the previous books [...]
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Hugh Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Science fiction is a genre of limitless possibilities, but to quote : "Sometimes the term space opera is used pejoratively to denote bad quality science fiction", in the case of the Humanity's Fire trilogy I would say that this definition applied.This series failed to engage me at any level, and I found myself not caring about the characters or multiple plot-lines. All I wanted to do was finish the book(s), which is something that I have never experienced so completely before. In a list of the w [...]
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Björn Bengtsson Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
This was disappointing Finally, this story was looking to become something great, as have been promised in the previous two books. But no. The end unfortunately ruins it. The last 50-100 pages gives a feeling similar to "whoops, my pizza just got deliver, best I eat it before it gets cold, let me just wrap this up". When it finally started to get good, the author kills it. In my (not so humble) opinion, the author should have skipped the two first books, and written three full books of what happ [...]
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John Welch Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
A bit disappointed with this. The trilogy started off very well but has faded a bit as it progressed. In this episode there were to many "fortunate coincidences" in the plot for my liking. Still worth 3 stars though.
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Emma Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
I just finished The Ascendant Stars, the third book of the Humanities Fire series by Micheal Colby. I read the first book over the summer, and completed the other two over the two months. ***WARNING: SPOILERS TO COME***I'd give this book a 3/5. This book did not wow me, but it also did not completely disappoint me. Really, my problem with this whole book is a problem with the trilogy as a whole. These books thrust the reader into an expanded universe, where AI's have grown in power, and humanity [...]
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Jason Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
After reading the 1st book in the series i was quite excited but the 2nd turned out to be boring. This was a nightmare, the story was such a mix up of different genres and heavily a mashup of star wars and star trek with the one of the villains being a cheesy borg rip-off. The main characters just weren't interesting enough or in the story enough to care and the continual introduction of new plot lines and characters right upto the end was annoying. I was glad when this book was finished, so bad [...]
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Xeddicus Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
So yeah, idiots just end up blowing up the well which they should have done in the first place. Chel traps himself and gets killed by the Legion, Major jumps into the well with the bomb because they've never heard of timers or grenades. Robert dies because he's like in the Godhead when it gets nuked. Everyone else makes it, except the forest, which was dumb too so no loss there.
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catweaseloz Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
I enjoyed the series (and this book), it had great ideas but in the end it just felt like the interesting stories hadn't been told. It was as if it got wrapped up to keep the books to three.
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David Proffitt Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
The mistake I made with this book was waiting so long to read it. It is the third part of Michael Cobleys ambitious “Humanities Fire” trilogy and there are so many characters following different strands of the story that it took me ages to get myself reacquainted with them all. But this was my error, not the authors.Ascendant Stars is the climax of a galaxy spanning tale of war and intrigue, with the human race finding itself split on different sides of a conflict that threatens to tear the [...]
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Shaun Oostveen Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
The whole series is very nicely done, and suddenly it's over. And for myself I don't really know yet if I like the way the trilogy wraps up. Because everything ends up exactly the way I expected it. There a no true surprise twists.
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Ian Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
The third and final book of Cobley's Humanity's Fire space opera trilogy, and notable among such types of books in that it actually resolves the plot and leaves pretty much everything nice and tidy. In the previous two books - Seeds of Earth and The Orphaned Worlds - Cobley went slightly berserk and set so many balls spinning, it was hard to keep track of them all. There was the invasion of Darien by an imperialistic alien race, there were the cyborg Legion of Avatars imprisoned in hyperspace an [...]
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Jay Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
I almost gave this book three stars While the book does wrap up the story arc that began in 'Seeds of Earth', I felt that it failed to live up to it's potential. It is however, Mr. Cobley's narrative, and I will not attempt to lecture on what "should" have happened.As I mentioned in my review of 'Orphaned Worlds', there is a powerful antagonist at work behind the scenes, and that antagonist is revealed in this volume. The solution to the problem was not one I expected, and I count that as a good [...]
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John Matthew Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Brief review of the entire trilogy here. The first book was solid, and described an interesting universe riotous with life, organic and machine. The heroes are interesting, likable and well-characterized, while the villains are the same except villainous. The story was at times confusing, but largely cohesive and came to a satisfying book 1 close.Book 2 was fantastic, adding some extra plot wrinkles and getting into some heavy action. This one was a real page-burner as the conflict really heated [...]
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Martin Waterhouse Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Well Michael Cobley certainly can paint a vast and and vibrant universe! The story moves through the levels of hyperspace, huge digital zones and across planets and alien societies. The characters are a little too either 'goodies' or 'baddies' but they're pretty well written and the plot is rich enough to keep them on their toes. The narrator David Thorpe does a magnificent job of handling the accents and voices of every character and his tone is spot on - I'll certainly be getting more of his w [...]
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Gene Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
I really enjoyed this series, the story was very original. I really enjoyed the lingo the author came up with when describing sci-fi elements. I was a little concerned that his wasn't the last book in the story, because it really felt like it was coming to an end, so even though there is a 4th book, the story from the first three ends hear, and it ends well. If you are looking for some good sci=fi/space opera, I highly recommend this original story.
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Brandt Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
After reading the muddled second book of the Humanity's Fire trilogy, I hoped for a satisfying conclusion after reading a book that seemed like it was idling waiting for the end to happen. Unfortunately those hopes have been dashed. There are two problems with this trilogy as I see it. First, even though he has about 1800 pages to do it, Cobley fails to make me care about any of the principle players in these novels. If you want works like this to be successful, I have to give a shit about who I [...]
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Ruth Macleod Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
I think I have to say that this book was probably the best out of the series, or perhaps the story was such a slow burner that its only the climax of it all that changed the pace. I really enjoyed Karl and Gregs characters in this book, they seemed to flourish when in space commanding the ships. With some great one liners from Greg that made me laugh out loud.*spoilers*However for a slow paced 3 part series I felt the ending was too sudden and the defeat of the legion/ other enemies too easy. Fo [...]
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Mark Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Just a few quick words on this one. First off, to review it properly I'd have to go back and re-read the first two books in the series and re-familiarise myself with the story. As it was, thanks to the gap between reading the first and second books and finally getting hold of the third, meant I had lost something of the thread by the tme I started reading. Because of that, it took a while to re-connect with the story, but I can say that this is a worthy follow up to its predecessors and certainl [...]
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Ken Richards Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
In another 'let's finish the trilogy' maneuver I read the finale of Michael Cobley's 'Humanity's Fire' series, a middling quality space opera (The Ascendant Stars). The action around the planet Darien continues as the horribly be-weaponed battle fleets of evil alien empires gather to win the prize. The plot is well wrapped up at the end, with perhaps a little too convenient 'hand of god' moments assisting the conclusion. The main problem I had with this volume is it's slow start, particularly th [...]
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Mike Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
As with the previous two books in the series, I found it a bit hard to keep the various characters and factions straight in my head. I finally understood that the difference between the Legion of Avatars and the Construct was that the Avatars are cyborgs (machines grafted with biological entities) and the Construct is a pure machine. I'm not sure that the reason why the Legion and the Construct are in conflict is fully explained, though. With that to one side, I did enjoy reading the book. Coble [...]
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Rob Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
I was slightly dismayed to see similar ratings for this book before reading it, but I have come to understand their point of view. I was certainly enjoying this series, far more than the In Her Name series. However in this installment Cobley seems to have tripped over his own shoelaces, making each storyline obscure and complicated and yet mashing them all together come the end. The ending also had the effect of Mass Effect 3 about it, to me at least. It leaves a lot unanswered and more desired. [...]
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Andrew Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Really useful plot summary to start with and list of charaqcters etc. To a new comer to the series, then read them in one hit and enjoy.But having read them as they came out - and parts 1 & 2 followed fairly quickly after each other, I found there was just too many plot lines and my involvement with the characters never really reformed. The second half moved much better than the first. For me,I guess it fell vistim of the trilogy disease. A pity as I relly enjoyed the first two parts. Read a [...]
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Kate Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Well, I finished the series (although I think there is another book coming out later this year, there were enough loose ends left untied). All of a sudden, the book veered into Justina Robson/Cyber Punk territory which I wasn't expecting with one of the characters getting her consciousness uploaded into the tiernet. I liked the way that was done, although it was only a minor part of the book.I disliked the way Cobley killed off one of the main protagonists from the first two books. He did it off [...]
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Lisa Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
This book, while I enjoyed the trilogy as a whole, left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. I did not like the idea of a character named "the godhead" revealed to be a bit of a selfish jerk while also implying rather strongly that this character was the "creator" of planetsquite possibly earth. This felt like a disgruntled author trying to throw stones at God from afar. It just seemed a bit pathetic and it took away from an otherwise great story.
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Ryan Bernard Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Like all conclusions I entered warily into this book. It of course took time to break out the party favors but finalized the story in every way it needed to. This story started out small and became universe spanning in no time flat. All while holding continuity and creating a lasting image in the readers mind of every important character. It was a splendid and excellently written story.
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Dennis Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
I had read the first two books in this trilogy in 2011 and although there was a 'what went on before' chapter to begin, I found it difficult to get into. From normal humans to cyborgs with plenty of aliens, there were goodies and baddies amongst them all and it was hard to work out which was which. However ti all worked out in the end and all the baddies were defeated.
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Zachary Wagoner Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Decent ending to the series. Came together fairly well. Was a little underwhelmed by the legion of avatars, who were built up to be some scary, super threat, but ended up being fairly easy to destroy on an individual basis.
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Darrin Dec 06, 2019 - 08:03 AM
Eh. way to many new elements were added to this third book. It made it a bit confusing. It felt rushed, like the author had to make it three books. A fourth book might have been better to flesh out the elements from the third book.
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The Ascendant Stars By Michael Cobley Battle ready factions converge above Darien, all with the same objective The goal is control over this newly discovered planet and access to the powerful weapons at its heart Despotic Hegemony forces dominate much of known space and they want this world too, but Darien s inhabitants will fight for their future.However, key players in this conflict aren t fully in controlBattle ready factions converge above Darien, all with the same objective The goal is control over this newly discovered planet and access to the powerful weapons at its heart Despotic Hegemony forces dominate much of known space and they want this world too, but Darien s inhabitants will fight for their future.However, key players in this conflict aren t fully in control Hostile AIs have infiltrated key minds and have an agenda, requiring nothing less than the destruction or subversion of all organic life And they are near to unleashing their cohorts, a host of twisted machine intelligences caged beneath Darien Fighting to contain them are Darien s hidden guardians, and their ancient ally the Construct, on a millennia long mission to protect sentient species As the war reaches its peak, the AI army is roaring to the surface, to freedom and an orgy of destruction Darien is first in line in a machine vs human war for life or the sterile dusts of space.

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