Space operas are a particular passion of mine. I started reading them at a young age, but one series really fired my love for them. It was bold, complicated, long and smart and for me it was the sci-fi equivalent of the Lord of the Rings. It was The Nights Dawn Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.
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Price: ± £5 each (Kindle edition)
“Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small press publications.
His first novel was Mindstar Rising, published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then. Peter lives near Rutland Water with his wife Kate, daughter Sophie and son Felix.”*
- Target audience: Sci-fi readers
- Genre: Science fiction
- Target age range: Teens, Adults, Older adults
- Target gender: Gender neutral tone
Kindle has made books cost-effective and affordable. Each book is over 1200 pages long, about three thick novels each and at around £5 per book for a best-selling, critically acclaimed and highly recommended series is a bargain.
Series: Night’s Dawn Trilogy
Pages: ± 1250 (per book)
Available formats: Kindle Edition, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio download, Audio CD
Release date: 1996 – 1999, 2008-9 reprint
Word Wise: Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Original cover art by Jim Burns, 2008 reprint UK edition by Steve Stone, limited edition Subterranean Press versions by Tomislav Tikulin.
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The Night’s Dawn trilogy is one of the best science fiction trilogies I have read. In the books, mankind has spread throughout the local stars and broken up into two groups who are intermingled – the Adamists who use technology and settle planets and asteroids and Edenists who live in sentient Habitats orbiting gas giants and are genetically modified to be telepathic.
The story follows a number of threads which wind around each other but the plot really gets going when a criminal on a primitive colony planet meets an alien entity and something unexpected and dangerous happens. I’m itching to go into more detail, but it’s best left without spoilers and saying almost anything more would reveal plot points.
The storyline is one of the most complicated I’ve ever read and spends most of the first book setting up the universe before the action really starts. If you’re a fan of space opera, it’s a definite must-read.
The review is based on the Nights Dawn trilogy Kindle and Hardback books. This article was first published on 27 March 2016 and last updated on 14 November 2016.