Following on from Dan’s re-read of The Dreaming Void, I’m stepping in to take us through The Temporal Void, the second novel in Peter F Hamilton’s epic Void Trilogy. Before we start on The Temporal Void I thought it would be a good idea to recap the events of The Dreaming Void so it’s all nice and fresh in our memories.
Before we start on the recap, I think a little introduction is in order:
I’m Mark, and I’m a science fiction geek. I’m not ashamed of that in any way, and I feel that those who don’t at least read the odd SF novel are missing out massively. I’ve always read and enjoyed sci-fi in all its forms, but the blame for the love I have for the genre today can be laid squarely at the feet of one author: Peter F Hamilton. It all started a decade ago with Pandora’s Star, and I haven’t looked back since. I run a site dedicated to Peter’s works over at www.theunisphere.com, and I also used to run a review blog at www.walkerofworlds.com. Since closing the doors there at the end of 2013 I moved to reviewing for www.sffworld.com – I can’t seem to give myself a rest! I’m also a tea drinker and will consume ungodly amounts of the glorious stuff, preferably while reading a damned good book.
So, that’s me, now on to The Dreaming Void…
The Waterwalker’s Story
If anything could be said about The Dreaming Void, and the Void Trilogy in general, is that it exists because of one person: Edeard. It’s his journey from the tiny and remote Ashwell village to the busy and packed city of Makkathran that grips Living Dream followers so thoroughly. While the early Dreams we see are fairly simple, showing life out on the far reaches of civilisation, events occur that shows not all is as it seems. From the attack on the hunting party, to the downfall of Ashwell, trouble is stirring on Querencia.
Edeard is a good person, with his youth and innocence guiding him throughout The Dreaming Void. Salrana is his childhood friend, and the only other survivor from Ashwell, and Edeard’s duty of protection over her is entirely self-appointed: he just wants to keep her safe. During the attacks, and as they travel to Makkathran, it’s clear that Edeard is far stronger with his telekinetic abilities than almost anyone else he comes into contact with, but he doesn’t boast of this. In fact, during their first meeting Grand Master Finitan tells him:
“Don’t let your fellow constables realize how strong you are, not at first. It may attract the wrong kind of interest. Politics, remember?”
It is during this discussion that Edeard turns his back on Eggshaping, and instead moves into the life of a constable on the streets of Makkathran.
The strength and determination Edeard has becomes more apparent as the story unfolds. Events trigger him and his squad into unfortunate situations, with both political and physical confrontations inevitable. With the thieves in Jeavons District extorting money from traders, Edeard goes beyond the orders of his sergeant to retrieve money stolen from a stallholder. It is this event that triggers plots and schemes against him, ultimately leading to the events of Inigo’s Seventh Dream, and the chants of Waterwalker, Waterwalker, Waterwalker…