June 6, 2020

Book Review: Black Halo

Black Halo is book two in Sam Sykes’ Aeons’ Gate Series.  If you’re looking for an easy going beach read with simple characters and a twist-free plot, this ain’t your story.  Also, I’ve made notes in past reviews about starting a series in the middle.  I have not read book one of this series, and with Sykes’ penchant for character depth, that made it slow getting into this book.  Still and all, the six companions specifically are memorable.

The plot is direct, but most assuredly not twist free.  That’s not a bad thing.  Things veer off course fairly regularly.  The point of this particular book is to get the tome retrieved in book one from the Kraken Queen successfully and completely away from her. Our six companions and their various inner voices (i.e., demons, ancestors, gods and the Kraken Queen herself) and a little shipwreck make for a complex and action-filled read.

Add to the mix a heretic hunting wizard, alien warrior women with a lust for killing, and other disruptive forces, and you can see where the story line might get jiggled.

Honestly, I had a rough start jumping cold into this story line.  Starting at the very beginning would be a good thing with this series. Things do clarify as the story progresses, however.  It is very well written, rich in character and detail and cannot under any circumstances be considered dull…  I suspect the first book is similar, actionwise, so jump in from the beginning and consume the first two books of the Aeons’ Gate series.