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The trilogy draws to a conclusion as Voyager races against time to gather a deadly contaminant. Whose side are the Romulans on? Where is the missing piece? And what surprising figure from Voyager's past holds the key to the fate of the universe?...

Title : Shadow of Heaven
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ISBN : 9780671035846
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 263 Pages
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Shadow of Heaven Reviews

  • Erica
    2018-12-22 07:06

    I give this book 4 ½ stars, and would like to say first of all that I love it and that I think it made a really good ending to the Dark Matters trilogy. Although I did think that the second book was slightly better than this one, even though they still got the same rating from me in the end. I think this was simply because that part, a little bit more than the beginning and the end, got to me in some way. To me that was the best part. But as I said, I do love this book, so don't get me wrong here.In this third and last bookChristie Golden ties up all the loose ends and the story comes together beautifully. I would say that the different sub stories just continued from Ghost Dance so if you read my review of that book you'd already know how strongly I felt about them and why I loved them so much. The focus in this book, though, I would say was a little bit more towards coming together and working for the common good even if that was there before as well. But here even more so.And I did get my way in getting to know more about the dark matter and its effect. The end, the coda of the book, also gives a great summary of this that you'd love if this stuff interests you. This is great science fiction, if you ask me.

  • Joshua Palmatier
    2019-01-12 07:10

    This is the third book in this series and brings it to a close. All of the dark matters surrounding the mutated dark matter are all tied up in a mostly satisfactory manner.The premise: A member of a race calling themselves the Shepherds is using the Romulan focus on domination of the quadrant to bring about the collapse of all of the universes, by having them use dark matter cloaks and wormholes to create mutated dark matter, which is destructive to life and material when it lodges inside elements and cells. With the help of the rest of the Shepherds and the Romulan scientist Telek--who they contacted once before through a miniature wormhole--Janeway and crew are attempting to rectify the situation by collecting the mutated dark matter in the Delta Quadrant. Meanwhile, Chakotay and Paris are trapped in an alternate universe, where two cultures--one based on nature, the other on rigid science--are about to go to war.This book brings all of the various plotlines to a mostly satisfactory close. As I stated in my review of Book 2, the more interesting plotlines are Chakotay and Paris', along with the Romulan chairman of the Tal Shiar, mostly because these are the plotlines that are character based, and in some sense, culture based. Janeway and crew are mostly just running around gathering up mutated dark matter, which I didn't find that engaging as a reader. Thankfully, Christie Golden realized this and spent most of her time in the last two books on those plot threads.I also liked the author's interpretation of dark matter, why we can't see it, and why it appears to be everywhere, affecting everything, and yet is so elusive. The play on the science, given what little we knew at the time about dark matter, was excellent. The final explanation for the "mutated" dark matter and why it was so destructive, as well as what the Shepherds were attempting to do, was also good. Why they seemed so powerful and couldn't do it themselves . . . well that wasn't explained as satisfactorily. But it still made for a good read.The weakest book in the series is definitely the first one, and not everything that happened in the first book was explained as well as I'd like. For example, the destruction of all life on the one planet was given little time, more of an "Oh, we did this, sorry!" treatment. And if they did it for that reason . . . what was the follow-up? They tried to shift an entire planet to offset an imbalance in matter. When that didn't work as they expected, why did they do next? Shift Khala alone? That was supposed to correct the imbalance? There wasn't a satisfactory explanation for that part, in my opinion. So again, the weakest part of the book is the set-up of the situation. Once it's set up, the rest of the story was great.

  • Jimyanni
    2019-01-17 07:12

    At least this one had an ending, unsatisfactory as that ending may have been. This book had better characterization and plot than book one of the "Dark Matters" trilogy, and the characterizations were about as good as those in book 2, but the plot was much less satisfying than that in book 2. The ending was somewhat of a cheap wrap-up with the help of the deus ex machinas who couldn't be bothered to be much help before this, who asked Voyager for help cleaning up their mess, gave them the technology that they needed to do so, but failed to leave a tech manual. Nice to know that they have such faith in Voyager's crew's ability to figure things out, but would it really have been so hard to leave instructions? And their meddling is shown to have inadvertently caused the deaths of billions that we saw in book one, and caused great heartache to Harry Kim and his alien love interest, and potentially serious injury or even death to Chakotay and Paris. For demigod deus ex machinas, they're awfully sloppy. But since everything is made right in the end, kind of like in a Shakespearean comedy (except that in this case, rather than everyone pairing off, all of the love interests are left with heartache) we're supposed to overlook that. They're good demigods, never mind the billions who died by their direct actions and the thousands of extras on the various Romulan ships and elsewhere who weren't "set right" at the end of the story. Apparently, if the ending is happy (more or less) for the main characters, that's all that counts. I think I find the "Shepherds" even less appealing than the Q. And that's the GOOD ones, who weren't TRYING to mess things up.I do NOT recommend this series at all. It is not up to Christie Golden's usual standards, not even close. But I suppose if you have read books 1 and 2, you'll want to read this one just to be able to see an ending.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-11 02:21

    The final book in the Dark Matters Trilogy and the last book in the numbered series. I found the resolution of the story unsatisfying. There was a lot of potential here and to me it fell flat. Its unusual for me to pan Golden's books so this is a big exception. There is a deus ex machina ending, Chakotay eats meat and there are mistakes in the editing process. My own personal irritation at the overplayed done to death trope of Paris and the female alien and he is actually tempted this time. I don't know what the author wanted to present with that but I found it out of character with what we saw on the television series. To me it would have worked better if it had been Chakotay who developed some kind of a relationship with the alien woman. They seemed to have more in common if nothing else. There was way too much time spent with the alien culture and I found it boring. Golden normally does a great job her books but even the best writers don't always 'hit the mark' for all of us.' I highly doubt I will ever re-read this.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-02 02:18

    I was given the first two books in this trilogy and waited a long time to read them, because first I had to pick up this book. I am glad I read them together -- this is a nice conclusion to everything. The books definitely need each other to be complete. It has been just long enough since I finished the series that I am left with a jumble of thoughts:I was able to guess the identity of the Entity at the end of the second book, although I did think that resolution wimped out just a bit in terms of the tie in with the TV series. Poor Harry's luck with women never changes. But I did like the discussion of the conflict between traditional societies and technological societies, the strengths of each, and the interaction between the two. Of course, in the Star Trek universe, most of the conflict between the two has been resolved and in our actual world, not so much (indeed, you could say that a lot of the issues with ISIS/DAESH are related to that conflict). I don't guarantee the science is sound, but it made sense to me and was interesting without being too far over my head.

  • Fate's Lady
    2018-12-27 01:21

    The end of this can be summed up with "and then the nigh omnipotent beings waved their hands and everything went back to normal." It was not a particularly memorable end to not a particularly good series, and I find myself mostly just relieved to have finished it. I was also annoyed with Harry's Insta love. I get that the wrong girl cliche is all his, but the ridiculous pace of the relationship just had me rolling my eyes.

  • Angela
    2018-12-23 06:09

    The conclusion to the trilogy. The head of the Tal shiar is in prison. The Shepherd is forcing a war to use dark matter that would destroy this universe. Janeway is also in prison. This novel does get rid of its cliff hangers quite quickly, and then moves on to the main storyline of destroying dark matter. It would have made a decent tv episode. A good read.

  • Andrew Beet
    2019-01-10 23:19

    What a great finish to the dark matters saga i liked that all the story threads of the books were wrapped up in this very good book an enjoyable read and as i say a great ending to a brilliant 3 part book series

  • Harold Head
    2019-01-05 06:14

    Fun, well-written trilogy with some good character exploration. Feels like a particularly good episode. (Side note: while I loved the character of Kes and was very sad to see her leave the series, it's really not necessary for every Voyager novel to revive her...)

  • Mandy
    2019-01-06 06:24

    A good finish to the trilogy. I liked that some things didn't go exactly as expected since for the most part it was a pretty predictable story. The only thing that bothered me was that it was necessary to read two epilogues to get full closure on the story.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2019-01-20 07:01

    A satisfying coclusion to this scientifically packed saga.

  • Ryan
    2019-01-01 05:04

    Good Trilogy

  • Read1000books
    2019-01-22 03:29

    A great conclusion to the trilogy. Some of the best Star Trek writing that I have read.

  • Jo
    2019-01-18 04:13

    Another save the universe with help from an ominpotent being. Need to read the trio to get the whole story.

  • SpaceBear
    2019-01-03 02:26

    Didn't particularly enjoy this, but why did I start with Book 3 in a three book series?