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Halo: Legacy of Onyx

Written by: Matt Forbeck
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

Molly Patel was only seven years old when the alien alliance known as the Covenant destroyed her homeworld and killed her family. As one of the few to escape the glassing of Paris IV, and despite the United Nations Space Command winning the war on behalf of humanity, Molly never forgot how much she had lost.

Nine years later, when her adoptive parents - research scientists specializing in ancient Forerunner technology - are called to the mysterious and wondrous place known as Onyx, Molly vehemently objects. It's not so much that Molly's concerned about relocating to inside a spherical construct the diameter of an entire solar system but the fact that she also has to live alongside members of the same alien species that murdered her family. And when the Servants of the Abiding Truth - a violent ex-Covenant sect under the guidance of the notorious Pale Blade - somehow makes its way inside this supposedly impregnable sphere, Molly is now forced to consider if she and her new parents have made a terrible and fatal mistake in coming here....

©2017 Matt Forbeck (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Lucy's Development

let me start by saying this, the story is done really well. If I could, I would give an Overall 4.5/5 stars but that's not possible.

In the story of "Ghosts of Onyx"(another great book in the for Halo lore) it says that Lucy is unable to speak because of some form of PTSD or mental condition caused by the Sleeping star mission.(Note: I might be wrong on the name. I'm reffering the to prologue story in Ghosts of Onyx where all but Spartans Tom and Lucy died) Leaving Lucy unable to talk without extreme effort on her end. but this is a minor nitpick on my part for continuity sakes. this also takes place in the mini story in the book "Fractures". I may have missed some character development. and If i have, forgive my ignorance but don't let this minor continuity error stop you from liking the book.

The performance was well done and I loved the story.

thank you for reading this and enjoy the book if you decide to get if.

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Top notch!

Legacy of Onyx is definitely a new favorite, well done, well done! How far we've come.

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Great story. introduces us to a different point of view before halo 6. would recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-12-09

Never thought I wouldn't like a halo novel

I was so excited to find out what happened to onyx and then the book starts out being told from the perspective of a little girl... That in itself isn't bothersome but it's the context that makes it so. This is a halo novel. It's about super soldiers, fighting badass alien, in the midst of a galaxy that was once run by a race of beings unfathomably, technologically advanced... if I'm hearing about children it better be a spartan. The story is SO fucking whiny. It's constantly focusing on the pitiful emotions of the children that are the main characters. When ever you do finally get a bit of action, it's short, disappointing, incredibly anti-climactic. There's a few pages at the end where you're FINALLY teased with the promise of upcoming Spartan badassery and the author than completely deflates what 8 games and 19 novels have spent over a decade building in that of the reputation, ability, and intelligence of the GODS that are Spartans, with a pathetic attempt at tantalizing story telling that is only KINDLY described as unimaginative, short, and just plain inconsistent when every other instance you've seen a spartan. He allows both Spartans so go down with barely a fight, which was sooo obviously done just so the author could have an excuse for the stupid little girl and her kid friends to swoop in and save the day. It seemed like I was reading one of those books that's meant to pander to children as it's audience. Putting them in situations that just would never happen and making them the heroes of scenarios that would so obviously be taken care of by the 100s of other specialized adults that are obviously trying to solve the same issue. It's was just sad. And it make me more sad to think that now any story on onyx is going to include this boring little brat and her Patric band of average ass kids -_-

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  • John
  • 2018-12-14

Halo

This book really followed the story of a bunch of kids in the aftermath of the war on Onyx (Trevelion) trying to co exist and prove there species can live together. It’s pretty good but it’s not your average halo book with soldiers Spartans and combat etc. I recommend it if you want to follow the lore and learn about halo 5 events but not if you only wanna read about usual combat etc.

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  • daniel jimenez
  • 2018-10-22

Dont listen to the naysayers

While told from an unusual viewpoint, this Halo novel turned out to be one of my favorites. It ties in neatly with the most recent events in Halo 5 and tells the story of another important place in the universe at large during those events.

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  • Ryan
  • 2017-12-03

Not the best Halo book. Not the worst

Main protagonist isn't loveable nor are the friends of the protagonist. Character development is slow and then does an immediate 180 followed by a boring climax.

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  • Anthony
  • 2019-08-15

Super Soft Halo book (g rated)

the story feels a mix of Percy Jackson with a touch of Breakfast Club. with Halo type characters. there is minimal Spartan interactions in the whole book, and most of the characters in this are children. with that in mind it reads/listens a little whiney and the main character is a tad too bratty for me.

for the hardcore Halo fans there's some good delving into the guardians (big bird statues from Halo 5). But and this is a big BUT, it hardly feels like a Halo book. it's a children's novel set in Halo space. I could have skipped this one and gone on living just the same.

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  • mylordaustin
  • 2019-08-04

Better than I was expecting

I really wasn't expecting much with this title or the main characters because of their ages. however it worked well and the overall story connected with the greater universe filling in some of the gaps in the other stories and the games. this title definitely felt more like your standard young adult novel. it reminded me a little bit of ender's shadow where the main characters interact with other characters we know and love from other stories.

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  • Timbo McCarth
  • 2019-07-18

Worst Halo Novel

I own and have almost read all of the Halo novels out there. This is by far the worst one. It was a struggle to get through. I don’t know what drugs Forbeck was on when he wrote this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-30

Mixed Bag

This is a mix bags of a book. On one hand you have a new story of characters that could be interesting if continued upon. On the other hand you have a mix of old characters and old locations to be continued upon. Plus more info on the Guardians from Halo 5.

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  • Anon
  • 2019-05-28

Growing up is hard, mmkay?

I'm halfway through this book and 90% of the story so far is one long introduction to Molly and her pwobwems going thwu skoool :( I get that the author is trying to paint a picture of inter-species conflicts in a post-war society but there are better fictional universes to tell that story in. Halo is about war, conflict, humanity's survival, and morals in the face of reality. I really couldn't care less about a teenager's angst, school suspension, and dealing with bullies, not in this setting.

Molly's character gets a pretty strong opening chapter, showing a first-hand account of Covenant cruelty. This could have been a gripping story had it led quickly into a chapter of independence and how Molly chooses to act based on or despite her past trauma. Instead we get to follow her as she is told what to do and we have to listen to her whine about how unfair her life is. Grade A story telling for tweens, maybe. However, if you're a veteran Halo fan or even beyond the 12-16 age group, this book will be a journey through a swamp with socks on, shoes off, and no insect repellent.

Final note: Hire someone other than Scott Brick to narrate. Holter Graham, Jonathan Davis, and Euan Morton were all excellent casting choices for their respective titles. Each one brought a new, fresh personality to the story each time they worked. Scott Brick, however, reads like a brick. His tone never changes, his inflection is always flat. If you edited two different Scott Brick books together, I promise you couldn't tell the difference until he mentions a name that doesn't fit with the expected setting.

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  • Dominic Molinelli
  • 2019-03-18

Its Eye-opening

really shows you what will come from this series. there will be plenty more to come.