Thank you endlessly to T.A. Bruno for the beautiful hardcover of At the Threshold of the Universe! Do ya all see the 4th quote down🤪
I’m so glad that Escapist Tours picked up the tour for the end of the trilogy. I’m a huge fan of the series and it came to a whopping conclusion. Bruno not only wrapped up the storylines but created this amazingly intense backstory for the events leading up to the start of the first novel and eventual fall of the solar system. There is a proper balance of nostalgia and forward motion to tie everything together and bring The Song of Kamaria to an epic conclusion!
You can find the giveaway and other info below. I also linked to the Sunday Brunch Series feature that we did before if anyone wants to further “meet the author”!
Bookish Quick Facts:
- Title: At the Threshold of the Universe
- Series: The Son of Kamaria, #3
- Author: T.A. Bruno
- Publisher & Release: Self Published, May 2022
- Length: 496 pages
- Rate & Recommend: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨yes 100% recommend to SFF readers or anyone looking for an adventure
Here’s the Synopsis:
ALL SONGS END.
War ravages Kamaria as an old enemy resurfaces from the depths of the ocean. Offering no support in the coming battles, the Auk’nai isolate themselves in their tightly guarded Nest. Outgunned and outmatched, humanity once again trembles on the edge of obliteration.
The Castus family is torn apart. Denton fights on the front lines, hoping to free Cade from a nightmarish foe. Meanwhile, Eliana and Nella set out on a path that will change everything they understand about the Sirens. The Song will end, but who will remain to hear its final verse?
I didn’t think he would take it easy on the characters but was not ready for how perfectly devastating this book would be. The depth of suffering in the final battle for humanity … Was actually probably appropriate, I wouldn’t have loved the book if he had done anything less.
I liked how I pretty much spent the entire book chewing my nails for the characters. Extinction was a very plausible conclusion as things got bleaker and bleaker for the remaining humans – and I didn’t let my figurative breath out until it was over.
That said – you guys already know that these scenes play out like a movie. Everything is laid out for the imagination and the authors experience in cinema and visual storytelling is apparent as war rages between moments of quiet in Kamaria’s magical settings. It reads like scifi on a fantasy planet and it works here.
The backstory was my favorite part. Cade is able to learn the history of the Undriel through the eyes of the leader and generals and now we finally know how the machines began and why they pushed humanity out of the solar system. There are some curve balls to keep it interesting and at no point does he drop the general feeling and tone of the rest of the book.
Nella separately learns the history of the Sirens and I’ll admit that this part went a bit over my head with the timelines and tasks. It had its moments though and hey, now we know.
We also get many memorable quotes as things go to hell for Denton and the Marines. Combs said this in one of the last quiet moments of the story and it merits repeating:
I had that pegged as one of the flagship passages of the book and it was an accurate guess!
Many characters in the series are memorable in both life and death. In war some deaths are heroic and others are utterly pointless. I did like how that was reflected, as well as how the memories are carried forward.
In all honestly I did dock half a star for … This is painful but the editing wasn’t quite there in this one. The first two books were nearly flawlessly edited and this one is just not up to par. It’s a personal preference and typos throw me out of immersion like nothing else, although the rest of the books presentation is stellar
The section and chapter artwork is another extra touch that makes this feel like a classic scifi read.
Overall …. I mean this is one of my favorite independently published series out there and I think he did the conclusion full justice. It’s action packed, cinematic, in the feels, epic in scope, and you just want to shield the entire human race from any further harm. I think giving Talulo the last word of the Song and Cade the epilogue was a good touch too, we can’t forget how much the Auk’nai also lost.
100% no hesitation to recommend this series to anyone! Thank you again to Escapist Book Tours and the author for having me on the tour!
Alright now that I’ve hopefully gotten everyone interested in the series (p.s. In The Orbit of Sirens is an SPSFC finalist)! Here is the giveaway:
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79e197ac30/ enter here, open now and ends 6/22!
Amazon Series Page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09B4YVKGT
Meet the author!
T. A. Bruno grew up in a suburb south of Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. Since then, he has brought stories to life for over a decade as a previsualization artist. At home, he is the proud father of two boys and a husband to a wonderful wife.
Author Website: TABruno.com
There’s also the Sunday Brunch Series interview to check out for more info! https://onereadingnurse.com/2021/08/22/sunday-brunch-author-interview-series-featuring-t-a-bruno/