Right away I can tell EXACTLY what you’re thinking. “This is a video game website, not a book review site!” While that IS true, there are plenty of gamers out there who love to look deeper into the lore of the universes their playing in. Whether it be Halo, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon and much more, there has been a book to go along with the game. Since it’s also summer break for many of the writers here, we all have plenty of extra time, unless were working full time jobs. I also just read two amazing books, Divergent and its sequel Insurgent by upcoming author Veronica Roth, I highly recommend you check the series out. Those two books quickly became my all time favorite reads as I read both novels, 400+ pages in a total of 3 nights.

After I read those books, I thought about reviewing books based on game series for the site, and viola! I now have 3 books to review from the book publisher Tor. So, here are the first three books I will be reviewing.

Halo: Grasslands

Description:

The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting’s stopped, the war is far from over: it’s just gone underground. The UNSC’s feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection. Meanwhile, the Arbiter, the defector turned leader of a broken Covenant, struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.

Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died on Reach is actually very much alive.  Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartans, and now she’s broken some more to save them. Marooned with Chief Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, she finds that the shield world has been guarding an ancient secret – a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind.

As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity’s  violent past begins to catch up with all of them as disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth, and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone’s loyalty to the limit.

Halo: Cryptum

Description:

100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species–eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge–achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners–the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried–yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful rate. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe.  It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle–as shepherds and guardians of all life.

Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans. He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors–long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent—forces his father’s hand. Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies. But powerful forces are at play.  Forerunner society is at a major crux. Past threats are once again proving relentless. Dire solutions–machines and strategies never before contemplated–are being called up, and fissures in Forerunner power are leading to chaos.

On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny …and the fate of the entire galaxy. This is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change–and of human origins.  For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.

Halo: Primordium

Description:

A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.

Since then, I’ve traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies-a greater reach than any human before me. You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the true Reclaimers, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I’ll be able to finish the story. Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas. . .

 

Well, I hope you are all excited as we are to bring you a unique set of content that no other video game site we know of has to offer. The reason for these reviews is to expose the average gamer to other forms of entertainment, and allow them to learn more about their favorite franchises. OnlySP is also heavily focused on the stories of video games, and we figured books expanding on those experiences are a perfect fit.

If you would also like to checkout the two books I mentioned earlier, Divergent and Insurgent, here’s the links. If you are looking for something really good to read and will keep you hooked until you finish, I highly recommend once again, that you check these two books out. Maybe we’ll even try to get an interview with the author, I think it’d be very cool to see if they could ever see their book with a video game adaption.

 

 

Nick Calandra
OnlySP founder and former site owner.

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5 Comments

  1. I just started reading Cryptum the other night. Not to far into it yet so not sure how good it is. I also have Grasslands to read sometime later. I think both series are suppose to be trilogies too. 

    I like the idea of you adding something like this to the site. You could kind of look at it like a SP thing since you usually read the book alone. I don't think you should only stick to gaming books either. 

    1.  Yea, we'll have to see how the statistics go. I haven't seen anything of this sort posted on N4G, so we may have to build up a following etc.

      Hahaha, I like that, you have to read the book alone so it's ONLYSP. Tag line?

      1.  Breaking ground. And even better that it's the Halo books starting. The fiction is ridiculously deep. I'm gonna try to read as many books as I can before the launch of H4. Ghosts of Onyx was magnificent and I recently started on Fall of reach. Great idea.

        1.  Feel free to shoot me an email if there is a book you want to review, Tor is very excited about me contacting them about this.

  2. Hey this is a great idea! Don't know too many gamers other than myself that read as well. Looking forward to see what books you guys decide to review =)

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