Book Review: Halo Smoke and Shadow by Kelly Gay

Welcome back to another book review! This one is a novella based in the Halo universe. If you are not familiar, Halo is a video game series revolving around ancient weapons of mass destruction that are capable of wiping out all life in the universe. The weapons called the Halo rings.

Unlike my previous book reviews this one will probably have spoilers. So, if your sensitive to such content this is your last warning. Get out.

In my opinion the books first couple pages didn’t draw me in right away like they should. But the more I read the more I was intrigeged by the main characher. Rion Forge, who is the daughter of one John Forge. One of, ,If not the main character of the game Halo Wars.

Rion is a salvager. She chose not to follow in the family tradition to join the army. She and her ragtag crew scour the war torn universe for alien tech and weapons from downed and abandoned ships to sell.

The crew is constantly finding valuable tech and the like to sell to their buyer for a nice return. On one of their salvages Rion find something called a Buoy. A data center from the ship. This one just so happened to contain information that could help her find out what happened to her father.

Throughout the story you get pieces of everyone past. I was done in such a way that I felt very connected to the characters. But not overly done to make me forget what is going on in the story.

The buoy leads them to another fallen ship. This one an alien vessel. As they circle around they spot Sangheili(Aliens) and Hunters (different kind of alien). they sneak onto the ship and find what they are looking for but, not without making noise first. They escape and rescue another salvager in the process.

Another buoy another destination. The climax of the story happens and it ends. leaving me wanting more. The story could have been an novel but if it was it may have lost what made it so intriguing to me, the briefness of everything. Just knowing enough, but never the whole thing.

This story in no way impacts the story of Halo as I predict not many do. But what it does do is give you insight of how people live outside the army. How families are separated, and how the war impacted everyone differently.

I have read other peoples reviews on this short story. Most are not to fond of how the story ended. The book started with zero questions and ended with you asking a plethora. People didn’t like not having answer but, for me that was part of the intrigue.

Ill give this short story a solid 4.75 Halo rings out of 5. If your a Halo fan definitely check it out, even if your not its a quick read and he might like it without know Halo at all.

Thanks for reading!

One Comment on “Book Review: Halo Smoke and Shadow by Kelly Gay

  1. Caring about the characters is so important in my opinion. If I couldn’t care less about them, then I don’t really care about the story at all. Hopefully they write another book that goes along with this one so some of the questions get answered!


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