It’s so hard to say anything about The Temporal Void without letting out major spoilers. Even discussing basic plot points reveals what happened at the end of The Dreaming Void. I’m going to do my best to give a brief, spoiler-free summary – I don’t want to ruin it for anybody who might accidentally stumble across my review.
In the Commonwealth side of The Temporal Void, the factions begin fighting over who will first acquire the newly-identified Second Dreamer – who continues to elude them. Meanwhile, the Raiel guard the Void, unrelenting in their vow not to allow the Pilgrimage, and Aaron and Corrie-Lyn embark on a quest to determine whether Inigo is still alive, and whether he’ll have any influence over the impending Pilgrimage. Within the Void, the full extent of Edeard’s psychic powers becomes apparent.
I enjoyed The Temporal Void a little more than The Dreaming Void, mostly because I finally understood who the many characters were and how they’re all connected, but also because Edeard is a much more prominent character, and, in this installment at least, I found his story a lot more intriguing than everybody else’s. While I’m nowhere near as confused as I was during The Dreaming Void, I do still wonder whether I’d more fully appreciate the story if I’d read the Commonwealth series.
Overall, The Temporal Void is an excellent book. I’m already well into The Evolutionary Void, which I’m hoping to finish within the next few days – and then I’ll finally be able to read The Abyss Beyond Dreams.
Final rating: ★★★★☆