Possibly the best space opera I've read.
Having completed the trilogy I now want to return to its beginning and re-read. Alastair Reynolds is one of my very favourite authors, every book is a much-anticipated event, and withPoseidon's Wake he shows yet again why that is. I loved every single page.
A revelation that satisfies the demands of SF and mystery.
Transhumans, talking elephants, inscrutable aliens and good old fashioned spaceship fights all contribute to a breathtaking adventure
A well-paced, complex story replete with intrigue, invention and an optimism uncommon in contemporary SF
It's grand, involving and full of light and wonder. Poseidon's Wake is one of the best sci-fi novels of the year
Reynolds combines depth in characterization and dazzling hard-science applications to keep the reader turning pages.
If you're looking for a cracking sci-fi mystery, pick this one up.
a well realised sci-fi universe, with plausible character
Reynolds has not only rise to the challenge, but upped the ante.
his finest moment yet and a glorious conclusion of the trilogy. A wonderful book and best that British SF has to offer at the moment
A tremendously assured read, a fast-paced page-turner that delivers a well thought out story.
An utterly involving thriller, with a mystery that unfolds under steely control.
a novel that works brilliantly as a space adventure and also reads, touchingly, almost as an atheist's reflection on why a kind of optimistic agnosticism may be a useful approach to finding contentment
A vivid universe with beautiful settings and engaging, dynamic characters ...Fans of sf will definitely want to pick up this title, especially if they also enjoy mysteries or police procedurals.
Cerebral but gripping, Elysium Fire is a must for Reynolds fans and a recommended read.
Intriguing speculation about human identity and potential.
Although a long book, with so much story to fit in there is a brevity to the text which makes it an easy read which can be enjoyed as a standalone even though it satisfactorily revisits and resolves the majority of the threads from the previous novels
Incredible story telling and all plaudits are greatly deserved.