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A society in chains. Space-time in peril. And a smoldering evil on the brink of victory.
The mutant, murderous Quishiks are on the rise.
In ways seen and unseen, the Quishiks have shaped the course of history for ten millennia. Now they threaten an all-out assault on sentient life throughout the universe, and their deadly scourge is soon to ravage an interstellar civilization bound by rigid ideologies and petty taboos.
As this epic drama continues, it falls once again to the retired diplomat, Ungent Draaf, to reset the balance of power. As he continues his galaxy-spanning quest to find the Ootray, whose failed genetic experiments created the Quishiks, the secrets around their disappearance grow more and more convoluted. For the survivors of this ancient species prefer to hide behind an arcane ethical code, and, for humans and symbiotes to defeat the Quishiks, they must first overcome the evil in themselves.
As the eleventh hour approaches and the twilight of interstellar civilization begins, who will find the moral courage to avert soul-crushing destruction?
“This is a sense of wonder story and although the author hastaken pains to give his characters some depth, most readers are going to be farmore interested in the imaginative plot elements, the aliens, and the mysteryinvolving the reticent race. This strikes me as a good book for a hot summerday, but you might enjoy it just as much during the winter.”
— Don D'Ammassa, editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, writing on the Critical Mass website
"Laporta's solid second Against the Glare of Darkness novel sees an old threat reawakened.... [T]he ancient Quishik aliens,who threaten all sentient life by manipulating probabilities and stealingmental energy, have been imprisoned beyond the normal limits of space-time. But now they're working to break free, evidenced by destructive signs such as gravity distortions and an obliterated planet. The "distinguished crustacean "diplomat Ungent Draaf and his streetwise ward, Shol — a member of a race of oppressed and genetically engineered humans -- offer hope by searching for a mysterious lost race called the Ootray, who fought and defeated the Quishiksmillennia before.... Ungent, Shol, and the other defenders against the Quishiksremain engaging, with Shol's discovery of Ootray tech driving the story forward. Fans of the previous book will appreciate the series's direction.”
— Publishers Weekly