By Darkness Forged (Seeker's Tales From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper, #3)
Profits. Coffee. Extortion.All in a day’s work.When Ishmael takes the Chernyakova back into Toe-Hold space, he finds a lot more than profit. A quick pass through the Telluride system reveals the answer to one question but leaves him docked without a cargo until the owner of Dark Knight Station makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

By Darkness Forged (Seeker's Tales From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper, #3) Details

TitleBy Darkness Forged (Seeker's Tales From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 14th, 2018
PublisherDurandus, Ltd
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GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera

By Darkness Forged (Seeker's Tales From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper, #3) Review

  • Cmoore
    January 1, 1970
    I seriously don't know how to convey how much I love this book... and Nathan Lowell for writing about Ish, Pip, Al, and the Chief (Magie)!!!  This book (born out of NaNoWriMo 2018) is a balm for my heart! This is the book where Ishmael confronts his inner demons and starts to move forward again. With his crew backing him all the way, and with the good ship, Chernyakova beneath his feet, they unravel some mysterious circumstances taking place in the Deep Dark! There may even be some cargo to haul I seriously don't know how to convey how much I love this book... and Nathan Lowell for writing about Ish, Pip, Al, and the Chief (Magie)!!!  This book (born out of NaNoWriMo 2018) is a balm for my heart! This is the book where Ishmael confronts his inner demons and starts to move forward again. With his crew backing him all the way, and with the good ship, Chernyakova beneath his feet, they unravel some mysterious circumstances taking place in the Deep Dark! There may even be some cargo to haul, along the way!The spin off series, Smuggler's Tales, with Natalya and Zoya, has been loosely orbiting around this series, Seeker's Tales, and this is the book where both crews come together! By Darkness Forged ties up loose ends and answers many questions, like for instance, just who, really is Chief Stevens? We knew that her secrets ran deep, but just how deep... well you're just gonna' hafta' get the books... Yes, I said Books, because if you haven't read any of them you'll want to start at the very beginning with Quarter Share, better yet, do yourselves a favor... get the Lois McKendrick Omnibus (which includes the first 3 books)! Yes, each book can stand alone, but you'd miss so much world building if you just read them piece-meal.
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the last of the Seeker's Tales From the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, and probably the best. Like most Nathan Lowell books it starts slow and is character driven. He is most interested in his character's daily lives. But this book gets into some pretty gnarley action, too, which is handled with Ishmael's standard understated and surprising tactics. This was a good book, stay-up-all-night-to-finish good.I hate to see the last of Ish and Pip, but Lowell is promising more to come ... som This is the last of the Seeker's Tales From the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, and probably the best. Like most Nathan Lowell books it starts slow and is character driven. He is most interested in his character's daily lives. But this book gets into some pretty gnarley action, too, which is handled with Ishmael's standard understated and surprising tactics. This was a good book, stay-up-all-night-to-finish good.I hate to see the last of Ish and Pip, but Lowell is promising more to come ... sometime.
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  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    This is a satisfying end to the story that begin in Quarter Share. Quarter Share and its immediate sequels followed the young Ishmael Wang - capable, charismatic, a genuinely nice person. "By Darkness Forged" is about the mature Ishmael Wang.The setup is a bit misleading. The ship is on track of pirates and gangsters and a murderer, and it's natural to expect the book to accommodate that sort of plot. In fact, that plot is threaded through the book, but the book's main focus is Ishmael himself. This is a satisfying end to the story that begin in Quarter Share. Quarter Share and its immediate sequels followed the young Ishmael Wang - capable, charismatic, a genuinely nice person. "By Darkness Forged" is about the mature Ishmael Wang.The setup is a bit misleading. The ship is on track of pirates and gangsters and a murderer, and it's natural to expect the book to accommodate that sort of plot. In fact, that plot is threaded through the book, but the book's main focus is Ishmael himself. Ishmael is suffering from depression, in the wake of his wife's murder, and his interaction with his ship reflects that subtly. He is as competent as ever, but he doesn't interact with the crew as much as he used to, and he classifies that as staying out of people's way. The ship is in excellent repair, but when he actually looks, there are many ways it could be better.The most satisfying part of the book is not the successful outcome of the ostensible plot. It is seeing Ishmael return to living comfortably within his skin.
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  • Luke Chmilenko
    January 1, 1970
    Always a pleasure!! This series has to be among my favourite for all the years that I've been reading it! This one hit the spot and was everything that I could have wanted! Can't wait for another entry!!
  • Nichol
    January 1, 1970
    I miss the old slice of life aspect that was the focus from quarter share up to captains share. In the last few books it feels like the story is trying to balance the mundane with these grand scale life and death conspiracies. I enjoy that we get see more of Toe-hold space, and the other half of the coin, but it really doesn’t seem like there’s much of an actual difference between the two outside of the amount of paperwork.If we are going to go step away from the day to day side, and really dig I miss the old slice of life aspect that was the focus from quarter share up to captains share. In the last few books it feels like the story is trying to balance the mundane with these grand scale life and death conspiracies. I enjoy that we get see more of Toe-hold space, and the other half of the coin, but it really doesn’t seem like there’s much of an actual difference between the two outside of the amount of paperwork.If we are going to go step away from the day to day side, and really dig into the dark side, captain hwang doesn’t seem the guy to follow. I would be happy reading about his day to day life, battling his demons, and moving on to the next stages of his life, without the life and death conspiracies, and nuke toting pirates. Space travel is dangerous. Being responsible for the live and jobs of 30 some people is high stakes. Building a company into an empire is interesting.There was a huge build up to the final confrontation, and it was yet again, basically handled by other people before he showed up, which can be done well if there’s a few levels of misdirection involved on both sides, but it was clear pretty early on that the bigger issue had already been resolved by outside parties, which released the built up tension like a slow leaking balloon, which is a shame because it had been really well paced up to then.I was far more invested in the characters personal life and work struggles than any of the space opera high stakes hand waving. I care about Al and her future career choices. I care about Pip trying to be a better person. I care about Kris Cross and what made her so close to the edge, and what about life aboard a ship helmed by Captain Hwang got her back on her feet. I want to see Ish heal. I want to see if he figures out to have a life and a family while being the Captain. I want to watch him and Pip make Phoenix its own empire. The thing I always liked best about the series was Ish’s connection to the crews, and the overarching theme that we were all along for the same ride together, and everyone should pitch in. I liked watching how people interacted and changed because of those interactions. We got a bit of that back and I really hope to see more in the future.
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  • Jeffrey
    January 1, 1970
    This may be Lowell's greatest book yet. From a purely mechanical point of view, it's his best-crafted, best-written and best-edited book. And it doesn't hurt that we've been tracking the progress and shenanigans of these characters for years.I think that may be one thing that makes it difficult for someone new to the series to pick this one up and enjoy it as well as I did. You see, readers of the series have tracked Pip and Ish for more than twenty years, since they were eighteen or nineteen, t This may be Lowell's greatest book yet. From a purely mechanical point of view, it's his best-crafted, best-written and best-edited book. And it doesn't hurt that we've been tracking the progress and shenanigans of these characters for years.I think that may be one thing that makes it difficult for someone new to the series to pick this one up and enjoy it as well as I did. You see, readers of the series have tracked Pip and Ish for more than twenty years, since they were eighteen or nineteen, through crises, successes, failures, depression, lies, betrayal, challenges and mountain-top experiences. And to some extent, many of the other characters, too: Al, Zee and Nat, Sifu Newmar, Chief Stevens, Ms. Torkelson and Ms. Sharps, just to name a few.So, when I allow myself to think about it, there's an ache somewhere when I'm waiting for another installment from Lowell in this series. I'm invested in these characters. (I've already read Darkness Forged through once and parts of it three or four times.) When Ishmael gets his head in the right place, we celebrate with him. When Carstairs is left speechless for the second time in his life, we respond, too.So, pick up this book, read it and, if you're still intrigued, go see how Ishmael makes coffee for the first time over on the Lois. I don't think you'll regret it.
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  • Shane
    January 1, 1970
    Four and a half stars. This is more along the lines of what I expected from Nathan Lowell. I understand and appreciate the development of Ishmael's character arc. This tied things up nicely and even had a couple surprises.The reason I left it short of five stars was then slowness of the middle portion of the book. Most of the developments in Dark Night Station seemed to take a leisurely pace. While Lowell's pacing isn't quick, it usually isn't glacial either. I like the characters and I love the Four and a half stars. This is more along the lines of what I expected from Nathan Lowell. I understand and appreciate the development of Ishmael's character arc. This tied things up nicely and even had a couple surprises.The reason I left it short of five stars was then slowness of the middle portion of the book. Most of the developments in Dark Night Station seemed to take a leisurely pace. While Lowell's pacing isn't quick, it usually isn't glacial either. I like the characters and I love the universe that Nathan Lowell has created. This excursion into 'Toe-Hold' space just adds that much more richness and depth.To fully appreciate the ending, I would strongly encourage reading of the "Smuggler's Tales" trilogy. It isn't necessary to the plot, but adds to the final significance.
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  • George Wazu
    January 1, 1970
    Done it again. There are works of art, whether prose or pictorial, that upon first glance shift a person's perspective and become a filter through which all other work is seen, and a gauge by which all other work if measured. Such has been all of the works by Nathan Lowell since I first time I heard him read the word "Call me Ishmael."By Darkness Forged is yet again another masterpiece by this talented author. There is no higher praise that I can give him or any of his work than, Well done Sar, Done it again. There are works of art, whether prose or pictorial, that upon first glance shift a person's perspective and become a filter through which all other work is seen, and a gauge by which all other work if measured. Such has been all of the works by Nathan Lowell since I first time I heard him read the word "Call me Ishmael."By Darkness Forged is yet again another masterpiece by this talented author. There is no higher praise that I can give him or any of his work than, Well done Sar, Thank you and Safe Voyage.
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  • Rob Morton
    January 1, 1970
    Most Excellent!Since I started listening to and reading Nathan Lowell’s work, it’s always enough to make me lose sleep - and I mean that in a very good way and this book is no exception.This book ties up a lot of “loose ends” that actually begin in the first book written about Ishmael Wang - Quarter Share - so while I recommend that you read this book, it’ll make more sense if you - when you - read all of the books including the three Smuggler’s Tales books and the first two books in this series Most Excellent!Since I started listening to and reading Nathan Lowell’s work, it’s always enough to make me lose sleep - and I mean that in a very good way and this book is no exception.This book ties up a lot of “loose ends” that actually begin in the first book written about Ishmael Wang - Quarter Share - so while I recommend that you read this book, it’ll make more sense if you - when you - read all of the books including the three Smuggler’s Tales books and the first two books in this series.You will not be disappointed.
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  • Mike Goodman
    January 1, 1970
    Merchants Shipping Adventures You can smell the coffee and feel the ship rumble. In this story the series merge at the end. The ship gets hijacked by none spacer thugs who have no idea that their guns mean nothing on a spaceship and their lives are in the hands of the captain once they're underway. Great Read. I would like to see how a new officer under the command you just set up...
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  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful book from Nathan Lowell. In this book, several loose ends get tied up, while we have an interesting hint of what might come next for Ishmael. And Pip, for that matter, though I sincerely hope Mr. Lowell allows Pip to grow up some. What was cute and understandable in a quarter-share is just plain annoying in a 30-something Cargo Master and CEO. Really, I know it's a case of arrested development, but enough.
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  • robert kaliski
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful storyNathan Lowell again shows you do not need gigantic space battles evil aliens or larger than life heros to have tell a heck of an entertaining story. No spoilers but it ties all of his clipper ship series and sets up future tales.Sit back and enjoy real people in believable situations.
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  • Hilton mather
    January 1, 1970
    Wow what an endingI'm both happy and sad to see the end of this story, much of it wraped up nicely but now there is no more. The tie in with the other series was a nice touch, I kept expecting the story to end after each chapter leaving me with a vague unknown of how the tie in would function but Nathan didn't disappoint. Well done and safe voyage all.
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  • Norman Prather
    January 1, 1970
    A surprise or two while confirming some assumptions.A nice job of thing up loss ends while keeping things interesting. At least one surprise I'm still not convinced fits the backstory. I'm curious what he does with that detail going forward. No I'm not telling you. Read the books and figure it out for yourself.
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  • unknown
    January 1, 1970
    Yes! Best Christmas present of the book seasonNathan Powell is the rockstar of great story telling. No matter the series the writing is strong and well developed. As with the first books this one holds on to you through character development and growth and well planned out plot these books are mini series waiting to happen
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Exceeds expectations Another glorious trip into the Deep Dark with our favorite duo. Ships to sail, cargos to be delivered and mysteries solved. Hopefully we’ll get another voyage soon. Thank you sar!
  • Gabe Gohery
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome As AlwaysThis book is a satisfying conclusion to a plot involving 5 other books and two different groups. Worth the wait and hope to see more adventures of this crew in the future.
  • Teresa Carrigan
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. Ties up a heckuva lot of loose ends. Ish shows good progress in coping with mental health issues. Excellent action scenes too. Now, do I reread it immediately, or start rereading the preceding books?
  • Denise Dailey
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful, delightful!Another really great story from the stars! I truly devoured this book. Am really looking forward to this newly mellde crew doing amazing things in the deep darkness of space...
  • A D Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Great readMost entertaining story I have read this month. I became lost in the story and the vivid characters enthralled me. I am a high speed reader a and could only put it down for bathroom breaks. Another hit out of the park for this author.
  • Dave Brassington
    January 1, 1970
    What a journey12 books travelling through excitement, disappointment, death, discovery, friends loved, lost and rediscovered- certainly not mundane, but then even the mundane can be entertaining. Highly recommended but start with book 1 to follow Ishmael’s adventures
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  • Kithkannan
    January 1, 1970
    They payoff is everything I could ask for.This culmination of 6 books and two series successfully ties up all the old thread and sets up the question of What's Next? Beautiful work.
  • Jerry Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    Well worth the time to readA great addition to an already series. Characters are, as one would expect from this author, well defined and realistic. A little weak on the "mega" conclusion but has the normal ending Leaving the reader to wait expectedly for the next installment.
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  • Ed A
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent readThe story brought two story lines together I was hoping was going to happen. This is not a typical space battle kind of story. But a very thoughtful one, without the multi-fleet deep space battles that we all love. This book was well worth the wait.
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  • Gene Parker
    January 1, 1970
    What a Ride!Ish gets his head back on track to made a difference in Nathan’s universe of Solar Clippers. Along the way, pirates get foiled, coffee gets made, and loose ends get tied up. This is an excellent read.
  • Steve Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding as usualThis series has turned into my favorite in science fiction by far. I snap them up as soon as they come out and read them in one setting them wait with baited breath for the next installment.
  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    Nicely wraps up the "Seeker's Tales" series and the open plot threads from the "Smuggler's Tales." It has a good emotional resolution of the tragedy which ended "Owner's Share" with a promise of future happiness for the main characters. I devoured this in a day, and really enjoyed it.
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  • Jacquelyn G. Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful.Wonderful story as usual. Filled in some blanks,solved some questions.Can't wait for the next one. He never fails to impress.
  • Joe
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent end to a fun "space opera". Kind of a coming of age story that came of age! Highly recommend.
  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    The only problem I have with Mr Lowell’s stories is I don’t want them to end. I loved this book! This was another deeply fulfilling book.
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