The Temporal Void by Peter F. Hamilton
In this second volume of the Void Trilogy, the race to find the first and second Dreamers continues. The various government faction agents vie with each other, and the Living Dream religion, to capture the Dreamers before the Pilgrimage to the Void begins, which may destroy the entire galaxy. The Ocisen Empire fleet is also inexorably making its way towards Living Dream, in order to destroy the Pilgrimage ships before they can be used.
Meanwhile, in the Void, Edeard the Waterwalker, in his role as city constable, is continuing his campaign to rid the city of criminal gangs, and he discovers more about his psychic abilities.
No quarter is given to new readers in this middle volume of the trilogy - you MUST have read the first volume in order to make sense of the plot. That said, we get another workmanlike, brick-sized novel from an author who either doesn’t know when to stop writing or gives excellent value for money, depending on your point of view.
As in the first volume, the story of Edeard’s life inside the Void alternates with chapters following the hunt for the Dreamers. I found Edeard’s story the more captivating of the two, as I did in the first volume, but the main plot is beginning to grow on me now that I am more familiar with the characters and which factions they represent.
A solid continuation of the first volume, with an ending which reveals more of the true nature of the Void, and definitely makes the reader want to pick up the final volume to continue the story.