Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
At the Threshold of the Universe by T.A. Bruno features dramatic action as Denton Castus attempts to rescue his son, Cade, from the clutches of the horrific Undriel. Most humans are immediately absorbed by the machines, but Cade shares his consciousness with the Voyalten, Karx, which might just save him. His sister Nella hosts the other Voyalten and can communicate with the elemental beings known as Nezzarform. These special pairings may be the lynchpins in the seemingly unstoppable war with the machine constructs, who appear able to consume humans and the winged Auk’nai alike. Battle after battle must be fought until the unity of the factions on Kamaria convinces the “Decider” to help.
At the Threshold of the Universe by T.A. Bruno pushed the barriers of time and space to create an intergalactic sensation. The combat scenes were convincing and terrifying, making me shudder with horror at the description of human heads being enslaved by machine masters. The character of Cade was particularly amazing as he was robbed of so much physically, but managed to retain his psychological humanity. I was fascinated by the insights into history granted by Cade’s “tethers” with the cyberbeings. The suggestion that humans contributed to the creation of the enemy was philosophically and scientifically convincing. I liked the way the Undriel appeared invincible, but as the story progressed, perceptions were adjusted to admit the possibility of a solution. Every page kept me interested and new chapters delivered more surprises. At the Threshold of the Universe by T.A. Bruno is an absorbing work of science fiction with just a touch of cosmic spirituality.