The novel “The Saints of Salvation” by Peter F. Hamilton was published for the first time in 2020. It’s the third novel in the Salvation Sequence and follows “Salvation Lost“.
The Earth is under siege, a situation that doesn’t offer much hope. The terrible choice is to abandon the home planet to allow humans who escaped the abduction by the aliens to prepare a strategy for the counterattack. Even a scammer like Ollie can be useful by exploiting his desire for revenge but the ultimate goals are very long-term.
In the distant future, a human resistance group faced the enemy and found an unexpected ally. The circumstances have changed after millennia of running and preparing, and the discovery of some secrets accelerates the adoption of new strategies. The final confrontation and the release of the kidnapped humans may be near.
“The Saints of Salvation” is the final part of a story divided into three books that must all be read to understand the various subplots and characters. All the events that were recounted in the previous books have their culmination in this ending. It really has a cosmic scale, as it represents the end of a millennia-long journey in which humans travel for many thousands of light-years.
The Salvation Sequence is often complex even by Peter F. Hamilton’s standards for the different subplots set at enormous distances in space and time. This cosmic scale has various consequences, from the presence of different protagonists to changes that can be remarkable in the technologies developed by humans or obtained from other species over the millennia.
Peter F. Hamilton is one of the great authors of the new third-millennium space opera and the futuristic technological and scientific elements are typical of his stories. In “The Saints of Salvation” he takes full advantage of them to build an epic ending to the great clash that decides the future of humanity and more. Humans aren’t the only sentient species that suffered mass abduction for religious reasons, so the outcome of the clash literally has consequences at a galactic level.
This plot has a conclusion but some threads still remain open. In a trilogy full of twists, I was expecting some revelations about Olyx and Neána but Peter F. Hamilton chose to just tease us with some hypotheses that are plausible but may have been included to distract us from the truth.
Considering some other parts of the conclusion of the Salvation trilogy, I’d be surprised if the author hadn’t already had more works in mind to continue that great story. He did that with the Commonwealth universe, in which he has occasionally set new novels, so it would be nothing new.
The only partial conclusion is my only grievance regarding “The Saints of Salvation” because in my opinion, Peter F. Hamilton gave his best in everything else. Compared to other of his works, it seemed to me that the Salvation trilogy has a first book that’s really useful only to introduce the protagonists and setting but this author is also known for the length of his works. In short, the Salvation trilogy could be told in a single book including only the indispensable parts but the presence of various subplots with different points of view is certainly not a surprise.
In my opinion, the excellent conclusion of the main story compensates for the flaws of the previous books. If you have the patience to follow the slow build-up of a space opera on a very huge scale, I recommend reading the Salvation trilogy.