Book Review: Halo: Last Light

Troy Denning’s Halo: Last Light (2015) is a rare gem. The book is about a series of murders committed in an underground system of caves in a planet named Gao. A detective is dispatched to find the guilty party while at the same time a team of Spartans are sent to the crime scene on a secret mission. It appears that both events are connected. The detective has to get to the bottom of the investigation before the killer can escape.

It Shouldn’t Work, But It Does

This book is a detective story mixed with a military science fiction book set in a universe of a popular videogame. By all accounts it shouldn’t work, but never have I been so wrong. Denning does not pander to the gamers in this novel. Don’t get me wrong the elements that made the Halo videogame popular are there. The battle, weapons and aliens make their appearance in the story, but the story is not a series of videogame battles adapted to book form. He weaved a cool detective story in a universe not known for the solving of mysteries.


I really liked the characters in the story. Denning did a great job in creating the Spartan soldiers’ personalities. I thought the contrast in behavior and thought processes between the Spartans and the detective made their interactions fun to read. The underlying mystery to be solved made me keep turning the pages. There were times I forgot I was reading a book based on a videogame.

Final Thoughts

I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading this book. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Halo franchise and to anyone who is into reading murder mysteries.

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