Winner of the Locus Award (1998).
The magnificent conclusion to one of the greatest science fiction sagas of our time.
time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens
to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is
Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as
the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and
convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her
growing army of disciples.
But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike – monster, angel, killing machine – who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered – an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.