Against vast worlds of intellect, what can mortal man do? This is the question that confronts Menelaus Montrose (the Judge of Ages) and Ximen Del Azarchel (The Master of the World). These ageless, brilliant men find themselves outmatched in intellect, power, and even ambition by thinking worlds. Artificially intelligent worlds, moons and gas giants that not only have the power their size would command, but also the unfathomable inscrutable intellect of their scale confound the two former controllers of human history. The former Judge of Ages and former Master of the World find that they must set aside their rivalry and duel and contend against super-human powers and intellects in a contest to determine who will set human history as the architect of aeons.
Architect gives us a fascinating insight into the characters of Menelaus and Ximen. We see how Montrose has to struggle with his principles once he is in the position of power, and we begin to see the true depth and breadth of Ximen′s dark ambitions. We are exposed to a vast sweep of human history, and the new races of mankind of a distant future. Also, questions begin to be answered about the enigmatic vast powers beyond the stars.
John Wright takes on a fantastic ride though time and space, showing us wonders and terrors. My principle issue is the one I often have with John Wright’s work: I wanted to see more of the wonders so briefly glimpsed and passed, shining for but a moment and then gone. Such is the transitory life of the two immortals presented to us, seeing the world in flashed between epochal slumber.