This one takes place in Hamilton's - let's face it, frankly gargantuan - Confederation universe. It's so big, in fact that it has it's own Handbook to help you understand all of the characters, worlds and cultures that's he's created for this series of books. When you find out that the Handbook is the size of most novels on its own at 384pp, you might 'just' begin to grasp the scope and scale of the Night's Dawn Trilogy itself. I stress 'just' with good cause, each entry into this trilogy comes in at just over a 1000pp. That must have been 'some' discussion with the publishers, eh? or then again, perhaps not. It's that good that the pages fly by and before you know it you've read the whole thing!
Without, giving too much away. The Night's Dawn trilogy starts with The Reality Dysfunction, which begins fairly benignly by introducing us to some of the main characters and begins to introduce us to some of the more intriguing aspects of his universe (such as voidhawks), but then quickly introduces the main premise of the story with all of it's moral, religious and philosophical conundrums, which Hamilton then spins out into an epic tale that effetively works its way toward the classic 'end of life as we know it' scenario. It truly is an 'all of us' against 'all of them' story, but it's the identity of the 'all of them' that makes this story what it is.
Much like Wizard's First Rule, there are some parts of this trilogy that are definitely not for the faint of heart in the reading, but it's not as oppressively dark as WFR.
I could go into great detail about these books, but what I really want to say is, get them now! Read them! Be amazed!
Without doubt, this is an extraordinary piece of writing and how he did it I'll probably never know. Peter Hamilton, is the one writer I aspire to in this list of mine. Whether or not, I can produce something as outstanding as this trilogy, remains to be seen.