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Horizon Storms (The Saga of Seven Suns #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  3,157 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Caught in the middle of a titanic struggle between two alien superpowers, the factions of humanity and their allies, the Ildirans, are under siege. Can they resolve their differences to fight a common threat?

For the leader of the Roamers, survival means extending a helping hand to others, while the chairman of the Terran Hansa plans to use a new, untested alien weapon reg
ebook, 672 pages
Published July 29th 2004 by Aspect (first published January 1st 2004)
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Though this is only book 3 of 7, things are still disastrous for humanity.

That is just the worst for my ego tied to humanity. It would be as an American reading the history of WWII in real time, in the Pacific. Sometime in the middle of 42, when things looked bleak. Pearl Harbor hurt, Wake Island fallen, the Philippines lost.

But we know, living so far from the events that things will be turning around. The drama that they aren't, though is painful to watch. Painful to have seen the train wreck
Luke Devenish
I have an occasional love affair with the books in this sprawling space yarn. I also have an occasional hate affair with them. By God, but they polarise me! I tackle one of them every year or so, and as was the case with the previous two volumes, I got about a third of the way in and wanted to fling the damn thing across the room because the plot felt so damned somnambulistic. But I persevered because, well, there are lots and lots of robots in it, and I'm a sucker for those. Then I got two thir ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
(Every time I read the character name, Basil Wenceslas, I want to sing "looked out"... I know, but my mind must be a little weird.)

This is another one of those books where the rating tended to slide between 3 and 4 as I went along. This book does tend to ramble a bit, but then the author has given himself quite a task as he's spun the story out into a half dozen points of view (at least, maybe I should say "major points of view") and possibly a few dozen threads all to keep track of and braid t
The story kept me hooked but by the end of it I felt like not a whole lot had happened. There are so many plotlines and point of view characters that although some significant events occurred, overall it feels like this book was just moving the plot along and setting up for bigger things later on.

The plot itself is amazing as always. The characters are good, though with some of the minor characters we get information unnecessary to the plot and unnecessary to the character's development. For one
Dave Johnson
this was even better than the second. one of the best books in the series, i think. there were a lot of interesting new developments and plot twists introduced.
I'm done with the series. I'm tired of the feeble dialog, the disconnected and obvious plots, the unrealistic characters, and a story that should have been wrapped up in volume 1.

The universe is almost ideal for the type science fiction I enjoy. Humanity is still earth-based with far-flung and independent offshoots. There is interaction between the humans but mostly negative and deceitful.

Let's see - a race of robots you don't trust offers one of their own for dissection so humans can build thei
Jul 08, 2008 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Sci-Fi lover
It is an interesting study into the insignificance of man in the universe.
I have heard a lot of glowing reviews for Mr. Anderson's works, and figured I would start with the Saga of Seven Suns anthology since the premise was right up my SciFi alley. I was severely disappointed. While the basis of the stories was interesting and held great promise, the excruciating details of people, conversations and relationships turned me off. When there was action to be had, it was limited to very little writings, and had none of the depth as in the rest of the book. I 'read' this a ...more
Horizon Storms, the third novel in the Saga of Seven Suns, proves that this series keeps getting better and better.

Through the action, Anderson continues to develop his characters and introduce new players. I’m particularly interested in seeing how this war changes characters, especially the ones who have been around since Hidden Empire. Anderson keeps with his tradition of making no character safe from sudden death, and it raises the stakes for every encounter with the enemies – both within an
Mar 15, 2012 Sebastien rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fan de la saga et de science fiction
Shelves: science-fiction
Continuité de la saga of the seven suns et l'histoire va encore en s'améliorant.

J'aimerais pouvoir écrire des tonnes de ligne au sujet de ce livre, mais c'est difficile d'en dire plus sans manger les punch et le plaisir de découvrir cet univers.

Dans ce livre c'est fini les introductions, on est plus rendu au développement de l'histoire. Bien qu'il y ait encore l'introduction de nouveaux personnages, on sait maintenant que rien n'est laisser au hazard.

Pour ce qui est de l'action, c'est vrai qu'il
Vincent Wood
Well this rather complex space opera continues. After three books now I think I have all the major characters and factions down. I admit I am glad I have started reading this series after the last book was published. Even with the massive openings to each book reviewing what happened in the previous books I am sure I'd get lost. As such, I don't plan on allowing too much time to pass before picking up the next book.

It can get predictable at times. When the author suddenly introduces a new charac
Book 3 of the 7 book science fiction classic. I still continue to love it and am already reading book 4. The story continues to unfold, new characters are added and a few older characters are killed.

The more I read the more I realize this book is written in a similar style to a soap opera. Each chapter is from the point of view of a particular character in a particular location, each a continuation of the last time you read about the same character...and the end of each chapter often leaves you
This is what I consider a filler book. It's pertinent to the story but not quite as gripping as the other books. It's enjoyable and its interesting but the excitement wasn't as prominent. The thing is its necessary. You have to know all of these details about all of these major and minor characters in order to move forward with the story. I liked the ending but it was flat. It was like holy shit but it wasn't mind blowing. With all of that said if you enjoyed the first ones by all means read thi ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Triopticon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of space opera
I really enjoy #reading this series. I should read it straight through...

I like the epic feel without all the minutiae. For instance, I am not really interested in the details about someone walking/flying from point A to point B.

I like how the story switches to different people and it feels at just the right time to make me want to get to the next chapter of the same person, etc.
Nor'dzin Pamo
This is Book III of the Saga and Kevin J Anderson continues at a lively pace with the story still unfolding in an interesting manner. A few new characters are introduced where needed, but mostly the main characters continue as the major protagonists. I really like this - that I have travelled through three books with these people and I care about what is happening to them. I am starting to feel as though a few of the loose ends and story plots need to be pulled together now, so I am intrigued to ...more
Brendan Nicholls
another 3 star addition to the series, this one is full of political intrigue and really bizarre arcs. I enjoyed the political story introduction but the overall story is becoming a little over the top. The first half of the book is tremendously boring considering the fast paced finale of the last. The second redeems the book and closes with some interesting plot points.
I'm nearing the fourth book and will get onto it shortly, I would love to read one of these books and have four star rating to
Don Viecelli
From My Newsletter #17:

I also read Horizon Storms the third book in Kevin J. Anderson’s series The Saga of Seven Suns. The novel continues the stories of the main characters as left off in the second novel A Forrest of Stars. The battle between the Hydrogues, the Ildiran race and the humans escalates. The Ildirans continue to withhold secrets from their human allies and the humans begin to fight amongst themselves for control of precious fuel reserves. However, a new ally emerges and new discove
Brandon Clawson
At first I wasn't sure how I'd like this series. I read another series by Anderson years ago and did not like it. I decided to never read anything by him again even though you can't walk through the science fiction section of a bookstore without seeing his books. A friend at work convinced me to try this series, and I haven't been disappointed with my decision to try them. "Horizon Storm" is the third of seven books. This book continues the story of a fantastic galactic conflict in which the hum ...more
Mouldy Squid
The story continues to expand, new characters (mostly superfluous) are introduced. To be honest, any one who has read the first two books can see where this instalment is going. Anderson telegraphs his twists, and even if somehow you didn't "see it coming", anyone who has read a significant amount of fiction can easily guess what happens not only in this novel, but in the rest of the series. I will give book 4 a shot, but if there isn't something new, a twist I didn't see or something exciting h ...more
I like these books by Kevin Anderson because each chapter follows a character. They are great for reading in places where you have small snippets of time like the bathroom, the doctors office, the car waiting to pick up kids, on the morning train, etc. The chapters are short 3-4 pages and only follow one character at a time so it's not too confusing. The characters are also richly developed and the plot is always thickening. Just when you think you've figured it out the author throws something e ...more
John Shumway
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This was a fun series to read. The semi long winded way of writing reminds me of the Dune prequels and conclusions he helped write. Not that I'm really complaining it’s just a lot to get through.
The story is big but the character list is bigger, and you get plenty of detail. I was able to read the entire series with only 1 or 2 forced distraction books to get a break from the story. Which for me means it’s pretty good if I don't get too sick of it after 7 books.
Cathleen Ash
Humanity has found an ally in Ildirans, but it still might not be enough to fight the hydrogues - who are bent on the genocide of the human race after a scientific experiment destroyed one of their planets and all of the hydrogues on it. To make matters even worse, the Chairman of the Terran Hansa has a new weapon - and plans to us this untested device no matter what the cost (did he learn nothing from the event that precipated this interspecies galactic war?).
Politics, war, allies, and hope bl
Good installment in the series; things appear to be falling apart but there's a sequel coming.
decided I am tired of this series. Complicated and not that interesting
Bob Toovey
Will leave a full review once I have finished the final book.
Dave S
Still hanging in there but a lot of chafe in each book.
John D'alessio
The plot lines in this series were very interesting, and it was just enough to keep me reading it through to the end, but I found the writing repetitive, than tiresome and finally flat out boring.

Anderson writes each chapter as if you may have forgotten the setting laid down previously...I get it that the roamers are inventive, I get it that Ildarians can feel each other through some sort of psychic link, and I get it that the Chairman is distrustful of don't need to continually be
Tony Calder
The story is moving forward, but very slowly, which is particularly noticeable after the second book in the series. Very little was resolved in this book, but there is a lot of foreshadowing, which will no doubt come to fruition in books 6 and 7. I am still enjoying the series, but I can't help but think that I may enjoy it a little more if each book was about 25% shorter :) I'm think ing it may be time for a short break of a different book or two before continuing with book 4.
it's okay, but so much exposition..
some out of character choices..
I'll finish the series, but I need some reading time off.
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Pseudonyms: Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson

He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll
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Other Books in the Series

The Saga of Seven Suns (8 books)
  • The Saga of Seven Suns: Veiled Alliances (The Saga of Seven Suns)
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