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The Key to Creation (Terra Incognita #3)

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After long voyages, encountering hurricanes and sea monsters, Criston Vora and Saan race to Terravitae, the legendary promised land. Saan's quest is to find the Key to Creation, a weapon that may defeat Uraba's enemies, and Criston wants vengeance against the monstrous Leviathan that ruined his life long ago.

Back home, two opposing continents and religions clash for the re
Kindle Edition, US Edition, 785 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by Orbit (first published July 7th 2011)
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Ranting Dragon
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Jason Reeser
Kevin J. Anderson finishes off this ambitious trilogy with a whirlwind story that ties in a massive battle, two separate explorations, and the revelation of an ancient mythology come back to life. As with the first two novels, this one never drags, always keeps the story fresh, and it is so full of ideas that I imagine Mr. Anderson dug out his journal of writer's ideas and just threw in every little thought he's had in the past ten years. And it all fits together well. My only hesitation in givi ...more
The final book in the Terra Incognita series. It's a fast-paced, action-packed finale. Lots is going on, though the action tends to focus on Ishalem and the two ships- Dyscovera, and Al-Orizin. There is much more magic than in the prior books, which I felt detracted a bit from the story since (without spoiling it) it has to be used to stop the conflict. The story arc is actually pretty predictable; I don't remember seeing any major plot twists. The ending felt a bit dragged out, probably since i ...more
A lengthy read, just as the previous books. It just seems like Anderson had to rush at to tie up all the ends in this book. I was a little disappointed in the resolutions of some of the stories, but overall a good series.
Like in previous previous books, you have to pay attention as you'll jump all over the world page after page. There are a number of simultaneous plot lines and the author works are hard keeping them all in sync, moving you between then pretty rapidly. It's fast paced and best read if you can read for good bit of time. This isn't a page a week kind of book... :P

That said, it's a great book that brings everything together, wrapping everything up. I don't want to spoil it, but let me say the journe
The series ending novel is always a tricky proposition especially in a trilogy with a classical structure and The Key to Creation shows this, by essentially forcing the story in a very predictable climax to tie in all the sub-threads of the epic. Also the content is less dark than in the other books - there is still the quota of killed characters and all, but the book is less twisty and dramatic than the first two.

These being said I still enjoyed The Key to Creation - the same short chapters, mu
Shadowhawk reviews the third Terra Incognita novel by Kevin J. Anderson, which was nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Awards this year.

“Lots of magic, lots of monsters, lots of startling revelations and very bittersweet.” ~The Founding Fields

So finally I am able to get to the novel that began the whole interest in the Terra Incognita series: The Key to Creation, the final novel of this big trilogy about sailing adventures, exploration, mythical monsters, lost lands, religious crusades, fanat
Tim Hicks
Three and a half stars, really, but it was an enjoyable fast read and he gets the fourth star for having good guys and bad guys on both sides.

Anderson continues with the dizzying array of characters and plot threads.

Some of the characters get richer and more interesting. Others become caricatures - Hannes, Mateo, "the big Ninghal", and others. I was going to say that real people are never like that, and until the Tea Party arose very few were. Today, ideology is triumphing over facts all over
An enjoyable conclusions to a series which is definitely worth your time. Anderson perhaps loses track of things a bit in the last half of the series as the level of magic seems to skyrocket culminating in a rather 'Deus ex Deus' ending (to coin a phrase) but the characters remain strong and the struggle between two cultures with so much in common remains intriguing.

While it's not the way I would have taken it, I did enjoy the voyages of the Dyscovera, and the world it discovers is quite interes
I found this book to be the best from the trilogy, a satisfying ending to this epic story. After the relative weak second book, Anderson delivers in this one, tying (most) of the story arcs. While in the previous book the Urabans had the upper edge, now the tables have turned, and Tierrans dominate in the war. There is also much more magical and supernatural things happening in this one, making this novel feel more like a "traditional fantasy", rather than a "historical fantasy", which I found r ...more
Exploring the oceans for a long lost and fabled land called Terravitae, two ships sail across the world from different directions. One is captained by a Tierran named Criston Vora who, having lost his wife years ago to Uraban raiders, has nothing left but the thrill of the untamed seas. The other ship is led by a young Uraban named Saan who was sent by the Soldan-Shah of Uraba to find the Key to Creation. Their hope is to use the key to end the decades long war with Tierra. Across the oceans, th ...more
The dramatic conclusion to the series. Cristan and Saan are battling all sorts of dangers and their own crews in their search for Terravitae. Istar has a surprise from her some village after 20 years living with the enemy. It looks like the 'Hooks are coming out on top in the never ending war but will they ultimately come out on top? Fanatics on both sides may be in for some nasty surprises as the book reaches its conclusion...
I have enjoyed the use of alternating chapters to portray multiple perspectives throughout the trilogy. A hopeful creation story which aims to reconcile the "us" and "them" mindset of many religions. The character development and world building developed very excitingly throughout the trilogy. I loved the high seas adventures. I want to find another fantasy with adventure and sea stories. A satisfying conclusion.
Awesome conclusion to this series about religious warfare. I loved the split world feeling of watching events unfold from many different perspectives, then coming to a single point for the climax. Thanks, Mr. Anderson, for a great read.
Nice but using to cultures to sub for the West and the Islamic World. Very good story line otherwise fun to read and covers a lot of exploring the world and god/monster issues with traveling in small wood boats the great big wide world.
Jeff Pigott
Excellent epic story, very complex, and a satisfying and beautiful ending.
Lianne Burwell
About a quarter of the way through this book, I was on the verge of giving up. The conflict between the not-Christians and the non-Muslims was driving me up the wall. I was getting to the point where there were very few sympathetic characters left. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that I'd read about 1500 pages in this trilogy, and I might as well finish it.

So, I kept pushing through, mainly focusing on the parts about the two ships looking for the lost Terravitae. That was the par
Albé Theunissen
This review covers all three books of the trilogy.

I am an avid Anderson fan. His Dune series was excellently written and I was spellbound by the Saga of the Seven Suns. I have given both series five stars.

So it saddens me to say that Terra Incognita was a terrible disappointment.

The premise of the story is the escalating violence between two different religious groups/nations, because of misunderstandings and prejudice. The similarities with the Christian-Muslim conflict is not very subtle!

I feel like I'm going to repeat myself probably because I'm going to repeat myself. This trilogy was OK but overall disappointing. Kevin J. Anderson's one of my favorite authors, but I wouldn't recommend this series to anyone.

There's this huge disconnect between any of the characters. The major problem is that everything feels rushed. There's barely any time spent with any of the characters despite it being over a 20 year period. The story bounces from one character to another so fast and things
The first book i read by Kevin J. Anderson was "The Last Days of Krypton". I liked that book a lot. So I figured that another book by this author would be a good idea. I was wrong. The idea of the books intrigued me. And so I bought all three of these books at once. And i have regretted it ever since. I read them all. It was not an easy thing to do. certain parts of these books were good but there were not enough of these moments to justify the cost of all three books at once. If i had been a sm ...more
Tant qu'a avoir lu les deux premiers livres, j'étais aussi bien prêt à lire la suite.

Je n'ai pas grand chose à dire de plus sur ce livre, à part qu'il est aussi intense que le deuxième sinon un peu plus, que l'auteur ne nous laisse aucune questions non répondu, que la guerre escalade au niveau supérieur et que le livre se lit vraiment très bien.

La seule critique qui fait que je ne peux donner sa cinquième étoile à ce livre c'est que la fin est une peu "cheap". L'auteur à un peu forcé le happy en
Cathy Gohmann
The third book was the best of the series; however, all of the books were a task to read. My husband and I love these types of stories but he quit somewhere in the second book. I stubbornly toiled away until I had finished all three. If you read my previous post, I was just angry at times due to the use of mythological characters with no rhyme or reason other than "our legends mention" them.
Gary Paxton
Kevin J Anderson is in my mind a brilliant writer and the Terra Incognito trilogy one of his best series to date. I thoroughly enjoyed the sage of the seven suns and recently reread them as well.
Bo Loftis
Terrible end to great series. Story dragged on way to long. Without going into spoilers author made really bad decisions with some of the characters. Loved the first two books. This one fell flat.
Amloid Mesa
Excellent ending to a great trilogy. I know I say great book but my criteria is not that low. I am an avid reader and these books encroached in to my dreams
I have never read a novel that had such beautiful character arches. Mr. Anderson knows how to stay true to his characters.
Wraps up the story nicely. Kind of a happily-ever-after ending, but why not?
Norman Howe
Well, this one was better than the first two. At the end of the second book, the lot of them could have slaughtered each other and left no one standing for all I cared. This time around there was less preaching about the evils of intolerance and at least a few of the characters started to get a clue. Still, one tolerable out of three volumes doesn't make this series rate high. I guess it's a little unfair to give this one such a low rating when it's the best of the three, but there you are.
I thought the book was good, up until the end. the ending - to the book as well as the series - seemed... i don't know. Rushed? I won't give any spoilers, aside from saying that it's clear Anderson wanted a happy ending. Come to think about, the end reminds me of the end of the third LOTR movie where the end kept dragging on and on and on. If not for that, I likely would have rated it higher, and because I enjoyed the rest of the trilogy I was generous and didnt rate it any lower.
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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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