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The Map of All Things (Terra Incognita #2)

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After terrible atrocities by both sides, the religious war between Tierra and Uraba has spread and intensified, irreparably dividing the known world. What started as a series of skirmishes has erupted into a full-blown crusade.

Now that the Uraban leader, Soldan-Shah Omra, has captured the ruined city of Ishalem, his construction teams discover a priceless ancient map in an...more
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Published June 21st 2010 by Orbit (first published 2010)
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As I've said before I LOVE all of Kevin J. Anderson's sci-fi/fantasy. This new Trilogy - Terra Incognita - has been so much fun. A really interesting change of setting for a sci-fi/fantasy. To sum up it is about two basic storylines in this fantastic world - one is a continuous exploration to find the "key to Terra Vitae(sp?)" and uncover the true map of the world in which they live; second is a religious war between two lines of the same origin. The story goes that Urich and Andan were brothers...more
Ranting Dragon

The Map of All Things is the second book in the three-part Terra Incognita series by Kevin J. Anderson. NOTE: This review may contain spoilers from Edge of the World; read at your own risk.

As before, so again
Without rehashing the content of my first review on the subject, the majority of my comments as to the believability, sensibility and logic of the narrative apply here just as they did to Edge of the World, though having settled into an understanding o...more
While i liked the Edge of the World quite a lot, The Map of all Things is even better despite its transitional middle volume character; there are three reasons:

- the action is more compact in time and the character set is the same (at least the surviving ones since the author does not shy in killing characters) while under the pressures of total war new radical technologies develop

- the book is even darker and *more realistic* at least as politics go, with the full reality of fanaticism, as well...more
The second installment in what looks like it will be a long series of books. Unlike its predecessor, The Map of All Things offers a much more continuous storyline - time-jumps are used minimally, mostly to cover periods of non-activity (for example two of the storylines in the book are set on ships, so every so often the story jumps over days or weeks of plain sailing on the open sea).

As with the first book, the characters are one of the strongest points in the story. Most of the original chara...more
I vaguely remember the previous book. I know it didn't grab me up until the end. But since I love Kevin J. Anderson and it's only a trilogy, I decided to give this book a shot.

Sadly, this book was worse than the first one. In some ways, this trilogy reminds me of Anderson's The Saga of Seven Suns. It has a huge cast, short chapters that end on a cliffhanger, and the world's pretty big. Now, I loved Seven Suns because of the characters, and was hanging on the edge of my seat because I wanted to k...more
Tim Hicks
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As with the first book in the series, this one is a page turner. The series is a trilogy, so if you haven't read "Edge of the World" yet, please go do so. I don't know if I would classify this series as High Fantasy, but for any avid readers of epic fantasy, this is the series you've been waiting for.

As for this book itself, it (just like the first one) is divided into parts, usually each part occurring after some major event, then skipping ahead 1 or 2 years or so. This isn't always the case,...more
Lianne Burwell
The Map of All Things stars up about six years after the first book of the trilogy, and doesn't fall into the same trap of trying to cover years and years (about 20) of storyline. Partly this is because all of the setup for the world has been done.

The two nations are still at war (and acting in self-centered ways that made me want to slap some of the characters). The 'muslims' are in control of the ruins of the holy city and are rebuilding it. They are also building a wall across the thin spit o...more
Liberty Gilmore
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It’s a big book but it reads surprisingly quickly. The action is fast paced, the prose clean and economical – always a plus in epic fantasy which can be overly wordy and descriptive – and the characters are interesting, dynamic and relatable.

The whole religious war is done well, highlighting the total absurdity of it with accounts from both sides, both believing themselves to have the righteous cause. And the escalating violence is horrific – Anderson doesn’t flinch from havi...more
The guy writes a pretty great epic, man. I didn't like the death of (fairly important character who dies in the book one here), it felt like he was a little weakly sketched in general in this book but whatever, when you're weaving a tapestry as big as Anderson is likely to weave this one, sometimes you drop a stitch. Good good good fun, and you can almost feel him channelling Frank Herbert. Instead of digging sandpits in his back yard and grousing about OPEC and radical islam, he's playing old s...more
A good book similar to its predecessor. The main difference is that the people who frustrate you are changed and the frustrating happens at the end. The story line goes on a somewhat predictable path politically but the exploration part of the book is slow but full of revelations about their worlds creation. the book ends poorly but it has a sequel so all is not lost. I find one character admirable one despicable and everyone else is in-between and yet I understand them all as human characters....more
Huge attempt at what could have been a trilogy yet is held in one book and has therefore left holes throughout and lacklustre description of what should have been pivotable events in the storyline. You are left waiting for the book to get better but it fails at almost every turn. You can see the potential as the base storyline is truly there and original but yet nothing comes forth.
So am very disappointed
Jason Reeser
This book is as good as the first, and maybe even a little better. It never drags, despite the epic scope and highly populated list of characters. In this second book, Kevin J. Anderson begins to add a more mythological twist to the books. This made the series better and suggests the next book will certainly be worth reading.
I like this series. I think I will try some of this author's science fiction as well (this series is fantasy). Bummed that I have to wait until July for the third volume. There is also an accompanying music CD that I want to check out.
Bit of a hard slog. Trying to pin down what bothers me about his style; I find the characters all very superficially described and fleshed out, I guess.
Dark Mage
While the concept was good and the fact that the book tried to show two different cultures along with the atrocities of war. Its pretty good especially liked the Exploration theme. However I thought he was very cruel on one particular character.

I disliked the books. This is because the author has been very very unfair on Criston. Everyone has moved on with their lives but he left him adrift an destroyed his faith on Andrea who prefers a guy with several wives over Criston. Ridiculous. This book...more
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!

After terrible atrocities by both sides, the religious war between Tierra and Uraba has spread and intensified, irreparably dividing the known world. What started as a series of skirmishes has erupted into a full-blown crusade.

Now that the Uraban leader, Soldan-Shah Omra, has captured the ruined city of Ishalem, his construction teams discover a priceless ancient map in an underground vault - a map that can guide brave explorers to the mysterious Key to Creation. Omra dispatches his adoptive so...more
Shadowhawk reviews the second Terra Incognita novel by Kevin J. Anderson, continuing a tale of dogmatic religious crusades, tragedies, adventures on the high seas and doomed romances.

“A novel that continues and builds upon its predecessor, this is a must-read for fans of the series for the simple fact that Anderson stays fully true to the world he has created.” ~The Founding Fields

I took a break in between reading The Edge of The World and The Map of All Things so I wouldn’t overload on the expe...more
Pour faire suite au premier livre, je dois avouer que j'ai eu envis de passer à autre chose après avoir lu le premier livre. Ce n'est pas que je n'ai pas aimer l'histoire, c'est qu'à l'époque je cherchais quelque chose d'un peu plus noire, de plus intense. J'ai vraiment été gâter avec Codex Alera.

C'est alors qu'un de mes ami m'a dit que le deuxième livre était plus dark et puissant que le premier.

Il avait raison.

Tout en gardant certaines scènes avec la vie de tous les jours, ce livre attaque un...more
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I good follow up to the first part of the trilogy. All the main characters are developed further and the back story of soe is added too.

He has a dig at religion with these books as its 2 similar belief systems which cause such strife and lead to atrocities from both sides and seemingly no way out of this 20 years of conflict. Unbeknowingly Cristan and Saan will both set off on a voyage from each country that may lead to them meeting at the fabled Terravitae. Anjie has to come to terms with being...more
A bit duller than the first novel, but that's to be expected as this is the second act and thus the dreaded "travel where you need to be" gets full attention. A few of the characters seem to simply be there to exist until a future date, and I fear that some of the side stories have gotten out of hand (especially the ones that wrap up in a decidedly deux ex machina way, such as a creature who hadn't been mentioned showing up and killing off enemies or other various "Oh look it was here I just did...more
I still don't like that this story is so blatantly derived from the Crusades. It seems that to every single citizen their whole universe revolves around cursing the enemy.

The author wrote that he would only have a tint of magic involved, however, much more so than in book 1 many implausible myths are discovered.
I was torn between being entertained by the great leviathan, the lone island with the immortal wife of murdered 'Ondun', and the Saedran mer-people; although I also felt that it was all...more
This one was better than the first book in the series. Unfortunately, toward the end it went back to the treatise on religious intolerance. I know that's a bad thing; I don't need my leisure reading to tell me that. At least, I don't enjoy having it shoved down my throat. Especially when there aren't ANY characters that seem to realize that it has to stop somewhere. I will probably read the last book in the series, just because it would always bug me that I didn't finish it if I don't. But it's...more
Honestly, I stopped reading this one at chapter 88. His writing style of jumping around from setting to setting and character group to character group every single chapter got really old to me. It felt like it was taking way longer than needed to tell the story. And, the way he began to just randomly kill off seemingly major characters was unappealing to me.

I may pick it up again and finish it at a later date, but I've got to move on for now.
Love this series!! Need the next one. The way the war is described and plays out is fascinating, and the two opposing religions are constructed really carefully, so they have the feel of real, centuries old beliefs, created from half-remembered facts, and mis-interpreted fictions. The voyage in this one is fascinating, as they begin to find the long lost people and get closer to uncovering the truth of their world.
Another great read. The war shows no sign of ending as both sides avenge old atrocities by committing new ones. If the last book showed even a little hope for a peaceful end to the war this one quickly dashes it. The book introduces a little more magic compared to the first one, but its still a long way from fireballs and flying dragons.
Yun Ting
Intriguing story which introduces more characters. While the previous books focused more on the war between the two countries, this book places more emphasis on characters who are civilians and innocent bystanders in the war.
David Cooper
I found this book to be very interesting. It introduces new characters and continues the main quest while at the same time tells of all that has happened in the passing of time,adding more information about older characters and their lives as well as moving forward to what I hope will be a satisfying climax in the last book.
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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...more
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