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Scattered Suns (The Saga of Seven Suns #4)

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The fourth novel in the Saga of Seven Suns series executes a plan that has been long in the making. The final, most powerful enemy against the humans is about to be launched; how will they survive?

The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells--including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. The Ildirans are engage
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Published July 1st 2005 by Aspect
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Graeme Wyllie
Completist in me keeps reading, picked the whole run up cheap in thrift store so it could not be that bad, right? It's the scifi equivalent to cheezwhizz - it claims to be one thing that i love but ultimately has little to no nutritional value. It's space opera at it's lightest with so much deus ex machina and the twists are choreographed far in advance. it is however the kind of book that can be read in brief chunks so made good public transport reading as it's overuse of internal recaps means ...more
Jul 12, 2010 D.w. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
More finished then yet to be finished. That is a good thing with this series. This series is too long.

So long that it can put you to sleep.

Technically there are things that make your suspension of disbelief impossible because the author does not dot his eyes and cross his tees. We have the problem of time, over and over again. Some pages you can jump across the galaxy in hours, and on others it takes months.

This is because all of this is done to propel the human story. So much so that the alien
Mouldy Squid
Nov 09, 2011 Mouldy Squid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14 year olds and people who don't read a lot of science fiction
Shelves: science-fiction
I tried, I really tried. About 3 hours into the audio book I simply couldn't take any more. The flaws are more numerous in this novel than they were in the earlier instalments, and more obvious. At every change of character POV, Anderson insists on reminding us what happened the last time we visited that POV and this becomes tiresome almost immediately. The "twists" are telegraphed and Anderson might as well use a caber to beat the reader when he wants to point out that "something important is a ...more
I’m still very impressed by the pacing of the events. While some plotlines are taking much longer to come to fruition, others have come to their conclusion much sooner than expected. The contrasting pace of plots gives the story a political realism that is so often missing from science fiction.

I was also thrilled to find that the winner of a battle is no longer predictable. The number of players in this galactic war has reached a point where enemies or allies could join a battle at the last mome
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
Mihai Dan
Jan 16, 2016 Mihai Dan rated it it was amazing
It seems like everything falls apart, then fall back in place, then falls apart again and so on. We start to understand some of the misteries laid for us and also we meet new one. With action all along the pass, intrigues, love and betrayls, in my opinion, this is the best book of the series so far.
Oct 24, 2016 Clay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story lines all continue to move along. One major plotline from the third book is resolved while another one begun much earlier looks to be ready to bear fruit or end in utter disaster. Old allies in the fight against the resurgent Hydrogues come together, and the Klikiss robots, flushed with their decimation of a Hansa colony, plot their ultimate extermination of all humans.

Much more excitement and action and chapter-end cliffhangers than the previous book. Still looking forward to the next
Dianna Steiger
Sep 19, 2016 Dianna Steiger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just keep going

I love that there is more to come, what an amazing adventure! I will play in this world as long as I can.
Sep 14, 2014 Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This alas, is where I ended my affair with this series. Originally, I read books on the commute to work and my original fare was of Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space series. Amazing. However, I decided that once I've finished that universe I should try another. Step up 'The Saga of Seven Suns'. My original thought of the initial book (Hidden Empire) was, that it wasn't bad and needed some help and, as you can see, I pondered on waiting for the story to really take off. Unfortunately, we've tak ...more
Angus Mcfarlane
Nov 14, 2015 Angus Mcfarlane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, reviewed
The next installment of the saga. I learnt during the period of this read that the author has written stories in the Star Wars Galaxy, and, as I knew already, prequels to Dune, based on Herbert's notes. Curiously, the former has been accused of ripping off the latter, but if that is taken seriously, the point is moot: since nothing is original, everything is an adaption, making novelty a measure of adaption freshness. I digress. In comparing The seven Suns saga with the others, some of the under ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Michel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wat op den duur erg opvalt, is hoe klein het allemaal is. In principe zou het allemaal erg allesomvattend moeten zijn, met zeven à acht volledig verschillende soorten aliens, met tientallen locaties en vele keren meer karakters en met een hele reeks plotlijnen door en over elkaar.

In de praktijk is het dat niet, en lijkt de wereld telkens beperkt tot net zoveel mensen als er op een toneelpodium kunnen. Zijn we op Aarde bij de Hanze, dan worden daar alle beslissingen genomen door Basil Wenceslas,
Matthew Tait
Sometimes I will have the odd review here that’s grandiose, other times short snippets with very little detailing of the story. (The Blurb is sufficient). This is one of them.

I was enraptured by the first two volumes in The Saga of Seven Suns. Epic, voluminous, and prose filled with metaphor. The Space Opera was hard and intricate – this is Kevin J. Anderson doing his Magnum Opus. And considering Kevin is one of the most prolific science fiction authors in the world, this tour e force was cramm
Mar 20, 2012 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was excited to read this series; a space opera on steroids, but it turned out to be a space opera on crack. I didn't even finish this fourth book, it's that bad. The conflicting character plot lines, the unrealistic scenarios of the heroes coming back from a certain death, the flagrant disregard for even the simplest of the laws of physics. I don't mind a little artistic license with spacecraft but when you have a behemoth of a spacecraft tuning on a dime, all I can say is "really?" " ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Sebastien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fan de la série seven suns
Shelves: science-fiction
Que dire de plus, ce livre est encore meilleur que le précédent. En plus, il intègre encore plus les Illdiran à cette guerre qui fera bientôt l'objet et l'ampleur d'une bonne partie de la galaxie.

J'aime l'idée que les ennemies sont en fait les Élément de la création sous forme vivant et actif. On a L'air avec les Hydrogues, le Feu avec les Feros et les goûtes d'eau son bien sur l'eau. Des puissances primales qui se font la guerre depuis le début des temps et qui maintenant s'affronte avec d'autr
Feb 19, 2010 Faz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Warren Dunham
Jul 01, 2015 Warren Dunham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to be impressed by this series it continues to feel epic none of the problems are small, any of the enemies depicted can destroy human civilization with ease. The Ildirans Civil war shows as one of the primary threads and is quiet interesting and takes advantage of what makes them not human while still feeling like a real culture. Also the threads in general are getting more interesting there weren't any threads here that slowed the story.
The short chapters were initially were one of
Ugh, I wanted to like this book so much but it was torture. I thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 and 2 but this was a beating to read. Well not all of it but at least 2/3 of it just dragged. Yes it had purpose (I guess) but I really could have done without the in depth details. I will say once you get near the end its non-stop action and craziness just like before. The last 1/3 of the book I was enthralled so of course I am glad I read it. Honestly the last 1.3 is the only reason it got 3 stars...I was s ...more
Nor'dzin Pamo
This is the fourth book in the Saga of Seven Suns. The story is still moving at a good pace and is enjoyable. However I started to find it irritating that I was continually being reminded of the story so far. I would reckon that several paragraphs in most chapters went over past occurrences or reiterated a character's connections. As each book has a section at the beginning that serves this function and there is a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book, I felt suspicious that the story wa ...more
John Shumway
** Save review for the series:
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.
Don Viecelli
From My Newsletter Number 21:

I finished reading the next two books from Kevin J. Anderson, The Saga Of The Seven Suns series; Scattered Suns, Book 4 and Of Fire And Night, Book 5.

Scattered Suns continues where book 3 left off. The war between the Hydrogues and the Faeros escalate. The humans continue to fight amongst each other, the Ildirans fight a civil war and the Klikiss robots turn on both with an intense desire to eliminate them as they did their creators. The many plot lines thicken and t
Nia Dragin
Aug 19, 2015 Nia Dragin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Electrifying Space Opera | Review of ‘Scattered Suns’ (The Saga of Seven Suns, #4)

An electrifying space opera that has romance, adventure and tension to bring together this amazing universe Kevin J. Anderson has expertly constructed.

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Peter Dunn
Jan 18, 2016 Peter Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now look, this has got to be very simple to understand by now. If you have got to book four in this series and you still haven’t realised this is simply consistent, straight up and down, undemanding but fun space opera then you really are never going to get it.

One should always leaven one’s reading with both heavyweight literary material and some lighter fun stuff whose weight comes only from its high page count. This book is not profound, it’s not literary, and its characters saunter out of cen
Jan 23, 2008 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mcnerdigan-s-pub
Still getting good. The introduction of two more elemental alien races (although the Faeros are still pretty much non-entities when they're not raining down fiery destruction and wiping out whole planets by accident)widens the conflict and the interest level.

The Ildiran Thism takes on an interesting and intriguing central role that I hadn't seen coming, and a WHOLE bunch of info you've been fed piecemeal over the last three books all falls into place and becomes very important to several key sub
Sep 06, 2016 Thackshila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know a book/ series is good when you get engrossed in the story, falling in love with some characters, actively hating others. Kevin J. Anderson manages to do just that. I'm not one to hate but the author manages to actively provoke my hatred towards the HANSA and the chairman. While making me want to scream and shout at some of the other characters for not having some sense and not being able to see a bigger picture!

The story still continues, all the while the plot getting thicker and thic
Nov 02, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Lee
May 18, 2015 Scott Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story has really, really grown on me. I had gotten paused after volume three some time ago, and picked up this one on audio book about three weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. There's a new reader on this volume and I think that helped me a lot, I didn't like the old one as much and my entire experience has been on audio book so far. Anderson does a wonderful job of making this book a smorgasbord of space opera goodness, but also a very personal, human story on many levels. He keeps the r ...more
Vincent Wood
Extremely complex, lots of factions, lots of characters and lots of parallel plot threads. It tends to switch chapters and between characters so often that it becomes difficult to become attached to any particular character or plot. This is definitely an epic series. While it started slow, I've become attached to it now, curious on what all will happen in the upcoming books. With the way the author writes, I think it would have been a better told story as a seven season TV series than a seven bo ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this series is a "guilty pleasure" really. It's not even remotely hard sci-fi, and Anderson's horridly repetitive writing style still grates on me with every book, but the story just keeps me coming back to find out what's going to happen next. I was particularly impressed with the multitudinous cliffhangers at the end of this one, as they all actually seem quite interesting...

I have a strong feeling that by the end of the series it's going to feel like it was too long, though.
Apr 26, 2016 Dustin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Anderson's writing. I do think it could stand to be a little more concise and to cut back on some of the recaps. I read/listened to this on my long commute to and from work. For this book the narrator was switched and I found it insufferable the way he pronounced almost every word. I frequently found myself turning it off and listening to the radio. I finished it though--only because I don't like leaving things unfinished.
Chris Evans
Jun 23, 2016 Chris Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid 4 this time.

The same problems are present in this book as the last, too many characters and too broad a scope, but the narrative made up for it. In addition, it seems like the setup is finally complete and the story proper can begin. I still wish he'd limit himself to less narrative threads. It does seem he's starting to tie them off or tie them together now, so, hopefully, the next books will be more focused.
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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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The Saga of Seven Suns (7 books)
  • Hidden Empire (The Saga of Seven Suns, #1)
  • A Forest of Stars (The Saga of Seven Suns, #2)
  • Horizon Storms (The Saga of Seven Suns, #3)
  • Of Fire and Night (The Saga of Seven Suns, #5)
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