If you've read the other books in the Saga of Shadows and Saga of Seven Suns, then you've probably already read orI listened to this book via Audible.
If you've read the other books in the Saga of Shadows and Saga of Seven Suns, then you've probably already read or plan to read Eternity's Mind. If that's the case, you don't need this review.
If you haven't read any of the previous books, this is not the book for you. You'll want to go back and start with Hidden Empire. If you enjoy galaxy-spanning epics featuring a cast of characters from politicians to soldiers to explorers to aliens to robots and more all living in a fully-fleshed out galaxy in turmoil, then this is the series for you.
Eternity's Mind is a fantastic conclusion to the Saga of Shadows and Kevin J. Anderson's universe as a whole. While I hope to see it revisited at some point in the future, this was a fitting end that had just about everything you could hope for in a sci-fi epic. The only downside is now the series is done and I have to move on to other things to read....more
Blood of the Cosmos is the second book in the Saga of Shadows trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson. As the followup series to the Saga of Seven Suns, the storBlood of the Cosmos is the second book in the Saga of Shadows trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson. As the followup series to the Saga of Seven Suns, the story captures the epic scale found in the originals and the previous book, The Dark Between the Stars.
I've been really pressed for time lately, so I listened to the Audible version. I feel like it was a different experience, but not a lesser one.
As is usual with Anderson's Saga books, each chapter takes on the perspective of a separate character, jumping through about a dozen or so individuals over the course of the 130+ chapters. It's easy enough to follow along though, as things are mostly in chronological order. I enjoy seeing all the different views, as it gives you a feel for the variety of the universe and its denizens, and also gives you insight into many different areas without using a third-person omniscient narrator.
There are many new developments over the course of the story, and quite a few twists that I certainly don't want to spoil. I'll say it was always sad to push the pause button when I finished my commute each day, and eventually I started finding excuses to put my headphones in to listen to just a little more. By the end, I just played it on my computer so I could find out what happened next.
The Saga of Seven Suns is a great piece of science fiction, and the Saga of Shadows continues that trend. Blood of the Cosmos is a worthy addition to the series and definitely receives my recommendation....more
The Dark Between the Stars is the first book in the Saga of Shadows, the followup trilogy to Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns. I was very exciteThe Dark Between the Stars is the first book in the Saga of Shadows, the followup trilogy to Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns. I was very excited to see Anderson return to this universe, as I enjoyed the original series immensely.
The book is set twenty years after the Saga of Seven Suns ends. While many of the characters from the first series are still alive, they've all moved on, grown older, started families, etc. You'll see many familiar faces, but quite a few new ones as well. Anderson achieves a good balance and is able to tie the two series together without making it seem forced. As with the Saga, each chapter moves to a different character's perspective, allowing you to see the actions unfolding across the galaxy while also connecting with many different people.
The story has a slow build (it's a huge book!) but as this is the first part of a trilogy I'm sure the set up will be worth it. I never felt bored though, since jumping around to different characters keeps things fresh and there's plenty going on to witness and take in. As things progress, you start to see some of the threads come together and eventually reach the climax with some intriguing revelations.
I definitely enjoyed The Dark Between the Stars and look forward to reading The Blood of the Cosmos when it's released. I would recommend this book to any sci-fi fan looking for an immersive universe they can get themselves lost in....more
Veiled Alliances does a fantastic job of setting up the Seven Suns universe. While you don't see too many familiar faces from the series, you will recVeiled Alliances does a fantastic job of setting up the Seven Suns universe. While you don't see too many familiar faces from the series, you will recognize the places, roles, and families. All the major aspects of the series can trace their roots here - the Dobro colony, green priests, Hydrogues, and more.
If you're a fan of the Saga of Seven Suns, this is definitely worth the read....more
I've been a fan of Kevin J. Anderson for many years since I first read some of his Star Wars novels in the nineties. I discovered his Saga of Seven SuI've been a fan of Kevin J. Anderson for many years since I first read some of his Star Wars novels in the nineties. I discovered his Saga of Seven Suns a little after it had begun to come out and was sucked into the intricately detailed universe he created. His new Terra Incognita series does for fantasy what the Saga did for science fiction.
Each chapter in the book takes place in a different part of the world, jumping back and forth between a large number of intertwined stories and a wide cast of characters. The constant changing also adds to the suspense and anticipation while you're reading - just as something gets interesting in one part of the world you're suddenly reading about someplace else, making you want to keep reading until you can go back to the first place.
Each of the aforementioned stories is individually compelling and could almost be told on its own. There's a few points where things seem a bit cliche or formulaic, but there's a good number of twists thrown in to mix things up.
The fantasy setting perfectly compliments the story and the universe is very believable - it'll suck you right in. There's no elves, orcs, wizards, or dwarves here (not that there's anything wrong with those), but the world has a fantastical touch, with just enough of a hint of magic to help keep things exciting.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the story and excitedly await the second book!...more