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
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