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Of Fire and Night

(The Saga of Seven Suns #5)

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Kevin J. Anderson's super-sized space opera, the Saga of Seven Suns, continues in Of Fire and Night, the fifth installment of the shelf-bending science fiction series that has been compared to Frank Herbert's Dune chronicles and Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy.



Of Fire and Night begins with the all-out extermination of humankind looming. The Terr
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Hardcover, 526 pages
Published July 13th 2006 by Aspect (first published 2006)
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Aqiul Colombowala
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
After being bummed by book 3 and 4 which were very slow, book 5 is surprisingly good! Shorter than the earlier book and paced much faster, the action has finally unfolded across the spiral arm. A great showdown between all the races is in the works and humanity is clinging on just barely! All the major races have their forces pitted for a fierce battle. I love the Wentals, they are extremely powerful yet really dumb at the same time.

I wish some of the battle scenes had been explained in more det
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Dave  Johnson
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this was one of the best books in this series. i thought the plot twists and new characters and threads were very entertaining. i think that you need to read KJA's books with the intention of being entertained and not necessarily impressed with his writing (although i think he's a very good writer). i thought the ending was fantastic. HUGE cliffhanger. it really made me long for the next book.
Jason
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is great science fiction - excellent character development, complex story arcs and just pure excitement to read. I'm glad I got into the Saga of Seven Suns series after 5 of them had been published as it would have killed me to have to wait long periods in between publishing each book.
Vicky
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Coming into a series near the end is never a good thing, but it does give one a unique perspective. When I first starting reading this book, I was completely confused. Even the author’s “The Story So Far” prologue did not help.

But my initial confusion soon gave way to enlightenment. Anderson’s character development and world creation are so good that you lose yourself in the story without really knowing – or even really caring – what has happened so far.

With each chapter devoted to a different
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Clay
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is where the stuff hits the fans right from the get-go. The Klikiss robot's plot to sabotage and convert the Soldier Compys of the Earth Defense Force has been triggered and the first half of the book follows those battle fronts. At the same time, the Mage-Imperator has made contact with the Hydrogues who give him an impossible choice. The King and Hansa Chairman reach a critical point in their relationship as the Roamers start trade relations with abandoned Hansa colony planets. Plus, the ...more
Chris Evans
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I already knew Kevin had a hand in creating the Star Wars Killik's, so their similarities to the Klikiss is understandable, but I had to check to see if Kevin Anderson had a hand in writing Mass Effect 3 after this (he didn't).

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Chris Harris
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest sci-fi novels I have ever read. I would recommend to anyone, let alone readers of science fiction novels.

The conclusion is possible the greatest sci-fi "war sequence" I have ever read, bringing together every single plot thread of the book.
Linda
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Across multiple light years and empires, humans and several other species negotiate, argue, and fight to hold onto their little pieces of the universe. Read this series from the beginning because it is so full of characters and locations that it will be difficult to understand backstories otherwise. This is the 5th book in this far-flung space opera series. First, it’s better than book 4 so if you are bogged down in the series, take heart. Second, a lot happens in this book, and a lot of loose e ...more
Tyler Hall
May 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Man these books are turning into a struggle. They jump around so much and there are no main characters. Half of every chapter is a recap of the last time we were with that character (which is necessary because there are so many characters). The one good thing I can say is that I am genuinely interested in how this all ends. It's just that I don't have the time to dedicate to reading this story. Luckily, it's possible to pick up any book in this series and start reading because everything is reca ...more
Gregg Buford
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Hansa is still in control of the chairman Basil a character I just hate really. People on Earth seem like they are just the most arrogant and naive humans in these books still. Surprised at some things that happened with the Idirans and the Therons. Everything thing else was more or less the same with the other books in the series. The last thing that happened in the book was a surprise and wonder how they will deal with this new threat.
Stephen Thomas
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Anderson is such a vivid writer. It doesn't matter which of his books you read, he is entertaining. The Saga of the Seven Suns is a massive investment, but well worth it if you like science fiction. I am looking forward to the n st few books.
Chris
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, sci-fi, epic
2.5 rounded up. These just seem to get more mediocre as they go. The chairman character in particular is just laughably bad at this point. There is just enough interest to keep going in audio, but I sure wouldn't be reading these on paper.
Nick
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A real page-turner! Anderson advances and ties up several storylines very nicely, while setting up new conflicts to carry through top the last 2 books. I did not see the last few pages coming, though I probably should have. Very enjoyable. 4 stars.
Michael Jarrell
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
KJA hit yet another one out of the park with this one! Each novel in the series outdoes the ones before and "Of Fire And Night" is no exception. If you like wide ranging space opera with and engaging, and expanding story then this is the series for you! I can't wait to read the next one!
Joanne
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really a 3.5 really liked alot of it, so had to give it higher than just a 3- maybe getting to know the world better, so many players in this world!!
Yun Ting
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just when you thought that the conflict have been resolved, they throw a massive cliffhanger at you. Moving on to the next book, no time for reviews!
Craig Robinson
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Lots of filler....
Randall Andrews
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again Kevin j. Anderson weaves an amazing story through many eyes in the expanding tale. I'm sure when I finish the saga I will start the new saga of Shadows
Julie
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of Fire and Night

Well I finished this book in 2 days. I am absolutely loving this saga by Kevin J Anderson. Highly recommend this saga.
Paul Hancock
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book so far, and easily the most fast paced.
Kay
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
This is the strongest book so far in the series.
James Caldwell
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me ages to read this book. Not because I didn't enjoy it--quite the contrary--but because I don't have access to physical books where I live, and I dislike reading on the computer. So that being said, I thought Of Fire and Night was pretty good. In fact, probably the best book in the Saga of Seven Suns that I've read so far. Like all the books in this series, there's a large caste of viewpoint characters, however, with Of Fire and Night, the cast actually seems to have been trimmed down ...more
D.w.
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Still ticking. This series reminds me of the old Timex commercials. All that is bad about it has not been fixed.

The time scale, the short chapters. Now we have a few new terrible elements. The pregnancy that will not end. As we see so many things happening, as the author wanted to build to his first climax he had placed one of he numerous main characters into the situation of expectant motherhood. That was a good plot point. Except with all that has happened, the woman must be carrying the child
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Thackshila
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
5th book of the installation. The story is continuing with gathered phase and the plot is twisting all over. One thing I find rather tedious is the the author's tendency to repeat. Its good if you're someone with bad memory or take too long between the books, but it get really tiring when you're reading the saga continuously!
and unlike the earlier books in the saga, the plot is seems to have bigger plot holes. And I really hope someone draw up a map of the spiral arm with the different star sys
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Angus Mcfarlane
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, scifi
The threads are coming together as the battle ramps up. This kind of plot always feels a bit contrived of course - how realistic is that the good guys scramble together a sufficient defense with just enough time to spare? Timing tends not to be symmetrical, and this aberration is all the more exposed when the weaponry power is so starkly asymmetric, particularly as far as humanity is concerned. But, and it's a big but, there's plenty of suspense involved in the how: the emerging alliance of elem ...more
Brendan
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After all this time the series has finally jumped into gear to finally strengthen the story. The internal human rift is appealing and well handled to a degree, would a lousy chairman remain in power after unleashing soldier compies against mankind? No way in hell.
This book and the fifth in the series finds a common balance for the overall plot. The return of a character in a new disguise felt tacky and I thought the invasion of the robots across the worlds was the ending that suited this book.
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Faz
Feb 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Heather
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The fifth book in the Saga of Seven Suns is arguably the best yet.

The pacing of this book increased tenfold from the previous four. There is hardly a moment of inaction in the entire 550 pages. The Hansa, Ildirans, wentals, and verdani have mobilized all their forces against the hydrogues, and the rapidly unfolding plot flows with the frantic preparations. And yet, amid the battles and epic plots, the characters remain central to the story, giving the events emotional resonance.

At first, I was s
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Scott Lee
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finished. The reader changed on this audio production, as did some of the sound engineering choices from previous volumes. I think the reader here was much more effective. Anderson does a grand job of holding together a massively expansive narrative in this volume. The book appears to resolve major series threads dealing with Peter, Istara, and the Chairman; Jora'h, Osira'h, and Nira; the Roamer/Wental/Verdani alliance; and the long-building robot rebellion due to Kilikkiss robot programming/sab ...more
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