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Scattered Suns

(The Saga of Seven Suns #4)

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The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros ravages the Ildiran Empire, dividing humanity. New Mage-Imperator Jora'h must quash the rebellion launched by his mad brother before the hydrogues destroy what is left of the empire. He sends his beloved half-human daughter on a desperate mission to make peace with the hydrogues.

Jess Tamblyn seeds worlds with the watery w
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Paperback, 710 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Warner Books (NY) (first published July 2005)
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Mouldy Squid
Nov 02, 2011 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
Jennifer
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what can i say? yet another awesome book in the saga. i absolutely LOVE this saga! i wish these worlds were real!
Graeme Wyllie
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
D.w.
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
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
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Heather
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Unlike previous books where the action jumped years into the future, Scattered Suns begins just
two weeks after the end of Horizon Storms. 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.

I was also thrilled to find that the winner of a battle is no longer predictable. The number of players in this g
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John D'alessio
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 others...you don't need to continually be
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Mihai Dan
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alex
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Because I'm a completist I will keep reading till the end. Yet...

(spoilers beware)

As many have pointed out, the constant re-exposition which is the beginning of every chapter and most of the character thoughts makes this a tiresome read. At first I thought this was just a problem for the pacing and the writing style, but as I keep skipping over these paragraphs I realized that there's a bigger catch: when something does not make sense, and you're beaten with it many times, even someone like me t
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Chris
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
It says I read this one before, and I saw I have the hardback, but I don't remember much of this one, which is odd since it would have been read more recently than the previous three, of which I do remember. I guess that tells you how this one is really not great. 2.5 stars rounded up. The repetitiveness gets worse. This book could be half the length without that. Some of the character actions don't make a whole lot of sense, just feels like the whole thing is going off the rails a bit.
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Gregg Buford
Somewhere between two and three stars for me. I still have strong dislike for the Hansa and EDF. Some of the Roamers I like and some I don't like. Interesting to see new allies and enemies popping up but the list of characters to keep up with is enough already. Wondering why bothering having the civil war with the Ildirans with so many other things happening even though its over or is it completely. Not the future I would want to live in but like some other books where the people of Earth see th ...more
Linda
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted to like it more than I did. He creates an enormous sci FYI universe filled with multiple species, and populates it with dozens of significant characters. How he kept all of them straight while writing the saga is beyond me. Luckily for readers, he includes a list of characters at the end of the book. Read it first. It’s. Just. Too. Long. This is the 4th book in the series. Not sure if I will read any more. Trivia Note: As a former Northern Californian, I was tickled by planets and settl ...more
Laura
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2018-reads
The shizz has started to hit the fan. Scattered Suns capitalises on all that set up Horizon Storms sets up, and I'm slightly concerned about the fate of some of the characters. I don't seem to have that much trouble identifying the characters anymore - possibly because they have remained fairly consistent over the last few books with only a few additions. An enjoyable read.
Nicholas
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Poor dialogue, unrealistic characters, bad science and hokey plot. But somehow I still want to know what is going to happen. Probably better read than listened to, as I have found poor writing is worse when you have to listen to every word and can't skim.
Paca Sad
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This really is an epic, although I have been thinking that the different Kith are very similar to the Kinden of Adrian Tchaikovsky, but that's all good, it is an epic and as such it is getting a little difficult to keep up with all the characters
Jennifer Leistikow
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This one took a while. The pace is pretty slow, but once you've read The Wheel of Time series, pace is relative!
Put this down and read several other books before I finished it. I will definitely finish the series, mostly because I have already invested so much time in it.
Stephen Thomas
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You wonder where he gets the story lines from. They just seem to increase in size and scope, bringing in larger entities, which instantly increases the range of possibilities to come. When will Peter become his own destiny....in the last book I guess, you just know it will happen at some point.
Monarch
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story. Way better than the third one. The initial few chapters are good. Then the excitement dips for a while before rising to a stunning few final chapters.
peter harmer
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Very good kept the story fresh and interesting for the length of the book and wanting more
Now for the next book
Craig Robinson
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Story just doesn't make any sense...
Mike Fowler
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sagaofsevensuns
Difficult to put down, a great intensification of drama.
Julie
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scattered suns

Another excellent book in the Seven Suns saga. You will not be able to put this book down. Can't wait to read the next book.
Nick
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid entry that advances all the subplots well, and even brings some satisfying conclusions to a couple. Looking forward to the next one.
Bahman Naraghi
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Getting progressively better. More backstory is being provided to the characters and races, more action.
Kay
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 ...The again continues

The saga grows and becomes more and more exciting. Anderson builds the suspense by bringing back seemingly lost characters and eliminating some favorites. Do not get too attached. You have been warned.
Ray
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Matthew Tait
Jan 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Kelly
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
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