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Horizon Storms

(The Saga of Seven Suns #3)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,759 ratings  ·  124 reviews
The third novel in the New York Times bestselling author's sci-fi epic. Crackling with energy and buzzing with action . . . A Nebula Award nominee, Anderson may well win one on the strength of this series.--Publishers Weekly, starred review.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Aspect (first published July 1st 2004)
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Mike (the Paladin)
(Every time I read the character name, Basil Wenceslas, I want to sing "looked out"... I know, but my mind must be a little weird.)

This is another one of those books where the rating tended to slide between 3 and 4 as I went along. This book does tend to ramble a bit, but then the author has given himself quite a task as he's spun the story out into a half dozen points of view (at least, maybe I should say "major points of view") and possibly a few dozen threads all to keep track of and braid t
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Gus
Jul 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At this point I'm not even sure why I'm still reading. Curiosity is probably the only reason I'm tolerating this painfully sluggish series; I just want to know why the Hydrogues wiped out the Klikiss, I want to know why the Ildirans helped, and I'm also curious about the Saga of Shadows (the sequel to The Saga of The Seven Suns).

I often find myself skimming through large sections of the book and even skipping entire chapters...especially those that involve King Peter, green priests, Celli, Estar
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Ben Briles
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is really starting to pick up! I still have some issues with KJA's writing, but I think his ability to craft a story that I enjoy ranks up there pretty highly, despite what others may say about his books.
Luke Devenish
I have an occasional love affair with the books in this sprawling space yarn. I also have an occasional hate affair with them. By God, but they polarise me! I tackle one of them every year or so, and as was the case with the previous two volumes, I got about a third of the way in and wanted to fling the damn thing across the room because the plot felt so damned somnambulistic. But I persevered because, well, there are lots and lots of robots in it, and I'm a sucker for those. Then I got two thir ...more
D.w.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Though this is only book 3 of 7, things are still disastrous for humanity.

That is just the worst for my ego tied to humanity. It would be as an American reading the history of WWII in real time, in the Pacific. Sometime in the middle of 42, when things looked bleak. Pearl Harbor hurt, Wake Island fallen, the Philippines lost.

But we know, living so far from the events that things will be turning around. The drama that they aren't, though is painful to watch. Painful to have seen the train wreck
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Kevin
Jan 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm done with the series. I'm tired of the feeble dialog, the disconnected and obvious plots, the unrealistic characters, and a story that should have been wrapped up in volume 1.

The universe is almost ideal for the type science fiction I enjoy. Humanity is still earth-based with far-flung and independent offshoots. There is interaction between the humans but mostly negative and deceitful.

Let's see - a race of robots you don't trust offers one of their own for dissection so humans can build thei
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Angus Mcfarlane
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, scifi
The saga continues, with the secrets of respective factions becoming exposed, but full scale conflict is yet to come. The inability to resolve grievances seems a bit contrived though. Would the human race really choose petty squabbles instead of some sort of alliance in the face of such an overwhelming opposing force? Indeed, the super-power and complete strangeness of the elemental aliens is an interesting speculation on the deduction of some exobiologists that concludes any aliens out there ar ...more
Ed
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Sci-Fi lover
It is an interesting study into the insignificance of man in the universe.
Dave  Johnson
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this was even better than the second. one of the best books in the series, i think. there were a lot of interesting new developments and plot twists introduced.
A~
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical
For this review most of it will be contained in the list of characters, once you see the list you will see why. Also part of my review is copied from my review of the previous installment. If the author can do it then I can as well.

Notes:
Humanity has split into three separate groups. The three groups have trade agreements and other connections to each other but the peace between them is tenuous.

Terran Hanseatic League: Centered on earth this government represents most of the humans. Think of Rom
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Stephen Thomas
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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batya7
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This third book of the Saga of Seven Suns has me definitely hooked. I was somewhat less than warm on the first book and warmed up to the second. The third book cemented my relationship with this series. The story grows and blossoms. The bad guys are badder, the good guys are more complex.
Paca Sad
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Saga continues, The Hansa and the Roamers are battling each other, the Idrians are emerging into a new entity after laying dormant and the robots, well they too are evolving, interesting times ahead
Philip Chaston
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Updated pulp, but not bad enough to be pulped!
Yun Ting
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is too good, there's no time to leave review. I need to move on to the next book
Amy
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Another good segment in the series, some interesting things happened in this installment.
Julie
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horizon Storms

Another excellent book by Kevin J Anderson in the Saga of the Seven Suns. You won't be able to put these books down.
Laura
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2018-reads
To be honest, this one felt a little bit like a filler novel. It does set up a lot of things for Book 4 and is still very interesting on it's own, but doesn't seem to grab you like the others.
Chris Evans
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5/5 Stars, rounded up because I like Kevin Anderson.

It's been a long time since I read the last book... like a decade. Coming back into the story after such a long absence wasn't too bad. Kevin has created an interesting enough world/galaxy even if the names he chose to call things come off a bit childish. He's a solid writer, neither good nor bad, and his plot is pretty good. What's stops this book from being truly 4/5 stars are his characters and pacing.

Characters, there are just too many of
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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
Clay
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two civil wars are brewing. The Hansa starts to colonize the Klikiss worlds that have been approved safe for human settlers. Jess Tamblyn returns to the Roamers with a new ally and a mission. The Hydrogues seem preoccupied with their renewed aggression against the Faeros, even after the Hansa uses the Klikiss Torch on a few of their worlds. And the Klikiss robots aren't happy about a lot of things, so they make a first strike.

There's not much space opera action in this book. With all the death i
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Andrew
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story kept me hooked but by the end of it I felt like not a whole lot had happened. There are so many plotlines and point of view characters that although some significant events occurred, overall it feels like this book was just moving the plot along and setting up for bigger things later on.

The plot itself is amazing as always. The characters are good, though with some of the minor characters we get information unnecessary to the plot and unnecessary to the character's development. For one
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Jim
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 of the 7 book science fiction classic. I still continue to love it and am already reading book 4. The story continues to unfold, new characters are added and a few older characters are killed.

The more I read the more I realize this book is written in a similar style to a soap opera. Each chapter is from the point of view of a particular character in a particular location, each a continuation of the last time you read about the same character...and the end of each chapter often leaves you
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Vincent Wood
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Well this rather complex space opera continues. After three books now I think I have all the major characters and factions down. I admit I am glad I have started reading this series after the last book was published. Even with the massive openings to each book reviewing what happened in the previous books I am sure I'd get lost. As such, I don't plan on allowing too much time to pass before picking up the next book.

It can get predictable at times. When the author suddenly introduces a new charac
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Michelle
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: among-the-stars
This is what I consider a filler book. It's pertinent to the story but not quite as gripping as the other books. It's enjoyable and its interesting but the excitement wasn't as prominent. The thing is its necessary. You have to know all of these details about all of these major and minor characters in order to move forward with the story. I liked the ending but it was flat. It was like holy shit but it wasn't mind blowing. With all of that said if you enjoyed the first ones by all means read thi ...more
Nor'dzin Pamo
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is Book III of the Saga and Kevin J Anderson continues at a lively pace with the story still unfolding in an interesting manner. A few new characters are introduced where needed, but mostly the main characters continue as the major protagonists. I really like this - that I have travelled through three books with these people and I care about what is happening to them. I am starting to feel as though a few of the loose ends and story plots need to be pulled together now, so I am intrigued to ...more
Brendan
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
another 3 star addition to the series, this one is full of political intrigue and really bizarre arcs. I enjoyed the political story introduction but the overall story is becoming a little over the top. The first half of the book is tremendously boring considering the fast paced finale of the last. The second redeems the book and closes with some interesting plot points.
I'm nearing the fourth book and will get onto it shortly, I would love to read one of these books and have four star rating to
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James Caldwell
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first started the series, I had no more than a mild interest. In fact, I was probably more interested in the structure of the plot. It takes a while to get into The Saga of Seven suns because there are so many characters that the author can't dedicate very much page time to any individual character.

However, with each passing book, I begging to like the series more and more. After finishing Horizon Storms, I believe that The Saga of Seven Suns will be in my list of top favorite series. I'm
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Nia Dragin
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A space opera for the ages, Horizon Storms is the third novel by Kevin J. Anderson in the science fiction/space opera series The Saga of Seven Suns. An impressive novel that soars across the Universe capturing every essential element that makes for a fantastically brilliant series.

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Michelle
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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