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Horizon Storms

(The Saga of Seven Suns #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,052 ratings  ·  135 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. ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Aspect (first published July 1st 2004)
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D Dyer
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
As I have settled more into the authors writing style I’m definitely beginning to enjoy it more, this book features the same incredibly detailed storytelling that the previous entries displayed but also shows the various threads beginning to knit themselves together. This is definitely not a story that you could pick up anywhere but at the beginning but if you are only interested in the action there are quite a few passages and paragraphs you could skim, paying a little attention to the details ...more
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
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
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. ...more
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
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
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
Angus Mcfarlane
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, reviewed
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
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.
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.
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.

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
(Extracted from 2005 blog post)

A mere continuation of Kevin J Anderson’s style and plot development. Roamers are marginalized. Hansa is demonized. Peter is glorified. Theron is rasterized. Jess Tamblyn is transformed into a motif of Wental power. Klikiss robots continue to lug DD around everywhere. Robb Brindle is not dead! Beneto (in a move of dubious wisdom and tact) is resurrected. As a golem. Kevin, why? Why?

As always, Anderson continues in his distinctive writing style, which is rather irri
Gregg Buford
I read the first two in the series years ago and now I am reading the rest of the series now. I was not disappointed or anything but there are some characters or parts of the story that I just don't like. There are also some characters that I like to read about. The Hansa government seems more like the government of China at times. The Roamers I like though they are so tied up with their way of life that it gets a little annoying. The people of Theroc are a little to easy going. Why do some auth ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
At last I've finished this, only another four to go. My criticisms of previous books stand. The Ildirans have become a space faring race, despite living on a world in perpetual daylight. How did they become aware of the cosmos? The author uses old European descriptions like Hansa, hanseatic, Manila, imperative etc. Very lazy. The Wentals and the Trees managed to build space vessels, despite apparently having no limbs - and the same goes for the Hydrogues and the Faeros. As the books are taking u ...more
Stephen Thomas
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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Marc Diepstraten
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part 3 in the series. It picks up the stories seemlessly from part 2, so I was glad that there was a recap at the start to familiarize again with all chatarcters. It is a lot of people to keep track of. I quite like the series, very large in scope but it deels like a set up of things to come. The momentum picks up drastically two thirds in, with lots of action all over the place. Of course nothing is concluded and certain stories are not continued in this book. Wait for the next to further every ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audio, epic
Still think audio is a better format for this series. This is the last print one in the series that I have read previously (as far as I remember). It had less action than previous installments and more bad dialogue. 4 stars might be generous, but I'm at least invested and it's still interesting enough. My older review probably suffices. ...more
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
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Maybe just the times, but this depressed me more than the first time I read it. I knew what was coming (Hyrillka's treachery, the Klikiss robots, etc.) and it just bummed me out. I am hoping to get to some positives quickly as we move to the next book. ...more
Philip Chaston
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Updated pulp, but not bad enough to be pulped!
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Another good segment in the series, some interesting things happened in this installment.
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. ...more
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.
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 ...more
Philip Blunden
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I so much prefer The Saga series over Anderson's Terra Incognita series. Better written with a lot of surprises. ...more
An Odd1
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Too many people doing too much.
Typo: c40 p12 recognize is recognizing
Poor dialogue, unrealistic character motivation and bad science, but the plot is still interesting as are some of the ideas.
Brenda Haddock
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the series. Can't wait to read the next now! ...more
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