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The Second Sun

(The Great and Terrible #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  4,182 ratings  ·  416 reviews
The old king struggled, lifting his had again. The prince smiled at the motion and placed his mouth to the old man’s ear, feeling the heat of his skin on his lips. As he spoke his voice changed, as if another man were there. “It has started, my father,” he whispered in a soft, evil hiss. “There is no turning back. You might as well lift your hand to stop the sunrise as to ...more
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Published October 17th 2005 by Shadow Mountain
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May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly crazy!!! This series is about the Last Days. The author is LDS and writes it from that perspective, but was also a fighter pilot and doesn't fill the books with sappy Mormon stories, but truly opens your eyes to what the Last Days may be like and how the battle between good and evil has been an eternal thing. What a great serious that helped me understand my faith more and what purpose and preparation we need in our everyday lives. This book will leave you thinking and maybe s ...more
Oct 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Now we're getting somewhere. This entry in the Great and Terrible series really starts ramping up the action. It's very today, very current, and sadly, very possible. This book made me rush out to buy the fourth one immediately. I keep wanting to know what happens next, and these books have an annoying habit of leaving things hanging. Good business on the author's part, but frustrating for the reader!
Susie Carson
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
This was the best of the 3 so far because the plot is more interesting/exciting but it seems like the story could be so much shorter without any problem. I feel like I'm laboring through the words to get to the story. But I'll continue to labor through the next volume so that says something for the story. The fact that it's laborious and that I always put it off if I have another book also says something for the writing.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m loving this series!!! I can’t wait to read the next one and find out what happens to the characters!!
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
The battle for freedom and goodness continues against darkness and evil. I still don't know exactly how I feel about this series, but I want to finish it and see how it all comes together. It does make me think about life's purpose and the importance of standing up and fighting for good and right and remembering who we are.

Satan's lies continue and he deceives and leads many to horrible destruction as they seek for power. I thought this was an interesting quote where Satan calls his army into ac
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So glad I kept reading this series! This book was like reading a season of the TV show 24. I was completely engrossed the whole time and really had a hard time putting this one down.

The story continues as each of the main characters face little struggles of their own to do what is right and follow the spirit as it directs them to do great things. But most of the book is dedicated to the side characters, the various world leaders and how the beginning of the end of this world as we know it starts
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an influence Satan can have on our lives. He controls people, adds doubt, manipulates and lies, all to achieve destruction and misery. While he sits in the background and smiles.

This book brings us to World Wars. I was enthralled at the simplicity of the destruction of an individual, and the complexity of destroying nations.

Makes you think!
John Worthington
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series and the insights I am gaining on how Satan and his followers try to influence us. It is also very interesting how "the great ones" can be placed in situations that are very hard and difficult but will make them grow. I was sad (spoiler alert) to see the boys father die. I am ready to read the next book. What an excellent series with good and evil.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yikes. Scary. An apocalyptic novel that sugar coats nothing. I know the next books in the series will get worse before they get better but I'll keep reading.
Sydney Knight
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Samuel Jared
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read Where Angels fall, the second book in the Great and terrible series by Chris Stewart. It is about a prince who desperately wants to become king, but is not the crown prince. When he meets a man who wants to help him, the man persuades the prince to kill his way to the throne. So throughout the book, the prince is trying kill off all of the crown prince’s family, including the crown prince. When the crown prince learns of this threat, he hides away his family in a remote location out of t ...more
Judson Smedley
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The antagonist are the Iranian government and they are on the move to kill all of the king’s family and trying to destroy the bloodline, the protagonist would be the American government and all the are doing to save the son and the mother. This book is really amazing and an eye opener. It gives me a taste of what other parts of the world are like. And all of the things that go on in the world today. It’s crazy that the world is this corrupt that people would destroy their own countries leader ju ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
As I mentioned in another review, I am not a fan of LDS fiction but I'm so glad I'm reading this series. It's definitely worth the read and I'm enjoying the books.

As for this book in particular, I enjoyed it for the most part. There were several places where I felt the military lingo/description was too much (probably stemming from the author's time in the military) and I found myself skimming over much of the description of flying, airplanes, etc.

Another problem I have with the book is the deat
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, there are some dark spots in these books, but I have been reading these aloud to my family and it has been so good! The kids moan that I stop after one chapter and beg for another. The discussions this book has sparked within our family has been phenomenal. Absolutely love this story line and all the curves it takes.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
The plot picks up in this installment, and sets the stage for the rest of the series. Much more excited to finish the series now.
Lisa Reising
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Wonderful story-telling, enough to overlook the annoying technical points of the writing.
Jess Wilson
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loving this series!! There end was SO sad, but I can't wait until I read the next one.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Worth reading. I liked it.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a suspenseful series! Love it but it's also gut-wrenching!
Jason Burt
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love this one! Christ Stewart becoming my favorite Latter-Day Saint author!
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This got the story back on track & I really loved this book. It's thoughtful and plausible and a great catalyst for thoughts about things going on in the world today. ...more
Karen Campbell
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Compelling. Inspiring.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! So good!
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am glad this is a series, it did not have the ending I expected.
Orion Bowers
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is very enthralling. It continues the story of Luke, Ammon, Sam, and Azadeh and highlights difference between their struggles. The book is a great introduction to the LDS's Plan of Salvation. The writing was descriptive but a bit slow. I did enjoy the constant changing of viewpoints similar to Robert Jordan's books. The cultures portrayed felt very real and seemed to grab my attention. Like all the other books, it ends in a cliffhanger. The story seems to be getting more and more inten ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay, this series deserves a review. Hmmm. Where to start?

Writing Style and Story: two stars. It is painful in parts. Especially in the first book, "Prologue: The Brothers." The series is many parts boring, and several parts cheesy. I skimmed a lot of this series. It seemed that over half of the entire series was devoted to everything and everyone but our main characters. Everyone that was in the story seemed to have a chance to tell the story from the good to the bad to the insignificant. There
Becca brown
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a little better than the last one (where angels fall) because all the characters were already established and so there was no more confusion. Though, honestly, I love all the books.
Reading this book helped me recognize the difference between the prompting of the Spirit, and the tempting feelings and thoughts of the Devil. Very interesting insight. It helped me to see how real Satan is….and also how important and vital listening to the Holy Ghost can be.
I loved how Stewa
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was definitely the best of the series so far. It still had some slow, dry parts, but it also had a few parts where I wanted to keep reading, so, better than the last 2!
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Great and Terrible by Chris Stewart is a series of books that piqued my curiosity when I first heard about them. For those that have heard of the Left Behind series this takes the same subject matter but addresses it from an LDS perspective. Not only is Chris Stewart LDS but he is also retired military, so many of the things that are addressed in these books are done so through a perspective that I can really relate to.

I find it very interesting to see what might happen in the future which i
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Chris Stewart is a bestselling author and world-record-setting Air Force pilot whose previous military techno-thrillers have been selected by the Book of the Month Club and published in six different countries. He is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Great and Terrible, as well as A Christmas Bell for Anya, which was performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during their 2005 Christma ...more

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“There are others watching over you from the other side of the veil. We watch. We listen. And we understand. We never leave your side, Azadeh. Someone is always near, someone who knows you and loves you and wants you to succeed. You are never alone. There is always someone there. Think of that, remember, and it will give you the strength that you need.” 7 likes
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