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Shards of Earth

(The Final Architects Trilogy #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  118 reviews
The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us an extraordinary space opera about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man's discovery will save or destroy us all.

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . .

Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade him in the war. And one of humanity's heroes now scra
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Orbit
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Library of a Viking
An epic space opera!

I have been wanting to read more sci-fi in 2021, so I was incredibly excited when I received an arc of Shards of Earth. As some of you might know, I mostly read and focus on Fantasy literature. I haven’t really figured out if the Sci-Fi genre is for me. Tchaikovsky is well-known for his epic space operas, so I was interested in seeing what all the hype is about.

Shards of Earth is the first book in Tchaikovsky’s new series The Final Architects. Shards of Earth is an epic spac
Nick Borrelli
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Adrian Tchaikovsky has really moved up the ladder for me in the pantheon of great space opera writers. In fact, only the legendary Iain M. Banks ranks above him in my hall of fame of SO authors. But if he keeps writing books like Children of Time, Children of Ruin, and now SHARDS OF EARTH, Banks may be in some serious jeopardy of losing his #1 position. It's also important to mention that Tchaikovsky is an immensely accomplished fantasy author as well.

The thing that I especially love about Adria
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hands-down one of the best SF space operas I have read in a long, long time. I recently finished ‘To Sleep in a Sea of Stars’ by Christopher Paolini, which makes for an interesting comparison, as both recycle a lot of the well-known tropes of this particular sub-genre.

The one in the Tchaikovsky book I really do not have any fondness for is the concept of ‘unspace’, a kind of Lovecraftian hyperspeed realm inhabited by weird looming entities barely aware of our existence, but that are like
Shards of Earth is the opening novel of the Final Architects series and it delivers everything I expected and more in a 500+ page package with a great ending at a good stopping point which promises a lot for the next installments; there is also a Glossary, character list, and timeline which are highly useful and with no real spoilers as the novel's storyline goes, giving a choice to consult it early (as I did and that added a lot to my reading experience) if the book opening chapters seem too de ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Like always my reviews may have slight spoilers*

This was my first time jumping into the mind of Adrian Tchaikovsky, even though I've had his Fantasy books on my shelves for sometime (I should really get to those), and I have to say I was not let down.

A century before the Earth is destroyed, humanity finally makes contact with aliens, we learn there are other intelligent life forms. We learn about unspace and how to travel it, and over time start to establish colonies on other planets. We establ
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received for a blog tour from publicist and tour managers via NetGalley

WOW WOW WOW. Unforgettable story. A 560+ page beast that I gobbled up IN TWO DAYS. Grand, looming and incredible. If you:
- are a fan of Mass Effect
- loved The Three-Body Problem
- love not-only-human and not-only-able-bodied casts
- love cool strong fighter women
- love a dark story
- are prepared for many pages and a whole series of that


I have a long review right here, so p
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. This is the first instalment in The Final Architects series.

Earth is but a distant memory and the humans who survived the planet's destruction are scattered across the universe, alongside other alien races. Idris was once one such human, until he became utilised in the war against what had destroyed his home-planet and his brain remade into something that could fight against it. He did just that. However, forty years has passed and humanity quickly forgets to fear as i
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - 4 Stars.

Received through Netgalley; thoughts my own.

Tchaikovsky is one of my 'will read anything written by them' authors, but I already know that I'll have to read this one a second time, and I'm hoping that I might even be able to give it 4 or 5 stars the second time around.

I didn't quite click with Shards of Earth, and I'm not sure if it's because I wasn't 100% in the mood for science fiction or if I just wasn't in the right frame of mind. I failed to emotionally connect to this book in
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and Black Crow PR.

Shards of Earth is an explosive new sci-fi series that has amazing potential to be one of the best so far!
This fast paced space opera kicks off straight at the heart of the war which I really enjoyed!
The Architects are utterly ruthless and terrifying and had me gripping my phone as I read the pdf version!
This explosive beginning gives a great build up to the modern day times
Di Maitland
I really liked this book but I didn't absolutely love it. There's a lot of interesting world building and some great characters, but some of the key concepts (like unspace) went over my head and some of the characters needed more attention.

"Help,” he said, ridiculously. “I’m being kidnapped. I don’t want to go. I can save the world."

Years before the book begins, Earth is turned inside out by aliens called Architects. Why, nobody knows. To fight back, humans develop Parthenon and Intermediari
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, science-fiction
Synopsis: Earth has been destroyed eighty years ago by a Moon large being. They are called “Architects” because they don’t just crush planets but turn them inside out to wondrous, horrific forms as depicted in the cover. Earth hasn’t been the only planet, and weapons just don’t stop the Architects.

Then, a wonder happened, when one enhanced human called “Intermediaries” was able to communicate mind-to-mind to the aggressor. The Architects simply disappeared.

The story follows Idris, working as a
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Absolutely incredible! What a book this has been, I expected nothing less from Adrian and then wow! He has created a wonderful space opera universe and eases you in to this world masterfully. If I could give it more stars I would because this is a book you do not want to miss.

Check out my full review which will be on my blog soon as part of The Write Reads Ultimate tour.
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Finally a space opera novel I like. But then ... it is Adrian Tchaikovsky, one of the best SF writers of our time, so no big surprise.
It still has the typical space opera elements I don't care for, like a lot of exposition to explain the worldbuilding and a lot of battle scenes. But the plot around that and especially the cast of characters were more than able to hold my interest. FTL travel in this universe is done by traversing unspace, one of those concepts where the human brain isn
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secretly I have this nagging fear that as I get older, I might be losing my ability to picture fantastic worlds in my head and the joy this ability gives me. So I was a little nervous about starting to read Adrian Tchaikovsky's massive, action loaded space opera Shards of Earth because it is exactly the kind of book for which that ability is vital. The first installment of the "Final Architects" series is set in a universe which is deeply marked by a great war with intriguing adversaries; the mo ...more
Paul English-Wolfe

First, I have to say that I received a physical ARC of SHARDS OF EARTH from the lovely folk over at Black Crow PR. This in no way influenced my review, but it is nonetheless greatly appreciated—thank you!

Thanks also to The WriteReads who let me join their tour for this fantastic book.
SHARDS OF EARTH is book one of Adrian Tchaikovsky's new trilogy, 'The Final Architects', and what an opener it is.
Over a century ago, we found ourselves at war with the Architects, a gargantuan and mysterious s
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review of Shards of Earth is now live on YouTube:

I'll post the written version soon(TM).
J. D. Roberts
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it

I have several of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s books on my ever growing TBR and haven’t been able to commit to a series yet, so I was very excited for the opportunity to get an arc of book one, Shards of Earth, of his new trilogy The Final Architects.

I must first admit I find it a lot easier to absorb myself in fantasy worlds than sci-fi. That said, Tchaikovsky has created a wonderful universe fill with a interesting array of races, worlds, and political views. The Architects are also a thing of mar
Rowena Andrews
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was my first foray into an Adrian Tchaikovsky book, and it won’t be my last as I was hooked from the first page and devoured this book in the space of a couple of days. Grumbling at having to work and do other things rather than read this book and having a very late night as I hit the later stages of the book where it became completely impossible for me to put it down.

Sci-Fi is a genre I tend to dip in and out of, and I often find that it is the technical details that lose me, but that was
Ruth J
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Humanity has reached out beyond Earth, settling on other planets and meeting other species. But then the Architects arrive and destruction comes along with them. Earth is suddenly destroyed, along with billions of its inhabitants. The Architects continue to appear all over space, their presence prompting mass evacuations and futile attempts to defend life, both human and other.

Following the discovery of a young girl’s ability to communicate with the Architects, hundreds of human volunt
Katie (Melting Pages)
This was my first book by Tchaikovsky, which is kind of incredible to think about since so many of his books have ended up on my TBR. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, but I had high expectations because of how many people love his books.

I really liked the cast of characters that we followed and I don’t think that I can choose a favorite because they’re all just so interesting! This is a ragtag group of spacers who stumble onto a major discovery that will change humanity forever
Lois Young
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Shards of Earth," the first book in "The Final Architects Trilogy" focuses on the long-term aftermath of an alien invasion of a different sort. The Architects invaded the galaxy, but instead of simply dominating humans and the other races, they destroyed planets in a way which leaves the survivors shaken. After several decades, the Architects left and the societal galaxy has changed, but there have been signs that the Architects have returned. The question is: should the news go public? Not to ...more
Victoria Lightning Reads
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(ARC received by Black Crow PR in exchange for an honest review)

I knew going into this that I would love it – Tchaikovsky is a fantastic writer, able to create stories that are vivid and believable (I mean, he managed to get me, a huge arachnophobe, to empathise and root for a race of intelligent spiders in Children of Time – that says it all really). This novel certainly lived up to my expectations.

The prologue takes place smack bang in the middle of the war, 2 generations ago, which I think is
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a decent bit for me to get into this, but when it worked, it worked... It's satisfying as a standalone, but it's definitely enticed me to read the sequels! Luckily this is Tchaikovsky we're talking about here, so they'll likely be here soon enough. ...more
Keith Currie
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Divine Architects or Space Truckers Fight Back!

It’s hard to know exactly where to place Shards of Earth. Is it serious science fiction or rip-roaring space opera? A lot of both, I think. There is a febrile imagination at work here, filled with familiar creations and much that is new, combined with an often manic narrative of chase and fight.

The Architects, enormous virtually indestructible entities the size of Earth’s Moon, appear from nowhere, systematically destroy and refashion inhabited plan
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wrote a review, and it is on the website, and today I am being inordinately lazy, so there! ...more
Sue Bavey
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Adrian Tchaikovsky and it certainly lived up to the hype! Shards of Earth is book one in a new trilogy, The Final Architecture.

The universe described within this unputdownable space opera is expansive to say the least and contains many disparate alien worlds and intriguing species, multiple political factions and some surviving humans – Earth was destroyed eighty years before the start of the story. I really enjoyed getting to know all of the thoroughly imag
Here Be Dragons
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Dave @The_WriteReads for including me and also to the author and publisher for generously providing me with an eARC copy of this book.

There's nothing worse than realizing I've been stuck in a big old reading slump, and it takes something really special to kick me back into gear.

Enter, Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky: the hero in my hour of literary need!

This was the first book I've read by this author, but I already had pretty high expectations based on some of the in
Yuli Atta
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
A big thank you to UK Tor, BlackCrow, and NetGalley for the eARC of this book.

"Shards of Earth" is a great story set in space and has everything I like in books: war, aliens, politics, and action.

I'm somewhat new to the adult sci-fi genre, so please take this review with the grain of salt. I'm still trying to find out what works and doesn't work for me in this genre and I'm trying out different types. What drew me to this book was the premise, it sounds amazing and I actually got the audiobook
Rebecca (Bex the Bibliophile)
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I received an ARC of Shards of Earth as part of a book tour for The Write Reads. Thank you to The Write Reads and the publisher Tor for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.

Shards of Earth is the first space opera that I have read in a very long time, and it did not disappoint and makes me even want to dive further into the genre. It is also the first book by Adrian Tchaikovsky that I have ever read, and I will certainly be diving into his backlist because Shards of Earth was just i
Craig Dean
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When your favourite author decides to turn his hand to your favourite sub-genre (Space Opera FTW!) you are setting yourself up for crushing disappointment. Tchaikovsky (or Czajkowski to acknowledge his actual name) is a marvel though, and with "Shards of Earth" he has created the introduction to a series that I am devastated to hear is to be merely a trilogy. Even after one book, I could live within its pages for a lifetime. I can only hope he becomes as enamoured with his creations that he is i ...more
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

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