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The Key to Creation (Terra Incognita #3)

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After long voyages, encountering hurricanes and sea monsters, Criston Vora from Tierra and Saan of Uraba race to the legendary promised land of Terravitae. Saan's quest is to find the key to creation, a weapon that may defeat Uraba's enemies, and Criston wants vengeance against the monstrous Leviathan that ruined his life long ago.
Published July 7th 2011 by Orbit
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-print
It's hard to judge the last book in an epic trilogy such as this on its own. Because the reality is that this book stands on the shoulders of what came before.
So let me say this first about the whole series. I loved it!

Loved the characters, loved the religions, loved the cultures and adored the setting. Kevin J. Anderson has clearly poured his heart into this trilogy and it's magnificent.
That said this series is not for the faint of heart... it's long and intense. There are many characters an
Jason Reeser
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin J. Anderson finishes off this ambitious trilogy with a whirlwind story that ties in a massive battle, two separate explorations, and the revelation of an ancient mythology come back to life. As with the first two novels, this one never drags, always keeps the story fresh, and it is so full of ideas that I imagine Mr. Anderson dug out his journal of writer's ideas and just threw in every little thought he's had in the past ten years. And it all fits together well. My only hesitation in givi ...more
Ranting Dragon
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: dan
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Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
A lengthy read, just as the previous books. It just seems like Anderson had to rush at to tie up all the ends in this book. I was a little disappointed in the resolutions of some of the stories, but overall a good series.
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the Terra Incognita series. It's a fast-paced, action-packed finale. Lots is going on, though the action tends to focus on Ishalem and the two ships- Dyscovera, and Al-Orizin. There is much more magic than in the prior books, which I felt detracted a bit from the story since (without spoiling it) it has to be used to stop the conflict. The story arc is actually pretty predictable; I don't remember seeing any major plot twists. The ending felt a bit dragged out, probably since i ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle-ebook
Like in previous previous books, you have to pay attention as you'll jump all over the world page after page. There are a number of simultaneous plot lines and the author works are hard keeping them all in sync, moving you between then pretty rapidly. It's fast paced and best read if you can read for good bit of time. This isn't a page a week kind of book... :P

That said, it's a great book that brings everything together, wrapping everything up. I don't want to spoil it, but let me say the journe
The series ending novel is always a tricky proposition especially in a trilogy with a classical structure and The Key to Creation shows this, by essentially forcing the story in a very predictable climax to tie in all the sub-threads of the epic. Also the content is less dark than in the other books - there is still the quota of killed characters and all, but the book is less twisty and dramatic than the first two.

These being said I still enjoyed The Key to Creation - the same short chapters, mu
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: orbit, fantasy
Shadowhawk reviews the third Terra Incognita novel by Kevin J. Anderson, which was nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Awards this year.

“Lots of magic, lots of monsters, lots of startling revelations and very bittersweet.” ~The Founding Fields

So finally I am able to get to the novel that began the whole interest in the Terra Incognita series: The Key to Creation, the final novel of this big trilogy about sailing adventures, exploration, mythical monsters, lost lands, religious crusades, fanat
Albé Theunissen
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This review covers all three books of the trilogy.

I am an avid Anderson fan. His Dune series was excellently written and I was spellbound by the Saga of the Seven Suns. I have given both series five stars.

So it saddens me to say that Terra Incognita was a terrible disappointment.

The premise of the story is the escalating violence between two different religious groups/nations, because of misunderstandings and prejudice. The similarities with the Christian-Muslim conflict is not very subtle!

Tim Hicks
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars, really, but it was an enjoyable fast read and he gets the fourth star for having good guys and bad guys on both sides.

Anderson continues with the dizzying array of characters and plot threads.

Some of the characters get richer and more interesting. Others become caricatures - Hannes, Mateo, "the big Ninghal", and others. I was going to say that real people are never like that, and until the Tea Party arose very few were. Today, ideology is triumphing over facts all over
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