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About the Author
- ASIN : B00I1VV3II
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reissue edition (June 3, 2014)
- Publication date : June 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1383 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 673 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #375,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately, almost all the characters are either boring or unrealistic. For instance, there is the head of a huge and successful medical research station who apparently has no medical, administrative, or political skills, and who has only one friend (who also has none of those skills). There are several "Roemers", kind of like space nomads, but almost all of them run together as plucky good-hearted entrepreneurs who don't like politics and are great engineers. Basically all the rulers are also self-sacrificing noble leaders, concerned with the plight of their peoples. The few interesting characters are underdeveloped. For instance, there is a half-human half-Illidrian who has more of a utilitarian ends-justifies-the-means outlook, but he only merits a couple of paragraphs. I either ended hating the characters and hoping they'll die (e.g. one of the main characters is a serial killer who casually murders anyone in his way for basically no reason, and never introspects or shows any doubt about his actions), or just not caring about them (e.g. most of the "good" characters).
This book also has an "evil will win because good is dumb" vibe to it, where only the "bad" characters seem to think ahead or are capable of planning. (For instance, two non-good characters are both massively wealthy because they sell off natural resources they found in "secret" locations. No one bothers to trace these resources back to see where they come from.)
This is the first book of of The Saga of Shadows, but it feels like the continuation of a previous series (presumably Saga of Seven Suns). Many of the main characters are introduced by a few pages which summarize all their exploits and relationships, most of which seem more exciting than what they do in this book. The author seems to expect we will care about these characters because they are already good friends.
To summarize, I feel this book could appeal to readers who read the Saga of Seven Suns and want to spend more time with the characters. Also readers who want simple and easy-to-understand characters and plot may like this book.
the Saga of Seven Suns was flat out amazing. i thought the series was done after finishing BUT oh no he has gone and done it again! Wow! as with the Saga of Seven Suns there is so much going on you need read a third or half of the first book to get a handle on the half dozen concurrent story lines and numerous characters. after that point it is simply one page after another of plot twists, surprises and some old friends from the first series mixed in to add even more reasons to keep reading.
while you can absolutely read this work by itself i do highly recommend reading the saga of shadows first. then move on to this series which begins where the Saga of Seven Suns left off.
fyi only but one typo, the author meant to write "grasp" the publisher likely used spell check and instead put in the word "gasp." i only noticed that as i read every word, not wanting to skipping anything.
fyi the precursor series is here on amazon, Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns - Book 1
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The trouble is, although it is a well crafted book, there has simply been too many years since I read the other 2.5m ( I don't count it in pages but how thick a paper copy would be) and I couldn't remember all the characters and their back story. This book introduces and re-introduces too many characters each with what appears to be un-associated story threads. You are constantly jumping from one thread to another and it is simply not entertaining and more like a challenge.
There are some excellent story lines that could have been separate books that run in parallel and come together in some final book 10 editions down the line. The Orli and klikiss plague thread was worthy of a separate book. As was the bloaters and one-eyed inkspot or what ever that was. Tom Thumb could have powered a good book on his own.
But together, this book was an ordeal.
Despite my financial and lifespan investment in these books, I am done with flying space trees, miserable inkspots and sentient water/fireballs/diamonds/biscuits whatever.
But be warned, this is fantasy, not sci fi. All the plot resolutions are simply based on magic. It actually kind of reminded me of Stargate (a fun TV show in its own way), in that at a certain point all pretence of consistency goes out the window and the plot lines are tied up with magic interventions of higher powers. It's "...and then the priest realised he could cure the plague", "...and then the magical energy creatures showed up and defeated the bad robots". I'm barely paraphrasing.
I have not the faintest idea how this scored a hugo nomination.
It promises a grand saga, and seems to be setting something up, but the chapters are simply too short (or at least, too little happens in them?) for me to be able to maintain a handle on the characters and their motivations. I don't have any emotional investment in any character beyond the first two introduced, and the book just keeps introducing more; I'm not even sure if the new characters relate to the existing ones -- maybe I've just lost track of their names?
Perhaps my piecemeal reading style, reading typically for 10-15 minutes at a time is harmful to my appreciation of this work, but I feel like I'd need a notebook to draw relationship diagrams even if I sat down and read for a few hours.
Unlike many sequels and prequels it doesn't waste the readers attention on pointless re-tellings.