I slogged through this to finally finish the series. Utterly predictable storyline and very slow pacing. Glad to finally be done with this series.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I liked this a little less then the other books in the series. Mostly it got to the point of ridiculous. Trees that uproot and become spaceships, a water spaceship, etc. I can take the two dimensional characters, I have read plenty of KJA to expect that, but the fantasy just became too much. I would love Anderson to write more in depth about the Ildirans or Klikiss or the Roamers and forget all the silly stuff.
If you are new to the series you of course must start at the beginning. The ratings for this series are similar to the ratings for a short story collection. Anderson has so many elements, that some appeal to some and some do not. Each book is like about five different books.
Here is how I rated the series.
Prequel---Veiled Alliances B
1. Hidden Empire= B+
2. A Forrest of Stars= A-
3. Horizon Storms=C+
4.Scatter Suns= B-
5. Of Fire and Night= B
6. Metal Swarm= B
7. The Ashes of Worlds= B-
My favorite character was Patrick Fitzpatrick the 3rd. In the first two or three books, I hated him, but he grew as a character and by the end, I liked him. The Roamers were pretty cool, they were the McGuyvers of space. They could take anything and make a working space ship out of it. They mined the gas giants for ekti star drive fuel. The Ildirans were a human like race that breed different breeds of people for different jobs. They were also all connected telepathically. The Klikiss was a race of giant insects and the Klikiss Robots rebelled against them and formed their own group. The green priest were telepathic with the world forest. If they could touch a World Forest Tree on one planet they could communicate with other priest on other planets who were connected to a World Forest Tree. So, there was plenty that I liked about the series.
The Hydrogues were an alien race that lived in the cores of gas giants. They were okay.
What was stupid were Wentals and Faeros. Wentals were sentient water based creatures and Faerous were sentient fire entitites living in stars. Bento becoming part of a tree was stupid, Jess Tamblyn becoming a Wental super being was stupid and there was an Ildiran that became a Faeros.
So, each book had something to hate and something to like. I did listen to all seven books and it is very rare for me to have the patience to go that far in any series. I suggest you start with Hidden Empire and go from there.
I have reserved recommendations for this book. Interesting, but they get weird, then there are lots of gratuitous deaths, and then it drags. The series was interesting, but nothing I would want to listen to or read again.
Perhaps Card's weird later Ender books that you read just because you started the series and have to finish it. I get that there are seven volumes to the Seven Suns saga, and I am the last person to say a beloved story is too long, but this is one series I actually would have shortened. It went on and on, and I really lost interest a few volumes ago, but stuck doggedly to it.
Deputy Cain (Kane, Cane?) and Kato Okaya ended up my favorite people, but not because of David Colacci. I actually didn't care for his reading, and several things grated on me, some I have mentioned in reviews of previous volumes. In this one he suddenly changed his own pronunciation of the the planet Raindik-ko to Rinedik-ok.. I don't care either way, just let's be consistent, okay?
No. It is too long and I did sigh sometimes that it was too dragged out.
Sarane remains an idiot, hoping his any tiny gesture means a whole change of heart, and he will love me again. Whine. In what realistic world is an 18-year-old made an ambassador? She should have been killed. Sarane, Cain, and Capt. McHame waited an awfully long time to do anything, and again Sarane nearly blew it.King Peter didn't end up as strong and heroic as I had hoped, but he is okay. If not for Cain, nothing would have worked out.
Say something about yourself!
I'm the kind of person who has to watch a movie to the very end, even if it's not very good. So I stuck with this and listenend to all the books. Like almost everyone who has reviewed this series, I hated the change in narrator. And even though the David Colacci ended up narrating most of the series, I never got used to him nor liked the different accents he gave the different groups.
But the story is enjoyable, if not earthshaking, and I don't regret listening to the series. This final book ties up everyone's stories is a satisfying way.
This wraps up a long detailed epic story, well worth taking the journey to get here.
This was an excellent series, multiple sub-stories that all interconnected well. I highly recommend this series, very well written and well narrated.
It took the last books in the series to get used to the new narrator. Bad form to change in the middle of the series.
Enjoyable stories. Great series.
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
It is always difficult to keep any series interesting or even exciting without the introduction of new characters or the invention of a magnificent plot line. Otherwise when main characters do not die despite all the odds the book (as in this series) becomes predictable & boring. I think this would have been better as a 3 book series with less characters & less "elements". I also agree that though I love a happy ending with ample allocation of "come-uppings" & "just deserves" that this final book wrapped up too neatly with too many good guys coming out on top. Also while I liked the robot factor I did not like the human emotions attributed to these robots, who could not be introspective & perhaps did not need chapters devoted to their own point of view. This series was too long, but otherwise reasonably entertaining.