Book I was interesting enough to buy Book II, but that will be the end. I found there was too much going on, almost like the author wanted a cliff-hanger to end each chapter. Too many "boy loses girl, boy gets girl" twists to be believable. Not enough alien races, you say? Well, just keep reading and the author will introduce another.
Anyway, just my two cents worth.
I got hooked on this series when Kevin J. Anderson was giving away free signed hardcover editions of the first book in the series, Hidden Empire. I really like his writing style and his Saga of Seven Suns universe is incredibly imaginative. The third book, Horizon Storms, has been released so I hope Audible gets it soon.
Anything read by George Guidall is worth listening to. The first book took a while to connect all the people and plots, but by now we know who's who and what's happening, and in this book all the threads are coming together. I don't think print or audio is intrinsically better, just what you prefer. I like to listen to George and I don't have 17 hours to sit and read.
The aliens are not just like humans. Social structures are varying and believable. There is treachery and heroism. In the first book, I only cared about a few people. Now I care about many. I can't wait for one good guy to gather followers and do in the really, really bad guy. I can't wait to see how mixing human DNA with alien changes another of the good guys, and will those two separated lovers ever be able to get together? Will the other separated lovers find each other again, and how will that be given the changes that have occurred? And where the heck is Margaret?
Just as good. He gets the emphases right. He gets the inflections right. He gets the voices right. He adds tension and excitement, or tenderness as needed.
Sorry, I do have work and family, so this is not a possibility. Nevertheless, I resented having to turn it off to sleep.
This really is a saga of worlds and species, all with histories and cultural behaviors different from human (as if humans all had a common history and culture). Is there really a race or species that should be annihilated?
the sci fi plot was great....the little facts/details really got me hooked in the story.
the author weaves people's lives on other planets together. So like a soap opera, each scene has merit- it never dulls
He read the strong characters- the ones people relied on for logic (the leaders) very well.
the author really shares what is going on in the people's heads- their thoughts....emotions.
I love this sci fi series.....definitely not boring.......aliens, love, battle, blood.......could use more humor though.
The entire book is good characters getting beat up on, all the bad guys win, win, and keep winning over and over again. After 18hrs of that it gets tiring I had to stop listening for a month before I could bring myself to finish it. This book needs some harmony or melody after all the discord.
There are inconsistencies and nonsensical plot threads throughout this book.
This is book two of this series and it was written and read as well as the first book, but in the first book the focus was on the story and in the second we seem a bit more focused on the sexual lives of the characters and addition of more profanity. Maybe the writer thought that would spice the story up. Throwing refuse in a well made dish does not make the dish taste better.
I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.
Action, suspense, anticipation
The story of Jess Tamblin, the story of Neera.
He is very animated. I like that his voice gets excited when the story is exciting
Yes, but I don't want to spoil the story.
As I said in my title, you won't want to stop. This series is addicting.
And so the Saga continues and I remain enthralled. This book picks up the pace just a bit for those desiring a little more action and/or destruction as hostilities increase.
More players enter the fray as well as more races come from hiding or are made known, bringing the true extent of the battle into sharper focus. Plots thicken, as they are often wont to do, and character development marches forward.
There's not too much else to say without trying to summarize the book in some way. You should have read the first one by this point, this is another part of the journey toward the conclusion and for my party I continue to enjoy nearly every step.
I'm a BIG science fiction fan, and I can truthfully say that this is one of the best books that I've come across. Kevin Anderson has an interesting writing style with VERY long books, but short chapters. (I haven't read any other books by Kevin Anderson, so I don't know if all of his books are so large or if was specific to this series.) The short chapters keep the action going and keep things interesting.