I was a huge fan of Sage of the Seven Suns so I had to give this one a read. I am not going to comment on the narration, Scott Brick did a good job. The story is good but it starts of very confusing. It took me about half way though the book until I realized who was with what fraction. Anderson does a good job re-iterating who is with who, so eventually you will get it. This is very similar to the Seven Suns except this story has a lot less action. If you like the political aspects of Saga then I am sure you will enjoy this read. Anderson did a great job of creating scenarios I didn't see coming. There is one in particular that just shocked me. I don't want to give it away but I was pleasantly surprised and this action seemed to "fit" with what Anderson was building up to all along for this character. I was just surprised in the way and suddenness it took place. All in all a decent/average read. Saga was much better, and I think Anderson feels more comfortable writing in a sci-fi world but this was a decent attempt on his part. I am still undecided if I want to get the next one. It was decent enough for me to consider the next one, but not so great that I have to see how this story ends. Basically this is an average story.
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