The Saga of Seven Suns is one of the most colorful and spectacular science-fiction epics of the past decade.
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There are several aspects about this book and series that I don't love. For instance, the Basil Wenceslas character (Chairman of the Terran Hanseatic League) behaves too much like a spoiled 12-year old brat rather than the cruel-yet-sophisticated man that the author describes him as. But, points of complaint such as that ought to be set aside with consideration to the series as a whole. And as a whole the Saga of Seven Suns is wonderful and Ashes of Worlds is its fitting end.
Colacci's narration is, on the whole, excellent. Is he always consistent in his character voices? Not really, but even so, his voice makes for great listening.
I've already listened to the whole saga twice in the last six months! Is it long? Well, sure. But, I hate when good books come to an end - and this great series takes a good long time to end! This is my kind of series and my favorite genre (space opera): Enthusiastic 5 stars for Ashes of Worlds and the whole Saga of Seven Suns!
Good story for my daily commute. I am hooked on the series, though its a little long and tedious at times. After getting hooked on the narrator in books 1 to 3, I still cannot get used to the accents the current narrator uses. Would it be too much for him to at least use the same pronunciations (e.g., Taah-c-a vs. Tay-sha)? Change is hard.
I read the entire series of 7 books and all-in-all I thought it was a good story. I was some what disappointed in the last book because I felt ( and this may sound odd) too many good guys lived. I needed more pathos to fell like it was all worth it. The reader with the southern accents drove me nuts. Everyone who was working class had a trailer-trash-from-texas-arkansas-mississippi-georgia-alabama-new-orleans accent. They sounded like they should have been flying Winnebagos and not mantas. But I admit, I would read the series again.
The first 3-4 books were great, but at this point I just want to get it over with. I was pretty much done with these at the last book, but finding that this would be the final book I thought I should at least finish the series.
But YIKES, slowly but surely the characters and plot became ridiculous. Some of the dialogue and interaction became just silly...
Still was a cool story, especially considering the scope of it all. Just wish it could have had a more realistic touch.
I reviewed a Seven Suns novel read by David Colacci before and have not much new to say. Colacci, get your voices straight... Rlinda Kett sounds like she's from Brooklyn in one book and Alabama in the next. This happens with many characters across the books... "Mr Steinman" sounds like an average old guy in one book and has a thick New York Jewish accent in another. I do recommend the series, I am just disappointed with the narration.
The best booked in the series after the first one. About 10 chapters before the end it seemed like little else could be told but a secret from the clickest is poignantly revealed which is almost worth binding the whole story.
I had a hard time making it through this book, as well as the last. The series was never great for the first five books, but certainly entertaining enough. When the book reached it's natural conclusion at the end of the fifth book when the big bad was defeated, it had to set up a new enemy and further conflict for the remaining two books. This did not do the overarching story any favors and certainly emphasized the many flaws in the writing that have plagued the series from the start even further.
One of my main problems with the series it how it keeps going back to explanations of things we have seen and heard of in the past. Whenever a new character encounters the Klikiss we get a full description of what they look like. We already knew that. This happens many times for many different reasons for many different things. It makes the books long and tedious. Then there's the many viewpoint characters, half of which could have been side characters or eliminated entirely. There is, for instance, no real reason to have Orli Covitz in this book at all, her minor role in the overarching story could have easily been shifted to another character, the same goes for Celli, Kolker (along with his entire sub-plot of adding Humans and combining telink to the thism). And I could go on for many more characters.
What would have helped this series is if it had stuck to the storyline of battling the Hydrogues and Klikiss Robots, refrained from introducing the elemental races entirely and had left the Klikiss extinct. The best part of the story is the internal conflict in the Hansa, pitting the Chairman against King Peter. And had the focus been there, and had the story been reduced to these characters as the viewpoints, the entire series could have been a trilogy, with the first two books resolving the Human conflict and the Illdiran storyline (i.e. Jora'h fixing his faster (and earlier predecessors) mistakes and uniting the Illdiran with the Humans under King Peter's confederation, while resolving the Klikkis Robot uprising as well, focusing the third book on the confederation working out a way to smartly defeat the Hydrogues and working towards the happy ending.
Because that's the whole point, the overarching story has plenty of potential, crafting an interesting universe with plenty of history and that feels like a real lived in place. It was squandered in a meandering series that left too much to be desired. That's why we end up with only two stars, but what could have easily been four stars if the writer had focused more on writing a compelling space opera, rather than imagining an epic, which this is not.
Finally, a note on the performance. While doing an adequate job for the final four books, David Colacci drops the ball on several fronts. For one, mispronouncing the names (seemingly on purpose, given that his pronunciation of EA cannot have been butchered so much by coincidence) which, even at this seventh book, still irks me. But also by adding Earth accents that make no sense for the space characters. Managing to make every female character sound weak and frail (though a common issue with male readers in Audiobooks, I have found) and just not having the emotional range in his reading that his predecessor, George Guidall, had.
All in all, this entire series felt like one big missed opportunity. Showing plenty of potential, but lacking in general direction, quality of writing and of narration. Overal, I cannot give this series more than 2 stars out of 5.
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