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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.
I have never been so spellbound by a series of books as I have been by this set of seven novels. The story line was compelling, the myriad intricate plots were riveting and both narrators performed admirably.
I slogged through this to finally finish the series. Utterly predictable storyline and very slow pacing. Glad to finally be done with this series.
Overall i thought the story was fairly predictable. how ever the story telling was great, well worth the listen i would recommend it to anyone.
Ya know... there is a point where you just sit back and say this or that character is getting ridiculous and it is making the whole story ridiculous. I've reached the point where the Chairman of the Hansa is so one-dimensional and such a pivot point for the enitre story that everything is getting predictable.
Struggled to finish this story. it was monotony regarding the evil Chairman. the story jumps around a great deal and seemed very implausible at times. would not start this series again if I had to do over.
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.
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