The Saga of Seven Suns is one of the most colorful and spectacular science-fiction epics of the past decade.
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©2008 Kevin J. Anderson; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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