After terrible atrocities by both sides, the religious war between Tierra and Uraba has spread and intensified, irreparably dividing the known world. What started as a series of skirmishes has erupted into a full-blown crusade.
Now that the Uraban leader, Soldan-Shah Omra, has captured the ruined city of Ishalem, his construction teams discover a priceless ancient map in an underground vault - a map that can guide brave explorers to the mysterious Key to Creation. Omra dispatches his adoptive son Saan to sail east across the uncharted Middlesea on a quest to find it.
In Tierra, Captain Criston Vora has built a grand new vessel, and sets out to explore the great unknown and find the fabled land of Terravitae. But Criston cannot forget his previous voyage that ended in shipwreck and disaster...and the loss of his beloved wife, Adrea, who - unbeknownst to him - fights to survive against palace intrigues and constant threats against her life in far-off Uraba. For Adrea is now the wife of the soldan-shah and mother of his adopted son.
The Map of All Things continues Kevin J Anderson's epic fantasy of sailing ships, crusading armies, sea monsters, and enchanted islands.
©2010 Kevin J. Anderson (P)2010 Hachette Audio
As I've said before I LOVE all of Kevin J. Anderson's sci-fi/fantasy. This new Trilogy - Terra Incognita - has been so much fun. A really interesting change of setting for a sci-fi/fantasy. To sum up it is about two basic storylines in this fantastic world - one is a continuous exploration to find the "key to Terra Vitae(sp?)" and uncover the true map of the world in which they live; second is a religious war between two lines of the same origin. The story goes that Urich and Andan were brothers of the original creator of the world who became "lost" and descendants either followed Andan or Urich and a Holy War started out of an accident that was interpreted as an attack and the war goes on and on through, so far, two generations because of continued acts of violence being carried out in "the name of Andan" or "the name of Urich" without authority to do so and it stirs up more hate and vengence. This is the second book and the violence and hate is escalating. The characters are endearing and Anderson has even created "rock opera CDs" with several well known and respected musicians and artists in the industry (including Mike Welsh(sp?) from Kansas). There's a sample at the end of the audio book - great hard rock - just the way I like it! I look forward to experiencing the music and art in the CDs.
Better..... again i was impressed if i was reading this and not listening i would not be able to stop turning the page.... dont let the reviews scare you away from this series it is great and the reader is great.... others get to transfix on how the reader sounds and not what he is saying. just listen and get sucked in to a great story.
This has everything I look for in a book 2. The recap in the beginning of the book catches you back up. The characters mature and the story evolves. He leaves a lot of loose ends. I can’t wait to see how he ties them all together in the third book.
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