Like the Saga of Seven Suns, Anderson proves he is a sadist. Writing interminable sagas. My misfortune was coming in on the beginning of this one. Now..Show More » in my mid-sixties, I hope I live long enough to hear "the rest of the story."
Anderson throws in enough human interest sub-plots to keep one yearning to find out what happens next. For one, I wanted a little more juice in the Cleoparia finale. It would be a spoiler to say any more.
Sagas have a way of stretching your attention span. My wife, ha ha, thought we would die before the end of The Saga of Seven Suns. This saga is so different, set in a medieval world. I think this is a commentary on Earth's world religions. It takes awhile to figure out which group represents Christians, Muslims, secularists, and various sects. Don't rush to judgment. That's part of the fun in this opening salvo, figuring out who's who in this saga. I hope Anderson doesn't trash the Christian-like group, the cheap shot so many journalists and novelists take whenever portraying Christians. It's boring in its predictability. Sagan was kind to religionists in Contact, making the evangelist compassionate and human rather than a bizarre abberation so many writers make of Christians. (I am a Christian in case you were wondering, and happy to be one.)
The religious aspects of this saga are not spelled out as Muslim, Christian, and secular. Kevin doesn't throw it in your face. He doesn't vilify one group and exalt the other, yet he does keep the religious conflict high in the order of things--the interactions between Urabins(Muslims) and the Aidenists (Christian) is scary, bloody, and pitiless for the most part.
I noticed people are bad-mouthing Scott Brick. No way. Scott does a wonderful job, as he always does. He's a great reader and worth whatever small fortune they pay him.
Have fun, and take your time with this book. It's not great literature, but it sure is worth listening to.
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 interestin..Show More »g 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.