I read all the Saga of the Seven Suns and following Shadow books and looked forward to the Shadows finale. What I didn't expect is the first half of the book to have stilted/sterotypical dialog and plot progression of a newer writer for the first half of the book. I almost quit reading...it got tedious. Luckily the second half of the book was Anderson's usual writing style and tighter plotting with some good twists. Another Dune book he co-wrote came out at the same time as this book and it makes me wonder if his energies were elsewhere. It has some value, if you want to finish out the series. But I really wish I had paid $4.99 to download instead of $14.99.
Eternity's mind is the final book in the trilogy sequel to Mr. Anderson's seven-volume Saga of the Seven Suns.
This is unabashed space opera--an enormous, splashy epic of a gargantuan battle between the forces of good and evil. In the 7-volume original series, "good" and "evil" were represented by alliances of species, some of which were perfectly happy to eliminate every single life, other than their own, in the galaxy. In this second series, which ends with the current book, the forces of good and evil are not so clear--but may, in fact, be the fundamental "gods" of good and evil in the universe.
Many of the characters in the first saga return, and many have key roles in this second series. There are grand battles stretching across star systems, and heroic deeds by many of the key characters. Will some of them die to save the galaxy, and will others survive? That isn't clear until the very end, which is spectacular and very satisfying.
Kevin J. Anderson is a master of great space opera epics, and this final book of the second trilogy matches his best work in the original Saga of the Seven Suns the Hellhole trilogy with Brian Herbert.
The story line is the best part of the book. Anderson does a great job of weaving characters and plot together. However, (as mentioned in a few other reviews), I don't know if Anderson gets paid by the word, but he spends a nauseating amount of time - telling, retelling, and telling again everyone's back story. I get the fact that you want to reacquaint the reader with character background, motivations, etc, but I'm 60 percent into the book and he's still re-running Zoe Alakis and Tom Rom's back story. I usually zip through these kinds of books in days, but the constant retelling of character backstories is making it hard to finish this book.
After falling in love with the Saga's universe, Eternity's Mind marks a bittersweet moment in time. Anderson's wide range of characters and continuously shifting perspective keeps you engaged from Page 1. Having read the previous series, and now having finished this latest triology, I feel like I've made so many friends, fought so many battles, and experienced so many successes and failures alike. While it is sad to see this universe come to a (hopefully temporary) end, long-time fans will enjoy returning to Anderson's epic space arenas, his vibrant and turbulent worlds, and especially his sometimes-eccentric and varied cast of spacefarers.
Those new to the series, check out The Dark Between the Stars (Book 1 of this sequel triology). I enjoyed it so much, I actually backtracked all the way back to the first book set in this universe (Hidden Empire), read all seven of that series, REREAD The Dark Between the Stars, and then continued through the rest of this triology. It's honestly that good, and I often found myself staying up way too late saying, "Well, maybe just one more chapter..." a dozen times over.
Just as a side note: Typical of most books set in this universe, Anderson uses the first half of the book to set up all of the plot's dominoes, and the second half is the spectacular show of watching them all fall down.
My god. The Saga of Seven Suns and the Saga of Shadows. Such AMAZING world-building -- or should I say cosmos-building? The entire story is utterly fantastic, and I never thought I'd be able to single out one volume as my favorite of the series, but Eternity's Mind is the best by far. It has such a breathtakingly beautiful underlying concept that it really shines as my favorite.
It's as immersive and engrossing as Harry Potter, but with such complicated nuances that I really do think of it as Harry Potter for adults - despite the fact that it's a space opera and there's no 'magic' in this world. The story itself is still magical.
(I'm a hardcore Potterhead, so I mean this as very high praise.)
I enjoy science fiction and I enjoyed all of the books in the trilogy. I had to wait about 6 months for the third book in the trilogy to be released, and I marked it on my calendar so I wouldn't miss it. The only issue I had was that the cover shown is not the correct cover for the book, which made it difficult to locate at first, and sometimes difficult to find it when I was reading several books at once. I reported it but they never corrected it at Amazon.
The third book in the series was not as good as the first two, mainly because it felt like the conclusion was rushed. It seemed like four books were originally planned, but then the author Was forced to do only 3 books. Other than the rushed ending another another engaging page Turner in the universe of the seven suns