But where Poppy goes, trouble follows. Veiled at birth and given no reason why. An edge-of-your-seat survival thriller in the savage wilder It was a simple plan.
But nothing's simple with Poppy. Deep in the wilds of Alaska, at a remote bear camp, the plan goes horribly wrong. Angel is the perfect woman, the final phase of human evolution. What happens when she's abducted by an alien warlord as his concubine? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention metal swarm science fiction seven suns space opera saga of the seven king peter kevin anderson klikiss robots plot lines bad guys short stories previous books even though next book saga by kevin series and i cannot wait great story entire series books in this series love this series.
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One of the names for the area of Space they are in is The Spiral Arm and that is a perfect word to describe these works, for a spiral can continue on for a very long time and you can roll forward or backward to find the threads that make it great. One person found this helpful. Definitely, a great story. I really love this series. In a time of short stories being marketed as books on Amazon, this is a true epic series. A mixture of science fiction and fantasy, this is an engaging group of story lines that make it hard to put the book down.
The Kindle version of the book has some font issues. Most of the time the font is the size that I have it set at. However,there are segments in the book where the font is really small and some place where it is really big. Then it changes back to the standard size. Not sure why I'm leaving another review because this saga by Kevin J Anderson is absolutely amazing. I can't wait to read the next book. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. The four-star rating applies to books up through books 6 and 7 only merit a 3-star rating. If the story would have been tightened up to fit into 5 books, this could have been a really great series instead of just a good series.
The plot is complex with many characters, which is fine, especially because the author breaks out each character's story arc into short chapters so it's very clear when the reader switches character viewpoints. The scope of the plot is also interesting with several races and many sub-plots.
However, the series is just too long. By the middle of book 6, when the author introduces yet another major sub-plot involving something that seemed to be relegated to the past won't be more specific to avoid any spoliers. Because of the length of the series, it gets a bit repetitive by the end, especially given that the conflicts are resolved too easily in the same pattern, especially since forces outside of the main characters are the primary means to resolution. Still, if you like long series, this one is worth reading even though it runs out of gas before the books run out of pages.
I've read the 5 previous books and the 6th Metal Swarm doesn't disappoint. You either love this series or you hate it. I like it because it's like reading 4 or 5 books all in one. A long book that is made up of intertwining short stories. It takes a long time for the plot to develop and that is why some people do hate this series. After all we live in a society of instant gratification. My suggestion, pick up the first in the series and read 20 pages in the bookstore.
Either it'll grab you and I'll see you on book 6 in no time or it won't and no worries. I would like to offer an overall review of all seven books combined. Even though each book has its own sub-plots, one has to read all seven to stitch every piece together. Unless you plan to read all of them a major time commitment I suggest that you go find yourself something shorter to read. This is an epic saga. I find the books and the story hard to classify. It is science fiction, but what kind?
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The story starts as if it is going to be hard science fiction. That's why I probably consider the first book to be the best.
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But then it degenerates into several parallel threads, many of which are pure fantasies. Even if you prefer fantasy over hard science fiction, you will still be disappointed by the repeated "deus ex machina" saving the day. I count seven such cases, three of them occurring in the last volume. Anderson is very good in weaving a complex story to its crescendo and creating a very tense nearly hopeless situation for the heroes. Then he cannot get them out of there in any plausible way, and he resorts to dues ex machina time after time.
Because of that, you will feel disappointed perhaps even cheated once you finish the story, even if you will find it entertaining most of the way. The characters are one-dimensional. There are good sub-plots of love, hatred, betrayal, revenge The evil is really evil, and the good-guys could do no wrong. If you don't mind that, you may enjoy the saga. I have heard a few negative people complain that it was not realistic in some way. That is possible in fiction. I had no problem suspending my disbelief and diving into the well developed characters and massive story.
If you enjoy a big space opera, put this on your list! I'm not entirely sure why I keep reading this series. So far the best candidate appears to be Osira'h , the secret daughter of Nira and Jora'h.
The Hansa begins building military robots Soldier compies to fight the war using technology copied from Klikiss robots. Two new races of elemental entities are rediscovered — the fire-based faeros and aquatic wentals — who join in the war against their ancient enemies, the hydrogues. Anderson , published on July 29, Publishers Weekly wrote that the novel was "Crackling with energy and buzzing with action," calling it "thrilling" and a "hot summer read. The elemental war between hydrogues and faeros continues to sweep across the Spiral Arm, extinguishing suns and destroying planets. Hansa Chairman Basil Wenceslas and his figurehead King Peter attempts to unify all branches of the human race to stand together against the threat, even if they must resort to deception and oppression to do so.
The Roamer clans and the people of Theroc do not give up their independence easily, however, and Basil's policies soon force the disparate civilizations to forge alliances of their own. Partly as a distraction from their peril and partly as a desperate hope, the Hansa launches an ambitious new colonization program using the network of recently discovered Klikiss transportals, instantaneous gateways that take colonists to many abandoned Klikiss worlds. On the planet Ildira , newly crowned Mage-Imperator Jora'h faces the responsibilities and secrets his predecessors have imposed upon him: But Jora'h must also survive an open rebellion among the Ildirans unleashed by his own brother Rusa'h , the first in 10, years.
Anderson , published on July 18, Ildiran Mage-Imperator Jora'h is preoccupied with the bloody rebellion that his brother Rusa'h has launched across the Ildiran planets, with the help of Jora'h's own first-born son Thor'h. But as the war between the hydrogues and faeros continues, the hydrogues offer the Ildirans peace if they help destroy the humans. With some of their hidden bases found and destroyed, the wandering Roamers scatter into hiding, trying to keep their culture and government intact, even when faced with enemies from all sides.
Speaker Cesca Peroni , leader of the Roamers, finds herself stranded on a small icy outpost where miners have uncovered a hibernating army of Klikiss robots. It soon becomes clear to Cesca that the black robots are anything but benign. Anderson , published on July 13, Publishers Weekly wrote that the "fabulous fifth volume With the fate of the Hansa seeming darker than ever, the increasingly desperate and irrational Chairman Basil Wenceslas's punitive treatment of Hansa colonies and free-spirited Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid the burned forest world of Theroc, has made enemies all around.
Pushed into a corner, Ildiran Mage-Imperator Jora'h has reluctantly agreed to assist the hydrogues in exterminating the human race so that the Ildirans will be spared. Ancient verdani thorny tree battleships arrive after a long journey across the universe to aid Theroc, while the Roamers' plan to seed aquatic planets with wentals to rejuvenate the elemental race comes to fruition. The final hydrogue assault on Earth is put in motion, and with the Hansa's loss of military might and allies, the outlook is grim.
Anderson , published on December 10, The hydrogues have been defeated across the galaxy thanks to the combined efforts of the Earth Defense Forces, the Ildiran Empire, the Roamer clans, the wentals and the verdani. But as the various factions try to recover, Hansa Chairman Basil Wenceslas intends to brutally crush any resistance to his rule. King Peter and Queen Estarra , having escaped Earth and Basil's plot to kill them and their unborn child, have fled to Theroc and declared a new Confederation.
Peter embraces the Roamer clans, denouncing Basil and assuring that the essential Theron green priests across the galaxy will not aid the Hansa until Basil abdicates. An ever-growing number of colony worlds, already devoted to Peter and tired of their treatment by the Hansa, also declare their independence from Basil's government and ally themselves with Peter. Despite several losses in their bid to seize control of the galaxy, the Klikiss robots continue to attack helpless worlds with stolen Earth battleships.
They are stunned to come face to face with their ancient enemies the Klikiss, who have returned after 10, years intent on reclaiming their former worlds and willing to annihilate anyone who happens to be in the way.
Jora'h's brother Rusa'h, thought killed when his rebellion was crushed, returns as an avatar of the faeros, devouring the souls of planet after planet of Ildirans to rejuvenate the weakened fire elementals and destroy Jora'h. Anderson , published on July 1, At the end of his rope, Hansa Chairman Basil Wenceslas has alienated all of the other factions in the Spiral Arm in his increasingly myopic and destructive struggle to reconsolidate the power he once held over the human race.
Peter's own brother Rory, thought killed years before. Rusa'h and the faeros have seized control of Ildira and Theroc with much loss of Ildiran and human lives. Anderson , published on February 1, Publishers Weekly commended its "superlative art" but noted that the plot "feels more like the rushed synopsis of a story than the story itself. A few hundred years before the events of Hidden Empire , eleven generation ships had been dispatched from an overpopulated Earth to find new planets to colonize.
Earth is now governed by the wizened King Ben, with Hansa Chairman Malcolm Stannis pulling the strings behind the scenes. The series has received varied reviews. Publishers Weekly called 's Hidden Empire a "stellar launch of a new series" and a "fascinating future epic", and praised its "engaging characters.
Anderson announced a sequel trilogy called The Saga of Shadows on his blog in December From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Saga of Shadows. The Saga of Seven Suns Book 1". Retrieved November 21, Anderson, Hidden Empire Review ". Retrieved November 23, Archived from the original on October 13, The Saga of Seven Suns Book 2". Retrieved December 6, The Saga of Seven Suns Book 3".
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