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Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 5 (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Kevin J. Anderson

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Starred Review. Bestseller Anderson's fabulous fifth volume in his Seven Suns saga (after 2005's Scattered Suns) combines glitzy space-opera flash with witty, character-driven action on a cosmic scale. In retaliation for the destruction of a gas planet's hydrogue inhabitants, the surviving hydrogues join forces with human-hating Klikiss-created robots to exterminate all Terrans, including Hansa colonists, gypsy Roamers and Therons of Theroc, the forested planet that's home to sentient verdani. Vast verdani organic battleships unite with fiery, star-dwelling faeros, Earth Defense Forces and humanoid Ildirans in "elemental synergy" to fight the hydrogues. Expertly juggling a huge cast and multiple story lines, Anderson unleashes major firepower as he sets the scene for the sixth and final chapter in an SF series more entertaining than a 3-D superstar game of outerspace Twister. (July)
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The fifth installment in The Saga of the Seven Seas finds the universe in imminent danger from the alliance of the Hydrogues (a bit cranky after their planet was destroyed) and the human-hating robots dedicated to the destruction of all humans. Earth defense forces gather up all the allies they can find, and the battles escalate. Much of the drama lies not in the action, but in the complex relationships among the characters. David Colacci's nuanced performance does justice to this complexity. Putting himself in the shoes of the characters, he captures their emotions and lets their personalities shine through with all their vulnerabilities and, in some cases, hidden strength. His sense of engagement is contagious as the intensity of the plot builds. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 692 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0316021733
  • Editeur : Aspect (1 octobre 2006)
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Né en 1962, Kevin J. Anderson est un auteur américain parmi les plus prolifiques et les plus acclamés de sa génération. Depuis 1993, plus de trente titres de sa plume ont figuré sur les listes de best-sellers.
En France, on le connaît surtout pour ses collaborations avec Brian Herbert autour du cycle de Dune et pour ses romans dans l'univers de Star Wars. Mais ce bourreau de travail a également écrit des space opera ambitieux situés dans des univers qu'il a lui même créés. La Saga des Sept Soleils en est un parfait exemple.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Plenty of Surprise Remaining in this Saga 1 juillet 2006
Par Terri Rowan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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*** SEE THE INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN J. ANDERSON ON THE WUAT WEBSITE! ***

The Ildiran Empire is about to betray the human race. In a Faustian deal, hydrogues have pledged not to exterminate the Mage-Imperator's people, as long as they help destroy all of humanity.

On Earth, the Terran Hansa is crumbling. King Peter and Queen Estarra are mere figureheads, and the real leader, the Chairman, grows more erratic by the hour. Terrified for the safety of their unborn child, and the Hansa at large, the King and Queen must find a way to survive.

Two elemental forces, the verdani (sentient forest) and wentals (sentient water) are drawn together in an awesome merging of power, while the unpredictable faeros (sentient fire beings) hassle the hydrogues. In an unholy alliance, the hydrogues and Klikiss robots move forward in their plans to eradicate "rock dwellers." The robots have succeeded in infesting the Hansa's space fleet with the deadly soldier compies. Entire grids of the fleet may be lost.

Betrayal, subterfuge, and espionage may give way to hope if humanity can pull itself together. After the ruthless measures taken by the Hansa military against outlying colony worlds, the mysterious Roamers, as well as the lack of aid to other allies, planet Earth is in grave danger. Can Hansa "allies" and victims forgive the corrupt government in time to help save the birthplace of humanity? If not, all is lost.

By maintaining the high standard of writing for which he is known, Kevin J. Anderson continues to thrill and astonish readers with the fifth installment of The Saga of Seven Suns. Many "epic" series tend to lull after a few novels, but this Saga thrusts forward in ever-changing ways. While some events are somewhat predictable--perhaps intentionally--there are enough surprises to sustain the level of tension necessary to pull the reader through.

There are a few threads of the tale that will either not make sense, or will seem out of character for a while. Don't let that fool you. Press on, because even though you may think you know what will happen, you don't.

After reading this novel, only two questions remain. The first is whether Anderson can finish out this series with the same caliber of storytelling. One would have to read to the end of this book in order to understand the full impact of this question--to say more would be to spoil a spectacular ending. The Saga is not over by a long shot, but Anderson has a lot to live up to.

The other question: Do we really have to wait another year for the next installment?!

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
6/21/2006
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Final War with the Hydrogues 12 avril 2007
Par Arthur W. Jordin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Of Fire and Night (2006) is the fifth SF novel in The Saga of the Seven Suns, following Scattered Suns. In the previous volume, DD used the Klikiss gate to find Margaret Colicos on an alien planet. Tasia Tamblyn was captured by Klikiss robots. Patrick Fitzpatrick III negotiated a deal with his grandmother for the freedom of all Roamers within the Osquivel system.

King Peter and Queen Estarra found the friendly dolphins slaughtered and realize that they can no longer hold back in their struggle with Hansa Chairman Basil Wenceslas. Mage-Imperator Jora'h converts the thism of most of the rebels back to himself, but Rusa'h escapes to a faeros city within the Hyrillka sun. Anton Colicos reads Homer's epics to Rememberer Vao'sh until he recovers from his thism withdrawal. The verdani battleships finally reach Theroc.

In this novel, the Osquivel survivors return to be welcomed by enthused crowds. The scientists push through the crowds, impatient to begin investigating the hydrogue derelict vessel. Dignitaries pose for the cameras in front of the small ship.

King Peter and Queen Estarra are there to greet the rescued EDF soldiers. Chairman Wenceslas is also there, although the survival of these men and women was a surprise and embarrassment to the EDF and himself. He wants the public ceremony over as soon as possible.

Admiral Lev Stromo commands the forces sent to rescue the "dunsel" commanders of the EDF rammer fleet, but they find no escape pods and no debris around Qronha 3. Headquarters sends further instructions and his communications techs pick up a faint hidden signal that shows them lost EDF crewmembers and Klikiss robots. Unfortunately, the soldier compies serving on the bridge also receive a signal to take over the ship.

Mage-Imperator receives a visit from hydrogue warglobes at the invitation of his daughter Osira'h. Still, the hydrogue emissary is not interested in negotiating with the Ildirans. First he threatens to destroy the entire race, but mental prodding by Osira'h causes him to provide the Mage-Imperator with a choice: exterminate the Terrans or die.

In this story, the Roamers are definitely not cooperating as ordered. The Terran Hanseatic League is also losing control of its colonies. Meanwhile, Chairman Wenceslas is losing control of his judgment and temper; he starts indulging himself with paranoiac fantasies and planning the death of Peter, Estarra and their unborn child.

Elsewhere, the various enemies of the hydrogues are gathering forces to terminate the ten thousand year old war. The Terran colonies and Roamers are allying with the faeros, the verdani and the wentals to take the war to the hydrogue planets. The Ildirans have an incidental role in this war, but the Hansa government is mostly unaware of the allied offensive.

This novel concludes one phase of this story, but the series does not end with this volume. Stay tuned for Book 6.

Recommended for Anderson fans and for anyone else who enjoys old fashioned space opera with a cast of billions. If you have not read any of the previous books in this series, start with Hidden Empire.

-Arthur W. Jordin
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Too many instances of deus ex machina 26 septembre 2010
Par physics lover - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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? 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.) But then it degenerates into several parallel threads, many of which are pure fantasies. By the end of the seventh book, I felt that 90% of the threads and plot were more appropriately described as fantasy than science fiction.

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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Of Twists and Turns 31 décembre 2007
Par owookiee - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Another great book (5th) in the series by Kevin Anderson. While the series takes a bit to get going, in that you're introduced to a lot of different plot lines immediately, by this time they're all easy to follow. The thing I like most about this series is STUFF ACTUALLY HAPPENS. There are many other multi-book series where when you finish a book you feel like not much has happened even though you just read 600 pages. Not so with The Saga of Seven Suns. This fifth book, in my opinion, harbors the most change from start to finish, and left me amazed at where he's taken the story. Anderson isn't afraid to shake up the plot into entirely new directions, or to kill off characters where it makes sense...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Totally swept away in another world! 28 juin 2007
Par TexasTripletMom - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I absolutely adore the Dune series. The most recent books of which are coauthored by Kevin J Anderson, and Brian Herbert (Frank's son).

While waiting for the next Dune book to come out, i decided to try Saga of the Seven suns. I quickly devoured each available book in this series, and for the last two have eagerly anticipated their release. I can't wait for the next one!

The plot line is so intriguing, the characters so well developed. I love the way the story is told from each person's perspective. Sometimes it will even overlap events two characters shared in common and show it through each character's eyes.

I recommend you start from the beginning, but Dune and Saga of the Seven Suns are both written with little flashbacks here and there to anchor the current events and remind you of what happened before. (kinda like a 'previously on such and such tv show'). That might help you follow along if you jumped in the middle. But you'll probably enjoy it the most if you get to know the characters through their lives by starting at the beginning. (that way you don't have to play catchup)

To summarize the series, There are 4 races of Elemental beings that have been at war for thousands of years. Earth, Water, Fire, and Gas. There are also humans (still anchored at Earth), and a race called Ildrians which have like a telekenesis that links them all together. There are insectoid robots fashioned by a long suspected to be extinct race of insectoid organic creatures the Klikiss. There is also a vagabond group of ragtag humans who have learned to survive the most extreme conditions, known as the Roamers. And there are robots (compies) created by the human race to service their needs. The smaller less sophisticated races Humans, Roamers, and Ildrians are swept into this galactic battle that has been waged for centuries between the elemental races. And join forces with Verandi (earth), and Wental (water) to fight the Hydrogues (Gas).

This book has it all. Love, War, magnificent battles. Heartache. Happiness. Victory and Triumph. The battle of good versus evil. Internal conflicts of conscience. It is fantastic.
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