Blood of the Cosmos : Saga of Shadows

  • by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by Mark Boyett
  • Series: Saga of Shadows
  • 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Blood of the Cosmos: the second book in Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Shadows trilogy.
An epic space opera of the titanic conflict of several galactic civilizations against a life-destroying force of shadows, a dark, cosmic force that has swept through the undercurrents of the human interstellar empire. The intertwined plots, overflowing with colorful ideas, a large cast of characters, and complex storylines span dozens of solar systems, alien races, and strange creatures.
As the second book of the trilogy opens, the humans and Ildirans, having narrowly escaped annihilation at the hands of the Shana Rei and their robot allies in book one, are desperate to find a way to combat the black cloud of antimatter of the Shana Rei. The mysterious alien Gardeners, who had helped them previously, turn out to be a disaster in disguise and because of them the world tree forests are again in danger. The allies believing they have found a way to stop their dreaded enemies, a new weapon is tested, but it's a horrible failure, throwing the human race and its allies to the brink of extinction.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very entertaining! !!

I absolutely loved this book! I can't wait until the next one comes out!! It amazed me that it was not hard for me to follow the storyline because I have not listened to the first set of books (Saga of the Seven Sons).
Read full review

- Sharon F.

Space is getting more crowded

Blood of the Cosmos is the Kevin J Anderson's 2nd installment in the Saga of Shadows series. Book 2 picks up where the first ended with multiple plot lines continuing to evolve. While no new characters are introduced, the Anthos receive attention and we learn some of their backstory. The Shana Rae and the Clickiss robots continue their Sherman's march to the sea strategy, while the bloater extraction business gets messy for Lee Eastwander. Fireheart Station's big ring project is brought online with unexpected results. Fortunes are won and lost quickly.

There are few if any new sci-fi elements, except for bigger versions of some older stuff. There is little resolution of ongoing situations with the general direction being bad for both humans and Illdyrans. Perhaps the one glimmer of hope is a possible treatment for Prince Rain may have been found. While the complexity of the tale is enormous (20 - 30 major characters are followed), Anderson's easy going story telling style makes keeping track of everyone painless. Sadly, this installment ends with little hope, although the mystery of the bloaters (and their "singing") remain obscure. An as of yet unidentified power player remains to be revealed, although there are hints that even the elementals are a bit gun-shy to get involved.

The narration is well done with a fantastic range of voices, particularly given the range of characters. The only criticism is that the delivery is a bit on the slow side; a slightly faster pace would have been preferred.
Read full review

- Michael G Kurilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios