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.


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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).
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- Sharon F.

Story has great potential, but...

I read the Saga of the Seven Suns quite a few years ago and remember I felt distinctly relieved it was all over by book 7.

Nonetheless I decided to give this a go. While I gave it a good go to slog through the first two books, I am not going to bother with the third instalment.

The story is quite good, but the author insists on treating me, the reader, like I have the memory span of a gold fish. He wastes huge amounts of time reintroducing each character every time he focuses on them, often using dialogue. As a result the protagonists have long conversations stating the bleeding obvious to each other and the dialogue is so stilted and wooden I sometimes felt like I was reading a Little Golden Book.

Unlike Alastair Reynolds or Iain M Banks (IMHO the current masters of the genre), Anderson does very little to inject any believability into the sci-fi concepts he presents to the reader turning the story into a rather lacklustre soap opera.

Keep searching. There are much better book out there.
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- Maxime

Book Details

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