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Publisher's Summary

In a world of sea monsters, mermaids and lost islands, ghost ships, leviathans and weather witches, only the impetuous, the brave or the mad seek adventure at sea. After generations of friction, the leaders of two lands meet in the holy city of Ishalem to bring an end to the bloodshed and to divide the world between them.
Sadly, this new spirit of fellowship is shortlived. A single tragic accident destroys, in minutes, the peace that took years to build. The world is once more cast into the fires of war - and this time the flames may burn until nothing remains. From the highest lord to the lowest servant, no man or woman will be unchanged by the conflict.
But while war rages across both continents, a great quest will defy storms and sea serpents to venture beyond the horizon, where no maps exist - to search for a land out of legend. It is a perilous undertaking, but there will always be the impetuous, the brave and the mad who are willing to leave their homes to explore the unknown.
Even unto the edge of the world . . .
©2009 Kevin J. Anderson (P)2009 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Daniel N. Lionsden on 05-10-10

An Anderson Saga--Please Write Faster

Like the Saga of Seven Suns, Anderson proves he is a sadist. Writing interminable sagas. My misfortune was coming in on the beginning of this one. Now in my mid-sixties, I hope I live long enough to hear "the rest of the story."

Anderson throws in enough human interest sub-plots to keep one yearning to find out what happens next. For one, I wanted a little more juice in the Cleoparia finale. It would be a spoiler to say any more.

Sagas have a way of stretching your attention span. My wife, ha ha, thought we would die before the end of The Saga of Seven Suns. This saga is so different, set in a medieval world. I think this is a commentary on Earth's world religions. It takes awhile to figure out which group represents Christians, Muslims, secularists, and various sects. Don't rush to judgment. That's part of the fun in this opening salvo, figuring out who's who in this saga. I hope Anderson doesn't trash the Christian-like group, the cheap shot so many journalists and novelists take whenever portraying Christians. It's boring in its predictability. Sagan was kind to religionists in Contact, making the evangelist compassionate and human rather than a bizarre abberation so many writers make of Christians. (I am a Christian in case you were wondering, and happy to be one.)

The religious aspects of this saga are not spelled out as Muslim, Christian, and secular. Kevin doesn't throw it in your face. He doesn't vilify one group and exalt the other, yet he does keep the religious conflict high in the order of things--the interactions between Urabins(Muslims) and the Aidenists (Christian) is scary, bloody, and pitiless for the most part.

I noticed people are bad-mouthing Scott Brick. No way. Scott does a wonderful job, as he always does. He's a great reader and worth whatever small fortune they pay him.

Have fun, and take your time with this book. It's not great literature, but it sure is worth listening to.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Krista on 07-20-09


Looking forward to the next book. Scott Brick is a wonderful narrator - with so many voices and Kevin Anderson creates a complex epic fantasy - not your typical magical land- that you feel the history and politics of that could be real. Enjoyed the many characters and story lines - all coming together very nicely as the story goes on and on.

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