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Of Fire and Night

Of Fire and Night, July 2006
Saga of the Seven Suns, Book 5
by Kevin J. Anderson

Featuring: Basil Wenceslas; Jora'h
544 pages
ISBN: 0446577189
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"Brilliant, suspenseful conclusion to out-of-this-world space saga."

Fresh Fiction Review

Of Fire and Night
Kevin J. Anderson

Reviewed by Sue Burke
Posted June 26, 2006

Science Fiction

Anderson prepares to conclude his brilliant The Saga of the Seven Suns series with this 5th and penultimate novel.

The citizens of Earth stand alone against the hydrogues as the populace of the Spiral Arm unites to face their common enemy. Hansa Chairman Basil Wenceslas, sure of Earth's superiority, has unwisely and rashly made many enemies and now Earth's population will pay the ultimate price for his brash and heavy-handed condescension. Even the neutral Ildirans have capitulated to the deep-core aliens and have agreed to assist the hydrogues with their plan to exterminate humanity. The Big Goose may finally be cooked and the rest of the galaxy is far too busy defending itself to mourn Earth's passing.

The Saga of the Seven Suns series has been a wild ride. Anderson is the Cecil B. DeMille of science fiction here, assembling a cast of thousands for a final showdown between humanity and the deep-core hydrogues. The story shifts point of view from chapter to chapter with no one given short shrift. There are a lot of characters and subplots to keep track of and they all turn out to be more or less equally interesting. Even the compies (robots) have their story told. Space opera has never been so much fun.

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The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his increasingly irrational leadership Basil Wenceslas, chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner. His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the Roamers as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc have made enemies for the people of Earth. Enemies that the Hansa cannot afford. Not when Wenceslas is struggling against revolt by soldier compies, who decimate the military by stealing ships and slaughtering soldiers; and betrayal by the Ildirans, led by Jora'h the Mage-Imperator, who is secretly scheming with the hydrogues to annihilate Earth.

Now disparate factions of humanity must plan for their own salvation. Worldtrees allied with humans on Theroc have rallied hulking, thorny tree battleships. Roamers work with powerful water entities, the wentals, to seed planets everywhere with a growing force to challenge the hydrogues.

But when the final battle with the hydrogues is joined, who will aid the people of Earth?

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