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Scattered Suns

Scattered Suns, July 2005
Book 4 of The Saga of the Seven Suns
by Kevin J. Anderson

Warner Aspect
496 pages
ISBN: 0446577170
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"Fast-paced, exciting addition to the Spiral Arm universe."

Fresh Fiction Review

Scattered Suns
Kevin J. Anderson

Reviewed by Sue Burke
Posted June 17, 2005

Science Fiction

The war between the hydrogues and the civilizations of the Spiral Arm continues. The Hansa, Roamer and Ildrians strike out not only at their common enemy, but also turn against each other. Culture against culture, brother against brother, and so they begin to weaken.

The Ildrians engage in a bloody civil war. Jora'h, the legitimate Mage Imperator, battles his brother and eldest son, who've banded together in an effort to defeat and replace him. Meanwhile, Jora'h's young daughter has successfully made contact with the hydrogues. The hydrogues have agreed to end hostilities with the Ildiran Empire, but demand a terrible price in return.

The Roamers are scattered. Branded outlaws by the Hansa, their outposts have been destroyed and their people imprisoned.

On Theroc, the Worldforest has suffered crippling blows, but help has come at last in the form of the wentals, water- based entities long thought extinct. Now the Therons face the future with a new confidence and determination.

Chairman Basil Wenceslas is still in control of the puppet monarchy and the media on Earth. Increasingly unbalanced, Basil has declared open war on the Roamer clans, turning them into convenient scapegoats by focusing attention on the hapless clans and away from the government and the war effort. King Peter realizes Basil is more of a threat than ever and contemplates replacing the most extreme way possible. The Soldier compies betray the EDF and openly join the Klikss robots in their insidious plan to exterminate mankind once and for all. Earth has never been more unpopular with the rest of the galaxy. With all the peoples of the Spiral Arm lining up against them, can there be any hope for the future?

As the fourth installment unfolds in Anderson's ambitious and compelling The Saga of the Seven Suns series, some story arcs are tied up and new arcs begin. Communication with the hydrogues opens a whole new can of worms. Jora'h's daughter has lived up to the hopes of her people. The wentals and the verdani are allied and the Roamers have joined their team. The Ildrian civil war seems to be over, but the fate of the usurper raises even more questions. Everything is coming together nicely, but there are still big arcs to be explored in book five and probably more than enough story for a book or two after that. Anderson's storytelling is fast-paced and exciting. A wild roller coaster ride through the universe of the Spiral Arm.

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The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells-including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

Newly ascended to the Ildiran throne, Mage-Imperator Jora'h must quash the rebellion launched by his mad brother before the hydrogues destroy what is left of the empire. Assailed from all sides, Jora'h turns to his beloved half-human daughter, dispatching her on a desperate mission to make peace with the hydrogues.

Hope for humanity now rests with Jess Tamblyn, who continues to seed worlds with the watery wentals, the mortal enemies of the hydrogues. And on the ravaged planet of Theroc, home to a telepathic worldforest, a dead man is resurrected to prepare for the arrival of mysterious new allies in the fight. But Chairman Basil Wenceslas's vendetta against the free-spirited Roamers has blinded him to a danger closer to home-the soldier machines that make up the backbone of the Hansa fighting force. King Peter has long suspected that the compies, built with the help of the ancient Klikiss robots, cannot be trusted. Now the shocking proof comes when the Klikiss launch their long-planned extermination of all things flesh and blood. And in the ensuing battle, humans and Ildirans alike will face their darkest choices yet...

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