by Kevin J. Anderson

eBook A FOREST OF STARS (SAGA OF SEVEN SUNS) download ISBN: 0743461215
Author: Kevin J. Anderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; paperback / softback edition (July 7, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 736
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Science Fiction

The Saga of Seven Suns is a series of seven space opera novels by American writer Kevin J. Anderson, published between 2002 and 2008.

The Saga of Seven Suns is a series of seven space opera novels by American writer Kevin J. The books are set in a not-too-distant future where humans have colonized a number of other planets across the galaxy, thanks in part to technological assistance from an ancient alien race, the Ildirans.

He weaves action, romance and science with a rousing plot reflecting the classic SF of Clarke and Herbert and the glossy cinematic influence of Lucas and Spielberg.

This is the second book in the Saga of the Seven Suns series, and it has all the flaws of the first book, only magnified.

Bestseller Anderson turns up the heat in his second Saga of the. He weaves action, romance and science with a rousing plot reflecting the classic SF of Clarke and Herbert and the glossy cinematic influence of Lucas and Spielberg.

Kevin J. Anderson was born on March 27, 1962. He has also written several books with Doug Beason including Ignition, Virtual Destruction, Fallout, and Ill Wind.

The Saga of the Seven Suns is a multi-volume chronicle of a legendary war that spans half the Galaxy and nearly shatters the cosmos. This series follows the family intrigues, the loves and tragedies, pomp and pageantry among several competing races in an expanding stellar empire. Five years have passed since the beginning of an epic war with the Hydrogues.

* The Tormented Worlds * Caught in the middle of a titanic struggle between two alien superpowers, the factions of humanity and their allies, the Ildirans, are under siege. Can they resolve their differences to fight a common threat? For the leader of the Roamers, survival means extending a helping hand to others, while the chairman of the Terran Hansa plans to use a new, untested alien weapon regardless of the consequences. And for the new Ildiran Mage-Imperator, survival involves throwing off the choking traditions of the Empire-even if it might trigger a civil war. As old intrigues and dark secrets come to light, a man who is believed to be long dead returns with an ally who may save mankind. But this new fragile hope will be threatened by a fresh betrayal-the most bitter and brutal of them all...
Comments: (7)
The Terran Hanseatic League led by Chairman Basil Wencelas used the Kliss Torch device to ignite a giant gas giant thus creating a small sun. The plan was to terraform the gas giant's moons into new colonies but unbeknownst to anyone, the planet was inhabited by an unknown alien species the hydrogues. The Hanseatic's action destroyed a populated world. The hydrogues unwilling to let this genocide go unpunished declares war on the Hansea, cutting off the fuel supply needed for space exploration.

The Hansea is allied with the Ildira but they are carrying out a breeding program that will hopefully allow one of the group to communicate with the hydrogues. A civil war is brewing among the Ildira and depending on which side wins, The Hansea may be alone in its fight against the hydrogue. The roamers, independent spacers who supply fuel to the Hansea have broken their ties with the league after an act of treachery leaving the ruler of the Hansea with the need to obtain another way of finding worlds for the people to colonize. Also in league with the hydrogues are the evil sentient Kliss robots who have the same goal as the hydrogues: the Hansea's destruction.

Book three in the Saga of the Seven sons is space opera at its best. Fans of Star Wars will want to see this series made into a movie because it is epic in scope. Considering how many action scenes there are in HORIZON STORMS, Kevin Anderson does a terrific job in character development. There are so many different other races in this saga, not all of the humanoid, that the readers find themselves looking at the tale as an anthropological study.

Harriet Klausner
Another excellent book by Kevin J Anderson in the Saga of the Seven Suns. You won't be able to put these books down.
I would like to offer an overall review of all seven books combined. Even though each book has its own sub-plots, one has to read all seven to stitch every piece together. Unless you plan to read all of them (a major time commitment) I suggest that you go find yourself something shorter to read. This is an epic saga.

I find the books and the story hard to classify. It is science fiction, but what kind? The story starts as if it is going to be hard science fiction. (That's why I probably consider the first book to be the best.) But then it degenerates into several parallel threads, many of which are pure fantasies. By the end of the seventh book, I felt that 90% of the threads and plot were more appropriately described as fantasy than science fiction.

Even if you prefer fantasy over hard science fiction, you will still be disappointed by the repeated "deus ex machina" saving the day. I count seven such cases, three of them occurring in the last volume. Anderson is very good in weaving a complex story to its crescendo and creating a very tense (nearly hopeless) situation for the heroes. Then he cannot get them out of there in any plausible way, and he resorts to dues ex machina time after time. Because of that, you will feel disappointed (perhaps even cheated) once you finish the story, even if you will find it entertaining most of the way.

The characters are one-dimensional. There are good sub-plots of love, hatred, betrayal, revenge... The evil is really evil, and the good-guys could do no wrong. If you don't mind that, you may enjoy the saga.
Though this is only book 3 of 7, things are still disastrous for humanity.

That is just the worst for my ego tied to humanity. It would be as an American reading the history of WWII in real time, in the Pacific. Sometime in the middle of 42, when things looked bleak. Pearl Harbor hurt, Wake Island fallen, the Philippines lost.

But we know, living so far from the events that things will be turning around. The drama that they aren't, though is painful to watch. Painful to have seen the train wreck of one of the enemies that we know of, revealed and destroyed a very young person's world.

it is painful to watch the leader of the majority of humanity be the anti FDR, or Winston Churchill, and the leader we root for still not think of a way to usurp control. To watch this anti leader of mankind make mistakes and be an egomaniac of his own.

The book moves the plot along. The timing of scenes again is all over the place. The issues of short chapters are still a detriment to the story. The book would help with a plotted timeline by the author and longer chapters that develop scenes. Less plot lines for some new secondary characters are being fleshed out to have their own sagas.

Still a read once. But, an example taken from a true master, I read all the Palliser novel shrunk to a one volume book once. I think this would have been much better if the author followed Trollope's example.
Most of these books are throw backs in style to the serialized scifi of mid-20th century America. They are fun but don't expect them to change your world view.
To be honest I bought the hard copy of the 2 first books of the saga when I went to South Africa some years ago and had always been wanting to found out what had happened to the characters involved in the plot... When I got my Kindle I could finaly get the new books and had loved it up untill book 6...