Synopses & Reviews
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 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...
"Bestseller Anderson delivers more on-the-edge-of-your-seat SF thrills in the fourth installment of his Seven Suns saga (after 2004's Horizon Storms). Moments of extreme tenderness temper the relentless and often graphic descriptions of a brutal, seemingly endless war among the civilizations that populate the Spiral Arm. As before, menacing turncoat Klikiss robots plot to eradicate all humans (and humanoid alien Ildirans), while the delightfully dismayed DD, a captive robot 'compy,' takes notes in the event he ever escapes the Klikiss and can warn the humans he serves. Meanwhile, the angry hydrogues, who inhabit gas-giant planets, continue their campaign against humans, verdani ('worldforest' dwellers) and faeros (sun dwellers). Anderson handles a huge cast and complicated plot with lan. Agent, John Silbersack. (July 18)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Anderson has created a highly original far-future universe filled with intriguing aliens, a complex political history, and a well-developed cast of characters." Library Journal
About the Author
Kevin J. Anderson has sold more than sixteen million copies of his novels worldwide. Nominated for the Nebula, Bram Stoker, and SFX Reader's Choice Awards, Anderson established the Guinness world record for largest single-author book signing. He lives in Colorado.