Key to Creation

Key to Creation

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by Kevin J. Anderson
     
 

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Brave explorers and mortal enemies across the world clash at a mysterious lost continent. After long voyages, encountering hurricanes and sea monsters, Criston Vora and Saan race to Terravitae, the legendary promised land. Saan's quest is to find the Key to Creation, a weapon that may defeat Uraba's enemies, and Criston wants vengeance against the monstrous

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Brave explorers and mortal enemies across the world clash at a mysterious lost continent. After long voyages, encountering hurricanes and sea monsters, Criston Vora and Saan race to Terravitae, the legendary promised land. Saan's quest is to find the Key to Creation, a weapon that may defeat Uraba's enemies, and Criston wants vengeance against the monstrous Leviathan that ruined his life long ago.

Back home, two opposing continents and religions clash for the remnants of a sacred city, unleashing their hatred in a war that could end both civilizations. Queen Anjine and Soldan-Shah Omra are driven by mutual hatred, heaping atrocity upon atrocity in an escalating conflict that only their gods can end.

Meanwhile, the secretive Saedrans. manipulating both sides, come ever closer to their ultimate goal: to complete the Map of All Things and bring about the return of God.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Mobs of squabbling humans and superhumans struggle to animate this big lump of sword and sorcery adventure, completing the trilogy that began with The Edge of the World (2009) and The Map of All Things (2010). The war between Uraba and Tierra is blazing, fanned by religious fanatics and atrocities committed on both sides. Explorers from both nations are sailing unknown seas to find the magical Key to Creation, which could determine which side gets to annihilate the other. There are some fresh ideas, including the discovery that the Key to Creation is not an object but a person, but the whole feels mechanical and labored; even the way the action bounces between the many characters and settings is a triumph of engineering rather than inspiration. The result is a long, undemanding wallow in generic tropes. (July)
Library Journal - Library Journal
The war between Tierra and Uraba escalates, as the flames of religious fervor feed hatred and violence on both sides. Saan, the son of the solden-shah of Uraba, sails to a new continent in search of the Key to Creation, a legendary item that may give Uraba the power to defeat its enemy. Also traveling to this land is Tierran captain Cristan Vora, who seeks vengeance for the loss of his wife on a previous voyage. In this third series outing (after The Edge of the World and The Map of All Things), the author of "The Saga of Seven Suns" series applies his storytelling expertise to a fantasy of jihad and exploration, where sea monsters threaten ships and armies fight to defend their faith. VERDICT Many story lines converge to carry this fantasy saga forward. Series followers and fans of the author will enjoy the newest developments in this tale of war and discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841496610
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
07/28/2011

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Kevin J. Anderson has written 46 national bestsellers and has over 20 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers' Choice Award. Find out more about Kevin Anderson at www.wordfire.com.

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The Key to Creation (Terra Incognita Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Uraba and Tierra continue their war with both sides committing atrocities as the religious righteous led respectively by Soldan-Shah Omra and Queen Anjine demand fanatic obedience and the destruction of the enemy. While the hostilities and horrors mount, each country sends forth intrepid explorers sailing at The Edge of the World to the uncharted third continent Terravitae in search of the Key to Creation. The religious leaders from both nations agree that the possessor of the mythical key will win the combat while the loser becomes extinct. Neither side stops for a moment to analyze what they are doing to themselves and their adversary, nor realize that the Saedrans manipulate each of them to achieve their BHAG completion of the Map of All Things signifying God's return. With a nod to the Jewel of the Nile, The key to Creation is an action-packed sword and sorcery quest fantasy. The story line is loaded with action, but never quite gels into a cohesive plot as the scenes jump around between the war and the search until late in the game. Still readers will enjoy the final thriller in the Terra Incognito saga especially as Saan and Criston (and fans) learn the key to life while exploring Terravitae. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the whole series and wish there was more of it to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson is 13 years old and loves this series; he was looking forward to reading the third one. I ordered the book on March 28th and it was shipped on March 29th. I was pleasantly surprised when I received it on March 31st, just in time for his birthday. I certainly would recommend Barnes & Noble for their outstanding service.
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