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Of Fire and Night (Saga of Seven Suns Series #5)

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by Kevin J. Anderson
     
 

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In the fifth book of The Saga of Seven Suns, a climactic battle begins between the Ildiran Solar Navy, the Earth Defense Forces, the Roamers, green priests, Klikiss robots, and hydrogue warglobes.

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In the fifth book of The Saga of Seven Suns, a climactic battle begins between the Ildiran Solar Navy, the Earth Defense Forces, the Roamers, green priests, Klikiss robots, and hydrogue warglobes.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Kevin J. Anderson's super-sized space opera, the Saga of Seven Suns, continues in Of Fire and Night, the fifth installment of the shelf-bending science fiction series that has been compared to Frank Herbert's Dune chronicles and Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy.

Of Fire and Night begins with the all-out extermination of humankind looming. The Terran Hanseatic League's war with the hydrogues (aliens that live at the core of gas-giant planets) is going badly -- and, with a tyrannical leader like Basil Wenceslas, the situation is only getting worse, especially after he alienates all of the powerful aliens who might have helped the League. As these once-reliable allies secretly plot humankind's eradication with the hydrogues, entire factions of humanity are making plans for individual survival. At the same time, Soldier compies (competent computerized companions) have rebelled and taken most of Earth's military. With Armageddon imminent, does humankind have any chance of survival?

When Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns (Scattered Suns, Horizon Storms, et al.) is eventually concluded -- a projected seven-volume story arc, according to the author's web site -- it will be remembered as one of the most ambitious science fiction narratives ever undertaken. Featuring numerous sentient alien races, complex political machinations, mind-blowing technological advances, and literally hundreds of integral characters, this apocalyptic series can be described properly in only word -- epic! (A word of advice to Seven Suns neophytes: This is definitely not a series where readers can just pick up any volume and dive in. Beginning with Book One, Hidden Empire, is highly recommended.) Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Anderson's fabulous fifth volume in his Seven Suns saga (after 2005's Scattered Suns) combines glitzy space-opera flash with witty, character-driven action on a cosmic scale. In retaliation for the destruction of a gas planet's hydrogue inhabitants, the surviving hydrogues join forces with human-hating Klikiss-created robots to exterminate all Terrans, including Hansa colonists, gypsy Roamers and Therons of Theroc, the forested planet that's home to sentient verdani. Vast verdani organic battleships unite with fiery, star-dwelling faeros, Earth Defense Forces and humanoid Ildirans in "elemental synergy" to fight the hydrogues. Expertly juggling a huge cast and multiple story lines, Anderson unleashes major firepower as he sets the scene for the sixth and final chapter in an SF series more entertaining than a 3-D superstar game of outerspace Twister. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

Anderson's fifth installment (after Scattered Suns) of the "Saga of the Seven Suns" space opera is feeling limber and rejuvenated. Though the thrill of the series' newness is diminished, more action helps to centralize dozens of story lines revolving around multispecies interstellar war. Klikiss robots ally with the hydrogues to exterminate humans (nomadic Roamers, gentle Therons, and earth-based Hansa) and force their cousin soldier "compy" robots to rebel viciously against humankind. Meanwhile, the Therons strengthen their alliance with the verdani (trees with networked consciousness) and, with the help of the water-based wentels, create treelike battleships that can defeat hydrogue warglobes. In all, it's not going well for the humans, particularly because super-controlling Hansa chairman Basil Wenceslas continues to shoot humankind in the foot by creating enemies both human and nonhuman. Though narrator David Colacci's agreeable voice lends itself well to the action, both the repetition required of such a long tale and the publisher's annoying 99 tracks per disc detract. Recommended for libraries where the earlier installments did well.
—Douglas C. Lord

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446577182
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Series:
Saga of Seven Suns Series, #5
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

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Of Fire and Night

The Saga of Seven Suns Book 5
By Kevin J. Anderson

WARNER ASPECT

Copyright © 2006 WordFire, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-57718-9


Chapter One

KING PETER

A heavy transport bearing the Earth Defense Forces logo settled onto the Whisper Palace plaza to the sound of cheering almost loud enough to drown out the landing jets. An honor guard carved a safe corridor through enthused spectators toward the shuttle and laid down a purple carpet for King Peter and Queen Estarra.

Taking steps in perfect synchronization with hers, the young King spoke from the corner of his mouth so none of the professional eavesdroppers could hear. "I so rarely get to announce good news that isn't an outright lie."

Well aware that Chairman Basil Wenceslas was watching and ready to respond if they made the slightest wrong move, Estarra answered with equal caution. "We've had to report the deaths of soldiers far too often. Greeting genuine returning heroes is a vast improvement."

No one had expected to find EDF soldiers alive this long after the battle of Osquivel; the missing men and women had been presumed killed by the alien hydrogues. Now, blinking in the Palace District's sunshine, thirty survivors hurried down the debarkation ramp, jostling each other as if they couldn't wait to drink in the air of Earth. All of the smiling refugees wore new uniforms provided bythe rescue crew. According to reports, they had immediately ejected the clothing given to them by their Roamer captors (or was it "hosts"? Peter wondered) out the disposal chutes.

Barely able to contain the ecstatic mob, the guards let the corralled VIP relatives and selected loved ones forward. During the return voyage, former Chairman Maureen Fitzpatrick had transmitted the names of the POWs. Excited families bounced from one rescued survivor to another until, like puzzle pieces, the right ones interlocked with hugs, joyous shouts, and mutual weeping.

Despite this glowing reception, Peter knew the Hansa government was thoroughly embarrassed to find anyone there. The EDF's clash with the hydrogues at Osquivel had been an utter disaster and a frenzied retreat. Many wounded soldiers were left to die aboard disabled vessels and unclaimed lifepods. But a band of Roamers had rescued some of them. Maureen Fitzpatrick and families of the fallen had gone to the ringed gas giant with the intent of establishing a memorial, and by sheer coincidence had encountered the Roamer shipyard and secured the hostages' return.

Without question, many more soldiers could have been rescued if the panicked EDF hadn't abandoned them. Once the heady celebration was over, people would begin asking questions. Basil, you certainly have egg on your face, Peter thought and realized that that was when the Chairman proved most dangerous.

Behind his eyes he saw a memory-flash of bloodied water, butchered dolphins, lifeless glassy eyes of the once-playful sea mammals: Basil had not reacted well to the leaked news of the Queen's unsanctioned pregnancy. Peter could not get the smell of blood and saltwater out of his nostrils.

"Keep to the schedule," Basil's voice scolded from his tiny ear microphone. "This is taking too long."

He squeezed Estarra's hand and faced the transport, waiting for the main event. Sensing an even greater spectacle, the crowd grew quiet. The cargo doors cracked open with a thud and a groan, metal sliding against metal. Interior floodlights shone with a glow like banked fires. Soldiers and cargo handlers used lifting apparatus and gravity-reducers like wranglers transporting a chained prehistoric monster. A small hydrogue derelict.

Roamers had found the dead ship drifting in the rings of Osquivel after the great battle. Though this scout vessel was less than ten meters in diameter, the crowd drew in a near-simultaneous gasp of amazement and fear.

As lifters lowered the derelict to the ground, Maureen Fitzpatrick approached Peter and Estarra with her grandson, one of the thirty refugees, and shook the King's hand as if he were a business partner. As a former Chairman, Maureen understood both how little power Peter truly wielded and the necessity of playing the game. "Sire, we had to let the Roamers escape in exchange for this derelict. I hope you agree it was an acceptable bargain."

"I'm sure the Roamers won't cause us any particular harm." He considered the recent aggression against them to be a deadly distraction that wasted vital military resources. Another one of Basil's boondoggles. "You made the right decision. Now we have an intact enemy ship to study. I will see to it that both of you receive recognition for your service."

Pleased to be in the limelight again, Maureen looked like a plump cat that had just swallowed a whole mouthful of canaries.

Estarra looked at the quiet young grandson of the old Chairman. "You seem distracted, Mr. Fitzpatrick. Are you well?"

"Sorry-I was ... thinking about someone."

"All this talk about Roamers must be distressing to him." Maureen touched the young man's arm. "He and the rest of the EDF survivors deserve a long furlough, King Peter-if I can convince General Lanyan of that."

Hansa scientists hurried into the security zone, eager to get their hands on the alien ship. Engineering Specialist Lars Rurik Swendsen was like a child unwrapping the largest present at a birthday party. "Just look at it! It's perfect. And if its systems work, we should be able to build counterparts using similar technology. This could be the biggest advance since producing Soldier compies from Klikiss robot designs, or ... or the Klikiss transportals themselves. Just think of it!" The tall Swede looked as if he might start dancing.

Maureen interjected, "We've also secured detailed notes and logbooks from tests performed by a Roamer engineer. Some of the data may be useful."

Dignitaries came forward to have their images taken beside the hydrogue ship. With so much disheartening news lately, media reporters would seize upon this happy story, just as they had repeated the unofficial announcement of the Queen's pregnancy.

Even so, this small derelict was a grim reminder that the hydrogues could strike Earth at any time. However, Peter thought of Basil lurking behind shadows in the Palace, it would be refreshing to confront an enemy who isn't afraid to face you.

(Continues...)



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Kevin J. Anderson has written 46 national bestsellers and has over 20 million books in print worldwide in 30 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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Of Fire and Night (Saga of Seven Suns Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Hill_Ravens More than 1 year ago
The deeper into the saga the story travels the more I cannot seem to stop reading. I am thrilled with the latest plot twists and changes. I was wondering how long it would take for the king & queen to get away from the evil Basil. Nira's story line is starting to bore me, but I have hope that it will redeem itself eventually. Too much effort has been put into her and the lines leading to her to be dissapointed. I am anxiously awaiting the final two books to be delivered so I can finish the series. I can't believe it took me this long to pick it up. I am glad I did. It will be added to the re-read periodically section of the library. It is similiar to Dune with all the plots and characters, it is hard to take it all in on the first read through the series. I look forward to writing more detailed reviews with the next reading of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fifth book in the Seven Suns, continues the colossal galactic intrigue, excitement of the disparate descendants of the peoples of Earth, and the political parallels of races not of Earth, specifically J'orah, Mage-Imperator of the race of lderians. Ancient, long dormant evil intelligent robot enemies, the Klikliss and strange gas cloud and interdimentional moving creatures, the Hydrogues, give the extended hero's and heroines chronicled plenty to battle. These books are a pleasure to read as Kevin J Andersons writing style is concise and easy to read. I would recommend any of the Saga of the Seven Suns series and books to follow (The Saga is a promised 7 book tome). I am anxiously waiting for book 6!
MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
Another fun volume in this intriguing story. I very much enjoyed this fifth installment f the Saga of the Seven Suns series. The characters have really come to life for me. The author is doing an excellent job of continuing to build the worlds and cultures he has created. Sorry I only have two more books to read in the set. Michael Travis Jasper, author of the novel “To Be Chosen”
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