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Shadow of the Giant, the exciting conclusion of Orson Scott Card's Shadow Quartet (Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Shadow Puppets), completes the epic saga that chronicles the adventures of Julian "Bean" Delphiki and other young military geniuses in the years after they helped save Earth from annihilation. The Shadow series, a parallel story line of sorts to Card's award-winning Ender's Quartet (the first two novels in the series, Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards) focuses on Bean, a mostly peripheral character in Ender's Game, and other young Battle School graduates who helped Andrew "Ender" Wiggin defeat the Buggers -- a race of insectoid space travelers bent on conquering Earth.
While Shadow of the Giant follows Bean and his wife, Petra, as they desperately try to find the eight missing embryos that were stolen from them before Bean's dread affliction kills him -- his genetic modifications for intellectual ability have also triggered a perpetual growth pattern -- a major focus of the novel is Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, whose life goal is to unite all of Earth's people under one government and to end war forever. But with many Battle School graduates now international heads of state, revolutionary leaders, and "fledgling deities," Peter's dream of unification just might spark the bloodiest world war yet…
Longtime fans of the Ender's and Shadow Quartets who have patiently waited years for this concluding volume will be blown away by all the unexpected and startling developments within. But is this the last of the novels taking place in Card's Enderverse? According to the author: definitely not. Paul Goat Allen