The Saga of Seven Suns: A Forest of Stars

A Forest of StarsA Forest of Stars
(The Saga of Seven Suns Book 2)
by: Kevin J. Anderson

(Science Fiction/Space Opera)

496 pages [Hardcover]

The conflict with the Hydrogues escalates as humanity struggles with dwindling fuel, political challenges, and inscrutable aliens.

Oops! I completely forgot to review this one!  That’s what I get for reading too many books at once and just letting the reviews pile up. But don’t worry, I have a system now that should make sure no more books slip through the cracks. Now, I’m not sure I remember enough details to write a decent review, so I guess I’ll write an indecent review? Wait, no, that’s not how that word works…

I think I’ll be sticking with this series long term. I’ve mentioned often how much I love a deep history in a story and this series has that. Perhaps what I’m really saying is that I like depth in a story and epic histories provide that quite easily. I’m really loving the mystery of the Klikiss robots, and the mysteries within the Saga of Seven Suns.

Things escalate in this volume, as would be expected. With the Hydrogues vigorously defending their gas giants, humanity is facing a dramatic fuel shortage, causing some to go outside the law to get their hands on what they need. There’s a lot of destruction as the Hydrogues get more aggressive, but humanity doesn’t seem to be their true target. We’re just in the way. I was pleasantly surprised by some interesting new powers who enter the conflict that have the potential to be pretty awesome.

If you’re a hardcore science person this might not be the series for you. Personally, I don’t think that a story set in space is required to be researched so extensively that the author might as well have a PhD in engineering and astrophysics. It’s not a bad thing for a book to be that well researched, but being the layman I am, I enjoy a story just fine with a little less research.

As for the pace of the story and its characters, it was not always attention-grabbing. There was a time when I probably wouldn’t have bothered with this series because of that. However, I have learned, in my more recent book-obsessed years, that a slower paced and more detailed story can still be worth reading, even if I’m not over-the-top excited about reading it. I may not have been completely absorbed for every minute of it, but I enjoyed it overall. This is why I now read a few books at a time. When I have a slower, longer book to read, I make sure to have something more immediately gratifying in the mix too. It keeps the energy flowing and prevents me from getting bored.

In spite of a couple of flaws, I enjoyed this book and am curious enough about the plot to keep reading. Also, I would like to hug a world tree. Until next time…

Happy Reading!

The Saga of Seven Suns: Hidden Empire

The Saga of Seven Suns: Hidden Empire

By: Kevin J. Anderson

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For some reason I just couldn’t read this book quickly, hence the long period of time since my last review.  It’s a bit of a slow read and took a really long time to get going.  I really wish the last fifty or so pages had been the beginning, because that’s when everything finally picked up.  That being said, I understand the need to introduce this whole world, its governments, aliens, and characters, I just wish it could have been done in a more exciting way.

Like Tad Williams’ Otherland, this book has many short chapters following a myriad of storylines, following different characters and their relations to all the things that finally happen at the end of the book.  This is a great thing if you don’t happen to like a particular plot line, but it can also be a little distracting without anything to connect those chapters, or any cliff hangers to make you want to get back to that character faster.  With so many stopping points it makes it too easy to put the book down and go tinker with something else…or perhaps I have a short attention span…

My favorite aspect of the story are the world trees, and I find them to be so adorable (though that may not have been the intention) with their sentience and super cute thirst for knowledge.  Can trees really be cute?  I liked the two archaeologists and the mysterious Klikiss robots.  The relationship between Jess and Ceska is alright, but starting a story off with two people just automatically in love isn’t as fun as having them fall for each other slowly over the course of the story.  Despite all the things that keep them apart, it still felt a little too simple for me.  The Ildiran’s and the other characters filled out the rest of the story nicely.

I really wish this story had more action, emotion, surprises, and epic moments, but since this is only the first of seven, maybe it’s merely the introduction to all of those things.  I don’t want to judge it too harshly yet, but so far it feels like it’s lacking a little something, perhaps it will be found in book two.  Until then…

Happy Reading! 🙂

The whole series:

  • Hidden Empire
  • A Forest of Stars
  • Horizon Storms
  • Scattered Suns
  • Of Fire and Night
  • Metal Swarm
  • The Ashes of Worlds