"powerful military science fiction"

Five years ago humans applied alien technology to convert a gas giant planet into a sun. However, when they destroyed the gas giant the humans unintentionally massacred the previously unknown residents, numerous Hydrogues. The unwitting genocide has since led to a solar war never seen on this scale before aimed at the Terran Hanseatic League as the Hydrogues keep the pressure on their foe.

The Hydrogues see an opportunity to rid themselves of a more dangerous enemy to their existence than the humans. They feel they can finally eradicate their ancient foe, the Verdani, an interconnected, semi-sentient Worldforest. Meanwhile the Earth Defense Forces must also deal with another enemy not as blatant as the Hydrogues; the Klikiss robots reprogram "compies" into human exterminating machines. On the positive side, contact with other sentient beings may lead to a needed ally or two, with both of these species apparently caught in the middle of the increasingly nasty solar hostilities.

The action is packed and the cast includes a "compy" fully developed, but what makes this sequel in the "Saga of Seven Suns" so good is the deep look at the causes of war. The story line never loses sight of its theme even while insuring plenty of adventure without preaching. The non- human species appear real, which makes the annihilation threats stronger, generating an even more powerful military science fiction novel that readers will appreciate for its insight inside a terse thriller.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 15, 2003


The author of 27 national bestsellers is back with the second novel in a thrilling new science fiction series.

Five years have passed since humans set fire to the gas- giant planets, unwittingly committing genocide of the Hydrogues--an infinitely powerful species of aliens--and igniting a war of epic proportions. Meanwhile, as humans struggle to fight against increasing hostilities from the Hydrogues, they learn from the Worldforest that they have awakened an ancient, fearsome, and merciless enemy in the Hydrogues. And when the water-based Wentals and the sun- dwelling Faeros are found, will humans finally have the allies they need? Or will they be caught in the middle of a war that could break apart the galaxy....This thrilling, multi-volume chronicle of a legendary war that spans the galaxy is written in the vein of the best works of Peter F. Hamilton, Dan Simmons, and Frank Herbert.

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

August 1, 2003
Available: August 1, 2003
ISBN #0446528714
EAN #9780446528719
464 pages
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Kevin J. Anderson

The Ashes of Worlds
Scattered Suns
Hidden Empire
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