"Terrific space opera"
When Chairman Basil Wenceslas used a device to ignite a
gas giant he unknowingly destroyed the beings known as the
hydrogues in it. The hydrogues declared war on the Terran
Hanseatic League and nothing in the league's arsenal seems
able to stop them. The hydrogues also declare war of the
Hanseatic's ally the Illdira, the only other major
civilization in the Spiral Arm.
Instead of uniting against a common enemy, the worlds of
the Hansa and those of the IIdira are sinking into
internal chaos. There is a civil war taking place among
the Ildira while the leader's daughter was specially bred
to negotiate with the hydrogues but nobody can guarantee
her success. Basil is descending into madness, acting the
tyrant to people, worlds, and colonists who don't agree
with his orders. The only hope to defeat the enemy lies
with the verdani, an organic based sentience similar to
the Theron world forest which was destroyed in a hydrogue
attack. It means working together if civilization hopes to
survive the almost unbeatable hydrogues.
Anyone who loves a good space opera will want to read
SCATTERED SUNS the fourth novel in the Saga of the Seven
Suns. This work moves the story further along but leaves
the audience with a feeling of anticipation as they wait
for the next edition to be published to see what happens.
Kevin J. Anderson is a talented storyteller and his
ability to create characters both human and alien that are
believable makes his novels very special
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 17, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007