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Blood of the Cosmos

The Saga of Shadows, Book Two
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: Saga of Shadows, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
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Blood of the Cosmos: the second book in Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Shadows trilogy.

An epic space opera of the titanic conflict of several galactic civilizations against a life-destroying force of shadows, a dark cosmic force that has swept through the undercurrents of the human interstellar empire. The intertwined plots, overflowing with colorful ideas, a large cast of characters, and complex storylines, span dozens of solar systems, alien races, and strange creatures.

As the second book of the trilogy opens, the humans and Ildirans, having narrowly escaped annihilation at the hands of the Shana Rei and their robot allies in Book One, are desperate to find a way to combat the black cloud of antimatter of the Shana Rei. The mysterious alien Gardeners, who had helped them previously, turn out to be a disaster in disguise and because of them, the world tree forests are again in danger. The allies believing they have found a way to stop their dreaded enemies, a new weapon is tested, but it's a horrible failure, throwing the human race and its allies to the brink of extinction.

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worth it

It's getting a little confusing have so many different story's happening at one time. I may try the next

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Fantastic book

The story was well rounded and it's development was amazing. It was read and paced well and I could barely stop listening!

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Epic continues

Part 2 delves deeper into the furthering of the Spiral Arms plight. . And leaves us paralysed with fear. .

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SciFi but very mystical

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is well performed, Mark Boyett gives the characters life

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Still waiting to find out what the great ring actually does. The two biggest problems I have with the storyline are 1) The endless repetition of info that you have already been told within this book, the previous book & the previous series; and 2) The endless mysticism - galaxy wide instantaneous communication by a "green priest" touching a tree, the "thism", etcetera. There is a constant flow of "deus ex machina" plot turns - both to start and finish a set piece within the storyline that I have actually started to get a bit annoyed. Mind you, this is the 9th book in the Seven Suns / Shadow series and nothing has really changed.

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Very good, but I have always enjoyed them

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Suspend your disbelief right here and now

Any additional comments?

Entertaining, but eventually a bit tiresome

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  • Sharon F.
  • 06-06-15

Very entertaining! !!

I absolutely loved this book! I can't wait until the next one comes out!! It amazed me that it was not hard for me to follow the storyline because I have not listened to the first set of books (Saga of the Seven Sons).

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  • Dr. Rob
  • 16-07-15

Argh!

Story is an engaging continuation of the Saga Of the Seven Suns. It follows the same narrative format, bouncing from character to character without having a single main character. That's fine for those used to it from previous books. Anderson hasn't lost the ability to keep me interested and wanting more. My only problem is that it ends in a very unsatisfying place. I want more! Sigh. I'll just have to wait.

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  • SAMA
  • 06-06-15

Exhilarating

This story makes me feel bad that there's only one more book left before the saga ends. While some characters are significantly more interesting than others, there are no dull characters who didn't have their moments to shine.

I think the ending is rushed and builds to the next story, however. It is a poor conclusion to the tale and the final few chapters all end in cliffhangers.

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  • Jeffery
  • 06-08-15

Anderson always delivers

Story development is great, the mix of stories keeps it interesting, and as usual, KJA is not afraid to kill off well established characters as the story progresses . The ending was a bit of a cheap cliffhanger, but I was expecting that since the first book. definitely looking forward to the next book.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 07-07-15

Space is getting more crowded

Blood of the Cosmos is the Kevin J Anderson's 2nd installment in the Saga of Shadows series. Book 2 picks up where the first ended with multiple plot lines continuing to evolve. While no new characters are introduced, the Anthos receive attention and we learn some of their backstory. The Shana Rae and the Clickiss robots continue their Sherman's march to the sea strategy, while the bloater extraction business gets messy for Lee Eastwander. Fireheart Station's big ring project is brought online with unexpected results. Fortunes are won and lost quickly.

There are few if any new sci-fi elements, except for bigger versions of some older stuff. There is little resolution of ongoing situations with the general direction being bad for both humans and Illdyrans. Perhaps the one glimmer of hope is a possible treatment for Prince Rain may have been found. While the complexity of the tale is enormous (20 - 30 major characters are followed), Anderson's easy going story telling style makes keeping track of everyone painless. Sadly, this installment ends with little hope, although the mystery of the bloaters (and their "singing") remain obscure. An as of yet unidentified power player remains to be revealed, although there are hints that even the elementals are a bit gun-shy to get involved.

The narration is well done with a fantastic range of voices, particularly given the range of characters. The only criticism is that the delivery is a bit on the slow side; a slightly faster pace would have been preferred.

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  • CHANDRA SINGH
  • 21-06-15

Fantastic book

Fantastic book written by Kevin Anderson. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • A. Adamson
  • 14-06-15

Fun

Fun read. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Dang cliff hangers

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  • Maxime
  • 06-09-15

Story has great potential, but...

I read the Saga of the Seven Suns quite a few years ago and remember I felt distinctly relieved it was all over by book 7.

Nonetheless I decided to give this a go. While I gave it a good go to slog through the first two books, I am not going to bother with the third instalment.

The story is quite good, but the author insists on treating me, the reader, like I have the memory span of a gold fish. He wastes huge amounts of time reintroducing each character every time he focuses on them, often using dialogue. As a result the protagonists have long conversations stating the bleeding obvious to each other and the dialogue is so stilted and wooden I sometimes felt like I was reading a Little Golden Book.

Unlike Alastair Reynolds or Iain M Banks (IMHO the current masters of the genre), Anderson does very little to inject any believability into the sci-fi concepts he presents to the reader turning the story into a rather lacklustre soap opera.

Keep searching. There are much better book out there.

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  • kurt
  • 09-08-15

Good Book but....

Where does Blood of the Cosmos rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty Good

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Mostly was okay - women and robot voices tended to be a little child like..

Any additional comments?

Kevin Anderson tells a good tale but in this book for some reason he wants to continually remind the reader over and over again information we already know. The first book in the new series it was kind of nice being reminded of things from the original series but it gets ridiculous when he reminds us of character's traits or their back history that have already be covered a couple of times in the same book and the first book of the series! And they are not even new characters but some that have been around throughout the original series...I admit I have problems remembering characters sometimes but it happens again and again for the first 3/4 of the book...I found myself wanting to scream "Yes I already know that!"...Sometimes I felt like he was writing for Alzheimer patients...

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  • Edmund C. Ramm
  • 19-07-15

Not a sequel

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. Warn readers that no plot lines are going to be wrapped up in either book 1 or book 2.

What did you like best about this story?

Good characters and interesting plots.

Was Blood of the Cosmos worth the listening time?

Yes and No. Good story but much repetition in book 2 in case you didn't read the first one. Since nothing is concluded in book 2 the reader is left with either waiting for book 3 (wondering if that is the last one) or giving up on the series.

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