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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841490660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841490663
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.7 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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Orson Scott Card keeps returning to his first published story "Ender's Game" (1977). He expanded it into the acclaimed 1985 novel Ender's Game, winning Hugo and Nebula awards and spawning several sequels. More recently, Ender's Shadow reworked the original tale of precocious boy soldier Ender saving the world from alien hordes at terrible personal cost, as told from the different, colder viewpoint of his even younger lieutenant Bean.

Now Ender has been sent to the stars as too dangerously charismatic a military leader to keep on Earth. Without the common alien threat, our global alliance is disintegrating. Ender's top strategists like Bean are in demand by would-be conquering countries. Kidnappings rapidly follow.

Four strange, tortured teenagers dominate the book. Ender's brilliant but twisted brother Peter is already manipulating international politics as respected political pundit "Locke", hoping to become world ruler or Hegemon. He needs the genetically enhanced abilities of Bean, who's mainly concerned with the fate of kidnapped Petra--the only girl to reach the top rank at Ender's Battle School. Meanwhile boy serial killer Achille, the villain of Ender's Shadow, has sold his strategic talents to more than one nation, and has scores to settle ...

Shadow of the Hegemon lacks glittering SF hardware and seems almost old-fashioned after the planet-busting supertechnology of Ender's Game. What makes it compulsive reading is Card's uncannily sure handling of character, especially flawed characters and their painful moral choices. Minor figures like Ender's parents acquire new depth, and we care when people die. Recommended--but do read the books in sequence. A third "Shadow" novel follows. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Orson Scott Card keeps returning to his first published story "Ender's Game" (1977). He expanded it into the acclaimed 1985 novel Ender's Game, winning Hugo and Nebula awards and spawning several sequels. More recently, Ender's Shadow reworked the original tale of precocious boy soldier Ender saving the world from alien hordes at terrible personal cost, as told from the different, colder viewpoint of his even younger lieutenant Bean. (Now Ender has been sent to the stars as too dangerously charismatic a military leader to keep on Earth. Without the common alien threat, our global alliance is disintegrating. Ender's top strategists like Bean are in demand by would-be conquering countrie)

Four strange, tortured teenagers dominate the book. Ender's brilliant but twisted brother Peter is already manipulating international politics as respected political pundit "Locke", hoping to become world ruler or Hegemon. He needs the genetically enhance (Shadow of the Hegemon lacks glittering SF hardware and seems almost old-fashioned after the planet-busting supertechnology of Ender's Game. What makes it compulsive reading is Card's uncannily sure handling of character, especially flawed characters and t)

David Langford, AMAZON.CO.UK ('Haunting, compulsive, urgently readable...Storytelling genius’)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug 2001
Format: Hardcover
Where do I start? Ah yes, I first of all read the totally amazing Ender's Game and, after being so astounded by the brilliance of the book, decided to read the rest of the Ender Saga. This was the last book of the Saga which I read.
This book, while gripping in places, is in no way an essential chapter of the Saga. Don't get me wrong, it was OK, it was interesting reading about Peter's gradual rise to Hegemony, the sub-plot with Bean was good, but overall I don't think I would have been too upset had I not read this book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb 2001
Format: Paperback
As I liked Ender's Game the best out of the 4-part Saga, I loved this return to the Battle School times. The book developes the story of Bean and his arch nemesis Achilles as set out in the previous book, Ender's Shadow. This is set in the backdrop of Battle School grads being vied over by nations in a bid for world dominance, after the fragile global alliance forged in the face of war has shattered. It's all strategy, wits and gambling on the tables again, and a fantastic return to the beginnings.
What can i say, as usual an inspiring read--Card is a great writer who can create this kind of magic about his characters. I waited so long for the paperback till a friend took pity and bought this for me, and i finished it in three go's. It's a jewel of a story, and everyone should read the whole saga!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Normann Aaboe Nielsen on 30 Oct 2001
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I have been thinking a lot of what is wrong with this book. Finally, I conclude that the problem is the basic startingpoint. The book is a follow-up on "Enders Shaddow" and - of course - "Enders Game". In these books the idea of teaching brilliant children the rules of tactical decisions is taken to the limit, and that is very well done. But the problem with this book is that the children also is assumed to be strategic geniuses. And here it all fall to pieces, because the author does not know his way around Asia and the world.
By hart, Orson Scott Card is American, as is clearly stated in his afterword - and he doesn't like the Democrats (esp. Clinton). OK, but why do I as a European wish to know that?
Also, Scott Card has perhaps been to Asia, and he might even have visited Thailand - but obviously not that much time! The description of downtown Bangkok is pathetic and simply bad writing. And as to the description of how China, India and Pakistan rally against each other - no, that is not good enough.
Back to the attic again, mr. Scott Card - this book is not one of your best!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 2001
Format: Hardcover
I liked Shadow of the Hegemon just fine. It is not on a par with Ender's Shadow or with Ender's Game, but as someone else pointed out: the story needed telling, and it is great to read.
However, I was disappointed in the way Peter ascends to the position of Hegemon. The title suggests that we learn about this in detail, but really it just more or less happens at some point in the book.
Maybe Card is setting up an angle to write another series of books about Peter, but that would seem strange, because in this book sometimes the focus shifts away from Bean and to Peter's own thoughts and experiences. How can Card build on that for another series?
My conclusion: The book is more than worth your while. There are a lot of cliffhangers to anticipate the next two announced books and the story itself captured me completely. This is however by no means the best book of the series, and more of an in-between than a seperate work. You might want to wait reading it until the third Shadow book goes on sale.
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By A Customer on 11 Feb 2001
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As I liked Ender's Game the best out of the 4-part Saga, I loved this return to the Battle School times. The book developes the story of Bean and his arch nemesis Achilles as set out in the previous book, Ender's Shadow. This is set in the backdrop of Battle School grads being vied over by nations in a bid for world dominance, after the fragile global alliance forged in the face of war has shattered. It's all strategy, wits and gambling on the tables again, and a fantastic return to the beginnings.
What can i say, as usual an inspiring read--Card is a great writer who can create this kind of magic about his characters. I waited so long for the paperback till a friend took pity and bought this for me, and i finished it in three go's. It's a jewel of a story, and everyone should read the whole saga!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct 2001
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We can all agree the book's not as great as Ender's Game - but when you start the comparing game, your views get totally screwed up. OF COURSE it wasn't as great as Ender's Game. But compared to OTHER books, Shadow of the Hegemon is superior. Lovely book, deep, and intruiging. A must-read for all avid Ender fans.
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By Mr M on 23 Mar 2014
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Really good book, perhaps not the best of the series but the whole thing is definitely worth reading. . .
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A well written book taking forward the lives of the children appearing in Ender's Game/Shadow on their return to earth after the success of defeating the aliens.
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