- Paperback: 1264 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (5 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0356501604
- ISBN-13: 978-0356501604
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 6.2 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shadow Saga Omnibus Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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From the worldwide bestselling author Orson Scott Card comes this omnibus edition of the Shadow Saga - a series telling the story of Ender's Game from a new angleSee all Product Description
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Orson Scott Card wrote Ender's Game, then Speaker for the Dead, then Xenocide....
Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide take place thousands of years after Ender's Game, feature almost none of the characters from Ender's Game and are written in a very different style than Ender's Game (definitely not much action). Speaker for the Dead is an interesting story, but it's more of a murder-mystery and a look at small town family life. It doesn't feel like a true sequel to Ender's Game.
Orson Scott Card came back years later to write the Shadow Saga, following the tales of Bean. The true sequel to Ender's Game, featuring the same characters, the same time period, and most importantly, the same writing style (intelligent strategy / action).
I'd strongly recommend the Shadow Saga to anyone who enjoyed the original Ender's Game.
As this is the first review of this book, I'll confirm that the description is correct. This is the paperback omnibus with over 1,000 pages featuring all the books from the Shadow Saga.
Would definitely recommend.
I loved The Shadow Series, which approaches the Ender story from a very different aspect and fills in some great background.
The characters are great, in fact I preferred them to the main Ender books, as someone else has commented Bean’s character is great. The story really has lots of depth, excitement and is quite moving and sad at times.
I would recommend reading ‘the series’ as I found it a bit confusing trying to find out what order they should be read in individually – indeed the shadow saga should probably be read in between Ender’s Game and ‘Speaker For The Dead’ (but I don’t think they were written in that order).
A note of caution!!
I loved these books so much I could not wait to get my hands on the concluding ‘Ender in Exile’ book, which to me was massively disappointing and really took the shine off the whole series, so if you’re a fan of Ender books I would recommend avoiding that one.
The first is that Card is very good at writing really dislikeable characters. A lot of them are arrogant, sarcastic, condescending, selfish and downright unpleasant. Just to name a few who fit this mould: Bean, Petra, Ali, Virlomi, Carlotta, Novinia and all of her children and even the bugger queen and there are more. The fact that so many of the major characters are so dislikeable makes it hard to care what happens to them other than being secretly happy if one of them got killed off.
I won't harp on about it but the second is the fact that Card is obviously obsessed with religion and can't help thrusting it repeatedly down his readers' throats in his books. I wouldn't mind if the story points made sense but the books seem to have been written in such a way that it seems forced just so he can go on about religion. Are we really supposed to think that that far in the future when these books are set, humanity wouldn't have evolved sufficiently to reject that fictitious crap?
So, long story short, the books do manage to hold your attention and in parts are very well written but the combination of obnoxious characters and preachiness stops me from rating them higher.
As for the other books - well - they are IMHO for completists only. It's not a joy to read-through and the take on geopolitics is - well - let's just say it's a difficult subject to write about convincingly. OSC doesn't really pull it off.
You won't feel ripped off, just disappointed after such a clever 'sequel'.
Orson Scott Card is brilliant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE THESE STORIES! After reading the initial Ender books, read these. You will continue to be hookedPublished 7 months ago by el_barto
Very good book all of them it fills in the holes in the ender stories. It's done from the point of view of bean and his life and adventures around and after enders game. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Simon Appleby
I did love it but I did have to look up words that I didn't know - I really enjoyed getting to know everyonePublished 20 months ago by D R Witcher
I liked Bean in the first book, I liked him even better in this series, one of the best developed characters in anything I have read recently.Published 22 months ago by Mr Michael J Oates