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Kevin J. Anderson
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Book Description

6 May 2010 Terra Incognita

After generations of friction, the leaders of two lands meet in the holy city of Ishalem to bring an end to the bloodshed and to divide the world between them.

Sadly, this new spirit of fellowship is short-lived. A single tragic accident destroys, in minutes, the peace that took years to build. The world is once more cast into the fires of war - and this time the flames may burn until nothing remains. From the highest lord to the lowest servant, no man or woman will be unchanged by the conflict.

But while war rages across both continents, a great quest will defy storms and sea serpents to venture beyond the horizon, where no maps exist - to search for a land out of legend. It is a perilous undertaking, but there will always be the impetuous, the brave and the mad who are willing to leave their homes to explore the unknown.

Even unto the edge of the world . . .

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Product details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496627
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin J. Anderson has over 20 million books in print in 30 languages worldwide. He is the author of, among others, the X-FILES novels, GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994. He has also co-written the international bestselling prequels to Frank Herbert's monumental DUNE series. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Visit his website

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In a world of sea monsters, mermaids and lost islands, ghost ships, leviathans and weather witches, two opposing cultures have warred for centuries . . .

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has over 16 million books in print, in 29 languages worldwide. He is the author of The Saga of Seven Suns, numerous X-FILES and STAR WARS novels, and the co-author of the bestselling DUNE prequels and sequels. He lives in Colorado with his wife, author Rebecca Moesta.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The brink of a good novel 30 Jun 2009
I had great expectations of this book, all the blurb lead me to believe it would be a really good adventure, but in the end I was disappointed and unfullfilled. It had all the components of what a great book should be; lots of potentially interesting characters, lots of things happened, potentially a great fantasy epic set at sea and written by KJA who by all accounts is a good author -especially as I've never read anything of his until this book. I was set, ready to be entertained.

However I was really disappointed. The main problem for me was that I just didn't feel involved; the book seems to be an account of events rather than an engaging narrative that you feel part of. I kept thinking of the events being described by a newscaster, "In other news a giant sea serpent attacked a ship. It was killed." The author's style meant, for me, there was no drama - while a lot happens in the story, it just didn't draw me in so I wanted to stay up late to read more. Indeed I just wanted to finish it in the end. Also, it was all rather predictable which normally isn't an issue if you can engage with what's happening. Another also, it is described as fantasy but there is no magic apart from a magic compass which is never used. So it was just a story set at sea with a magic compass not a fantasy novel. Shouldn't `fantasy' have magic in it? Otherwise is in the A-Z section of Waterstones, surely.

If this is KJA's normal style then his current fans will love this book. If however you like your stories to be gripping, you characters to be interesting and your suspense to be dramatised then read one of the many other authors who have done much better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in passion and excitement 6 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A fantasy novel should have engaging characters, a vivid plot and intelligent world building. Sadly this fails on almost all levels. Interestingly it is not awful, but just fails to engage the reader through it’s somewhat clinical style and an utter lack of passion.

This is a world that appears to be divided into two halves with a cultural and religious divide. There are also unexplored area of the world, presumed empty. A tragic event sets the two nations into conflict and at the same time a great ship is built for exploration. Whether the author is trying too hard or trying to pack too many ideas in, the potential is never delivered.

This is one where it was an effort to get through and I will not be following up on the next instalment.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I quite like this one... 22 Dec 2009
Having got the book when it was brand newI wasn't sure what to expect. I found the book confusing in the beginning as there were so many characters to keep track of; never mind the ever changing locations.

I don't like having to persevere with a story but I did try to "stick with it" and found that finally the characters resolved themselves. The author had created individuals so distinct that they were no longer clashing into eachother.

This first part of the trilogy is weighty but when I'd finished it I wished I had the next part to dive into. He covers many themes here but having looked the author up I can say the difference in writing this fantasy (unlike his sci-fi novels) was that there is not a defined Good side versus Evil (which the plots of his sci-fi novels seem to be geared towards)

There is not one bad guy trying to destroy the world, instead it's a whole lot of people, some loveable some detestable each refusing to be tolerant of another nation. The first book starts with two nations warring but towards the end they have discovered the existence of other nations in their world and the race is on to build alliances.

If you don't like heavy books and can find heavily descriptive narrative a bore my tip would be to try this out as an audiobook. After I read this my friend downloaded it on audio and I've recently listened to it and recommend that over the book. It will also be handy for me to listen to the audio before the second book comes out...rather than try and read bits of this one as a refresher. I think the audio is approximately 21hours unabridged.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a gripping tale 27 July 2009
It took a while to get to grips with all the characters, their geographical placement and their backgrounds, so the first half of the book was just getting to know them. Short chapters on each character gave a disjointed feel to the story. Characters lacked appeal and I found the whole thing a tad tedious and speedread, skipping the padding, to what I felt was not so much and end as merely an opening for a sequel. If there is one, I am not likely to buy it.
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