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4.0 out of 5 stars
Little Bean's all grown up, 11 Sept. 2002
This latest installment of Orson Scott Card's Shadow trilogy delivers. Set after Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, Bean, one of Ender's generals and friend has now found himself helping Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, as Peter tries to revive the office of Hegemon and keep Earth from falling into an all-out war. Bean's nemesis, Achilles, is also back and bent on finding and killing Bean. The action continues as Bean and Petra mature in their personal relationship and Achilles intervenes. Without revealing too much else about the story, Bean must yet again use his superior intellect in order to thwart Achille's attempts to rule Earth while aiding Peter Wiggin (who may not be as smart as he thought he was). Ender's parents also receive some of the spotlight, adding some depth to their characters. Card's continued use of child geniuses in a post-war setting lives up to the standard set by Ender's Game. I found this novel had more depth than Shadow of the Hegemon. While it is not Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow, it is sure to please fans who enjoy those novels over the Speaker trilogy.