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The Map Of All Things: Book 2 of Terra Incognita
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on 31 January 2013
What's Good About It

It's a big book but it reads surprisingly quickly. The action is fast paced, the prose clean and economical - always a plus in epic fantasy which can be overly wordy and descriptive - and the characters are interesting, dynamic and relatable.

The whole religious war is done well, highlighting the total absurdity of it with accounts from both sides, both believing themselves to have the righteous cause. And the escalating violence is horrific - Anderson doesn't flinch from having his characters do some truly horrific things in the name of their beliefs.

By the end of the book I was starting to see where the disparate threads of the narrative were going to eventually come back together again, which was nice - building a sense of anticipation for the third novel. Second books in trilogies are difficult, because there's no real threat or tension as you know there's another book yet to come, but with so much going on The Map of All Things doesn't really fall prey to this, as some things were resolved and new things opened up - just enough to keep the tension up and the intrigue for the final installment on a high.

What's Not So Good

There were a lot of characters. Really. And many had similar names or titles. It took me a while to orient myself, despite the glossary in the back. But if you ride with it, and ignore the confusion, pushing on without stopping every five sentences to check who's who it does all make sense eventually. You get the hang of it.

Rating: 4/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
once again kevin anderson has come up with the goods. a very enjoyable read i look foreward the further volumes in store.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2010
I found the first book, The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita 1), in a big mall in the center of Krakow. There was an American book store, and I wanted to read The Sword of Truth in English (I am from France). They didn't have the first book, and I was disappointed... But then I saw it, the sign of the double sea serpent, the name "The Edge of the World"... I was in awe when I took the book in my hands. I read the presentation on the back cover, and I knew I had to read this book. I was always fond of sailors, of big adventures, of complex relationships between countries... I am very happy I bought it. And once you finish to read the first book, you cannot wait to start the other one!

I didn't finish the second one, but it's wonderful. The story is great, with deep characters, nice twists and a lot of great moments. It's a vast world the author handles very well, and brings the reader a pleasant and enjoyable experience. It is very interesting, in so far that it's at the same time a fantasy novel, but represents also reality, with the two countries making war, their religion... And also in the way the people live, act and so on. It's as if the story took place a long time ago on earth, when the world wasn't yet fully discovered, and where, maybe, creatures such as sea serpents existed.

It's a great book. I thank Kevin J. Anderson for bringing us such a nice piece of art!
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on 31 October 2013
Anderson keeps you wanting more, the twists and turns keep coming all the way through the storyurging you into book 3
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Known perhaps more for his Dune work, Kevin's fantasy offering may not be something that you're too aware of. Here in the second tale in his Terra Incognita series the tale picks up where the original left off leaving the reader without chance to gather breath.

The prose is sharp, the descriptiveness ideal and characters that really leap off the page to make them a cast that you just can't wait to adventure with. Whilst there's a great round up of previous events at the beginning you really have to read the original to get the most out of the careful world building as its on a similar scale to Erikson's Malazan world. Hopefully some of the awards will recognise this as it really does deserve some recognition.
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on 12 August 2014
Excellent price
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2010
this is the second book in the trilogy and i have enjoyed both books and the third should be the best of all,
this is really a fantasy epic along with the best.
there is also a trilogy of cd,s to with the books,the first by roswell six is prog rock at it,s best.
however the second cd lacks erik norlander,gary werhcamp,lana lane and james labrie and the music is by henning pauley who
has produced some fine music.
but oh dear,whoever chose the vocalists for this cd has made a an error,it really needed jorn lande,mark boals and maybe orianthi.
lets hope the third cd has all the big hitters back and more to get this epic series completed.
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