The Edge Of The World: Book 1 of Terra Incognita Paperback – 4 Jun 2009
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is simply awful. I am staggered that Mr Anderson is an "International Bestseller" as the quality of writing is not very good at all. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2009 by Serial Grumpy
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. Read morePublished on 27 July 2009 by E. Morgan
Kevin J. Anderson has written over 100 novels covering everything from the Dune universe, X-files and Star Wars tie-ins to his epic SF series The Saga Of The Seven Suns. Read morePublished on 9 July 2009 by Colin