Shadow Of The Giant: Book 4 of the Shadow Saga Paperback – 4 Aug 2005
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The work of a confident master with an absolute grip on his material (SFX)
The eagerly awaited conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shadow Saga by one of SF's most popular writers.See all Product description
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I hope Orson Scott Card will return to form soon. It's science fiction rather than political fiction I would like to see and more personal stories.
Ender's Game has to be one of the classic science fiction works and I was very happy to see OSC write more books in the same universe. After Ender's Game OSC wrote 3 more books following Ender Wiggan after then Bugger War when he is no longer remembered as a hero but instead the man responsible for the death of an entire species (this is not entirely fair since Ender was unaware at the time that he was doing anything more than participating in a strategy game).
The Shadow Saga follows on from Ender's Game but does not feature Ender at all, instead OSC explores what happens to some of the other major characters, particularly "Bean" the boy genius instrumental in Ender's victory over the buggers. I have to say that I prefer the books that feature Ender as some parts of the Shadow series do drag a little and do tend to harp on about the amazing tactical skills of the Battle School graduates (Book 3: Shadow Puppets was one of the least impressive IMO).
OSC has set himself a challenge since he has to describe the campaigns fought by military geniuses while not (presumably) being one himself.
Worth reading if you enjoyed the Ender books.
Yes, the ending is perhaps both a bit pat and also a tad inconclusive, but this is the end of a huge series. As the titles have acknowledged, all of the books have suffered from being in the shadow of Ender's Game, and yet along the journey (and especially in this book) we now understand far more about the other pivotal figure, Peter.
Frankly, if you've come this far, you'd be mad to miss this.
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