Hidden Empire

Hidden EmpireI was in the mood for a good space opera and this sounded good. It is the first book in a long series and there seemed to be plenty of good comments on itby wellknown authors inside the cover. I rarely let such one line reccommendations influence me and now I remember why.

Many of these reviwes describe the book as "richly detailed", others mentioning that the characters are "well drawn" or "complex". No one lied. It is richly detailedthe characters, the aliens, the planets, the spcaeships etc etc, is all richly detailed. Oh how I would love less detail!

At first I figured it was just a poor attempt to help set up the reader in the begginning of the book. Here are some early passages to illustrate:

"...Kori'nh had refitted his battleships as a matter of pride, painting sigils on their hulls, and adding dazzling illumination strips as primary markings. His warliners looked like ornate deepsea creatures preparing for an outrageous mating display. The Solar Navy understood pagentry and spectacles far better than the humans did."

"The Yreka run had been one of her company's most lucrative routes, since the outlying colonists needed many essentials that Rlinda could provide at low cost. Now, though, with Sorengaard preying upon helpless vessels, few traders would venture into the area. Rlinda could have gouged even higher prices from the needy colonists; instead she preferred take this risk..."

"The rest of the Hansa considered the Roamers to be little more than gypsy space trash, disorganized and disreputable. No one had an inkling of how much the clans actually had and how many taxes they avoided, since they kept such information from outsiders."

Individually, these passages might be fine. They reek of exposition and are sometimes revealed to be the thoughts of the characters but no book is perfect and anyone could probably cite a few such passages in any book. In Hidden Empire though, these passages ARE the book.
At some point it grew too annoying to bother with. In the interest of seeing whether all the exposition was just a temporary, firsthalfofthefirstbookofalongseries thing, I read a little from the end ofthe book and some from the next book in the series and realized that it never improves.

Reading so much exposition saps the story of its inrigue, action and charm. It reads as though the author does not think you can figure things out on your own. It also hits you over the head with facts you don't care about.

I'm more than a little shocked that this was published. Story: 3.5/5

1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking


I read this book years and gave it two stars, i just couldn’t get into it. So it was with some trepidation that I started again. A friend of mine was convinced that I would like this series. He recently told me to stick with Alistair Reynolds when I was on the verge of giving up and now I am a Reynolds fan. So, I tried this one again and I enjoyed it! Why? What is the difference? I think I am more widely read, especially for epic stories. Since trying this the first time I have read Erikson, Hamilton, Reynolds, Martin and Jordan. All big story writers, i am now more familiar with the one chapter one POV format as well which is how this story is told.
This is your bog standard scifi epic story. Alien races, star drive travel, humans like parasites spreading and taking over everything, alien diplomacy and the hidden threat. I am in for the long haul, hey sure, Anderson can waffle on for awhile, but after reading Jordan and Hamilton, Anderson writes a much tighter story.
I am really enjoying how everything already fits together, all of the story arcs are already connected, it makes for a nice easy read, I like that after reading Reynolds. Gies me some fun reading times. The world building is fun and believable.

Characters: 3/5
1: Unrealistic/unbelievable. Feel nothing for these characters
5: Fully engaged with the characters, believable. Researched.


Meh! The characters are ok, no body stands out, lots of default characters. I am hoping to see some development in the next book. There are a couple of potentials, but one thing I am hoping not to happen is for Anderson to develop some serious romances. If the first book is anything to go by, he is going to be seriously crap at that.
There are a couple of frustrating characters, the Chairman of the Hansa league being one. Being one of the most powerful beings in the entire spiral arm, he can be such a idiot at times. His character seems to move between stern, confident world leader to apprentice manager not thinking through things. I know that a leader isn’t infallible, but he says some things that just don’t fit his character. But hey, its book one.


Read Weight: Light
Fluffy, Light, Solid, Heavy, Struggle


Nice and easy, light and breezy.

Engagement: 4/5
1: Not fussed about finishing
5: Could stay up all night


I am actually looking forward to the next chapter and there is some well paced action moments in this. So I am going for 4 out of 5. Looking forward to book 2.

Recommend: 3.5/5
1: Would advise you to read something else
5: Go read it now. It is THAT good


If you have read Hamilton and like the bg epic story with lots of character, races and side stories, this is for you. A tighter ship than Hamilton, but lacking Hamiltons character build skill. If you enjoy reynolds, you might like this, it is way less technical and not hard sci fi. Think Reynolds on Valium. A sprawling space opera. Big cast of characters, colonization of other planets, alien civilizations, FTL travel and space battles. Kevin J Anderson weaves a story of epic proportions and scope, using broad strokes to keep the plot moving forward, never allowing the multiple POVs and story arcs to get bogged down in too much detail or get sidetracked into tangents of spontaneous creativity (I’m looking at you again Hamilton).

Speaking of other scifi writers, I’m currently reading Alastair Reynold’s Revelation Space series and one of the interesting things that I’m noticing is the difference in the way Relativity is handled by different authors. How do you keep cohesion between story arcs that occur light years apart? Anderson employs FTL travel as means of travel as well as a form of telepathy via the “world forest” – sentient trees that share a single consciousness across the galaxy. Instant communication across light years is made possible by human “green priests” who share a telepathic link with the trees and are thus able to communicate with other green priests on other planets. So all the story arcs can occur in the same timeframe and information can be shared between characters light years apart without having to deal with relativity. Reynolds, on the other hand deals with the effect of relativity on the plot by having his story arcs told in parallel but in different time frames. He did this in Revelation Space and more noticeably in Absolution Gap. This way Reynolds embraces relativity as a sort of plot device to get some interesting convergences of story arcs.

Back to this book, Hidden Empire does have some almost unforgivable “annoyances” that put my desire to keep up with the series in doubt. Namely, the characterisation and dialogue. The characters just felt flat to me. Part of me understands that this is because the book is more event driven than character driven, but when you combine this with some forced and often stilted dialogue it starts to grate. I’m one who prefers the “show don’t tell” style of writing. Anderson on the other hand spoon feeds the reader, even going so far as to have characters narrating their own shared history to each other just for my benefit. It just didn’t feel natural to me.

The other negative was the audio narration. I thought George Guidall did a great job with Roland in the Dark Tower series, but he was just awful in this book. At first I thought he was passable, but after a while he just seemed to exacerbate the problems I was already having with the book. I gave up on him about halfway and swapped the audio for the kindle version. Much better. A lot of my “issues” became more tolerable after that.

At the end of the day, the actual story is pretty good. The plot elements are interesting, the world building is epic and there are plenty of essentials for space opera fans. I still think I would have to be in the right mood to come back to the series knowing what I’ll be in for – but I do believe I may at times feel like revisiting this Universe...just in small doses. Or maybe it will just get buried in my TBR. Time will tell.


3 stars
The beginning of a sprawling, sevenvolume space opera. It's massive, but it's important to note that Anderson planned the entire story out ahead of time, and that the entire series is complete. It's not one of those series that just keeps growing because the author wants to milk the franchise.

The first volume introduces a lot of characters and factions (seven or eight factions so far I believe). It can be tough to wrap your head around, but the story is pretty compelling.

I'm going to compare this series to Ice&Fire for a moment, mostly because the chapters are focused on a single character's point of view, just like GRRM's. I absolutely adore Ice&Fire, but some chapters I just wanted to get through so I could get back to the characters I loved (See: any Catelyn chapter... bleh). With Anderson's series, however, that never happened to me. In fact, I never wanted a single chapter to end just so I could figure out what happened to that character, but as soon as another chapter started I found myself just as absorbed in that character as I was in the previous one. Each character is interesting in their own way.

Another good point about this series is that it's light on the technical details. Some heavy science fiction gets bogged down in the details of a technology to the point where it ruins the story, but Seven Suns never makes that mistake. It lets the reader know that there's a physical limitation with a fantastic technology or that this race has this capability, but doesn't give us more than we need to know to enjoy the story. We know that something can or can't be done, and that's enough. This is science fiction, but the core of the story is character interaction and the friction caused by cultural and racial differences.

I'd recommend this for fans of science fiction or fantasy, with an emphasis on those who like reading about people more than technology. Having read KJA previous 6 novels in the Seven Suns arc I've been looking for a critique that doesn't sound blindly sycophantic when considering dogged commitment to the seventh/final installment.
I don't know how critics have overlooked KJA's plodding and extremely repetitive chapters. Or the authors numerous contradictions and glaring stupidity of characters involved: I.e. Grand, and ultimately inane, statements like "a million Roamer skymines would not have made the gas giant of Golgen seem crowded." One paragraph later "... Because of congestion, all Golgen skymininers had to coordinate their activities..." And stupid? Well how about not suspecting Jupiter as Hydrogue staging point when defending Earth in book five when Hydrogues were known to live there!

These are not isolated examples. In short: Don't waste your time with this series unless your tolerant of poorly developed characters in a shallow universe full of blind idiots where mildly interesting the story of Jess Tamblyn is drowned out.

'Dogged Persistence' indeed! Kevin J Anderson gets a bad rap from the Star Wars books he wrote. Many consider them to be the worst books in the entire franchise. I was hoping that either he had improved since then, or that somehow the Star Wars books were just an aberration and here he is writing a truly epic sciencefiction saga. But reading this book, I am reminded why I hated his other books and thought he was such a poor writer in the first place.

This book is almost unreadable. It's infodump after infodump. Between every line of dialogue there is needless infodump, throwing you right out of the story. Never have I so felt that I could see the author sitting there writing these words, rather than the character.

He is supposed to be an experienced writer. But if I didn't know better, I would think that he is still a beginner. From the beginning of the book, you see the same flaws that have plagued all of his other work. There is almost no character development. There are too many characters, for that matter. The book has probably the weakest opening I have read. It cuts between a dozen characters within the first 50 pages. He breaks all of the rules that most writers will give you. I could forgive some of the character development since this is obviously a milieu story. It's all about the environment and the universe that he is created. But even still, you have to have stronger characterization and dialogue in a novel. But the dialogue is completely unnatural. The writing is awkward. Viewpoint characters always describe their appearance, which is obviously a beginner mistake. This guy may have written hundreds of books, but he would have been better to write only about a dozen or so very well.
I switched to the audio version partway through, when I realized I could never read this thing on my own. That let me skim through certain sections without paying too much attention, so I could actually get other things done. I can't believe they got George Guidall, one of the best in the industry, to narrate. George is an amazing narrator, but even he could only improve this book by a small margin.

The ending is totally predictable, and breaks just about every cliche you may care to imagine. I regret wasting so much of my time on this book. Please don't make the same mistake I did. In Our Galaxy's Distant Future, Humans Are One Of Three Known Intelligent Races Having Had The Ability To Navigate Star Travel For Only A Few Centuries, We Are Considered "the New Kids On The Block" In A Longestablished Universe The Second Intelligent Race Is The Ildirans, Who Are Ruled By Their MageImperator; And The Third Race, The Klikiss, Seems To Have Vanished And Left Behind A World Full Of Artifacts And Remarkable Technology, Which Humans Are Now Beginning To Find And Utilize

One Such Piece Of Technology Is A Device That Has The Power To Turn A Gaseous And Useless Supergiant Planet Into A Small Sun, Thereby Creating A New Solar System In Which Humans Can Live But When The Device Is Tried For The First Time, It Awakens The Wrath Of A Previously Unsuspected Fourth Race, The HydroguesAnd A Galaxyspanning War That Threatens All Life Begins I really enjoyed this book. I've read it and the second while the third sits on my shelf waiting. I date back to the 60s and have read both good "space opera' and bad "space opera" this is good space opera. I tend to like what is called "Military Science Fiction" (though I've read some really bad examples of that). This one while it hits some slow spots here and there builds a good story. I met Mr. Anderson yesterday at a local comic con and he was a super nice, cool guy. We had the jokes and it was great!

I felt like an idiot for not having read any of his books yet even though I own at least a few (didn't think to bring them either duh). Now I need to read this. 661 pages of space opera with all the ingredients readers are used to find in this genre: archaeological mysteries, impressive technology, exotic rogues, ancient civilizations and new alien menace. Yet this novel failed to grasp my interest. I found that everything was too predictable: the fate of Raymond Aguerra, the secret of the Klikiss robots, the discoveries made by the Colicos archaeologists. A trait that is not helped when most sections are developed in a bland manner, taking far too many pages to deliver what could have been said with more punch.

However, the worse blow comes early in the novel when no one reacts to the weird apparitions provoked by the ignition of Oncier. The phenomenon should have been investigated right away, but it’s conveniently forgotten, allowing the galaxy to be surprised when the Hydrogue begins their merciless attacks.

The fact that every chapter starts with a new character also annoyed me, specially as these chapters are very short. It made it difficult for me to develop an interest in their personalities, since we spend so little time with them before moving on to yet another hero. I understand that it was written this way to respect the ‘saga’ atmosphere so important in this series of book, but it didn’t work for me.

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    At first I figured it was just a poor attempt to help set up the reader in the begginning of the book. Here are some early passages to illustrate:

    "...Kori'nh had refitted his battleships as a matter of pride, painting sigils on their hulls, and adding dazzling illumination strips as primary markings. His warliners looked like ornate deepsea creatures preparing for an outrageous mating display. The Solar Navy understood pagentry and spectacles far better than the humans did."

    "The Yreka run had been one of her company's most lucrative routes, since the outlying colonists needed many essentials that Rlinda could provide at low cost. Now, though, with Sorengaard preying upon helpless vessels, few traders would venture into the area. Rlinda could have gouged even higher prices from the needy colonists; instead she preferred take this risk..."

    "The rest of the Hansa considered the Roamers to be little more than gypsy space trash, disorganized and disreputable. No one had an inkling of how much the clans actually had and how many taxes they avoided, since they kept such information from outsiders."

    Individually, these passages might be fine. They reek of exposition and are sometimes revealed to be the thoughts of the characters but no book is perfect and anyone could probably cite a few such passages in any book. In Hidden Empire though, these passages ARE the book.
    At some point it grew too annoying to bother with. In the interest of seeing whether all the exposition was just a temporary, firsthalfofthefirstbookofalongseries thing, I read a little from the end ofthe book and some from the next book in the series and realized that it never improves.

    Reading so much exposition saps the story of its inrigue, action and charm. It reads as though the author does not think you can figure things out on your own. It also hits you over the head with facts you don't care about.

    I'm more than a little shocked that this was published. Story: 3.5/5
    1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
    5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking


    I read this book years and gave it two stars, i just couldn’t get into it. So it was with some trepidation that I started again. A friend of mine was convinced that I would like this series. He recently told me to stick with Alistair Reynolds when I was on the verge of giving up and now I am a Reynolds fan. So, I tried this one again and I enjoyed it! Why? What is the difference? I think I am more widely read, especially for epic stories. Since trying this the first time I have read Erikson, Hamilton, Reynolds, Martin and Jordan. All big story writers, i am now more familiar with the one chapter one POV format as well which is how this story is told.
    This is your bog standard scifi epic story. Alien races, star drive travel, humans like parasites spreading and taking over everything, alien diplomacy and the hidden threat. I am in for the long haul, hey sure, Anderson can waffle on for awhile, but after reading Jordan and Hamilton, Anderson writes a much tighter story.
    I am really enjoying how everything already fits together, all of the story arcs are already connected, it makes for a nice easy read, I like that after reading Reynolds. Gies me some fun reading times. The world building is fun and believable.

    Characters: 3/5
    1: Unrealistic/unbelievable. Feel nothing for these characters
    5: Fully engaged with the characters, believable. Researched.


    Meh! The characters are ok, no body stands out, lots of default characters. I am hoping to see some development in the next book. There are a couple of potentials, but one thing I am hoping not to happen is for Anderson to develop some serious romances. If the first book is anything to go by, he is going to be seriously crap at that.
    There are a couple of frustrating characters, the Chairman of the Hansa league being one. Being one of the most powerful beings in the entire spiral arm, he can be such a idiot at times. His character seems to move between stern, confident world leader to apprentice manager not thinking through things. I know that a leader isn’t infallible, but he says some things that just don’t fit his character. But hey, its book one.


    Read Weight: Light
    Fluffy, Light, Solid, Heavy, Struggle


    Nice and easy, light and breezy.

    Engagement: 4/5
    1: Not fussed about finishing
    5: Could stay up all night


    I am actually looking forward to the next chapter and there is some well paced action moments in this. So I am going for 4 out of 5. Looking forward to book 2.

    Recommend: 3.5/5
    1: Would advise you to read something else
    5: Go read it now. It is THAT good


    If you have read Hamilton and like the bg epic story with lots of character, races and side stories, this is for you. A tighter ship than Hamilton, but lacking Hamiltons character build skill. If you enjoy reynolds, you might like this, it is way less technical and not hard sci fi. Think Reynolds on Valium. A sprawling space opera. Big cast of characters, colonization of other planets, alien civilizations, FTL travel and space battles. Kevin J Anderson weaves a story of epic proportions and scope, using broad strokes to keep the plot moving forward, never allowing the multiple POVs and story arcs to get bogged down in too much detail or get sidetracked into tangents of spontaneous creativity (I’m looking at you again Hamilton).

    Speaking of other scifi writers, I’m currently reading Alastair Reynold’s Revelation Space series and one of the interesting things that I’m noticing is the difference in the way Relativity is handled by different authors. How do you keep cohesion between story arcs that occur light years apart? Anderson employs FTL travel as means of travel as well as a form of telepathy via the “world forest” – sentient trees that share a single consciousness across the galaxy. Instant communication across light years is made possible by human “green priests” who share a telepathic link with the trees and are thus able to communicate with other green priests on other planets. So all the story arcs can occur in the same timeframe and information can be shared between characters light years apart without having to deal with relativity. Reynolds, on the other hand deals with the effect of relativity on the plot by having his story arcs told in parallel but in different time frames. He did this in Revelation Space and more noticeably in Absolution Gap. This way Reynolds embraces relativity as a sort of plot device to get some interesting convergences of story arcs.

    Back to this book, Hidden Empire does have some almost unforgivable “annoyances” that put my desire to keep up with the series in doubt. Namely, the characterisation and dialogue. The characters just felt flat to me. Part of me understands that this is because the book is more event driven than character driven, but when you combine this with some forced and often stilted dialogue it starts to grate. I’m one who prefers the “show don’t tell” style of writing. Anderson on the other hand spoon feeds the reader, even going so far as to have characters narrating their own shared history to each other just for my benefit. It just didn’t feel natural to me.

    The other negative was the audio narration. I thought George Guidall did a great job with Roland in the Dark Tower series, but he was just awful in this book. At first I thought he was passable, but after a while he just seemed to exacerbate the problems I was already having with the book. I gave up on him about halfway and swapped the audio for the kindle version. Much better. A lot of my “issues” became more tolerable after that.

    At the end of the day, the actual story is pretty good. The plot elements are interesting, the world building is epic and there are plenty of essentials for space opera fans. I still think I would have to be in the right mood to come back to the series knowing what I’ll be in for – but I do believe I may at times feel like revisiting this Universe...just in small doses. Or maybe it will just get buried in my TBR. Time will tell.


    3 stars
    The beginning of a sprawling, sevenvolume space opera. It's massive, but it's important to note that Anderson planned the entire story out ahead of time, and that the entire series is complete. It's not one of those series that just keeps growing because the author wants to milk the franchise.

    The first volume introduces a lot of characters and factions (seven or eight factions so far I believe). It can be tough to wrap your head around, but the story is pretty compelling.

    I'm going to compare this series to Ice&Fire for a moment, mostly because the chapters are focused on a single character's point of view, just like GRRM's. I absolutely adore Ice&Fire, but some chapters I just wanted to get through so I could get back to the characters I loved (See: any Catelyn chapter... bleh). With Anderson's series, however, that never happened to me. In fact, I never wanted a single chapter to end just so I could figure out what happened to that character, but as soon as another chapter started I found myself just as absorbed in that character as I was in the previous one. Each character is interesting in their own way.

    Another good point about this series is that it's light on the technical details. Some heavy science fiction gets bogged down in the details of a technology to the point where it ruins the story, but Seven Suns never makes that mistake. It lets the reader know that there's a physical limitation with a fantastic technology or that this race has this capability, but doesn't give us more than we need to know to enjoy the story. We know that something can or can't be done, and that's enough. This is science fiction, but the core of the story is character interaction and the friction caused by cultural and racial differences.

    I'd recommend this for fans of science fiction or fantasy, with an emphasis on those who like reading about people more than technology. Having read KJA previous 6 novels in the Seven Suns arc I've been looking for a critique that doesn't sound blindly sycophantic when considering dogged commitment to the seventh/final installment.
    I don't know how critics have overlooked KJA's plodding and extremely repetitive chapters. Or the authors numerous contradictions and glaring stupidity of characters involved: I.e. Grand, and ultimately inane, statements like "a million Roamer skymines would not have made the gas giant of Golgen seem crowded." One paragraph later "... Because of congestion, all Golgen skymininers had to coordinate their activities..." And stupid? Well how about not suspecting Jupiter as Hydrogue staging point when defending Earth in book five when Hydrogues were known to live there!

    These are not isolated examples. In short: Don't waste your time with this series unless your tolerant of poorly developed characters in a shallow universe full of blind idiots where mildly interesting the story of Jess Tamblyn is drowned out.

    'Dogged Persistence' indeed! Kevin J Anderson gets a bad rap from the Star Wars books he wrote. Many consider them to be the worst books in the entire franchise. I was hoping that either he had improved since then, or that somehow the Star Wars books were just an aberration and here he is writing a truly epic sciencefiction saga. But reading this book, I am reminded why I hated his other books and thought he was such a poor writer in the first place.

    This book is almost unreadable. It's infodump after infodump. Between every line of dialogue there is needless infodump, throwing you right out of the story. Never have I so felt that I could see the author sitting there writing these words, rather than the character.

    He is supposed to be an experienced writer. But if I didn't know better, I would think that he is still a beginner. From the beginning of the book, you see the same flaws that have plagued all of his other work. There is almost no character development. There are too many characters, for that matter. The book has probably the weakest opening I have read. It cuts between a dozen characters within the first 50 pages. He breaks all of the rules that most writers will give you. I could forgive some of the character development since this is obviously a milieu story. It's all about the environment and the universe that he is created. But even still, you have to have stronger characterization and dialogue in a novel. But the dialogue is completely unnatural. The writing is awkward. Viewpoint characters always describe their appearance, which is obviously a beginner mistake. This guy may have written hundreds of books, but he would have been better to write only about a dozen or so very well.
    I switched to the audio version partway through, when I realized I could never read this thing on my own. That let me skim through certain sections without paying too much attention, so I could actually get other things done. I can't believe they got George Guidall, one of the best in the industry, to narrate. George is an amazing narrator, but even he could only improve this book by a small margin.

    The ending is totally predictable, and breaks just about every cliche you may care to imagine. I regret wasting so much of my time on this book. Please don't make the same mistake I did. In Our Galaxy's Distant Future, Humans Are One Of Three Known Intelligent Races Having Had The Ability To Navigate Star Travel For Only A Few Centuries, We Are Considered "the New Kids On The Block" In A Longestablished Universe The Second Intelligent Race Is The Ildirans, Who Are Ruled By Their MageImperator; And The Third Race, The Klikiss, Seems To Have Vanished And Left Behind A World Full Of Artifacts And Remarkable Technology, Which Humans Are Now Beginning To Find And Utilize

    One Such Piece Of Technology Is A Device That Has The Power To Turn A Gaseous And Useless Supergiant Planet Into A Small Sun, Thereby Creating A New Solar System In Which Humans Can Live But When The Device Is Tried For The First Time, It Awakens The Wrath Of A Previously Unsuspected Fourth Race, The HydroguesAnd A Galaxyspanning War That Threatens All Life Begins I really enjoyed this book. I've read it and the second while the third sits on my shelf waiting. I date back to the 60s and have read both good "space opera' and bad "space opera" this is good space opera. I tend to like what is called "Military Science Fiction" (though I've read some really bad examples of that). This one while it hits some slow spots here and there builds a good story. I met Mr. Anderson yesterday at a local comic con and he was a super nice, cool guy. We had the jokes and it was great!

    I felt like an idiot for not having read any of his books yet even though I own at least a few (didn't think to bring them either duh). Now I need to read this. 661 pages of space opera with all the ingredients readers are used to find in this genre: archaeological mysteries, impressive technology, exotic rogues, ancient civilizations and new alien menace. Yet this novel failed to grasp my interest. I found that everything was too predictable: the fate of Raymond Aguerra, the secret of the Klikiss robots, the discoveries made by the Colicos archaeologists. A trait that is not helped when most sections are developed in a bland manner, taking far too many pages to deliver what could have been said with more punch.

    However, the worse blow comes early in the novel when no one reacts to the weird apparitions provoked by the ignition of Oncier. The phenomenon should have been investigated right away, but it’s conveniently forgotten, allowing the galaxy to be surprised when the Hydrogue begins their merciless attacks.

    The fact that every chapter starts with a new character also annoyed me, specially as these chapters are very short. It made it difficult for me to develop an interest in their personalities, since we spend so little time with them before moving on to yet another hero. I understand that it was written this way to respect the ‘saga’ atmosphere so important in this series of book, but it didn’t work for me. "/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 672 pages
  • Hidden Empire
  • Kevin J. Anderson
  • English
  • 10 May 2019
  • 9780316003445

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