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The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2010

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Book 1 of 3 in the Terra Incognita Series

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Having wound up his seven-volume space opera, the Saga of Seven Suns, bestseller Anderson moves hesitantly into fantasy with this uninspired series opener. A promising attempt to end a long history of war between the followers of Aiden and Urec, two of the sons of creator-god Ondun, is scuttled when an accidental fire engulfs the city of Ishalem, which occupies the isthmus separating the warring kingdoms. The repercussions of the blaze, which include massacres, betrayals and vicious reprisals, play out over the next 13 years as naval chartsmen guide the kingdoms' sailing ships through the treacherous waters around Ishalem. The details of the cultures and politics add little insight into human nature, and a paucity of fantasy elements gives readers no reason to prefer this tale over its numerous contemporaries. (June)
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About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written 46 national bestsellers and has over 20 million books in print worldwide in 30 languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers' Choice Award. Find out more about Kevin Anderson at www.wordfire.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Terra Incognita (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316004190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316004190
  • ASIN: 0316004197
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and Silver Falchion Award, and has won the SFX Readers' Choice Award, Golden Duck Award, Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at wordfire.com.

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This first book in Anderson's Terra Incognita series introduces two nations with competing religions beginning an extended conflict after each blames the other for the destruction of their joint holy city. While the religions are clearly fictional, one of the two nations bears a passing resemblance to medieval Europe while the other more closely resembles Arabic/Muslim cultures - though despite this resemblance neither culture are really portrayed as "good guys" or "bad guys". In fact the leaders of both nations are decent people forced to enter a war against their wishes due to pressure from their people, and both sides in the war commit atrocities. The story is told from the perspective of several characters, including the leaders of the two nations, as well as a sailor, his wife (who is captured by the other side early on), and an insane fanatic priest.

I don't think Anderson is really a great writer, but he is a good storyteller. He does a good job of keeping the story moving at a good pace, and provides characters on both sides of the conflict that the reader can relate to. He also does a good job of portraying how religious fanaticism leads to a series of atrocities that magnify the conflict. While I wouldn't consider this to be a masterpiece or anything like that, it's good enough that I plan on reading further books in the series.
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I've always been a fan of Anderson's work, mainly the "Dune" novels that he co-wrote with Brian Herbert, but am starting to branch out into his other titles. "The Edge Of The World" is the first book of a projected epic fantasy trilogy, and it's a fast and entertaining read. Even though it's over 700 pages long, the pacing is brisk.

Anderson always populates his worlds with interesting characters. Even minor ones are endowed with enough background details to keep them from being "walk-on extras". As always, he pulls no punches. Things happen to characters that aren't always nice, and when they do, readers become aware how involved they have gotten with the tale. He skillfully weaves the many plot threads into a coherent and engrossing story that will leave you hungry for the next installment.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a grand adventure with colorful characters!
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The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita)

Whether you are already familiar with, and a fan of Kevin J. Anderson's other works (as I am) such as his critically acclaimed Saga of the Seven Suns series, or his collaborative forays into the legendary Dune Universe with Brian Herbert (the son of Frank Herbert), or new to his creative endeavors, you will be pleasantly surprised by Mr. Anderson's adept return into the fantasy realm.

Humans have a natural inclination to explore the world around them, to push at the boundaries of the known world, to boldly go out to the edge of the map, sometimes for wealth, sometimes for power, and sometimes just to know what is out there. It's this passion to push back the blank spaces on the maps that drove explorers like Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, and Lewis & Clark to undertake their journeys at great personal risk, to go to The Edge of the World, and hopefully return.

The Edge of the World is the first of a three book saga that offers a complex blend of exploration, clashing cultures and religions, fanaticism, ill-fated love, and of course sea monsters. As always the author's clear and concise writing style keeps you flipping page after page, as the story unfolds a t a rapid pace, sweeping you away through the various currents of the many characters lives as we watch them try to cope with a quickly changing, turbulent environment that sets the stage for the next installment, The Map of All things (due out in the summer of 2010).

Though it is a book in the Fantasy genre, it has only a small taste of magic, no wizards and warlocks, no Orcs and Goblins, no magical creatures like unicorns.
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Normally epic fantasy/voyage stories aren't my thing. I have a hard time getting into long books with a lot of characters and multiple story lines, but a friend recommended this book so I decided to read it. The beginning was a little slow for me, because there was a lot of politics and religion setting the story up, but once it got going it was hard to put it down. I was emotionally invested in the characters and had to take breaks when I was reading it because I was worried about them. I think the author did an amazing job making both groups/races of people sympathetic. As you're reading you care about all of the people, especially the leaders of both the countries and you sympathize because they don't even want to go to war, but escalations brought on by mob mentality on both sides forces them into it. It's hard to know who you want to win, because for the most part, there are no real villains. I really liked that about it--there was no evil super villain out to take over the world. It was definitely a different kind of fantasy though. It was very low on magic--so much in fact that I wondered if the magic was real or just tradition/superstition among the people, but it turns out that it is real. I wasn't sure I would like the story, but after reading it I am interested enough in the characters and their lives that I definitely plan on reading the next in the series.
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