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The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2010
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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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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt this first book in a three part series was a hack job by a writer capable of much better work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David L Wallis
Slugged my way through the Seven Suns series and decided to try this on for size. Anderson seems to have adopted the misanthropic style frustratingly found in Games of Throne.e. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard L. Eilers
I can't wait for book #2 & #3 my library dose't have them
you must like authors who skip around with the characters
he dose an excellent job playing each character... Read more
I enjoyed the book so much I bought the additional two books of the trilogy.Published 6 months ago by Steve Wong
Great story lines with plenty of suspense and action through out the book.Published 11 months ago by Fic/Scifi Nut
Loved this book! The story weaves itself back and forth between the characters and places they travel. There are many surprises and twists along the way. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joy Jaramillo