Blood of the Cosmos by Kevin J. Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Blood of the Cosmos is the second novel in the current The Saga of Shadows series and continues the story of the Confederation and Ildiran empire a couple of decades after the Elemental war and we see the results of those first few pebbles that began to fall in the first novel (The Dark Between the Stars).
The Shana Rei an entity that defies belief seeks to destroy all life, they are entropy and chaos in raw form yet somehow conditions have conspired to present them with an ally in the form of the last few Klikiss robots and together they strike at various planets, settlements and worlds yet the old Sagas of the Ildiran offer help in weapons that were used when last the Shana Rei appeared in the galaxy.
That's all I am going to say because I'm not doing the novel any justice, Kevin has once again presented a complex world with many good characters and a story that is both personal and galaxy wide affecting people and worlds in many different ways. While the story contains an awful lot of detail, action and characters it is a very easy read although I did appreciate having many of the chapters indicating the main characters that were going to be covered, helped me to keep everyone in their place:)
When the last page was turned I admit I swore a little under my breath and immediately looked for the publication date for the third novel, what more do you need to know.
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