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Publisher's Summary

Eternity's Mind is the climactic final book in Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Shadows Trilogy, which began with the Hugo nominee The Dark Between the Stars. The Saga of Shadows, as well as its predecessor series, the internationally best-selling Saga of Seven, are among the grandest epic space operas published in this century.

Two decades after the devastating Elemental War, which nearly destroyed the cosmos, the new Confederation restored peace and profitable commerce among the peoples and worlds of the Spiral Arm. The ambitious, innovative Roamers went back to their traditional business of harvesting the vital stardrive fuel ekti from the clouds of gas giant planets, and the telepathic green priests of Theroc provided instantaneous galaxy-wide communication via their connection to the powerful and sentient worldtrees. The alien Ildiran Empire rebuilt their grand Prism Palace under the light of their seven suns, and their Mage-Imperator declared a new age of expansion and discovery.

But peace was not to last. The malevolent Klikiss robots soon found an ally in the ancient and near-omnipotent Shana Rei, destructive creatures who are the personification of darkness and chaos, awakened after millennia of slumber to destroy all sentient life in the universe. The Confederation and the Ildiran Empire fought in every way possible, but the Spiral Arm itself seemed doomed.

All across the transportal network, space is tearing apart, and the links between the gateways are breaking down, the fabric of space unraveling. The worldtrees are dying, entire planets are englobed in impenetrable black barriers erected by the Shana Rei, and the murderous taint has infiltrated the Ildiran race as well as Mage-Imperator Jora'h himself.

Desperate for stardrive fuel to power the military and all space travel, the industrialist Lee Iswander has been extracting ekti - the blood of the cosmos - from mysterious giant nodules found floating in empty space, draining these "bloaters" dry by the thousands. But in doing so, is he weakening the only ally that all of civilization may have against the Shana Rei?

A breathtakingly large canvas with a huge cast of characters, Eternity's Mind is the grand finale of a story as complex as any science fiction epic you will ever read.

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I always enjoy Andersons books and consider him up there with the top sci-fi authors. I didn't enjoy this series as much as the first series "The Saga of Seven Suns" but it still deserves the 4.7 score I gave it so I definitely recommend it.

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love it

great way to finish the saga of the seven suns series awesome series by a great author

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Great book.

Great book and easy to follow. The entire series was an absolute pleasure to listen to.

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Saga of Shadows is one of the best trilogies

I've read this trilogy twice now, and have enjoyed it both times. There is action aplenty, human interest, romance, and one is left wondering what goin' to happen to the Bloaters. What are they all about? Will there be another story about those mysterious objects that seem to have a definite and important place in the Cosmos. A thoroughly good read by Anderson, well narrated by Boyett

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Art of recall

It was a six hour good story line turned into 60 hours, perfecting the art of recall every chapter and there is over 300 of them. Need a lot of patience ..............

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  • Hegerty
  • 09-01-2017

Great series

Well done and written. Start with one and enjoy the ride. Not short, but worth it.

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  • RobertM
  • 21-09-2016

Just Plain Fabulous!

This was a wonderful conclusion to the stories! Having read ALL of the Saga series and all of this trilogy, I am so very pleased at the wrap-up. Very pleased. Thank you Kevin. And thank you Mark.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-2019

loved it. another great addition to the saga

a great continuation to the saga of seven sun's. delightful characters and a great plot.

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  • P. Brody
  • 03-11-2016

A tedious end to an overly long story

This series ceased being great several books ago. Not quite sure why I bothered. This final book was most tedious of them all.

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  • Mark T
  • 06-10-2016

Thank goodness it's over

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It got painful. So repetitive in many respects. Really just the next (hopefully final) episode in a soap opera. I really considered speeding up the audio to get to the end faster, which is never a good sign.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin J. Anderson? Why or why not?

I've read lots of his books. Enjoyed the Seven Suns Saga. This just ended up being too much more of the same.

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  • Sailfish
  • 23-09-2016

Not great but a good end to the trilogy

Even in the end I could feel little empathy toward the "bloaters". Engineering a name change would have helped; after all, look at the effect renaming "jungles" to "rain forests" had done. Sarcasm aside, I found the whole "Mind of the universe" concept more than a little over the top; this even after I had come to terms with the Shana Rei sentient and sapient entropy cloud.

Still, with the vast number of characters, Kevin did an excellent job of maintaining their mini-story arcs through the end and spending time to bring a sense of finality to each of the significant characters. Strangely, while accepting that Londa (Lee Iswander's wife) was a very minor character, I found myself wanting her future to have been finalized.

As I've come to expect, Mark Boyett's performance was excellent. I realized after reflecting on the vastness of the trilogy, often requiring repetitive reminders of each of the many characters, that this would have seemed much more tedious with many other narrators.

It was a good ending to a solid trilogy.

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  • M. Kadish
  • 28-10-2016

I hate to dissent, but just not up to his usual

What disappointed you about Eternity's Mind?

Repetitive and pedantic - assumes the reader can't remember anything. Little nuance.

Has Eternity's Mind turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I enjoyed the Saga of Seven Sons, and was hoping Book 3 would make the rest of the Saga of Shadows seem better in hindsight. Lots of action, but didn't get there for me.

What aspect of Mark Boyett’s performance would you have changed?

Have him read a different book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and frustration.

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This series is becoming formulaic, and not in a good way.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 21-10-2016

Fitting end to a series that was beginning to sag

Eternity's Mind is the final installment in Kevin J Andersen's Saga of Shadows series which itself is a sequel to the earlier seven volume Saga of Seven Suns. This installment, as with the earlier two, occurs about 20 years after the ending of the Suns. As the Klikiss / Shanaree alliance continues to wreck havoc, the Anthos are revealed as parasites to the Verdani. At the same time, the bloatter extraction goes into hyperdrive as all the clans jump on board. The rent in space at Fireheart station is revealed as a backdoor into the Shanaree hiding place. The Illdirans must re-establish their alliance with the Fireos. Eventually, the mystery of the bloatter origins is revealed and a combination of various forces saves the day.

The sci-fi elements are in line with prior installments except for the bloatters which represent some type of neural network, hence the title Eternity's Mind. Overall, while adequate, this trilogy conclusion was far from satisfying. Whereas in the Seven Suns saga where fundamentals of earth, air, fire, and water were imagined as individual intelligences occupying unique environmental niches, this time out the author stretched further to the Shanaree representing entropy with total destruction as their dominance. The problem here is that there was really no effective counterbalance force that was manifested. The bloatters just didn't do much. Also annoying was that in the 20 intervening years, no one had expressed much interest in even attempting to understand any of this stuff. High level political maneuvering has also suffered over the years. Whereas giants strode among the stars in Seven Suns, now the next generation mostly just skulks about in the Shadows.

At the same time, the Illdirans really need to upgrade their record keeping for future productive utilization and move away from their "Remembers" serving chiefly as "Mage" legacy builders and more like real professional historians. As for the humans, the bulk of their activities were either petty squabbles, running away from danger, or narcissistic posturing (Zoe does receive some well deserved cosmic justice). One can't help but be left with the notion that everything will go on as before until the next galaxy destroying entity emerges. And despite all the sycophantic tree worshiping, the Verdani are still pretty lame with memory loss and needing Wental water to even just save themselves.

The narration was the best part of the series with an excellent range of voices, especially given the large cast of main characters. Dialogue and battle scenes have solid pacing and tone. At the same, the alien renditions are alien, but without the more typical nasal or phlegmatic accents.

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  • Derrick
  • 04-07-2021

Limited Vocabulary

The author uses the word "innovative" so many times that it started feel like a bludgeon to my head. I actually started to get a headache when he kept repeating the word to describe Roamers and other things.
He also felt the need to restate the nature of the Roamers about a hundred times.... "we get it! they are innovative and robust". It would have been much nicer to hear it waaaaay less and see it more in the story line.
The overall story had a real chance to be great, I love the creativity and novel ideas. But unfortunately a lot of that was overshadowed with waaaaay too much focus on these idiot Roamers and cowardly Ilderans. I really hated Roamers once the story ended.

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  • Bill
  • 26-05-2021

Good story

I stumbled upon this sequel by accident and was amazed that it came out in 2014. It had been years since I listened to the Saga of Seven Suns. It took awhile to remember the characters but it all came tumbling back. Add the next generation and it was a little confusing at first. But the story was good and I soon was entranced. The different pronunciation of names by the same narrator was kind of irritating but overall he did a good job. Very entertaining and to us sci-fi fantasy geeks golden!

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  • James Parmenter
  • 11-07-2021

Great read

excellent quality read good plot & characters and well written & spoken 5 stars. brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-2020

A fit ending to both sagas and this universe...

With the Saga of Shadows and especially Ethernity's Mind we have a more than memorable ending for this fascinating series...

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  • david
  • 31-01-2020

worth it

it is worth the read even if it gets complex and confusing plus a little far stretched in places. still ok though

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  • Benjamin Watson
  • 24-09-2017

excellent

I was unsure how all the different loose ends could be tied up in just one book, but this was a masterpiece and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. 10/10 would recommend

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  • Anonymous Coward
  • 02-12-2016

I've listened to and/or read the others so...

Super mystical SciFi extraordinaire. Just like the rest of the Seven Suns saga and other Saga of Shadows books.

It really began to grate by the end.

So did the endless repetition of stuff we already know.

I'm sure the book would be at least 30% shorter if we didn't revisit information so endlessly.

The performance was good though, so it gets four stars overall even though the story drove me nuts.

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  • Poppey
  • 05-10-2016

A Definite Must

As with the previous books in this series, I found this very hard to put down. The numerous threads woven into one big tapestry making this one impressive book. I really didn’t want it to come to an end.

This series is right up there amongst the best in my humble opinion and I look forward to the next offering from this very talented author.

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