Blood of the Cosmos : Saga of Shadows

  • by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by Mark Boyett
  • Series: Saga of Shadows
  • 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Blood of the Cosmos: the second book in Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Shadows trilogy.
An epic space opera of the titanic conflict of several galactic civilizations against a life-destroying force of shadows, a dark cosmic force that has swept through the undercurrents of the human interstellar empire. The intertwined plots, overflowing with colorful ideas, a large cast of characters, and complex storylines, span dozens of solar systems, alien races, and strange creatures.
As the second book of the trilogy opens, the humans and Ildirans, having narrowly escaped annihilation at the hands of the Shana Rei and their robot allies in Book One, are desperate to find a way to combat the black cloud of antimatter of the Shana Rei. The mysterious alien Gardeners, who had helped them previously, turn out to be a disaster in disguise and because of them, the world tree forests are again in danger. The allies believing they have found a way to stop their dreaded enemies, a new weapon is tested, but it's a horrible failure, throwing the human race and its allies to the brink of extinction.

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Customer Reviews

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Epic continues

Part 2 delves deeper into the furthering of the Spiral Arms plight. . And leaves us paralysed with fear. .
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- S. J. ATTWOOD

SciFi but very mystical

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is well performed, Mark Boyett gives the characters life


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Still waiting to find out what the great ring actually does. The two biggest problems I have with the storyline are 1) The endless repetition of info that you have already been told within this book, the previous book & the previous series; and 2) The endless mysticism - galaxy wide instantaneous communication by a "green priest" touching a tree, the "thism", etcetera. There is a constant flow of "deus ex machina" plot turns - both to start and finish a set piece within the storyline that I have actually started to get a bit annoyed. Mind you, this is the 9th book in the Seven Suns / Shadow series and nothing has really changed.


Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Very good, but I have always enjoyed them


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Suspend your disbelief right here and now


Any additional comments?

Entertaining, but eventually a bit tiresome

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- Anonymous Coward

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios