In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war, a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.
For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed location, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way.
Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy the than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counselor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they burden Carlyle beyond description. And both Mycroft and Carlyle are privy to the greatest secret of all: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life.
Shot through with astonishing invention, Seven Surrenders is the next movement in one of the great SF epics of our time.
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By Miss E. H. Kemball on 09-10-17
great book, mediocre performance
Excellent novel. I just finished and am weeping real tears. Wonderful characters, exciting plot, possibly the best worl building I have ever seen.
not a fan if the performance though. The decision to give Bridger a lisp really bothered me. A lot of the accents weren't so great.
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By Kevin Elliott on 28-04-17
AWFUL Performance, Thought-provoking story
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I can't recommend this book to anyone; the narrator is atrocious. He croaks and growls. He uses incomprehensible accents to denote different characters and inexplicably adds confusing pauses and timing choices between words. Just awful, awful.
What other book might you compare Seven Surrenders to and why?
This is the second in a series and matches the first (Too Like the Lightning) with a variety of speakers, and is in the style of spoken-word history.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of T. Ryder Smith?
Do you think Seven Surrenders needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Can't say as yet. Still considering.
Any additional comments?
This book needs to be re-recorded with a different narrator. Since it's a series, they should get the narrator for the first one, Jefferson Mays, whose voice and talents are quite well suited to this text.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
By DT Campbell on 14-04-17
Wonderful! Possibly the single best series of speculative fiction I've ever read. Utterly different from my other top picks, but definitely jostling for #1.
The change in narrators is jarring, but give yourself time to adjust. Smith brings a nuance to the performance that I don't remember being present in Mays, though both are excellent.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful