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SciFi F Fwwadmin May 08, 2016 2446
Sad to see the series end but it ran it's course and humans persevered

It is over! Do you ever feel sad that a great series has come to an end and there will be no more stories about the people you learned to care for, hate, or just not understand? That is my feeling after finishing Eternity's Mind which is the last book in The Sage of Shadows series by Kevin J. Anderson. And yes, I also read the other seven book series based on the same world and characters called The Saga of Seven Suns.

After ten books I have come to realize that the basic plot of each book is basically the same yet with different major villains. Villains isn't exactly the correct word since people end up teaming up with or fighting elemental forces that can be simply beyond comprehension. In other books the elemental forces have been water or fire elementals and in this book they are shadows that represent chaos and entropy. After seemingly hopeless catastrophic losses to these shadows and their robot lackeys the humans find new powerful allies in Eternity's mind.

I don't expect many readers to start with this last book in the series but you could if you wanted since there is an excellent synopsis at the beginning of each book. It will quickly become apparent that you have missed a lot however.

While the epic scope of the series and the sheer number of characters are impressive and entertaining I have come to realize it is the struggles and perseverance of the people that are most memorable. The Roamers show several examples  of their mental toughness just in this book alone. They lose businesses to disaster after disaster but always are willing to start all over and come up with ingenious ways to develop new products and amazing inventions.

But not everyone has the best intentions. Some develop cures with no intention of ever sharing them while others blindly exploit natural resources with no desire to understand the impact on the universe. I would be blind if I didn't see the parallels to our own struggles to take risks while grow our personal wealth and knowledge versus the potential harm these risks can create for the planet and others.

While I will miss the series and enjoyed the successes and struggles of the characters the basic storyline of humans fighting elemental forces has run its course in my mind. Good luck to you all and thank-you for the series. I give this last book four out of five stars. Those that like epic SciFi with great characters that show perseverance against all odds should check it out or the earlier Saga of Seven Suns series where it all started. 

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