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Terra Incognita The Blank Spaces On The Map, Past The Edge Of The World, Marked Only By The Words Here Be Monsters Two Nations At War, Fighting For Dominion Over The Known, And Undiscovered, World, Pin Their Last Hopes At Ultimate Victory On Finding A Land Out Of LegendEach Will Send Their Ships To Brave The Untamed Seas, Wild Storms, Sea Serpents, And Darker Dangers Unknown To Any Man It Is A Perilous Undertaking, But There Will Always Be The Impetuous, The Brave And The Mad Who Are Willing To Leave Their Homes To Explore The UnknownEven Unto The Edge Of The WorldKevin J Anderson S Spectacular Fantasy Debut Is A Sweeping Tale Of Adventure On The High Seas, As Two Warring Kingdoms Vie For The Greatest Treasure Of Them All


10 thoughts on “The Edge of the World

  1. says:

    Somewhere between the title of the book and the fact that it is a fantasy setting, I became convinced that The Edge of the World was set in a world that is literally flat, with a ship that literally sails off the edge This mistaken perception is entirely my fault, and it quickly became obvious that I was wrong when I began reading the book Just thought I would warn you in case you laboured under the same generous delusion as I did.Instead, The Edge of the World is one of the lazier stories I ve read this year I mean, Kevin J Anderson has himself a world with frelling sea serpents That s badass, man And what does he choose to do with this storytelling boon He squanders it on a pathetic, poorly conceived religious war that stretches on for fifteen years.And not A Single Thing Happens.Your obvious hyperbole alarm should be ringing by now, but I am not exaggerating too much The Edge of the World is a long but quick read because almost nothing of any interest or importance happens in the story Characters live and grow older Some of them die Some fall in love, give birth, raise children But none of it really seems to matter.The problem lies with the central conflict, which is so contrived that I can t take it seriously The two major religions of the known world happen to be distributed by continent, so that the Tierrans worship Aiden and the Urabans worship Urec An accidental fire burns down their mutually holy city, Ishalem, sparking a war between the two continents religions Well, not exactly a war More like a state of mutual aggression Both sides commit atrocities, build navies, and do some raiding of fishing villages But neither side s leader seems to have any desire to prosecute the war to any extent Anderson does his best to make both leaders sympathetic, multi dimensional characters Unlike their followers, who do their best to imitate mindless zealots and stereotype the other side as inhuman, heretical monsters, these leaders are rational men who know that both Tierra and Uraba benefit from peace than war It just seems, thanks to the actions of various subordinates and serendipity itself, like they have no choice in the matter.Anderson seems to trying to comment on how easily religion can be twisted for political purposes, as well as emphasize the horrors of blind hatred at the hands of the masses There are some truly terrifying moments when the Aidenists or the Urecari commit one atrocity or another against their heinous enemies Ultimately, however, I don t care about either side in this religious war, because Anderson does not spend enough time making his religions convincing Like his people, the religions themselves are paper thin caricatures of the real thing, designed only to further the plot This undermines their ability to make any grand point about the horrors of religious war.It is tempting to blame this on the multitude of characters and viewpoints Anderson makes available to us There are so many characters and so many subplots, and we jump from one to another so quickly that it is difficult to become invested in any one plot But Anderson does the same thing in his Saga of Seven Suns series, and it s not a deal breaker there No, the real problems with his religious war are timing and realism.Are we supposed to believe that the Aidenists and Urecari have lived on adjacent continents for centuries yet are ignorant of each other s societies That s absurd Either they would have already gone to war, or the degree of interaction between the two continents would be far greater than it is at the beginning of this book Instead, the Tierrans and Urabans know almost nothing about each other, despite their proximity and the fact that we know the former, at least, love to trade at Uraban ports That s not how societies work, and Anderson never offers any explanations for how such an unlikely stasis could persist.Yet persist it does, even against Anderson s attempts at exploration For a book called The Edge of the World, most of the action takes place on the continents of Tierra and Uraba, with precious little exploration being done The first time the King of Tierra sends a ship out to explore the vast unknown, it gets unceremoniously wrecked by a Leviathan which is awesome The second time he does this, the ship doesn t even get out of port The only real discovery that happens in this book is the result of a journey across a desert to this world s equivalent of the Far East and the Mongol Empire.With that second failure at an exploratory expedition on Tierra s part, my enjoyment of this book really soured Criston Vora, the only survivor of the first expedition, shows up after a decade of self imposed hermitage just so he can go on the second voyage And what happens He watches the arkship burn Harsh I felt as if Anderson had crossed the line between confronting his characters with adversity and smacking them against a brick wall Seriously, what is the point of making me read about not one but two expeditions that go nowhere The loss of the first ship was fine, but with the second ship s loss, I started to wonder if Anderson really wanted to explore the rest of his world He seems content enough, at least for the majority of the book, to spend time not waging his silly little war.So as a book of exciting exploration and adventures, The Edge of the World is a huge disappointment And as a book of an intense religious war filled with moral ambiguity, insane priests who think their job is to go about burning churches, and depressed sailors, The Edge of the World still manages to be bland and boring I found the political machinations just as predictable as I found the lack of exploration surprising.I have only mentioned one character, Criston, in this entire review That s not to say that Criston is the only important or noteworthy character many of the main characters are struggling to do the best they can with the plot Anderson hands to them Criston merely served to demonstrate a point for me otherwise, I would not have mentioned him at all For if there is one thing I want you to walk away with from this review, it is an understanding that this book is so mired in generalities that it almost feels like it was pulled from a random story generator.Kevin J Anderson has never impressed me with his characterization before, and he has not changed that opinion here I don t mean to indict him just for The Edge of the World, because even though it is an unsatisfying read, I can still tell it is a sincere effort So yeah, you do get points for trying, but that s not nearly enough.Some books are better left unexplored, not because they are so bad they re good or so bad they re bad but because they re so bland they aren t worth your time.


  2. says:

    Absolutely terrible I m on page 150 and ready to quit.I was lured in by the beautiful cover and the promise of high sea adventure and discovery and I m sorely frustrated and tired of the religious and political dribble that Anderson has presented.I disliked the multiple storylines and the constant flipping back and forth between them The icing on the cake was the Romanesque manner of brutally and sadistically killing each other If I wanted to read that I would read true accounts of the holocaust In all I don t see any further reason to continue to struggle through this book since it s not delivering what I wanted.This may be what some people are looking for in a book, but it s definitely not for me.


  3. says:

    Let me preface this review by saying I am a fan of Kevin s work on the Dune series This book is an absolute waste of time I almost never start a book and not finish it but was 3 4 of the way through this piece, went to the book store, bought half a dozen new titles and immediately dropped this in favor of the new Jim Butcher Dresden title.The whole plot line of the book is an obvious re write of Christian vs Muslim theology with the Jews in this case as the semi neutral map makers and holders of unknown wealth clich much The lack of creativity is astounding, the action non existent, no suspense, fragmented multiple story lines In a real time parallel the same unfortunate tendency for the Aidenist Christians turning the other cheek while hoards of obvious Muslim clones commit atrocities and terrorist attacks just adds to the frustration of seeing the same on everyday news headlines for the last 10 years If I want to be depressed I can just watch the nightly news I read fantasy for a different flavor.


  4. says:

    MTV meets Lawrence of Arabia


  5. says:

    I was fortunate enought to get my hands on an Advance Reading Copy of this book Whether you are already familiar with, and a fan of Kevin J Anderson s other works such as his critically acclaimed Saga of the Seven Suns series, or his collaborative forays into the legendary Dune Universe with Brian Herbert the son of Frank Herbert , or new to his creative endeavors, you will be pleasantly surprised by Mr Anderson s adept return into the fantasy realm Humans have a natural inclination to explore the world around them, to push at the boundaries of the known world, to boldly go out to the edge of the map, sometimes for wealth, sometimes for power, and sometimes just to know what is out there It s this passion to push back the blank spaces on the maps that drove explorers like Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, and Lewis Clark to undertake their journeys at great personal risk, to go to The Edge of the World, and hopefully return.The Edge of the World is the first of a three book saga that offers a complex blend of exploration, clashing cultures and religions, fanaticism, ill fated love, and of course sea monsters As always the author s clear and concise writing style keeps you flipping page after page, as the story unfolds a t a rapid pace, sweeping you away through the various currents of the many characters lives as we watch them try to cope with a quickly changing, turbulent environment that sets the stage for the next installment, The Map of All things due out in the summer of 2010 Though it is a book in the Fantasy genre, it has only a small taste of magic, no wizards and warlocks, no Orcs and Goblins, no magical creatures like unicorns It is much closer to a historical novel, but set in a different world from our own It is largely influenced by the Crusades and the Prester John legends from our own middle ages The story focuses on two nations, who both share the same common legends about how their lands were settled by Aiden and Urec , the two sons of Ondun who is creator of the world Over time, each of these nations developed into two completely different cultures with two completely different religions paying homage to Aiden and Urec, but shared the city of Ishalem that sits on the isthmus separating the two kingdoms The two nations coexist in relative peace until a fire burns the holy city to the ground It s this incident that sets the stage for a religious war, and a desperate search to find the fabled land if Terravitae that lays somewhere across the sea, beyond the edge of the known world.The Edge of the World will keep you on the edge of your seat.


  6. says:

    I liked this book It was 570 some pages and knowing as you go into it that it s the first installment of a trilogy is a little daunting There is no complete story arc in this book Although the ending is not a cliff hanger , it does leave a lot of open plot threads I will have to read the next book And I don t mind that prospect, despite the ambulatory pace, the book does pack a lot into its 570 pages and by the time I was finished I was thoroughly invested in all the characters.It s a solid read existing fans of Kevin J Anderson would enjoy I d suggest Hidden Empire Saga of the Seven Suns as a better place to start if you re reading him for the first time It s a little smaller and easier to digest.


  7. says:

    Very entertaining debut to the Terra Incognita series if you are familiar with the author Seven Suns saga, you will recognize a lot of the same plot devices, character archetypes, and the same no character is safe from summary dispatch, heartbreak, dramatic change The story is complex with multiple POV s and is always clearly written and very enjoyable also the book is a page turner and it ends at various stopping points in each of the multiple threads with the next book an asap book Announced as a trilogy thankfully , this one should avoid the repetition of the Seven Suns after 4 5 volumes when i kind of lost interests despite loving the first 3 books.Highly recommended.


  8. says:

    Edge of the World is the first book in the Terra Incognita trilogy by Kevin J Anderson, well known author of many popular series science fiction novels including Dune with Brian Herbert and Star Wars It tells the story of two nations at war, driven by religious fervor, with a spiral of revenge and vengeance as the backdrop for a tale of adventure and daring Both nations seek to make discoveries that would shake the foundations of their civilizations.A familiar struggleWhile the world of Terra Incognita is itself an original construct, and the peoples of the nation states of Uraba and Tierra and their geography are original as well, the cultures at play in this series seem rather derivative The central focus of the cultures in the book is their religions and faith They have a common religious root and creation myth, but have diverged significantly in their practices in the present day, each dedicated in turn to the teachings of a different primary prophet and religious authority Each one acknowledges the common roots their faiths share, yet they focus instead on the differences, each supremely confident in the correct interpretations of their faith over the others The Tierrans follow Aiden and the sign of the fishhook, while the Urabans follow Urec and the palm frond A third culture, the Saedrans, live among both peoples but hold to their own customs and faith they are generally regarded with both mild respect and mild distrust for that reason.A trio of faiths and cultures from one religious root, sharing some beliefs but differing just enough from others to cause a great deal of friction a culture living on the fringes of society, tolerated by both but a part of neither the sharing of a holy city, sacred to all, each with their own claim to rightful control The similarities between the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish struggle for Jerusalem and the claims of supremacy of faith leaped out at me immediately While there is nothing at all wrong with taking inspiration from history Guy Gavriel Kay, my favorite author has done this to exceptional effect on than one occasion it does cause one to wonder if Anderson is making a political statement as well as telling a story, or if he simply took inspiration from a history that is rife with the intrigue and conflict his story needed.A sense of the ridiculousAs the war between the Urabans and Tierrans rages over the course of many years Anderson is also a fan of time lapses, years at a time in some cases I found the primary sense of this conflict to be one of absurdity At no stage of this war do the forces of Urec and Aiden meet in direct conflict Instead we get years of one sided attacks, massacres, terrorism and general violence Every time peace seems in the offing, some idiot acts without orders or in exactly the wrong way at exactly the wrong time to prolong the conflict Even with a medieval level of communications technology, it starts to strain the bounds of suspension of disbelief when yet another field commander decides he doesn t need authorization, doing something stupid that only provokes reprisal after reprisal There s no Deus acting in the Machina that has been revealed to us yet, but direct interference is about the only way this makes sense.Furthering this feeling that something else needs to be going on for it all to make sense is the form magic takes in this world Both sides have a knowledge of magic that seems to function along the laws of sympathy readers of Patrick Rothfuss are nodding their heads , and there is something legitimate functioning in this manner At one point, a sympathetic model of an object does indeed reflect what is happening to the original object in a way that could not be coincidental, so it is working However, it seems that not a single person in either nation in the entire history of their civilization has considered that a this magic has offensive properties or b acting upon the sympathetic models might also affect the objects Nobody is blowing wind at model ships, nobody is building model houses to douse with water if their home catches fire, and nobody is creating effigies or voodoo dolls despite a massive war running for years I think my primary criticism of the series, then, is that aspects of the story are not taken to their logical conclusions Too many things seem to happen simply to keep the story going and not because it makes sense for them to happen, and it strains credulity just a little.Not to give you the wrong ideaIn spite of all of the above, I did actually enjoy this novel It has interesting characters, a compelling plot, lots of action and adventure, and even a few sea serpents to liven things up While the holy war overshadows much of the story, there are numerous smaller stories being told in front of the larger backdrop We learn about a woman s struggles to raise a child in a culture alien and threatening to her We learn about an obsession with adventure and the need to see over the next horizon We learn the trials of leadership in times of hardship and the pressures of coming into power too soon Most importantly, there is a message of hope despite the dangers of a war that seems to never end.Why should you read this book This is a book for the adventurer If you want to read about exploration, ambition, and the willingness to risk everything to make a discovery that could change everything, then you will love this book The world is well made, the peoples and characters interesting, with enough depth to feel like you know and understand them, but not so much depth that the next time lapse leaves you angry you ve left someone behind Really, what it feels like is a fantasy novel written by a long time science fiction novelist The Edge of the World has enough worldbuilding to allow the reader to follow along with what s happening, as well as a character driven plot that leaves many of the driving characters feeling a little overshadowed by events larger than themselves, but intertwined together in a cohesive whole that never makes a subplot feel unnecessary or excessive.While you may shake your head a time or two at the way things just happen to work out, just tell yourself that God works in mysterious ways, and three Gods are quite probably mysterious still.


  9. says:

    I went into The Edge of the World expecting a high fantasy filled with fun on the high seas I wanted interesting worlds, sea adventures, and lots of fun Instead, I was given a book I found extremely difficult to finish.There were points where I considered giving this a two star rating, but in the end I couldn t It was a book of politics and religion, and whilst these things can be interesting in fantasy, I found they overshadowed the aspects of the story that could have been fun With a book of this length, a book that spans years in time, I expected a lot to happen There were a couple of characters whose stories were mildly interesting, but we only touched the surface We never went as deep as we could have, and I was constantly left wanting .All in all, The Edge of the World wasn t what I expected I ll probably give Kevin J Anderson another read in the future, but I doubt it ll be with the second book in the Terra Incognita series.


  10. says:

    If you ve read Kevin J Anderson s Saga of Seven Suns series, then you already know and understand his style of writing, but if you re new to his independent works, they can be a little off putting, at first Anderson starts each chapter with a number, and the location the chapter is happening in The chapters vary in length, from a few paragraphs to many, many pages, so it can get a little difficult to figure out at first, especially when you re learning new names for places and people I would recommend buckling down, though, because what you have here is a richly detailed world, and a very intricate plot that ties events and people from across not just continents and oceans but through time as well, with the actions of one character influencing heavily the actions of another ten years after the fact, and all in a believable fashion that never feels like a deus ex machina scenario The plot is fairly complicated, even at it s most basic outline, and well worth finding out the twists and turns yourself, but I ll try my best to describe it as briefly as possible It s the tale of two countries split not just by geography but a religious disagreement as well What follows is a basic outline of the disagreement, as it plays a heavy roll in everything to come Keep in mind I ve generalized names in the story to make in understandable Basically, God sent his two eldest sons out to explore the world, leaving Eden to venture forth and discover the world he created, thus glorifying his creation We ll call the sons James and Tim James was given a magic compass that always pointed back to Eden, and Tim a detailed map of the world, that they might work together to accomplish this task They then set off in their crazy Ark armada to go do what God told them to Now, here is the disagreement During the voyage, the Jamesists say Tim got greedy, wrecked Jame s compass, and tried to take over the armada Timsians say that James stole Tim s map so Tim wouldn t find his way Stuff got heated, and the two brothers split into groups, each with his loyalists, and each taking half of the armada with him After that, things get very different, that s where the religious split happens The next thing we know is that there is the wreck of a great Ark ship beached at the holy city of Ishalem, and the Jamsians say it s James , and the Timites say it is Tim s What the novel covers is the downward spiral of relations between the two groups, and the religious war that gets sparked because of it This book is really quite good, a lot going on but everything is interesting so you re never bored with it I would definitely recommend this to readers of fantasy that are looking for something other than the standard dragon fighting cliche.