Welcome to my stop in the Shards of Earth book tour! Thank you so much to TheWriteReads for including me in this tour, and the publisher Tor for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.
Title: Shards of Earth
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 27th May 2021
The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . .
Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade him in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.
After earth was destroyed, mankind created a fighting elite to save their species, enhanced humans such as Idris. In the silence of space they could communicate, mind-to-mind, with the enemy. Then their alien aggressors, the Architects, simply disappeared – and Idris and his kind became obsolete.
Now, fifty years later, Idris and his crew have discovered something strange abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy hunting for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, that many would kill to obtain.
Shards of Earth is the first space opera that I have read in a very long time, and it did not disappoint and makes me even want to dive further into the genre. It is also the first book by Adrian Tchaikovsky that I have ever read, and I will certainly be diving into his backlist because Shards of Earth was just incredible.
For me, the characters were the stand out element of the book; I loved them all. I loved the complexity behind them and how their complexity impacted the decisions they made. I also liked how they didn’t change their opinions on each other easily, they were forced to work for it, and even then, it wasn’t a full gone conclusion. My favourite character was Kris, and I was really intrigued as to what led her to be with the crew of the Vulture God; and while Adrian Tchaikovsky went into some detail, there are still bits of information to be learned.
The plot within Shards of Earth is very complex, and it takes a while to understand what is occurring and who is at war with each other. But when you get your head around it, it becomes very easy to digest. It is also told in such a way that you are reminded of what has just occurred, even if it has only happened a couple of pages ago. I appreciated this as if I didn’t understand the first time I did the second time.
The worldbuilding with Shards of Earth is incredible. There is so much detail put into the different alien races, but it never becomes too much that you can’t understand what is happening or what someone looks like. All of the questions that I had were answered, but it never felt info-dumpy which I really appreciated as Shards of Earth is quite dense even without that.
If I had to find a minor issue, and this would be me really nitpicking, I didn’t like the ending as much as I thought I would. I found that it was quite tame compared to the events of the rest of the book. I understand that not every book has to go out on a cliffhanger, but I would have just liked a little bit of something more. But I can see why this has been done to set up the next book in the series.
I highly urge that you pick up Shards of Earth if you love Science Fiction or Epic Fantasy. It has everything that you could want and more. I will definitely be looking at Adrian Tchaikovsky’s backlist and waiting with anticipation for the next book in the series.
About the Author
Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, from the first volume, Empire In Black and Gold in 2008 to the final book, Seal of the Worm, in 2014, with a new series and a standalone science fiction novel scheduled for 2015. He has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and a British Fantasy Society Award. In civilian life he is a lawyer, gamer and amateur entomologist.