The Final Architects 01 – Shards of Earth

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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.

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Shards of Earth Review

I have several of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s books on my ever growing TBR and haven’t been able to commit to a series yet, so I was very excited for the opportunity to get an arc of book one, Shards of Earth, of his new trilogy The Final Architects.

I must first admit I find it a lot easier to absorb myself in fantasy worlds than sci-fi. That said, Tchaikovsky has created a wonderful universe fill with a interesting array of races, worlds, and political views. The Architects are also a thing of marvel when you paint a picture of them in your imagination.

Early on in Shards of Earth you meet multiple key characters, are treated to an epic battle, and informed of multiple races and politics, all without overwhelming you. Tchaikovsky writes beautifully and paints vivid pictures of the worlds you travel too and the races we meet. I also really liked the characters early, I care about them, which is important to me.

Characters brings me to my reason for giving this 3.5* and not higher. By the end, I didn’t really care about them any more than I did early on. My feelings and emotions to the characters just didn’t grow. I feel like we only scratched the surface of each character. Idris so the most progression for me, late on he took a step forward and accepted responsibilities. But other character didn’t grow enough for me to really care about them.

However, am I interested in book 2? Sure I am. As I said Tchaikovsky writes brilliantly, the universe is great, the races are unique, and the politics are interesting. So too is what we find out about the architects later in Shards of Earth. I’ve ordered the limited edition of Shards of Earth, and if you are a Sci-fi fan then this is definitely recommended.

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