Blog Tour: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky (#UltimateBlogTour)

Hi Blisses,

TITLE: Shards of Earth
BY: Adrian Tchaikovsky
GENRE: Science Fiction, Adult
SERIES: The Final Architects Trilogy #1
PUBLICATION: May 27th, 2021 by TOR
TRIGGERS: Death, Fantasy racism, Gore, Indentured servitude, Torture, War (for more trigger warnings, visit BookTriggerWarnings.com)
NOTES: I received an e-copy from the publisher and blog tour host in exchange for promotion and honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.

This is another delayed blog tour review. I really need to get my sh*t together. I’ve been catching up with everything. I think everything is a mess, which is not good for my mental health. I have a mild case of OCD and God, I can’t even, right now.

But anyway, I’m grateful to be part of this tour. A big thanks to Dave (@The_WriteReads) for including me in this #UltimateBlogTour. Also, I really enjoyed this book so much. I can’t wait to share my thoughts about is so let’s get into it…

BLURB

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . .

Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.

Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans ­such as Idris – who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete.

Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it.

PRAISES FOR THE AUTHOR

‘Brilliant science fiction’ – James McAvoy on Children of Time

‘Full of sparkling, speculative invention’ – Stephen Baxter on The Doors of Eden

LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HLPZY6X
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55437088-shards-of-earth

ONE-SENTENCE REVIEW

Everything about Shards of Earth kept me glued to the page, and I can’t wait for the next book.

REVIEW

I love Science Fiction but I don’t always read it, because I always think I would need to think a lot in order to enjoy the plot. LOL. This is definitely true with Shards of Earth. There was a lot of thinking involved here. I felt like all throughout the book, I was trying to come up with things, of what might happen next or why things happened, and yet I was always wrong. I can be stupid like that. hehe.

But I enjoyed this book so much.

At the first few chapters, I thought I wouldn’t like it. I had a hard time getting into the story and the world but as soon as I did, I didn’t stop getting fascinated by everything in the book. The concept of this book is probably not fresh to readers of sci-fi, especially space operas but the author really knows how to get his readers immersed and interested into his story. I love the idea of a story set in a world after Earth was destroyed, not a very new concept but always loved it. This book also features bio-engineered human who used to fight the old enemies that destroyed Earth. I think it’s so cool that they can communicate telepathically with the enemies. The idea of Unspace is also cool, though not new. And of course, the Architects. I really thought they’re some kind of heroes or something good, but they’re not. But still, it’s so fascinating what they do to planets as their way of creating some kind of new universe. They really are architects.

The pacing of the story was just enough. I mentioned I had a hard time getting into the story at first, but that wasn’t the book’s fault but just me. I just don’t always get sci-fi easily. putting that aside, the story flowed really well till the end. Right from the start when a sign of Architect’s work was found, I was hooked. Right from the start, I was intrigued by the Architects. I wanted to know everything about them, who they really are and where did they come from, and also what do they really want. I also really enjoyed the politics aspect of the story. It was realistic even for a book that’s set in space. I think it’s realistic that there will always be war and people who would do everything for what they believe in…I’m talking about cultish kinds of factions.

As for the characters, I love Idris. He’s a hero I would root for till the end. But I love Solace more. She’s also a main character and she fascinates me. This is definitely a plot-driven book more than character but the characters played a big role on why I enjoyed this book so much. I also enjoyed learning more about the various creatures in this fictional world that the author created.

RATING: 5 blissful pages with lilies

I really found Shards of Earth very fascinating. I was immersed and intrigued the whole time reading it. I highly recommend this book to every fantasy and sci-fi readers. The author is new to me but after reading this book, I will definitely check his back lists.

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.

Adrian’s LinksWebsite | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.

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