Review of 'Shadow of the Giant'

Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
4th book in the 'Ender's Shadow' series

Another chapter in the Ender saga sees the political situation on Earth getting more complicated as war commences on many fronts.

Bean (Julian Delphiki, Ender's right hand man) and Petra are searching for their children implanted in surrogate mothers (against their will) around the planet.

Peter Wiggin (Ender's brother) is having a certain amount of success in creating the Hegemony where they face their first real challenge.

Virlomi is out of control thinking herself the God she presents to her adoring Indian followers…making a surprising proposition to the new Caliph. She runs the risk of destroying all that she holds dear…and more.

Han Tzu picks up the pieces in China after the Chinese defeat against it's invaders, dramatically stages a one-man coup, then declares himself leader of the country.

It is most certain that this is the last of Card's books on Ender's Jeesh's activities on earth but the story of those sent to colonise the stars is obviously left untold at the end of this novel.

Card has more accurate assessments of the political situation of today with some, fairly controversial to be sure, comments about Islam. I found the entire book very enjoyable and an easy read but not to be attempted by those that have not already worked their way through the preceding books in the series. I look forward to the next few books.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2009-05-21

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: TOR

Publication Date: 2005

ISBN: 0-312-85758-6

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