Shadow of the Giant

Shadow of the Giant

Book - 2005
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Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older. Then he was discovered by the recruiters for the Battle School.

For Earth was at war - a terrible war with an inscrutable alien enemy. A war that humanity was near to losing. But the long distances of interstellar space has given hope to the defenders of Earth - they had time to train military geniuses up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high-orbital facility called the Battle School. That story is told in two books, Orson Scott Card's beloved classic Ender's Game , and its parallel, Ender's Shadow . Now, in Shadow of the Giant , Bean's story continues.

Bean was the smallest student at the Battle School, but he became Ender Wiggins' right hand, Since then he has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he and his wife Petra yearn for a safe place to build a family - something he has never known - but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies - old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemiesfrom the wars on Earth. To find security, Bean and Petra must once again follow in Ender's footsteps. They must leave Earth behind, in the control of the Hegemon, and look to the stars.


Ender series
Ender's Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind / Ender in Exile / Children of the Fleet

Ender's Shadow series
Ender's Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets / Shadow of the Giant / Shadows in Flight

The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
Earth Unaware / Earth Afire / Earth Awakens

The Second Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
The Swarm / The Hive

Ender novellas
A War of Gifts / First Meetings

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312857585
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Card Orson
Characteristics: 367 p. ;,25 cm.


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Mar 28, 2019

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Aug 18, 2016

Shadow of the Giant is the third book in the Shadow series, a spin-off of the Ender’s Game series. This book follows members of Ender’s team (who destroyed the formics) after the Third Invasion, when they return to Earth. Battle School trained them to be military geniuses, and fuelled their dreams of being conquerors, resulting in the children to become leaders of their nations leaving Earth on the brink of another World War. The only one smart enough to defuse the situation is Bean, the most intelligent of all Battle School children, who is preoccupied with the gigantism that is slowly killing him. I found this book to be very well written, although slower than most books in the Enderverse. The story does an excellent job of setting up the other books of the Ender’s Game series (as this book is set before the second book of the series chronologically), while still managing to have an interesting story of its own. 5/5 Stars - @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 11, 2016

So this one was pretty good. By the end I was skimming over the politics stuff because it wasn't as interesting as the scientific stuff in the Ender Quartet but the relationships between Petra, Peter, and Bean were really nice. I've almost finished all the enderverse series and none of them have disappointed

Aug 19, 2014

Orson Scott Card’s Shadow of the Giant (2005) - Ender Shadow Series Book 4 - continues Bean’s story. Excellent book! This was my tenth book by the author and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Aug 24, 2012

I ended up reading this book out of order, but it didn't seem to matter too much. As most authors do in sequels, Card spent a bit of time recapping what happened in the two books I skipped.

The Bean series is far better, in my opinion, than the rest of the Ender series. If you're looking for more coherent story like Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, stick with the Bean side of things. Ender's side gets really weird and metaphysical really fast.


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Nov 29, 2011

The final novel in the parallel series, Ender's Shadow.


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