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Shadow of the Hegemon
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2001
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After the defeat of the Hive Queen by Ender Wiggin and the other children of Battle School, the young soldiers return home in time to take part in yet another warDof ideas and politics, of power and treachery. The sequel to Ender's Shadow (LJ 9/15/99) continues the tale of Bean, formerly Ender's second-in-command and now an important tactician and aide to Peter Wiggin, a political philosopher and the future Hegemon. The author's graceful storytelling and engaging cast of youthful characters add an extra dimension to an already gripping story of children caught up in world-shaking events. Recommended for sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The sequel to Ender's Shadow (1999) continues the exploits of Bean, Ender's strategist and friend, juxtaposing them with the deadly challenges faced by 14-year-old Petra Arkanian, another member of Ender's team. Now that the war against the buggers is over, the Battle School's graduates have returned home, and someone is kidnapping them. Could the psychopathic Achilles be behind it? Events in this novel parallel those in the first part of Speaker for the Dead (1986), the immediate sequel to Ender's Game (1985). Peter Wiggin, Ender's brother, aspires to become the Hegemon and set the world to rights, and he has sent Ender, with his sister, Valentine, into hiding off planet. The characterizations are first class, and the fast-paced action features one hair-raising episode after another, as Achilles proves to be the brains behind the international turmoil in which China gobbles up India and the rest of Asia while Russia swallows the European nations. The international posturing rings very true, as do Achilles' power-grabbing machinations, and Bean's scheming, too, as he reluctantly supports Peter while struggling to bring Achilles down and rescue Petra from Achilles' deadly clutches. At book's end, the hostilities haven't been resolved, which opens the door for another sequel. Shadow of the Hegemon is so nicely integrated into the rest of the Ender canon that readers will be completely enthralled and left anxiously awaiting the next installment. --Sally Estes

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Still in the universe of Card’s enormously popular 1984 child-warrior yarn, Ender’s Game, here’s a sequel to Ender’s Shadow (1999), which explored the roots of the antipathy between Ender Wiggin and his even more capable lieutenant, Bean. Now a struggle for world domination is shaping up. The protagonists will be: Bean himself; Peter, Ender’s older brother, already famed as the respected essayist and advisor Locke; and Achilles, Bean’s old adversary, a psychotic killer who murdered Bean’s childhood friend Poke, and whom Bean arranged to have booted out of Battle School. Peter manages to whisk his sister Valentine and Ender off on a colony starship. But Achilles kidnaps all the Battle School graduates save Bean, whom he tries to assassinate. Petra, a strategist almost as good as Ender and Bean, becomes in effect Achilles’ slave. Bean joins Sister Carlotta, the nun who befriended him in the bad old street-survivor days. Achilles, meanwhile, pulls strings in Russia, India, China—the US is a client state, and Europe enfeebled. Rather than allow Achilles to achieve his aims, Bean knows that he must help Peter become Hegemon. But their egos clash, and Bean’s freedom of action is restricted by the need to rescue Petra. Can he and Peter put aside their differences and cooperate? Even if they do, can they stop the insensate Achilles? Much less gripping, and much more talky, than the splendid Shadow. Doubtless the series will continue, but this seam’s pretty well mined out.
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<p>The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more.</p> <p>But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heroes; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Bean escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter.</p> <p>Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Bean's help, he will eventually rule the world.</p> <p> Shadow of the Hegemon is the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series</p>
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