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Title: Shards of Earth (#1 The Final Architects)

Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky

Published: 27th of May 2021 – Tor Books

Format: Digital (eARC) – 592 pages

“Perhaps it was survival rather than victory, but sometimes just surviving was your definition of a win.” – Shards of Earth

Hello Hello! How are you?

Today I am so happy to be bringing you my post on the #UltimateBlogTour organised by @The_WriteReads for Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

I have been getting into more full-on science fiction lately, and this was an amazing choice, I’m so glad I am getting the opportunity to read it. However, I am very busy at the minute with my thesis research and struggling to find time to read. I’m about 40% into this book and thoroughly enjoying it, so today’s post is a spotlight and first impressions. Keep on reading!

Thank you so much to Dave, the publisher and NetGalley for letting me be part of this tour and for providing me with a free copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us an extraordinary new space opera about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man’s discovery will save or destroy us all.

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.


Trigger warnings (so far): death, violence, war, slavery, fighting, blood.

Well, I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but I went in fairly blind and I am having the best time reading it. I had already read a book by this author last year, Doors of Eden, which I really enjoyed. Some of the science and technology speech went completely over my head in that book, but I am not having that problem at all in Shards of Earth. It is full-on science fiction with aliens, spaceships, loads of space/science/technology lingo, but I’m not finding it at all incomprehensible, and when I do get a bit confused, it is all really clearly explained soon after.

I am loving the world this book is set in. I mean, obviously, it’s space, but this is a glimpse at space and planets that I had never read before. I’m finding it really well described and easy to picture. So far, I like both the parts in the ships and on “the ground” because I think it is interesting to understand the world and see it differently.

I am also really enjoying reading about the characters. Solace and Idris are the two main characters, and they are my favourites. I particularly like Solace, I can’t really put my finger on why, but she is a great character. I also am enjoying reading about all the different creatures, they are so unique and eerie but also fascinating! I’m looking forward to learning more about Kris and Rollo especially.

And I just wanted to mention that I am really enjoying this plot. As someone who likes science fiction generally but hasn’t had the opportunity to read that many, I’m finding the events to be really unique and immersive. I just want to know more about the Architects, who they are, where they come from, their motives etc. I think Tchaikovsky has done a fantastic job here of drawing the reader in, and the writing style has me hooked as soon as I pick up the book. I can tell that I will really enjoy it once I’ve finished it, so I’m excited to read more.

My review will hopefully be up soon, so keep a lookout for my full thoughts!


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.

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That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post, see you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx


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