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The Sword of the Lady (Emberverse Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed long and far across the land that was once the United States of America, seeking the shore where the sun rises, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change.
His quest ends in Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people, who claim to have been transported there from out of time. Only one odd stone house remains standing. Within it, Rudi finds a beautifully made sword seemingly waiting for him.
And once he takes it up, nothing for Rudi—or for the world that he knows—will ever be the same…
“Well written…a good tale.” - SFRevu
“This new novel of the Change is quite probably the finest by an author who has been growing in skill and imagination for more than twenty-five years.” – Booklist (Starred Review)
About the Author
- ASIN : B002DW937O
- Publisher : Ace (August 7, 2009)
- Publication date : August 7, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 992 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #155,086 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This one takes Rudi and his crew further along his journey to Nantucket, with the bad guys in hot pursuit, and he runs into still more splinter cultures, all of which seem to have matured amazingly in only twenty years or so, but who's quibbling? I confess that the first book in the series that I read was The Golden Princess, so I know what's going to happen and when (although it's heavily foreshadowed), but that was enough to send me back to the beginning to read them all... happily. This is a series I'll read and re-read, and I think I'll wind up smiling every time.
Not to say that the journey isn't fun. There's a lot to this book and I mean a LOT. It's just that towards the end you raise your hands up and realize that he is literally jerking you around.
There's a lot of conclusions to various plot lines, resolving Rudi's friends capture in Iowa, Ingolf's reconciliation with his brother, Rudi and Mathilda confirming their budding relationship and marriages/deaths and all the other usual plot elements. Stirling provides us with a feast of plot and character development. Too bad he went HEAVY with the side dishes instead of focusing on the main meal.
For example; There's an entire chapter where Mathilda spies on Rudi dancing naked with other Wiccans...in the middle of Wisconsin. There's a chapter where Sandra, Conrad Renfew and Tiphaine sit, eat dinner, hunt and talk about what's going on.
The worst transgression is the latter half of the book, which introduces us to (drumroll) Viking in northeast Maine!! Because apparently there are Norse god worshipping leaders just chomping at the bit for some reason to recreate Norway in the Northeast! I'm not even kidding. There are about 100 pages or so where you are just reading and going "Why!?" This is at the tail end of the book where the last thing that needs to happen is for Rudi and Co. to sail across the sea to Nantucket and claim the sword. All the other plot threads had been wrapped up and the book was ripe for a conclusion. Instead we are treated to 100 pages of Norse rituals, names, and feasts. I. Don't. Care! It should've been, Rudi and Co. trek across the northeast, find/build/hire a boat to take them to Nantucket, fight Cutters and people die, claim sword, the end. This would've kept the book at the necessary 100 pages while, you know, moving the plot along. I don't want to have the book come to a grinding halt while we see yet ANOTHER pagan ritual, and ANOTHER feast, and ANOTHER battle for characters/group of people that I just don't give a s*** about. I know the sword is right there, just go ahead and TAKE IT.
This is an editors job. The entire last 1/5 of the book is entirely skippable. For those of you with the hardcover copy, here is my suggestion. Stop reading at page 342. Now, here's what you missed. Rudi and Co. meet Vikings in Maine and have a ritual where Odin says "This guy is awesome, do what he says." Then they fight pirates. They win but Odard dies. It's not written badly he's just not particularly mourned past his chapter. Then they hire these pirates to sail them to Nantucket. The Cutters have possessed the pirate's friends to attack them. They land at Nantucket. Now pick up at 467.
Now proceed to read to the end. There, I just saved you about 100 pages of nonsense.
In summary, this book was great. Until the end where it slowed down before finally finishing.
As for Stirling, he just runs on too long about the scenery, the the quality of the food, the snow and the qualities of the snow...I found myself skipping a great deal of it. I like detail, but I want that detail to really add to the story, not muddy the action and take up the word count for no purpose.
Bottom line, I like the series, but for the price, I am beginning to feel ripped off and uninterested. Your mileage may vary,
Top reviews from other countries
While Rudi's friends and companions are well drawn, the real stars of the book are the strange societies that have grown up since the change. From the Byzantine kingdom of Iowa, to the modern Norse of Maine, they are vividly drawn and often alien.
This is a book of heroes and villians, great battles and political skulduggery and high religion. The noble wiccan Rudi and the catholic paladin Ignatius are forced to confront the soul devouring evil of the Church Universal and Triumphant in a battle of swordskill, tactics and sheet faith.