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The High King of Montival (Emberverse Series #7)

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

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    fabulous post-apocalyptic thriller

    It has been a quarter of a century since the world was plunged into darkness with electricity and electronic based technology failing. People formed communities to keep safe as mankind returns to the Middle Ages standard of living and society. Rudi Mackenzie traveled from Montival (parts of Oregon and Washington State) to Nantucket where he found the Sword of Lady in the World. He drew it out just like Arthur did Excalibur and it granted him mystical powers that enabled Rudi to become the ruler Artos of Montival when he gets home.

    Getting back is just as different as people of different communities look at them at as the enemy. Rudi and his allies have to trust their numbers and strength in the wrecks that was once cities to make better time and fight off groups that want to rule Montival like the leads of Boise and Corwin and the Cutters soldiers of the Church Universal and Triumphant. While back home, the various groups that make up Montival are fighting to maintain their way of life against well trained warriors.

    When Rudi takes control of the Sword (see Sword of the Lady), he needed to adapt to a new radical change again while also rallying various groups, many of whom he fought against just a few months ago as the evil enemy threatens their well-being. The High King of Montival is filled with plenty of action, intrigue and a touch of romance. Readers will muse over whether magic or a neo branch of physics has entered the world and what it means as S.M. Stirling provides another fabulous post-apocalyptic thriller to his Change saga (see The Scourge of God and The Sunrise Lands).

    Harriet Klausner

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    Grand-Scale Fun

    In another installment of The Novels of the Change, Stirling again ushers readers into an alternate history of post-apocalyptic adventure and epic intrigue.

    Rudi Mackenzie has claimed the Sword of the Lady, and with it, the trials and pitfalls of becoming a leader and a symbol of hope. Now, he must journey back to Montival in order to rescue his homeland and defeat the Church Universal and Triumphant. But, in order to do so, he'll have to make it across three thousand treacherous miles.

    As readers follow Rudi on his quest, they will find a world eerily familiar, yet horrifically changed, as things once taken for granted and commonplace have found new meaning. New York Times bestselling author, S.M. Stirling, proves without question in this latest addition to the series that speculative fiction carries all of the depth and weight of literary fiction, while still delivering on promises of grand-scale fun.

    Reviewed by J.S. Chancellor, author of "Son of Ereubus" with Suspense Magazine

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    The Psuedo-Medieval Fashion Show Continues

    ...Because Stirling obviously cares far more about what each character is wearing than he does about the plot of this, his seventh, book in the Emberverse. Unless you really enjoy knowing every detail of the making of every piece of armor, prepare to be bored to tears while reading this book. For Stirling seems more determined to show off his understanding of the craftsmanship of armor and weapons than he does his own craftsmanship as a writer. And Stirling does have the skill, which makes this journey into endless repetition that much more frustrating.

    We know from past books Stirling is capable of interesting characters. Unfortunately they are lacking here. Moreover, we are forced to wait through boring descriptions of various alliance meetings to get back to the good parts. Reliably, on the cusp of battle, Stirling will switch from Rudi in armor, sword at the ready, to Montival and a meeting which could as easily have waited for him to wrap up the battle. This tool, used ostensibly to "build suspense" is an annoying ploy to get you to stay with an otherwise uninteresting tale just a little longer. No other reason exists for its use.

    If you want to hear how Super Rudi has become, and how he is able to overcome every obstacle thrown at him just by wearing armor whose every piece is described time and again in gut-wrenching detail, and by wearing this mysterious Sword, then by all means continue. For those who really know when a Quest should end, content yourself with the knowledge that Rudi found his Sword and all will be well. And do yourself a favor - do not cheapen your time in the Emberverse with this tale.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Most Recent Volume in the Best Book Series Ever

    Presently [Oct 2010], this is the most recent installment in the Emberverse Series. This is my favorite book series. It is basically a modern "real world" fantasy set in an alternate universe.

    Although the cause had not yet been revealed, all electricity, gun powder, and advanced technology have ceased to function. Several books in to the narrative, a handful of heroes are still trying to rebuild civilization [in a way that perhaps more closely resembles fairytales than actual history]. These characters are very cool.

    Aside from all the action-adventure, political ideas and spirituality are explored from many angles and with minimal judgement. There is no graphic sex here, (that is saved for the detailed violence) but gender identity is approached in a way that can only happen in a world populated by people that no longer remember old traditions and social mores.

    I couldn't have written better myself.

    Michael Travis Jasper, author of the novel "To Be Chosen"

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Great book in a great series

    loved it loved it loved it! one of my favorites in this series so far, and the series is untouchable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    This book came out in 2010, where the hell is the last book that

    This book came out in 2010, where the hell is the last book that wraps everything up. I do agree with some of the statements that there is redundant explanation of certain things, and in some cases where ive compared portions to past books it looks like it was cut and pasted from the previoius book. I do love the pretext of the story and the characters and I want to finish the series so please publish the last book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    ONE OF THE BEST SERIES OF ALL TIME

    Stirling’s Change Series rivals the great fantasy series of Geroge Martin (Ice and Fire) and Glen Cook and others. This seventh book of the series maintains the high standards already set in characterization, action and glimpses of unique cultures that evolved from the fall of modern civilization. The plot has taken an interesting turn as Rudi, now known as “Artos, High King of Montival”, begins to resemble King Arthur to include a famed magical sword. This story picks up from the point when Rudi receives the “Sword of the Lady” and follows him and his close companions as they acquire allies, forge an army, and fight their way through the fanatical Cutters to reach home 3,000 miles from Nantucket.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    Loved it!

    Had to go back and reread books 4 5 and 6. Now anxiously awaiting book 8.

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