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The Given Sacrifice: A Novel of the Change

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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

THE GIVEN SACRIFICE was certainly a fitting end to a fine series

THE GIVEN SACRIFICE was certainly a fitting end to a fine series. The only part that was wholly predictable was that Rudi died in battle at the end. This was preordained, both by the title and by the fact that Rudi's father, Mike Havel, died in battle at the end of the ...
THE GIVEN SACRIFICE was certainly a fitting end to a fine series. The only part that was wholly predictable was that Rudi died in battle at the end. This was preordained, both by the title and by the fact that Rudi's father, Mike Havel, died in battle at the end of the first Change series.

The first part was a very satisfying wrap up to the Prophet's War. Getting many units of the Boise army to defect to Montival in a believable fashion and taking the fortress city of Boise via subterfuge was elegantly done. The Morrowland Scouts were a very nice touch, a subplot that added to the tale of the ultimate fall of Corwin. Sethaz's death seemed a bit anticlimactic, I would have expected him to be harder to kill.

The second part took us through the twenty years of relative peace after the war. Montival flourishes and they start to repopulate parts of California. Several of the first generation, the last that knew the world before the change, pass on. Sandra's death was very effective. Juniper left as she would have wished.

It is on a trip to Northern California with his daughter the Crown Princess that Rudi ends up dying in battle against corsairs. Some have complained he dies too easily. I think it was realistic and fully in keeping with where the story was going.

So this Change series installment is complete. Stirling certainly could start another Change series, these tales could go on indefinitely. I'm not about to try and guess what Stirling will do next. If this is the final installment of Change tales, I am fine with that and if it isn't that is fine too.

posted by RonaldTobin on October 2, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I've read the whole series. The first three several times. I f

I've read the whole series. The first three several times. I found this books rushed, choppy, and uninspired. Its clear Stirling was phoning in the last few of this series.

posted by Anonymous on January 17, 2014

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