Iron Winter: The Northland Trilogy

Iron Winter: The Northland Trilogy

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by Stephen Baxter
     
 

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Praised as “not only a gifted storyteller but also a master of speculative fiction” (Library Journal), bestselling author Stephen Baxter brings his epic Northland trilogy to a close as a once-thriving civilization faces winter without end....
 
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Praised as “not only a gifted storyteller but also a master of speculative fiction” (Library Journal), bestselling author Stephen Baxter brings his epic Northland trilogy to a close as a once-thriving civilization faces winter without end....
 
Many generations ago, the Wall was built to hold back the sea. A simple dam, it grew into a vast linear city, home to scholars, builders, and merchants. Northland’s prosperity survived wars and unrest—and brought the whole of Europe together.
 
But now darkness is falling. Days grow shorter, temperatures colder, and in the wake of long winters come famine, destruction, and terror. As a mass exodus to warmer climes threatens to fracture Northland, one man believes he can outwit the cold, and even salvage some scraps of the great civilization—before interminable gloom settles over the land; before the fires of war lay waste to an empire; before the ice comes....
 

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Final entry in the alternate-world Northland trilogy (Bronze Summer, 2012, etc.). Once again, stunning worldbuilding is the order of the day. In 1315, Extelur, originally built thousands of years ago as a wall to hold back the encroaching seas, has expanded into a vast linear city housing the most powerful civilization in the world. To the east lies the Hattusan (Hittite) Empire; to the south, Carthage, having destroyed Rome in the Punic Wars, occupies North Africa and Iberia; the Mongols hold sway in Asia; in the Americas, three sprawling civilizations have arisen. As the story opens, old scholar Pyxeas studies the behavior of glaciers in Coldland (Greenland). He returns to Extelur with a young Inuit companion, Avatak, and bad news: The current bitterly cold weather is but a harbinger of a new Ice Age. But Pyxeas' understanding of the forces and processes behind this is yet incomplete, so he plans to travel to Cathay to consult the scholars there, meanwhile warning Extelur's fractious leaders of what is to come. Few, of course, believe him--until another heatless summer is rapidly followed by a winter of unprecedented ferocity. As Pyxeas and Avatak make their way to Cathay, they observe civilizations in the throes of collapse. The Hattusans, menaced by Scand and Rus hordes fleeing the north, make a fateful decision: uproot their entire empire and sail south to challenge Carthage for control of the agricultural wealth of Egypt. All this is brought to vibrant life in a series of fine character studies and interactions, even if the plotting is far less probable than the densely woven backdrop. The drawback is Baxter's tendency to drench everything in detail, all too frequently slowing the narrative to a crawl. Impressive and worthwhile, but even committed readers will be tempted to skim at times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101617687
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Northland Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
122,154
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for the Northland Trilogy  

Iron Winter
 
“A journey that has not only thrilled, but enchanted me...a series that generated one hell of a ride from start to finish.”—Falcata Times
 
Bronze Summer
 
“An interesting world and a compelling narrative.”—Solar Bridge
 
Stone Spring
 
“A great piece of fiction...a strong, thought-provoking novel.”—Syfy (UK)
 

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