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Lord of Mountains (Emberverse Series #9)
     

Lord of Mountains (Emberverse Series #9)

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by S. M. Stirling
 

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“[A] gifted author,”* S.M. Stirling created a fascinating neo-medieval world in his Novels of the Change where the remnants of humanity struggle to survive in a post-technological environment. Now, the New York Times bestselling epic continues as a king faces a challenge beyond the battlefield…

Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First

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“[A] gifted author,”* S.M. Stirling created a fascinating neo-medieval world in his Novels of the Change where the remnants of humanity struggle to survive in a post-technological environment. Now, the New York Times bestselling epic continues as a king faces a challenge beyond the battlefield…

Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First, High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But still the war rages on, taking countless lives, ravaging the land once known as the United States of America. Artos and his Queen, Mathilda, must unite the realms into a single kingdom to ensure a lasting peace.

If the leaders of the Changed world are to accept Artos as their ruler, he will need to undertake a quest to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains, and take part in a crowning ceremony—a ceremony binding him to his people, his ancestors, and his land.

Then, once he has secured his place and allegiances, Artos can go forward, and lead his forces to the heart of the enemy’s territory…

*San Francisco Book Review 

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Stirling (The Tears of the Sun, 2011, etc.) offers up the latest book in his long-running Change series, set in a post-apocalyptic yet distinctly feudal America. In Stirling's version of alternate history, a 1998 catastrophe known as the Change rendered electricity, explosives and other power sources useless all over the world. The chaos that followed caused much of the United States to devolve into a sword-and-arrow-wielding medieval society, with numerous independent small republics dotting the continent. In this latest installment, which takes place in 2023, 25 years after the Change, many peoples are at war with the Montana-based Church Universal and Triumphant. The high king of Montival, Artos (also known as Rudi Mackenzie), leads armies in violent skirmishes on the battlefield while wielding the powerful Sword of the Lady. Meanwhile, he also wields diplomacy as he aims to unite the disparate republics. Stirling has created a truly original combination of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and military-oriented medieval fantasy with this series and in the process, has built up a highly complex fictional universe with loads of characters and political intrigue. Unfortunately, although his battle scenes occasionally come across with a certain grandeur, Stirling's prose is more often flat, lifeless and full of stilted dialogue. His incredibly leisurely pacing, though perhaps in some ways appropriate to such a low-tech setting, will be frustrating to some readers. That said, many of those dedicated fans who have followed the series thus far will likely be satisfied with this latest. A slow-moving chapter in the Change saga.
From the Publisher
“A truly original combination of postapocalyptic sci fi and military-oriented medieval fantasy.”—Kirkus Reviews

“As usual, S. M. Stirling delivers a rich world readers want to live in.”—PNC–Minnesota Bureau

“A wondrous universe.”—Otherwhere Gazette
 
“The story line is fast-paced from the onset and never slows down.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451464767
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
Emberverse Series , #9
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

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Praise for S. M. Stirling and his Novels of the Change

“Stirling has blazed a clear comet trail across his postapocalyptic landscape that illuminates both the best and the worst of which our species is capable.”—Science Fiction Weekly

“Nobody wrecks a world better than S. M. Stirling, and nobody does a better job of showing that people remain people, with all their high points and low, in the wreckage.”—Harry Turtledove, New York Times Bestselling Author of Supervolcano

“[A] richly realized story of swordplay and intrigue.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Absorbing.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

Meet the Author

S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous novels, both on his own and in collaboration. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.

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Lord of Mountains: A Novel of the Change 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With each passing book in the series, Stirling seems to add more and more description for no other reason than to write the words. How many ways can you describe a glade, an outfit, etc. Ughhh... it is exhausting. The story starts a glacial pace, spurts briefly, then slows again, including an ridiculously long "dream sequence" that takes forever to get to the point. I came close more than once to putting it down and calling it quits, but I have invested a lot in the story and had to see where it went, however slowly it may have moved.
QMere More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series but as other reviewers have stated, it is getting repetitive and nothing is happening.  This book and the previous book cover the same material  over and over again.  When I realized I had reached the end of this book I had a, "but nothing happened!" moment.  The series deserves a better end than this slow boring winding down. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has gone downhill fast. Most of the book is just one giant recap of the last 8. What a waste of time. I feel like the author is just milking what was a great story line to just squeeze one more out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books, and will probably keep reading them, just to find out how it ends. My complaint is that they are getting so caught up in little details and you finish the book with the feeling that nothing has happened. Come on, Stirling! Don't be like Jordan and die before you tell us the end, or make me wish that the next book was by Brian Sanderson, just so things will get moving again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really fun for the first 5 books but has gone downhill from there, Repetative and boring. Too descriptive of scenes and just not much going on in the rest of the books. I felt auther was out of fresh ideas and just wanted to cash in on the first few books and I got duped into buying them based on the first 5. Tell the author future reads by him are not likely for me..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series and have put my name down for the next one. I missed the first two so will return to read them later. They are written with a lot of detail; Mr Stirling appears to have researched all the subjects and covers controversial subjects without making judgements. great read even as a standalone book. Sometimes when recapping an old event, which I remember, but he is writing for people who haven't read the previous books; could he put the text in a different font? so that the memory could be missed without missing any important detail?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved this series like i did then prepare for disapointment. And its soooo short.
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Dragonhart More than 1 year ago
as usual, SM Stirling does us right :) an enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough of desciptions already, get on with the story, I started this with (Island In The Sea Of Time), great storyline and the 1st few books of (Dies the Fire-the Change) but he needs to get back to the story it is taking way to long, and way to may books to get there!!!!
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smm28 More than 1 year ago
I just finished all the books in the series. Couldn't put it down!
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Keeps you turning every page k
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