The Sword of the Lady (Emberverse Series #6)

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Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is 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 ...

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Overview

Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is 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 waiting for him—and once he takes it up, nothing will ever be the same…

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Rudi Mackenzie 's quest to find and reverse the source of the calamitous changes that have affected the whole world brings him to Nantucket, his final destination. Totally transformed, this island is now covered by forest and inhabited by a few hundred stragglers, all of whom claim to have been transported there from out of time. In an isolated stone house, Rudi discovers what will be a weapon and a sign of his mission. The fifth, linchpin novel in S. M. Stirling's Chang cycle.
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In a world where technology has been replaced by older powers, Rudi Mackenzie and his kinsman Edain, both of Clan Mackenzie, attempt a perilous journey across a changed North American continent, now populated by minikingdoms, bands of cannibals, and religious fanatics seeking the source of the event now known as "The Change." VERDICT Stirling's latest addition to his popular "Change" series (Dies the Fire) follows Rudi's journey as he discovers a life-changing secret at the heart of the Change. Series fans should flock to this "hero's journey."
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"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 25 years." —-Booklist Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400136834
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Emberverse Series , #6
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

S.M. Stirling

S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Nantucket series that began with Island in the Sea of Time and, more recently, Dies the Fire and The Protector's War. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan. Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    fans will enjoy this excellent epic that will stun the reader with the direction S.M. Stirling spins

    Rudi Mackenzie continues his dangerous trek across what was once the United States in his quest to learn more about the Change that crippled the superpower turning the world into literally a darker neo Dark Ages in which electricity ceased. His goal is to go the source in Nantucket. Along the way, he has made friends, several of whom are traveling with him, and many enemies.

    He attains his destination only to find a stranger world that makes what he seen before seem normal. Nantucket Island is totally woodland with no more than two hundred confused people who insist they come from other eras, but somehow were transported to the center of the Change. Nothing makes sense to the wary and weary Rudi as Nantucket offers no answers that he can fathom. However, there is one house made of stone still standing. Still searching for clues to what caused the Change over two decades ago; Rudi enters and immediately is drawn to a sword that he picks up as if the weapon was calling him. What he thought he knew will be sliced and diced forever.

    The third Change post apocalyptic thriller (see SUNRISE LANDS and THE SCOURGE OF GOD) continues Rudi and company's trek across the battered dying land trying to come back to life two plus decades later. The troupe has reached their destination, but Nantucket is nothing like what they or the audience expected when they set out; for that matter the trip across the country was also filled with inexplicable unexpected happenings as the gods intruded along the way. Although it is imperative to have recently at least read THE SCOURGE OF GOD, fans will enjoy this excellent epic that will stun the reader with the direction S.M. Stirling spins as Rudi has come a long way to grab the sword and apparently has a long way still to go.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

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    To avoid further confusion

    I saw that "The High King of Montival" will be released in September and was looking at the BN website for other information about Stirling's work.
    Quite a few of the reviews I read on this book expressed confusion concerning the ending. You guys have got to read the "Island in the Sea of Time" series. It concerns the other side of the Change, people on and around Nantucket when the event happened. The ending in "The Sword of the Lady" includes characters from those books. This series and all his works are highly recommended. I have never been disappointed by any of S.M. Stirling's stories.
    LC 8/13/10

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

    Another in the series that has left me hanging for the next one.

    I really don't like to read series that go on forever. 3-4 is my limit. I have found with this series I can't get enough. Mr Stirling has done a great job of creating a world coping with a complete reversal back to the 1600's. Rudy is stepping into a real of unknown (at least until #7) adventures and demands. The band of heroes described in Sword of the Lady makes you want to build your own skills and get ready for your adventures in this life. Anyway, if you are into this series already you will want to keep an eye out for the next in the series. Best of reading to you and enjoy the world of books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

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    The Best One of this Series to Date.

    The Sword of the Lady was the best book written in this series since the original Dies The Fire! Excellent characterizations, great action, romance and thrilling plot. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Good way to continue the series

    I really enjoyed this book! I usually read romance so this was a leap for me. My friend gave me Dies The Fire and I was caught. Can't wait for the next one to come out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    And the saga continues

    This book wasn't a good as the last previous ones in the series. I'm still mystified by the ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Stirling does it again!

    Some writers seems to lose touch after writing several books in a series but S M Stirling writes with a polished style that keeps all members of this household from doing work and chores when each new volume shows up. Despite a somewhat complicate set of plots within (and without) plots, the details are never confusing or distracting.
    We start right out where the last book ends and jump right into more adventure, meeting new characters, losing a few characters and learning about previously unknown areas of civilization - and a few with no civilization.
    This book ends with a mind bending (but only for those who've read the "Nantucket" series) finish that is obviously not finished. Now we have to wait for months to see what Rudy does to save the civilized continent and hope to see the demise of the C.U.T..
    Once you pick this up, you simply cannot put it down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Book Six in the Best Series Ever

    This great book in the Emberverse Series continues to merge this alternate world with that of Stirling's "Nantucket Series." These characters are amazing. This sort of post-America story is not entirely original, but it's never been done better. I hope this series continues for many more volumes.

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    NEXT TO THE BEST

    I continue to be hooked on this series. Stirling has masterfully been able to progress this series while eliminating primary characters like Mike Havel of the Bearkillers and Norman Arminger of the Portland Protective Association, aging other characters like Juniper Mackenzie and the twins Ritva and Mary Havel, and move the focus of his character development. This book not only concentrates on Rudi Mackenzie and Mathilda Arminger but also more fully develops the other characters of the quest team: Ingolf Vogeler, Edain, Count Odard, Father Ignatius, Fred Thurston and Virginia Kane.
    This is the best book of the series since "Dies the Fire". Rudi and his team are on a quest to obtain the mysterious Sword of the Lady reminiscent of a Holy Grail quest. We are introduced to a variety of new settings and cultures as they trek across the country to include the socially inept dictatorial Provisional Republic of Iowa, the fierce but child like Southsiders, the frontier society of the Free Republic of Richland, and the Norse society of Norheim. The relentless pursuit of the quest team by the evil Church Universal and Triumphant and its malevolent High Seekers ensures drama and frequent swashbuckling battle scenes. The final chapters where Stirling seems to be trying to define creation, truth and wisdom through Rudi's vision of three old crones and Juniper Mackensie's vision in a spiral cone of power made me a bit uneasy. I hope this series isn't marred as I thought Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series was by an ending that comes across as a cheap gimmick.

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