The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse Series #8)

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Rudi Mackenzie has traveled from the land where the sun sets to the land where it rises and back. He has found his weapon—the Sword crafted for him before he was born. He has made friends from among his enemies and found enemies where he expected friends. He has won the heart and hand of the woman he has loved his entire life.

 

Now Rudi is Artos, the High King of Montival, and his final destiny awaits him. He must face and defeat the forces of the Church Universal and ...

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Overview

Rudi Mackenzie has traveled from the land where the sun sets to the land where it rises and back. He has found his weapon—the Sword crafted for him before he was born. He has made friends from among his enemies and found enemies where he expected friends. He has won the heart and hand of the woman he has loved his entire life.

 

Now Rudi is Artos, the High King of Montival, and his final destiny awaits him. He must face and defeat the forces of the Church Universal and Triumphant. Everything in the present, everything in the future, depends on the outcome of the conflict.

 

And like his father before him, Rudi knows that in winning the war he might well lose his life...

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In this standalone Emberverse series novel, Rudi McKenzie, now the High King of Montival, attempts to fulfill his destiny and continues his battle against the Church Universal and Triumphant. A post-apocalyptic novel with real teeth.

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"Longtime series reader Todd McLaren is comfortable with the setting and characters. . . . He handles the many action scenes with gusto, shouting, and emphasis in all the right places." —-AudioFile
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The eighth book in Stirling's post-apocalyptic Novels of the Change series is a mostly tedious wheel-spinning installment, with repetitive plotting and labored prose.

Stirling (The High King of Montival, 2010, etc.) began the Change series with 2004'sDies the Fire, in which all technology on Earth suddenly stops working, and people have to adapt. Now the world has been reconstituted under a feudalistic system, complete with lords, castles, knights, squires and the like, and magic and prophecies play increasingly important roles in the story. After questing for several novels, nominal protagonist Rudi Mackenzie has finally retrieved the mythical Sword of the Lady and is working to unite disparate factions as part of his new kingdom of Montival. Rudi, also known as Artos now that he has ascended to the role of High King, needs as many allies as he can get in order to face down the forces of the Church Universal and Triumphant, an evil organization that uses mind control to keep its subjects in line and is bent on conquering all of what was once North America. The novel follows dozens of characters as they maneuver things into place for the big showdown, but it's almost all set-up for a climax that never arrives. Stirling spends paragraphs describing the clothing and weaponry of his characters in agonizing detail, while moving the plot along at a glacial pace. Although there are some fun nods to fantasy fandom (among them a faction of warriors who base their entire worldview on the Lord of the Rings novels), the writing is mostly deadly serious and dull. Stirling whips up a couple of lively set pieces, including the aforementioned Tolkien acolytes liberating the captive family of one of the opposition leaders, but the plodding boredom far outweighs the intermittent excitement.

Dedicated followers of the series will likely want to see it through, but this installment doesn't bode well for the books still to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451464439
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Emberverse Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 160,027
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Tears of the Sun engages fans of the saga who will anxiously await the next Change

    A quarter of a century has passed since the 1998 Change killed over 90% of the human population in one year. Modern civilization around the globe was sent back to pre industrial revolution as things stopped working. Small pockets of survivors banded together to cope with the ordeal.

    With his beloved Mathilda Arminger at his side, Rudi Mackenzie has completed the first part of his quest by finding the Sword of the Lady forged for him before he was born. He becomes the High King of Montival King Artos as he unites western North America. For the betterment and protection of his followers although he expects to die, King Artos leads the fight against the Big Sky based Church Universal and Triumphant.

    Although the main thrust is Rudi, subplots involving the Dundain Rangers, d'Ath the Grand Constable of the Portland Protectorate Association and Wiccan in several locales star in critical subplots. Thus the action is less intense than previous Emberverse entries (see The Sword of the Lady), but enhances the impact of the Change by 2023 while also setting up fresh hot zones for the future thrillers. In spite of being a transitional novel, Tears of the Sun engages fans of the saga who will anxiously await the next Change.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Skip it wait for the next one

    Tears of the sun was a huge disappointment and waste of my time. It barely moved the plot along and spent entirely too much time reviewing previous books. By the 8th book, readers know the series and characters. It felt like a huge re-run. It seemed like 10% of the book was spent on something new. Not going to miss anything by skipping this book. I hope the next one is much better. Seriously, don't just publish something for the sake of it.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Waist of time

    Lame, boring and painful

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    This convinced me to order the "Island in the sea of Time"!

    Fits nicely, and will get me to order #9.
    The 'sea of time' is also an entertaining read and compliments the 'emberverse series' like a glove. What fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    RUDI & COMPANY DO IT AGAIN

    Great telling of missing backstory. Couple that with glimpses of the future, make for a great read!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    one more great series hard to put down

    following from book 1 another great read will follow as long as the story continues big fan of SM Stirling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Dies the fire series

    I greatly enjoy this series. The author is a great writer. The fight against the Cutters seems to be going well and I hope the High King and Queen win and survive unharmed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Finally caught up with this series when I finish this book, my favorite! Also big fan of Chet and Bernie, that is a mystery series and the next one comes out Sept 20112!!!!

    Great!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Only one thing I didn't like about this book.

    I absolutely love this series. This is my favorite book series to date. The only problem I had with this book, was that there was a last page! I got to the last page, and realized that I now have to wait another year for the next book to come out!

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    great

    great

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