The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse Series #8)
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The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse Series #8)

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by S. M. Stirling
     
 

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Rudi McKenzie-now Artos, the High King of Montival-must fulfill his destiny. He wields the sword crafted for him before he was born. He has made friends of his enemies. He has won the heart of the woman he loves.

And now he must defeat the forces of the Church Universal and Triumphant, knowing he may lose his life in the final battle...

Overview

Rudi McKenzie-now Artos, the High King of Montival-must fulfill his destiny. He wields the sword crafted for him before he was born. He has made friends of his enemies. He has won the heart of the woman he loves.

And now he must defeat the forces of the Church Universal and Triumphant, knowing he may lose his life in the final battle...

Editorial Reviews

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.

Kirkus Reviews

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.

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451464156
Publisher:
Roc Hardcover
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Series:
Emberverse Series , #8
Pages:
530
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"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

Meet the Author

S.M. Stirling is the author of many science fiction and fantasy novels, a former lawyer, and an amateur historian.

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The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 55 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Frank_Lucas More than 1 year ago
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!
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No kidding, I orderd this one on my nook after taking a break from the seris and was half way through it before I realized I had already read it Went to the bookshelves and sure enough there it was, in hard back no less Time to walk away from this series
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hhkh More than 1 year ago
following from book 1 another great read will follow as long as the story continues big fan of SM Stirling
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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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Lame, boring and painful
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Great!!!!
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