The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse Series #8)

The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse Series #8)

by S. M. Stirling

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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 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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ISBN-13: 9781101543856
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: A Novel of the Change , #8
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 120,689
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"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 Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 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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jamespurcell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is a great time to be a fan of Alternate History with S M Stirling (Emberverse), David Weber(Safehold), Taylor Anderson(Destroyerman), and Eric Flint(Assiti Shards/1632) and his team writing rapidly but very well to support your reading preference. If I find one more, it might almost be enough. To finish a recent release and to have several already in the publisher's future pipeline is almost Nirvana. Stirling's recent book does an excellent job of filling gaps in character histories. Tiphane d'Ath, a wonderful villain, in early books is now one of the good guys although in the guise of a serious lesbian ninja learning to be a commander and general. Even so, she suffers the joys and pangs of motherhood as a result of an interesting menage a trois like relationship with her lady life mate and a gay baron. The Sioux and the Nordic Easterners add interesting dimensions to Rudi's army as do the pike men and crossbow contingents. Pages become squires and knights are created from the successful squires as the needs of a larger command structure are met. Some bad guys question their roles in the current world as the opposition to evil Church Universal grows. All in all a great collection of meats and vegetables for the continuing stew that Stirling is creating for us.
agingcow2345 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tears of the SunThis novel continues the saga of Rudi the fated King as he finally marries his beloved Princess and comes into his Kingdom. However in classic Stirling fashion, there are multiple story lines to follow with his usual top of the line powerful female characters ¿ Lady Death, Sandra the Spider Queen and the twin Havel Rangers are as ever worth even more pages than the author spends on them. You have everything from commando raids to great battles to palace politics all at once and all interacting as the various polities and societies of this infinitely complex baroque construct of a world have to interact to hold off the ravening hordes of the demonic CUT and the traitors running Boise. As ever we have elaborate world building, sumptuous meals described in loving detail and exquisitely detailed travelogue descriptions of changed yet familiar landscapes. Having heroes avoid a probable tiger¿s lair off a still functional highway is a joy to read for its mix of the familiar and strange. In a series this long it is hard to avoid middle volume syndrome but Stirling¿s talent for description and detail make even retellings so fresh and wonderful that the reader does not mind. In the end the only complaint is that the book is too short. However much he writes of this wonderful world, it always leaves me wanting more.
4fish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
S. M. Stirling continues to build his Changed world, where the laws of physics have changed and most technology no longer works. This second series is set about 25 years after the Change. The young leaders of the new kingdom of Montival (formerly the Pacific Northwest) barely remember the world as it was before, They've been tested by warfare with the sword and bow, but another war with a demonic adversary is on their doorstep. There are at least two more books projected in this series, and while there's some action, the purpose of this one seems to be mainly to further develop characters who had little part in the previous books. Nonetheless, this series is a favorite of mine and I eagerly wait for each one.
Mdshrk1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I really like this series, this one seemed like it was just marking time. It is mostly back story with little real action that would lead to the resolution. I see that two more books are planned in the series, and, based on this one, I will wait for them at the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A crackling good yarn!
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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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