I think this will be the last SM Stirling book I read. How you can go from awesome to completely terrible I don't know. This installment of the series is boring.
i thought this book did good job of putting everything together from the last book.and good foundation for the next.if you liked the others in this series you will like this one
The book reader varies his tone too much, so that at even at top volume of my device, I can't hear him when he goes into low or wisper-like tones.
I'm of a few minds about the progression of the Emberverse series. Love the details, the world, the progression... But with the turn of added magic (in a much more obvious way) has transformed the whole thing into a good vs evil play of larger than life figures culled from any number of other similar properties. Oddly I want to see it through, because I'm invested in the story at this point... But to know how it all started to where it is ending up... I would loved to see it play out the other way too.
Consistent, easy to follow and you want to go back and forth to be sure that you haven't missed a connection in a previous chapter. The occasional sound in the background is only heard with ear phones in.
A lot of buildup this time around - looking forward to some action in the next book.
Also, if I hear 'he hugged/touched/punched her, more for effect than anything because of the plate armour', or 'her water over ice voice' one more time I think I will scream. They repeat it countless times each book let alone the whole series!!!!
I would recommend the book because the performance is well done.
Can't think of one that stood out.
A whole lotta flashbacks
I've liked most of the books in this series, but this one and "The Sunrise Lands" are just a whole bunch of flashbacks. I wish he had just written a separate book about what happened back in Oregon/Washington while Rudy and the gang were traveling East.
If you can't get enough of the machinations of the Portland Protective Association, and really, really want to know what happened while Rudi and the gang were taking their cross-country hike, you might enjoy this book. But do yourself a favor--read it; don't listen to it. Then you can skip past the framing expostulation, which only serves to kill what little momentum there is in the plot.
Had Stirling used a different point-of-view for the flashbacks (say, a third-person omnicient), I might have accepted the device. But having two flashbacks inside the head of a character that had only briefly been introduced in the series (and never used as a viewpoint character) was annoying, particularly when a different character set up the flashback. This caused me to stop and say, "How did the Abbot do a mind-reading on Guelph?"
I'm not getting any more Stirling in audiobook.
He did the best job he could with the material at hand.
Boredom and disbelief. I find it increasingly difficult to believe that the people in Stirling's Changed world would act as portrayed.
At one point, a character walks the streets of Bend in unmarked PPA-style armor. This extremely uncharacteristic behavior in a town that had no reason to love the PPA would have gathered a swarm of idlers, children and dogs in any small town I know, yet this character seems to have carried off the incognito.
I am in awe of S.M. Stirlings ability to create realistic story lines that are interwoven with believable characters. I like the way he sums up little things that have been previously written earlier in the series. This helps me see the character development and follow the plot. Stirling is a genius.
McLaren does an excellent job. He doesn't read the book he performs it.