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
This is a great next work in this series. The prior books concentrate more on the primary characters, Rudi, Mathilda and the other questors, while this book gives you the insight on what has happened to the rest of the kingdom and people. Listen for what happens to the High Constable and be surprised when you start to like her.
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.