Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void.
Yet even a victory will not end the conflict forever. The Powers of the Void are malevolent and infinitely patient, and the struggle is one that involves the entire world. They threaten Rudi not only in the present, but also in the future represented by his children, Orlaith and John. Rudi knows this.
And as his heir Princess Orlaith grows up in the shadow of her famous father, she also realizes that the enemy will do anything to see that she does not live to fulfill her parents' dream.
©2013 S.M. Stirling (P)2013 Tantor
If you liked the other books you will like this one. All of the children are growing up, and taking there places in the world, and with that they are about to get there own set of problems. The story continues..... Yeah!! Worth your time cash/credit.
TGS was probably the most satisfying of this series since The Sunrise Lands, probably even more so. I've enjoyed all of these books but at times parts of them-sometimes large parts-seemed to be more place-holding than moving the story along. At other times the whole thing seemed rushed, like the author was up against a deadline. S.M. Stirling is a very compelling writer however, and he has never been boring. I'm pretty sure anyone buying this book has read the entire series. If not, do so before you read this one. These are not stand alone books and I would imagine the frustration quotient from trying to figure out who is who and keep up with the storyline would be huge. Also, knowing virtually the entire life stories of the characters make them like old and comfortable friends. That being said, TGS wraps up this part of the saga very well, with enough plot twists to keep the reader entertained and anticipating more. Stirling is evidently writing a trilogy within a trilogy: Dies The Fire and its two sequels, The Sunrise Lands through this one, then at least two more, covering three generations. I can't wait till next September.
This started out with the same pacing and characterization that are a hall mark of this series. Sadly, part way thru the author seemed to be rushing through the events to get to the end of the events this story was to be the climax for. The last section seems to be the setup for a future series.
Have not read the print version
I can think of no books that compare to this series.
Rudi McKenzie, the bear-killers and the evil CUT villans
An adventure through time
I have listened and enjoyed all the books in this series. The author and narrator keep you glued to the story. The characters make you really care about them. I also like the Celtic overtones.
90% of them
Mr Stirling has apparently run out of gas with this story and should have ended the series at least one book short of this one.
My love is for what I do not know.
A brain dead donkey would find this book very edible and would get more joy out it than any human who looks over the words.
After listening to this book put a Makita 6271DWPE 12V Cordless 3/8" driver drill to your ear and drive it home. It may be the last thing you do but you will never have to listen to another book by this ass clown.
Todd McLaren is the only thing great about this book.
The ending was awesome... no not the planned ending go the book the fact that it ended. No doubt the writer was able to buy a deluxe swimming pool out of this investment. High five for that.
You don't have jump from the back of one buffalo to another in a rampaging herd to know that this book is another sad chapter in what was such a promising start to the series. I loved the first three books and I want to love the ones that followed but they are partial stories filled with partial characters I don't even care about.
The good guys boarder of Super Heroes and bad guys make no sense. This is something that tend to happen in Post Apocalypse stories. I call it the "Postman Effect" Remember the Postman with Kevin Costner? Remember the stupid bad guy in that film who was torturing everyone, capturing slaves, to... dig a big pit... for what? Nuclear weapons? Old Tech? Maybe even a tank? No that was not important just to dig a pit.
So here we see the same thing. Evil guys, doing evil things cause... that's just what evil does. I would give this a 2.5 Postmans because I have read 2.5 of these books and thought the CUT field troops are kind of cool. I've seen deeper Villains on Power Rangers Shows.
Even adding in a reason now, well it would just seemed goofy.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content