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
I've always enjoyed S.M. Stirling's work for many, many years. But I'd be leery of purchasing an audiobook read by Todd McLaren.
I'm not sure whom to blame for the glaring flaws in Mr. McLaren's performance. Is it overweening pride that kept McLaren from asking knowledgeable people for help with pronunciation or is it the fault of the producer for not understanding that there are words (like coif, naginata, Æsir/Æsatru, etc.) and place names which require pronunciation guides or assistance. While his performance is excellent for the vast majority of the works, the mispronunciations are glaring and jar my attention out of the narration to the point where I actually physically shudder at the error.
For those that haven't read books four through nine, this book is probably not the place to start in the Emberverse. For those that have, this book is the culmination of the quest and war that spanned them all. In fact, given the scope of those seven books, things were almost wrapped up too quickly. On the other hand, having taken seven books to get this far, I think it was wise to not drag out the end of the war.
Also, it seemed highly likely well before the end that this is far from the end of the Emberverse, more likely that this is the prequel to the third generation's story.
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.
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.
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