In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.
©2010 S.M. Sterling (P)2010 Tantor
A good continuation of the series.
The way it showed what was going on by the questers and in the west
The audio is off in this one. Bad file or something causes shift that make it sound like Todd is speaking in a bucket or thru a tube.
Seems like there were multiple recordings that were being mixed and matched throughout the book which meant it didn't feel so coherent. Audio quality could definitely be improved. Still some typically gripping seems, and a fairly high quality of narration (although some peoples accents change throughout the book...)
Great, Exciting but Unending
I need a Life! Isaac Asimov wrote the original Foundation series in three relatively brief books. The total of the words Asimov used for the entire series is less than that of ONE Stirling Emberverse book. Later, when Asimov became "famous" and had no editorial restrictions ...his books on the Foundation became bloated.As I reached the 4th book in the Emberverse series ... I began to note that the gripping battle scenes and the details of each book began to be repetitious. Wonderful characters, great premise and plotting ... but it is being strung out. Why? Just for more books?'After the seventh book . "High King of Montival".. which was enjoyable, but drawn out ... , I decided not to plough on. I will probably read/listen to the Nantucket series which only is three books.
I was raised when Radio was the predominate media and I love audio books and radio shows.I've probably listened to approximately 800 to 1000 books since "Books on Tape" were introduced in 1975. (Doing about one book a week from Audible now.)Todd McLaren's performance is in the top 5 of the all the performances I've listened to. His mastery of the many dialects and languages, his acting out of many diverse characters and his command of the "audio stage" is very impressive.You don't "listen" to his performance ... you ARE are in the scene in three dimensions and surround sound. You are living the scene.
At 23 hours ... I don't think so.
I've been with this series since book 1 - as anyone who's made it this far has - and still 3 more to go. I thought the first 3 of the Change series were good; maybe a little cliche at times, but gripping nonetheless. The mid-installment, a.k.a adventures of Rudi, dull by comparison.
Sword of the Lady was a downslope, but this book hits rock-bottom. Slow and dull, if it were print I wouldn't have made it through. Reviews of the future novels seem to indicate this is a theme - that Stirling should have cut his losses instead of dragging this out.
The best thing about the book is Todd McLaren's narration. He has a great voice with wide range and spot-on delivery, though I have to say some of the character voices he established in 'the Sunrise Lands' took a vacation in book 2, then came back forever changed since. I know Ingolf hails from Wisconsin, but the overdone Upper (as in upper-peninsula) accent makes him sound goofy.
I hate to quit a story prematurely, but I cannot waste any more $$ on this series.
No, I do love this set of books but I really want to be able to see the map and be able to look back at the beginning of the chapter to see what the date was again. If I was able to look back at that stuff easily I would listen to it again.
I really liked Todd McLaren's performance. He is able to do the different accents needed to be able to keep track of all the characters. He has the perfect voice for this type of book!
You really need to listen/read the other books to really understand whats going on here. Something I did not like about this book was that it took so long for the trip across america that I was almost disappointed that it was such a short trip in this book (okay they just did not talk about most of the trip). I guess its good because it would have most likely been boring.
I have all the other books and there great
well still have not got it to work on my Ipod it locks up
Todd is a good friend and he does a great job reading. He make the book come alive and I find I can see all the books better though his reading. I have read all the books and I have love them again with Todd's wonderful readings.
well yes not so much cry but I do have to tell my self there just people in a book
read them all
Those that can't stand not finishing a series
Finish the series about 2 books ago
Sure - narrator is not bad at all
It's a decent story, its just dragged out beyond all redemption
I thought I wanted to finish the series when I believed this to be the final book. It isn't. And now, I'm giving up - I can't possibly justify committing another credit to this series any more. What started as a genuinely interesting premise and pretty damn decent writing has slowly and tortuously unraveled into crap. This was pure drudgery. The story continues to drag and drag and then just when you thought it couldn't possibly drag any more it reaches back for a little something extra and D R R R R A A A A G G G S S S S just a little bit more.
The characters have degenerated into unlikable cardboard husks. They are, as a group, too perfect and wonderful and overtly full of themselves and their own importance. I'm not sure when this extensive introspection started up in the story line but it has become as noticeable as Rudi MacKenzie's devastatingly handsome (or should I say,
This is a backfill book, but it fills in the holes in the story nicely, however I would have prefered that Stirling cut back and forth and stayed on the same timeline it would be less jolting
The story continues, I check and hope for the release of the next book every month.
Rudi, how he has gained wisdom and insight thru out the series.
Yes, I listen to the books as I drive to and from work daily, and sometimes wish for a chicago traffic jam.
I for one hope this story continues for sometime, its the ever-ending story of good versus evil
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