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The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change | [S. M. Stirling]

The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

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.
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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

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    Menudo Bandito San Francisco, CA 03-31-14
    Menudo Bandito San Francisco, CA 03-31-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Time to cut the cord..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Clark Kentucky, US 11-12-12
    L. Clark Kentucky, US 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better to read"
    Would you listen to The High King of Montival again? Why?

    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.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William PORTLAND, OR, United States 09-25-12
    William PORTLAND, OR, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT book but can't get it to play on Ipod"
    What made the experience of listening to The High King of Montival the most enjoyable?

    I have all the other books and there great


    What did you like best about this story?

    well still have not got it to work on my Ipod it locks up


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    well yes not so much cry but I do have to tell my self there just people in a book


    Any additional comments?

    read them all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Momoevi HONOLULU, HI, United States 03-13-12
    Momoevi HONOLULU, HI, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "...and I'm done"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those that can't stand not finishing a series


    What could S. M. Stirling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finish the series about 2 books ago


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Todd McLaren?

    Sure - narrator is not bad at all


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's a decent story, its just dragged out beyond all redemption


    Any additional comments?

    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,

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    Ron alliston, ON, Canada 10-02-11
    Ron alliston, ON, Canada 10-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good continuation"

    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

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    Dent III Bolingbrook, IL, United States 09-16-11
    Dent III Bolingbrook, IL, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Nail biting storyline"
    What did you love best about The High King of Montival?

    The story continues, I check and hope for the release of the next book every month.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rudi, how he has gained wisdom and insight thru out the series.


    Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

    Rudi


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listen to the books as I drive to and from work daily, and sometimes wish for a chicago traffic jam.


    Any additional comments?

    I for one hope this story continues for sometime, its the ever-ending story of good versus evil

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nomad 08-18-11
    Nomad 08-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Another Home Run"

    This in the seventh book in the Emberverse series and it did not disappoint. Great story line, memorable characters and good narration make this series a winner. I find it hard to turn it off. Can't wait for the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Del Rio, TX, United States 07-30-11
    James Del Rio, TX, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "i am done with it"

    I love the first books in the change but there is no real storyline anymore. The book is just a set up for the next book, and the next book, and the next book. I wish S.M. could just finish the story with each book and come up with new and original.

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    Ladyfire NC, USA 09-26-10
    Ladyfire NC, USA 09-26-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A Solid Entry!"

    NOTE: As another reviewer mentioned, there are definite quality problems toward the end of the second recording. In two different places, the recording loops repeatedly and you miss parts of the story. It didn't ruin the book because I was already so far into it, but this is a problem you should be aware of and it does need to be fixed.


    I found this to be a better book than, The Sunrise Lands" which was my last Stirling Audible purchase. It had a much more balanced feel. The end did seem a bit less detailed, perhaps a bit rushed. The big action sequence had me on the edge of my seat. I was so engrossed that I almost didn't pay the lady at the tollbooth!

    Overall, I thought it was a smooth listen. The characters are drawn well enough to make them interesting and there are plenty of of elements in the plot to keep it moving along.

    The reader added to the telling of the tale by doing excellent voices and otherwise being unobtrusive. Todd McLaren will be a selling point for me on other books, like George Guidall, Scott Brick and Carolyn McCormick.

    This one's a winner!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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