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Rediscover the captivating post-apocalyptic world of the Change with the latest in the New York Times best-selling series.

The spirit of Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Orlaith, has fallen captive to the power of the Yelolow Raja and his servant, the Pallid Mask. Prince John's motley band of friends and followers, led by Captain Pip of Townsville and Deor Godulfson, the bard and master of magic, must lead a quest through realms of shadow and dream to rescue Prince John from a threat far worse than death.

Meanwhile, Reiko and Orlaith muster their kingdoms for war, making common cause with the reborn Kingdom of Hawaii. But more than weapons or even the dark magic of the cannibal sorcerers of Pyongyang threaten them. Orlaith's lover, Alan Thurston, is more than he appears.

In the tropical waters off Hilo and Pearl Harbor, and among the jungles and lost cities of the Ceram Sea, a game will be played with the fate of the world at stake.

©2017 S. M. Stirling (P)2017 Recorded Books

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It is becoming Soooo painful - - -

I am just about ready to say good by and good riddance to the saga. I’ve read and listened to them all and loved them until the last three volumes . The plot line has been stretched beyond the breaking point. Questionable if I could bring myself to read/listen to another volume.

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  • Stephen
  • meadville,PA, United States
  • 11-15-17

A disappointment

I found this to be rather disappointing. It spent much too long in the supernatural world and lost the excitement that is present in the rest of the series. It was like watching a Dr Who episode.

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Too much dream time

I previously read the full series and rate the series 5 stars. I was disappointed in the Sea Peoples, way too much time in dream land and very little in the final battle.

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Is it over yet?

This series has dropped off considerably. The original 3 change books were awesome and I have been hoping Stirling would regain some of that in this latest addition but sadly it's just been an ongoing drone of endless details and annoying languages and gods. The only positive is there was little elvish in this one. That has been ruining the past several books.
The princess stories completely leave out the great characters from the quest stories even though those characters are fully developed and are still in power back in Portland. This entire book should have been but one chapter in a book more focused on rako and orla.

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  • Mark
  • Tacoma,WA
  • 12-16-17

He has gone way off track for me.

Story line has gotten lost. This was the last book we'll get and I'm going to return it.

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bad Hawaiian

the primary issue here was the pronunciation of Hawaiian which is why is he performance rating is only a 3 not 4

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Not too shabby, but...

The usual from Stirling, a decent story with a lot of padding. I suspect that 95% of us have followed the series from when the fires died, no need to recap every second chapter, or is he being paid by the word?

The narrator has really been getting on my nerves lately, learn to pronounce Haida and Sporran correctly ok?

Otherwise, another workmanlike offering in the Emberverse series, and now we wait for the next.

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Worst one in the Change series

Wandering . The thread back to Dies the Fire she i is in peril. The travel through the spirit world is tedious.

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A terrific story as I've come to expect

I can always count on S.M Stirling to spin a tale well worth picking up. And I'm spoiled by the Narration. Other recordings pale, both in content and performance. Five stars.

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  • Ian Warrender
  • 11-14-17

A shining pearl in the Emberverse series.

This is one of those books where the journey of reading it without any preconceptions is important as the emotions are linked to the many twists and turns. However the greatest accomplishment is how in book 14 of a series, Stirling keeps the story fresh with a whole new(ish) element.
Many of these books have a 'B' and occasionally a 'C' story to go alongside the main 'A' storyline, I was surprised however on which storyline was 'A' by the end of the book.
Definitely not a starting point for the series (although it could work as an awkward stand alone if you forget the start and end) I would recommend people going 3 books back to the Golden Princess as a picking up point. Is this my favourite in the series... I don't know but it's up there with Meeting at Corvallis or Sword of the Lady.

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