Sustaining the swashbuckling excitement and ethereal vision of his bestselling Emberverse novels, S.M. Stirling continues his post-apocalyptic epic of survival and rebirth in The Sword of the Lady.
A generation has passed since technology stopped working and the world was forever altered. Rudi Mackenzie and his friends have traveled far from Willamette Valley, battling feudal-style tyrants and cannibalistic savages across the strange and hostile land that was once the United States. Their destination: the island of Nantucket, where Rudi hopes to find the source of the cataclysmic Change.
As the young warrior and his band make their way to the sunrise lands, they encounter and ally with the pitifully poor barbarians of southern Illinois; a village of brave and hardy citizens whose culture is modeled upon the Vikings of yore; and a party of pirates from the Muslim Emirates. They will need all these fighters to defeat the evil that pursues them—a madman determined to thwart Rudi’s quest to find the fabled Sword of the Lady, a blade of power meant to seal Rudi’s destiny as leader of his people.
And he must not fail, for the fate of all that lives may hang in the balance.
Hardcover Book : 496 pages
Publisher: Roc/Imp Of Nal Signet ( September 01, 2009 )
Item #: 12-791449
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 19.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I am in the process of reading this series, and have appreciated all of the reviews here. I started with the Nantucket trilogy and absolutely LOVED it!!! I am now reading "Dies the Fire," so have just begun the new story of the change. I am really missing the characters from Nantucket though, and am hoping that I eventually find out what happened to them and the reason for the change. If not, to Mr. Stirling: PLEASE consider the continuation of that series also!!! I really enjoy your writing and all of the various cultures and human behavior that you envision.
Love the whole idea and storyline. I find the books an interesting study on how people adapt to new situations. I wonder if we could truly survive if something like this really did happen. I was upset with the ending of Sword of the Lady, because I did not quite understand what happened when Rudi and the gang got to Nantucket. Then I was quite excited to find there was to be another book. Hope this one explains everything.
Reviewer: Louise M
What happened to the time when a writer would get a good idea and write a book and then get another idea and write a different book? Why do all the writers today feel compelled to s-t-r-e-t-c-h things out to multi-booked sets? I'm looking at you Turtledove! I suppose if he was writing today Heinlein would be forced to turn Stranger In A Strange Land into a ten book travelogue around the galaxy.
Write your book and move on. I read the first book-and-a-half in this series and put it down when it was obvious where we were headed. Get over yourselves!
Reviewer: Timothy G
OK - Read them all ... and at the end "he knew." Knew what pray tell? Disappointing ending ... not even an attempt to explain just what the heck is going on. Pretty slow, too many asides and overall I'm really let down. Was expecting something else. Sigh :(
I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter of the "Change" saga. The characters are fleshed out very nicely and I found myself drawn into the story very easily. The ending seemed a little contrived, however, I felt it was only there to set up the next book in the series. ( I know that's what it's supposed to do, it just seemed too transparent and took me out of the story.)
I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series. I appreciate how the author is "fair and balanced" in his recounting of the different religions in the story. The backgrounds and perspectives of the different characters make the narrative very interesting.
Reviewer: Tom R