There are also some references to events from previous stories, which are not given lengthy explanations, so new readers are going to be confused at times anyway. In fact, Stirling works in a lot of characters and places from The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth anthology and I don't mean just quick cameos.
Many characters originally introduced in those stories have become important, plot-turning characters. Common issues with long running series aside, The Desert and the Blade is still a good book. I would say its even better than The Golden Princess, since that book featured a lot of characterization and worldbuilding, and little action. This book balances all three better, giving us fun neo-Medieval conflict and Clarksian magic, along with character development and beautiful descriptions of post-Change California and its peoples.
I especially liked the Jewish nomads and hope to see more of them in the future, but then again I have always been a sucker for nomadic people ever since I took a class on them in college. Perhaps that is why I always preferred the Bearkillers perspective over the Clan Mackenzie in the original Emberverse trilogy, even if they were only briefly migratory. If there was one major issue I had with the book overall, it was the ending. It wasn't bad per se, but it just felt rushed. I will try to be as vague as possible to avoid spoilers, so if you haven't read the book yet and your worried I will give something away, I recommend skipping the next paragraph and just go to the conclusion.
Anywho, one character discovers her brother, who was missing and presumed dead, is alive and under the spell of the bad guys. This could have been an intense, emotional scene, but weakened by the fact that we really didn't know much about the brother and some more time sharing how he was important to the character and giving a couple more pages to the emotional trauma the character was experiencing would have made the ending all the more powerful.
Additionally, after the issue with the brother was resolved, that same character comforts another character who just got his hand chopped off by saying she thinks his son would make a good husband. Perhaps given the context of their culture and relationship this is a perfectly normal conversation Again, it wasn't a bad ending, it just felt rushed. Despite the usual issues that come with long-running book series and my own issues with the ending, The Desert and the Blade still earns a recommendation from me. Stirling continues to impress me with his world-building skills, while featuring strong, yet complex, female characters in speculative fiction.
Tune in next year for that review. Sep 01, David Miles rated it it was amazing. A slow-moving but extremely entertaining read. Stirling invests heavily in character development and his descriptions of battles are second to none. Love the concept and the series. Every time I finish one of his books, I cannot wait for the sequel, and this one was no exception dammit.
Aug 23, Taylor Ellwood rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. In this book, Stirling gets his groove back. The character development and action will keep you reading. The story is fast paced and the challenges the characters face are enough to keep you reading. This is a much needed improvement on the previous book. I like that Stirling draws on other characters that were developed in the anthology.
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Superb questing The Desert and the Blade is another superb novel in the Change series. Of course having the sword does not hurt. She teams up with the Empress Reiko who also lost her father on the shores of Montival and her entourage to first visit Portland Superb questing The Desert and the Blade is another superb novel in the Change series. The High Queen Mother does not approve and tries to intercept them and turn them around. Others are en route to join the royals and will meet them in former San Fran which is controlled by eaters.
There is an epic battle to blood our new heroes and point out the though their Father and Mother had beaten the Prophet and eliminated that threat, a new one has risen…from Korea where the rumor of the survival of Kim Jung Il through the change and his transformation to the same, or similar, evil as the Prophet.
The Koreans under the spell from Kim have been at war with Dai Nippon since the change and in fact sent ships against the Emperor as he tried to come to Montival in search of the Grass Cutting Sword. The Korean influence in the story is heavy filling in for the Prophet and portends the plot for the follow on novels. The Band of Questers head south, meet new settlements, expand Montival and have more epic battles…some small, but all significant.
This is a good read…even with the Japanese lessons. Oct 04, Brian rated it really liked it. The continuing adventure in Montival are never a disappointment. Orlaith has joined forces with her brother John, future leader of the Association, and the Empress of japan, whose father just happened to die on the same day and in the same battle as Rudi. Together with their band of followers, many of which have basically run away from home to join in, the The continuing adventure in Montival are never a disappointment.
Together with their band of followers, many of which have basically run away from home to join in, the two royals set out to recover the Grass-Cutting Sword, the counterpoint to Orlaith's Sword of the Lady. Along the way we get to spend time with the Mackenzies the Mclintocks, and the Dunedain rangers of the Redwood forest. We also get to meet new allies, the hippies of Topanga Canyon, and the wandering Jews of the Mojave Desert. We are show hippos and camels thriving in California and are forced to square off against the Eaters ans well as the Koreans.
A Wonderful Reads Oct 18, Steve rated it liked it. I read the 13th book in this series before this the 12th. It did not seem to make much difference in being able to follow the story line. This novel like Stirling's other's later in the series drags at times when he goes into detail describing the post apocalyptic society variations and traditions.
If I were editing the book I might have taken out 25 or more pages of this type material to get to the action sooner. Make no mistake his fights are interesting and entertaining. There is a mix of mag I read the 13th book in this series before this the 12th. There is a mix of magic and monovalent evil with his villains. His heroes and heroines have the magic of a sort too.
I will probably read book 14 if it comes out. Dec 01, Brandon Kurtz rated it really liked it. I found this entry in the series to be as engaging as the previous books, generally. The characters and locations are certainly interesting. My one major criticism is that the pacing seems off. While the events in the first part of the book are covered in extreme detail, it seemed like the last bit wasn't given the same space.
It's almost as if the author ran out of space and started being more economical with his words and writing shorter scenes. In some cases, the reader thinks there's going t I found this entry in the series to be as engaging as the previous books, generally.
In some cases, the reader thinks there's going to be something significant that happens, and the whole thing is over within pages. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does seem "off" when compared to the first part of the book. Dec 17, Charlie rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I feel like these books were starting to drag out and get repetitive and cliche.
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But then this one came along and I liked it a lot better. Though I do agree that less time should have been spent on the subjects of the first half of the book and more with the second half and the strange tribes of Southern California. Also fwiw the chatsworth lancers could have easily killed all the topangans a decade or two before the book with one red ember and a good Santa Ana wind.
But that wouldn't have made I feel like these books were starting to drag out and get repetitive and cliche. But that wouldn't have made for a good story so that's ok. I felt this book was overly long. Remember that one professor in college that just droned on and on and on without really saying anything new; that is how I felt about this book. Over pages to get to the point of the story, only to have it over in 10 pages.
Same concepts and descriptions repeated, until I wanted to shout OK I know about the kilts already. I have read the previous 11 14 if you include the Island series books in this series and this is the first time I have given a star ratin I felt this book was overly long. I have read the previous 11 14 if you include the Island series books in this series and this is the first time I have given a star rating less than 4.
Unsure if I will continue, but I know I am gong to give it a break. Jan 21, JP rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , sci-fi-fantasy. For me this is one of those series that you want to see through to the end. The people after the change are now in their third generation and there are few pre-Changelings left.
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Stirling is masterful at exploring how language and cultural references might evolve in such a scenario. I enjoyed this book, though not as much as the earlier stories. The protagonists aren't quite as complex, and the final action in this one started and stopped too abruptly for me. The whole saga is still engaging, suc For me this is one of those series that you want to see through to the end. The whole saga is still engaging, such that I'm looking forward to the next one. Aug 07, Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction. The Great Change occurred two generations ago devastating the world.
The ruler who led the Great Quest has been murdered by a spared prisoner of war as was the Japanese ruler who was on his quest. The two female heirs of these fallen leaders are on their own mission to recover a magical sword for the Japanese in the wilderness that used to be California. Evil from an alternate plane is still about. Jan 26, Shelly rated it liked it. I need a break.
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This book was easy to put down, and I felt like I was torturing myself to finish it. I think I am just tired how this series has gone from post-apocalyptic to high fantasy. I like both genres, but the way this series has blended them from about 4 in the series kinda bores me. I just don't care about the characters or what they do.
Bums me out, I really still enjoy the first 3 books in the series. Nov 25, Ceh rated it it was amazing. This series is one that I always come back to.
It is like meeting old friends. I have watched Stirling create this world since the original plane crash and now I am entranced by the adventures of the grandchildren of the original characters. The story keeps evolving. Although sometimes it gets a bit too supernatural for me the story and the characters keep me hooked! Jan 01, Ron rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , alternate-world. Another quest book for another sword. But this quest is quickly done so that the main characters can carry the story on to new parts of the globe.
But this does not mean that there are not the required dangers and fight scenes required of an Emberverse book. If you like the series, you are likely to enjoy this book. Stirling's Change saga heads into southern California on a quest for another magic sword. Up Topanga, into Death Valley and beyond. Much excitement and nation building ensues. Aug 01, Debbie Anderson rated it it was amazing. Ahh, the end of another great story.
I cannot believe how far this series has gone. I enjoyed this one, especially since I have traveled more in the areas of the story which helps me picture the setting better. I am looking forward to the next installment. A well written book of the Change This was a well written book set in the world of the Change. The battles were written very well. The character development was very good too. Dec 28, Martha rated it did not like it Shelves: audiobook , fantasy. Feb 09, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: apocolyptica , fiction , science-fiction , alternate-history.
Much better than the last one. Less rehashing, more move the story forward. Dec 27, Sara rated it liked it. Whenever a new novel from The Change series comes out, I'm always so excited to read it, this one was no different. I continue to be a fan of these terrific strong female characters. Really enjoyed the exploration of fried, cooked and not quite deserted Southern California.
Jun 04, Paul Friebus rated it liked it. Fun, but not as tightly paced as many of the earlier books in the series. Enjoyable, but not up to the standard of his earliest books about the Change or the Nantucket trilogy.
I sometimes think that Stirling should wrap this series up and tackle something new. Sep 06, Karen rated it it was amazing. Still fantastic character growth, while the Kingdom adds more interesting bits and pieces. Mar 15, John Ferringer rated it liked it. I am a blade of grass, Green from inside out, I am a small fragile life.
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