The Given Sacrifice

The Given Sacrifice Praised as a truly original combination of postapocalyptic sci fi and military oriented medieval fantasy S M Stirling s Novels of the Change depict a future without technology where people must mast

  • Title: The Given Sacrifice
  • Author: S.M. Stirling
  • ISBN: 9780451417312
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Praised as a truly original combination of postapocalyptic sci fi and military oriented medieval fantasy, S M Stirling s Novels of the Change depict a future without technology, where people must master skills from ages past in order to survive Now, to ensure that survival for all he cares for, a king faces his greatest challenge in the latest chapter of the New York TiPraised as a truly original combination of postapocalyptic sci fi and military oriented medieval fantasy, S M Stirling s Novels of the Change depict a future without technology, where people must master skills from ages past in order to survive Now, to ensure that survival for all he cares for, a king faces his greatest challenge in the latest chapter of the New York Times bestselling saga Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church the Powers of the Void Yet even a victory will not end the conflict forever The Powers of the Void are malevolent and infinitely patient, and the struggle is one that involves the entire world They threaten Rudi not only in the present, but also in the future represented by his children, rlaith and John Rudi knows this And as his heir Princess rlaith grows up in the shadow of her famous father, she also realizes that the enemy will do anything to see that she does not live to fulfill her parents dream Kirkus Reviews

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    1. Oh, S.M. Stirling, WHY CAN'T I QUIT YOU?!We finally get the climax we've been waiting at least three books for, and it's ratherticlimactic, really. That big battle of good and evil? Nah. Here, have a fistfight, Stirling says. And then I'll leave a HUGE CLIFFHANGER OF JUSTICE because I'm not done with the Emberverse.This is after the first third is reintroducing this huge world and all of its (very large) cast, because the whole thing has gotten pretty huge and a little out of control, quite fran [...]

    2. I remember reading Dies the Fire while sitting in an armchair in a house in the middle of the woods. I was hooked.Since then, I've enjoyed most of them, but thought the 8th and 9th were more filler than anything else. I felt the 9th book fell flat in the character department, and it wasn't until the last twenty pages that I thought Stirling caught his stride--and then it ended!I'm not particularly enamored with battle scenes and, believe me, that's what you're going to get in a Stirling book, bu [...]

    3. Possible Spoiler!I am very unhappy with the last 2-3 books in this series. How many times do I have to hear about the cottie hardie or a wimple dress and how beautiful the land is.I mean this series has gone way down hill than the first few books. It seems repetitive and nothing new is really written.I mean come one, the war is ending and boom it's over. Sorry if this is a spoiler. But if you have been reading the series, you should be able to figure out how it ends. Too much rambling and setup [...]

    4. And with the end of this, I'm out. I don't have to read any more. Though this installment was considerably better than the last one. Stirling didn't tell me, not even once, that Signe and Eric were twins. This did, however, feel kind of rushed. I knew where it would end, near enough, and that took away some of the sting. But at the end of this, Stirling reneges and leaves open a way for continuing the series, a whole new war. The meaty thwack of lance and the tung of crossbow bolts will have to [...]

    5. S.M. Stirling's Emberverse is one of my favorite "pulp" guilty pleasure and this is the tenth book overall, or the last (of seven) books in the second series. The first three books are a pretty self-contained telling of events that happen after humanity is set back to pre-modern technology on a day in 1998 when "The Change" tweaked the laws of physics a bit and electricity, gunpowder, and petroleum no longer worked. It's always been a bit heavy handed and not always the most well-written, but St [...]

    6. The Given Sacrifice is a great ending to a story well-told, and a great beginning of a new story. But it has its share of problems, though. For one, the reader knows how it ends. That is one of the reasons why the prophecies should be avoided in fantasy or science-fantasy novels. That also took away something from the ending made the book as a whole a bit weaker than it should be. SPOILER AHEAD I must say that the deaths of Epona and Astrid left me crying for minutes, but Rudy's death was not ev [...]

    7. This book is terrible. I think I said that about the last one. I started reading this series because my brother and father were. And the first three books were great--exciting, world building, page turning pulp. A great story and all of the "how do you survive after the apocalypse" fun to be had. They made me constantly think about how useful I might be after civilization collapsed. I loved them.But many many books later down the line and it feels like he's just cranking out books to make money [...]

    8. the 10th book written in the emberverse series. the threads of the tapestry being woven into a world reaching across the pacific in the last heart wrenching scene which both ends the founding of Montival and begins a new series of adventures for the new generation as the entities which controlled CUT are found again from foreign shores. now when does the next book come out?

    9. Full disclosure, I didn't finish this one. I got through the first couple of chapters and saw that Rudi Mackenzie was about to start yet another quest and took a few weeks' break to read other things. I circled back today and decided to skip to the last chapter. This was supposed to be the last book in the series (or so I thought), so if the ending was good I would go back and finish it properly. Well, no spoilers but this ends on a cliffhanger and there are at least 5 (!!!) more books to wade t [...]

    10. Stirling in a sense finishes the story begun in The Sunrise Lands, but of course a big point of his tale is that it's all ongoing and part of the huge cosmic struggle that mere mortals have a hard time even understanding. As a single volume, it works better than its two predecessors, which seemed stretched and padded at best. I thought the prose improved in this one over those two. My favorite thing to about this was that Stirling got some more bits of describing landscapes and peoples as they'v [...]

    11. A considerable step up in my eyes after the disappointing Lord of Mountains. The Emberverse continues to become more of a fantasy world and less a place of science, but the politics and to a lesser extent military actions take the front. The latter half of the book has a lot of up close and personal views of some of the core characters. The end is plainly a setup for a Emberverse: The Third Generation. There are few things I'm finding interesting about the whole series. The first is the way it i [...]

    12. The Given Sacrifice brings the Rudi Mackenzie arc of the series to a close as Rudi and his allies close in on the Church Universal and Triumphant. The narrative covers the last battles with the Cutters, skating over the eventual defeat, and introduces characters that may become important in later books. The last few chapters cover the early years of Rudi’s daughter Orlaith and Rudi’s final battle. (I am not sure this counts as a spoiler since it has been pretty heavily implied that Rudi has [...]

    13. What to say, what to say. I came to the Change books from the Island in the Sea of Time series by SM Stirling. It immediately struck a chord with me, because it's the totality of the Dream for those who larp or SCA or Living History. Of course none of us really wish for the destruction such a Change would necessitate but the idea is still very interesting. Growing with these characters over 10 books it's amazing how they themselves have grown and changed shape in mind and myth.It's sad to see th [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this one but it seemed like I was reading two books, rather than just one. The first one takes up two thirds of the novel's length and continues the focus on Rudi. The second one shifts characters and focuses on Órlaith instead. While nice to meet another new main character, it would have made more sense, from a character perspective rather than a story arc viewpoint, to publish the stories separately. This didn't disrupt my enjoyment of the book at all, though.I really enjoyed [...]

    15. Ahh the 10th book of the series and it's a bitter-sweet feeling to see the characters we began with pass on the torch to the next generation. Though this ending was rushed (basically 20 years or so in a couple chapters), I'm glad they're moving on to a new plot line and I'm excited to see where the story goes.

    16. I'm so sad his book is over. I kept trying to drag it out since I know it will be a long time to the next book. I love the narrator and he's kept the excellent storytelling consistent through all the books. I look forward to this saga like I do Diana Gabledon's outlander series. Thankfully, Stirling writes faster.

    17. Stirling created an interesting world, and then just started playing around in it instead of telling a story. This one is one long wrap-up of plotlines, rather than a story in itself. There was nothing unpredictable, and the writing was mediocre.

    18. Here’s an obvious spoiler: someone dies – is sacrificed. Given that this is the third book of the second trilogy starring Rudi, Mati, and their generation, you figure it’s going to be one of them – but which? Or, witch which?.And, given that it’s the ninth book of the series, you can assume spoilers for previous booksWe last left our heroes fighting the Ultimate Evil. They’ve gone through the traditional quest, collecting allies and cautious supporters. Your average fairy tale hero(i [...]

    19. Actually a re-read-- I've read and re-read the first three books in the series, which I enjoy a lot. The next three were a bit much, and by the time we've gotten to book 10, the story has really been played out. I decided to re-read this one because I think this should have been the last of the series-- and I think Stirling even toyed with that idea with the "fugue" interlude after Rudi kills the high seeker. Just like his father, Rudi should have been the "given sacrifice" but instead chooses t [...]

    20. While this picked up the action much more over the previous book (which was almost entirely a frame story around a flashback to two years prior, which really could have all been told in a chapter or two and then moved on), the ultimate final battle wasally a bit of a let-down. Four books later, it ends in basically a couple of paragraphs, and then that's it. After that, it's just quick vignettes jumping along over the next 20 years, until the next set of books is set up. Better than the previous [...]

    21. Just finished it and while the last paragraph dances in my head, i got out the next book. "Golden Princess". I only noticed one error in this book and it is only the second in the series i believe. In one paragraph the princess is mentioned as a she and a he.Some have commented that he rehashes the old too much. Too that I say yes, but anyone can pick up any book as their first and not be lost.

    22. This was another awesome addition to the Emberverse series. I am not a "re-reader" of books by nature, there are simply too many out there I want to read. This book, and series, is one I have now read 3 times through. That should be a testament to how amazing this book is. It has just the right twist of post-apocalyptic recovery with fantasy thrown in. Continuing to follow the stories of the original characters through their descendants is great!

    23. This book wraps up the saga of Rudi and Co and introduces us to the next story line and Orlaith. I honestly wish that the wrap up had been included in the previous book and that this book had been the next story line. It's a good story and I like the wrap up though it would have been nice if Stirling had revisited what was happening in Montana after the war ended. In any case it is a good book and a promising start to the next saga.

    24. I love this series so much. It is richly imagined and the characters and settings are so tangible and developed. This novel ends with a transition into the next generation of characters, and while I will miss keeping up with the stories of some of my favorites I am really looking forward to getting to know the upcoming characters and their stories.

    25. While the book was enjoyable, as I was reading it I got the impression that the author is getting tired of writing for this particular series. It's partly the length of this book and the one just before it being shorter than the first 8 in the series, and partly just something about the way this one was written. I can't put a finger on it exactly, but it was a very definite feeling I got.

    26. Good start to a new generation, but it felt like it took a while to get into a rhythm almost like Sterling didn't want to actually let Rudi go as foreshadowed in previous books. Good paced book nonetheless.

    27. A fitting end to the Change generationThis was a fitting end to the first generation of the Change. The major antagonist of the series was defeat and the new path of the series was forged.

    28. I really can't give this book a better than middle review because it doesn't feel like one story, it feels like the last few chapters of one book and it's epilogue bonded to the prologue of another

    29. I am not exactly sure what to make of this book. I have been a fan of the Emberverse series by S. M. Stirling since I read "Dies by the Fire" but the last few books have all seemed a bit lackluster. After I finished the previous book "Lord of the Mountain" I had pretty much decided that if the author didn't wrap up the Prophets War by the end of this book I was going to give up on the series. It was as if the author personally read my review and decided "Oh Shit, I have to do what this one guy o [...]

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