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3.00128461538462 out of 53.00128461538462 out of 53.00128461538462 out of 53.00128461538462 out of 53.00128461538462 out of 5 3.00 (1,300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. M. Stirling Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Emberverse 3: The Montival Series Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400176847
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/17/2014

    " Another good book as we follow the trials and tribulations of Rudi/Artos as he returns to Oregon after making it Nantucket! It was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Sheppard | 2/16/2014

    " This has been a terrific series, although the last two books were not as impressive as the rest of the group. I hope this isn't the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/8/2014

    " The seventh book in the Emberverse Series, or 10th, if you count the "Island in the Sea of Time" series. Total indulgence pulp read for me. To be frank, this is not great writing, but its good enough to keep me interested. The series started out in the Willamette Valley in Oregon where I lived for a while, and if anything, Stirling is good on trivial setting details. The coupling of post apocalyptic and familiar territory makes this story funny and irrestiable. In this volume, Rudi and his "fellowship" have gotten the magic sword and are on their way back from Nantucket to the Kingdom of Montival, or basically the pacific northwest. A lot of the jokes are corny but Stirling knows it and has a good time poking fun with the nerdy SCA crowd that he knows will be reading the series. Stirling has reached the "Robert Jordan" effect in his story telling, meaning that, now, a good tenth to a quarter of the book is simple reteliing of the first 6 books to refamiliarize the reader to the insane amount of plot twists and character drama that has already transpired. This volume seems less annoying than the past few, which tells me that he's getting better at making the regurgitation less obvious and annoying.As always, Stirling weaves in the various linguistic references, religious trivia, and archaic weapon and armor vocabulary. Having read a lot of books this year regarding ancient Celts I have finally started recognizing the place names and myth references he casts about willy nilly. Admittedly, I have also learned a lot from having wikipedia close at hand while reading these stories, being able to quickly look up what a "shield boss" or "coite-harde" is. Improvement wise, I think this story could do without the "Liono" impersonations. Stirling has obviously watched Thundercats way too much. If the next book still has Rudi magically staring at the future through the pommel of his sword, I think I'm going to throw up. Lastly, if you have read the series up to this point, I encourage you to google search the "Church Universal Triumphant". It was very truly fascinating and kind of scary too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/28/2014

    " This is the fifth book in the Change series that I started to read a few years ago. While a fine book in the middle of a series, it took me months to finish because nothing really happened in it. The characters basically needed to get across the country to set up the final book in the series and they did that with a few semi-interesting detours. I'll finish the series but I won't really mind when it ends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad T. | 1/22/2014

    " slower than previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 1/16/2014

    " Liked it a lot. Stirling continues to write in a way that makes me feel what the characters are feeling. and his battle scenes are top notch. Only criticism is this book felt a little like filler, like he was tryiong to stretch out the story. But I can't wait for the next book(s?) in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryann | 1/9/2014

    " I really like the world he's created...but I get really tired of his writing style. It's so, show offy geek. Lots of con-language without a purpose. But I'll keep reading it because his world creating is some of the best I've ever seen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Rooker | 1/7/2014

    " The series strength is still in its characters, battles scenes and otherworldly spirituality/magic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/26/2013

    " Good read! I liked the progression of the characters. Hope the next one is at least as good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/29/2013

    " Compared to the story roll out in the earlier books, this one just felt rushed to me. It was good; it was just like watching a movie that tried to tie up a lot of threads in one movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/1/2013

    " A quick transition novel. Still, I like the characters and the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 10/21/2013

    " Can be a little long winded at times and slow at others but the return trip was a pleasure to read and sets up the next book nicely. Can't wait for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Geyer | 5/8/2013

    " This series is kind of wearing thin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale (Aus) | 3/13/2013

    " This book was the usual great story telling by the author. Love the approach to mixing fantasy and science fiction, love the alternate history/world themes. Loved the characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 2/6/2013

    " It's a reasonably good story, but these are not good books. They're like television in book form, like romance novels or trash--they consume time, fill you with an entertaining narrative, but don't require any thought at all. Summer readins. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 1/1/2013

    " Good Read if you are following the series, keep them coming. I really enjoy the detail to PNW locations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 9/2/2012

    " I'm hooked into the entire series, say what you will, I feel very comfortable with all the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary McQueeney | 3/25/2012

    " Most series that include large scale wars have one of these ... the moving the armies around book. Not among the best of the series for me, but the story still holds my interest and there were moments in it that were very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 2/22/2012

    " v. good AS USUAL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/15/2011

    " As with the complete story so far - this is an excellent series. Very hard to put down the books, because they grab you to see what is next. The plausability of a world without electric or gas based power is scarry, but to take this into the realm of phantasy is brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookbrow | 9/5/2011

    " Likely closer to three and a half stars. Fairly enjoyable continuation of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Davis | 6/24/2011

    " These keep getting better and better- and there's promise of more to come, which is great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 3/6/2011

    " As this series goes on he seems to spend more time writing descriptions of food and clothing than action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kazmo | 2/16/2011

    " A pretty good reading follow up, but no conclusions to the saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 2/15/2011

    " Good addition to the series. Not the end, but maybe the beginning of the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/10/2011

    " This has been a terrific series, although the last two books were not as impressive as the rest of the group. I hope this isn't the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/31/2011

    " I've read them all, so this is typical Stirling, although it seemed to me that he could have cut 100 pages out of this book easily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muff | 1/31/2011

    " While my favorites in this series are the first three volumes, I liked this one the best of the "Quest" books. Artos-Rudi is larger than life, but in a good way. A satisfying read for fans of Emberverse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookbrow | 1/2/2011

    " Likely closer to three and a half stars. Fairly enjoyable continuation of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 james | 1/2/2011

    " For the most part good, I really enjoyed the battle scenes but I felt some parts of the story spent too much time on describing details that I didn't feel was necessary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 12/28/2010

    " The post-apocalyptic setting interested me, but it was more swords and sorcery than I cared for. "

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About the Author

S. M. Stirling was born in France but is Canadian by origin and American by naturalization. Stirling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Nantucket series that began with Island in the Sea of Time and, more recently, Dies the Fire and The Protector’s War. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?