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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. M. Stirling, Todd McLaren Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Emberverse 3: The Montival Series Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.