The Given Sacrifice: A Novel of the Change

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2013 - Fiction - 369 pages
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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 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, Órlaith and John. Rudi knows this.

And as his heir Princess Órlaith 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....


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Stirling is a good writer. - Goodreads
I mean come one, the war is ending and boom it's over. - Goodreads
... what a cliffhanger of an ending! - Goodreads

Review: The Given Sacrifice (Emberverse #10)

User Review  - Biffbolt - Goodreads

Another typical entry in the series, with the slim characterization and adequate prose (laden with info-dumps and 'as-you-know-bob's'). The pacing in this one suffered for being a bridge novel between ... Read full review

Review: The Given Sacrifice (Emberverse #10)

User Review  - April - Goodreads

This was my first acquaintaince with The Change series, but the series' tenth book, so my review has that giant caveat. Stirling was pretty good about cluing me into the past histories, enough that I ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

S. M. Stirling is the New York Times bestselling author of many science fiction and fantasy novels. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.

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