Tears of the Sun-S.M. Stirling

Tears of the Sun

S.M. Stirling

Roc, Sep 6 2011, $26.95

ISBN: 9780451464156

 

A quarter of a century has passed since the 1998 Change killed over 90% of the human population in one year.  Modern civilization around the globe was sent back to pre industrial revolution as things stopped working.  Small pockets of survivors banded together to cope with the ordeal.

 

With his beloved Mathilda Arminger at his side, Rudi Mackenzie has completed the first part of his quest by finding the Sword of the Lady forged for him before he was born.  He becomes the High King of Montival King Artos as he unites western North America.  For the betterment and protection of his followers although he expects to die, King Artos leads the fight against the Big Sky based Church Universal and Triumphant.

 

Although the main thrust is Rudi, subplots involving the Dundain Rangers, d’Ath the Grand Constable of the Portland Protectorate Association and Wiccan in several locales star in critical subplots.  Thus the action is less intense than previous Emberverse entries (see The Sword of the Lady), but enhances the impact of the Change by 2023 while also setting up fresh hot zones for the future thrillers.  In spite of being a transitional novel, Tears of the Sun engages fans of the saga who will anxiously await the next Change.

 

Harriet Klausner

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