Princess Orlaith, heir to Rudi Mackenzie, Artos the First, High King of Montival, now wields the Sword of the Lady - and faces a new enemy. Fortunately, she also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan. To combat their mutual foe, Orlaith and Reiko embark on a quest to find the fabled Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, one of the three great treasures of the Japanese Imperial House - but they'll face great peril along the way. This Roc title is the first in a new story arc in the New York Times best-selling Change series, following The Given Sacrifice.
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"Stuck in a rut"
The introduction of the Australian and Japanese characters promises to be interesting in later books.
The continual recapping of what characters did in previous books is annoying.
As I said above, the recapping of previous events every second chapter is really getting on my nerves in this series, is Mr. Stirling being paid by the word?
Not sure, probably the leader of the MacKenzies.
It was an enjoyable if predictable listen while at the gym or driving to work.
I've read and/or listened to the entire series since "Dies the Fire", and will continue to do so (mostly out of habit now, much like I go to every Bond film) The constant recapping is getting annoying, maybe once at the start for someone who hasn't read the earlier books (a rare bird in my opinion), but no more. Also could someone please teach Mr. McLaren how to pronounce Haida and Sporran.
"Excellent start for a continuing saga"
This was so well written that it does not require you to have read any of the others. This is a major problem with most books that are part of a large saga. Reviews are always bias in regards to the view of the critic who pens them. NEVER pass on a book due to a bad review. This is one of those books that I am glad I ignored the review. Go to a library and read it. I did and after the second chapter purchased the audio book. Nariated well and from the same vocie artist. That particular consistency is very much appreciated.
"Great audio version...."
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the audio version of the book - much more than the print version in which the details (nice in the audio book) got in the way of my speed reading to discover the plot developments.
I love these stories, but it is much harder to listen to them, as changes in pronunciation routinely bring me out of the story for my brain to make automatic corrections, or to question names of characters. Very frustrating at times. When I am listening to a story, I want to stay lost in it, not correct and verify "voice typos"
"I miss Rudi"
The story continues, with a new cast but still as great to a lot of us as befote.
"Another great book in this series"
this is a great series read by an exceptional reader. I can't wait to begin the next
"Thrilling new chapter"
This looks to be the beginning of an exciting new arc in Sterling's epic tale.
This book is apparently just "filler". Characters are introduced, but they never actually do anything.
"Another home run by S M Stirling."
Another fantastic addition to the Emberverse series. It is great to see the Grand children of the original heroes carry the torch that thir parents and grandparents started. S M is able to create a world and tale within it that allows the reader to forget their troubles and join the quest with the companions. I am excited for the next chapter of these youngsters tale.
Having followed this series from Dies the Fire, I love the entire series. This book just brings the energy of Sunrise Lands back to life!
"A beacon of the series, new blood, enhanced world"
It is good to see Stirling taking his world and building new layers and taking time to breath new life, with new characters. A perfect joining in point for people new to the series, an excellent addition for veterans.
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