- Paperback: 514 pages
- Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (6 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 045146401X
- ISBN-13: 978-0451464019
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The High King of Montival (Change Novels (Roc Books)) Paperback – 6 Sep 2011
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S.M. Stirling is the author of many science fiction and fantasy novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Rudi Mackenzie - Artos - has claimed the Sword of the Lady. The merge of pre-Change literary romance novels and epic sagas into what Astrid Loring deems the Fifth Age moves us ever closer to a new imagining of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights. It remains to be seen if the round table will make a pine-timbered appearance in future novels. Rudi has his Exacalibur, has danced with a symbiosis of Nimue and the Moirae, and lived to tell the tale. This seventh novel follows Rudi as he treks back westwards to his people in order to unite a land, bring a vast army to bear against the Church of the Universal Truth, consolidate his own power and marry Mathilda. Along the way he sweeps up Bjarni, new King of the Norrheim and defeats a large Cutter force at a key ranch in Darnheller before his triumphal return.
This novel is one of transition. It will prove the glue between the search for the Sword and Rudi's role as Ard-Righ in the books to come. To be honest, little actually happens in the 481 pages and it is very slow for the first part, dealing with Rudi's coming to terms with who he is and ensuring a groundswell of support for him.Read more ›
As with the rest of the books this is a cracking yarn and in this case really moves the story on. No spoilers but it does reach something of a culmination although there are at least two more books in the series. For this reason I would rate it a bit higher than some of the previous works that were all too clearly "middle" books in the series. As with the whole series some of the greatest interest is in the varied societies that have developed in the years since the change - massively different depending on the nucleus of survivors around which they formed.
As mentioned this is the fourth book in a series and there were three books in the previous Dies the Fire series so I would strongly recommend reading these first. The Emberverse (as the alternate world of Dies the Fire is known) won't make much sense starting with the High King of Montival. Personally I enjoy Stirling's work enormously but not everybody does - all I can say is that if you like this sort of thing you will enjoy this! (If anyone wants to try before buying check out smstirling.com where sample chapters of each of the books is available.)
The hero Rudi is now titled High King of Mondival and is returning from his quest to return the Sword of the Lady to the Pacific Northwest and slay the bad guys all set in a world that for about 25 years has been without any form of combustible or electric power.
The story is a real heroes and villains adventure with a bit of King Arthur thrown in. Mr Stirling has stuck to his theme well throughout this series and continues to do so here but he does require the reader to suspend logical thought. Perhaps not a bad thing ...
There's lots of travel and fighting, super description and a skill at painting a picture in your head... oh Stirling is very good at his craft... but there's also a lot of feasting. Stirling's descriptions of the feasts with their blood sausage and kielbasa, hocks of venison and beef, and beer and wine and... well it goes on and just READING it puts fat on your arteries! But be careful Mr stirling... I'm still enjoying them and you can stir the heart occasionally.... but it's a bit too much like Lord of the Rings!
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I like all of the books in this series - in fact I like all of his work. Great escapism.Published 10 months ago by P J Edwards
The start off a very enthralling series. Lots of interesting characters and concepts regarding our dependence on technology, leadership, clashes of ideologies peopled by believable... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Geoff Waldon