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The Tears of the Sun (Change) Hardcover – 6 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045146415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464156
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Tears of the Sun Rudi McKenzie-now Artos, the High King of Montival-must fulfill his destiny. He wields the sword crafted for him before he was born. He has made friends of his enemies. He has won the heart of the woman he loves.And now he must defeat the forces of the Church Universal and Triumphant, knowing he may lose his life in the final battle... Full description

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Kingston on 13 Sept. 2011
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Let's break this down into the good and the bad.

The Good: Steve Stirling's world-building continues to be first rate, at a level very few writers can compete with. You can really feel immersed in the Changed world and see how the society and even landscape is changing over time. His craft in writing appears to have improved as well. He retains his cast of interesting and easily distinguishable characters.

The Bad: That said, this is a flawed book. It's primarily there to show the opening preparations and skirmishes for the upcoming war, with very little action occurring in the book itself. One of the primary plots takes place as a series of flashbacks scattered through the book - which means we know how it ends from the start. There are also a couple of occasions where important scenes happen "off camera" and we only see people talking about them afterwards. Steve Stirling also needs to rein in his love of describing food. People are eating in a lot of the scenes, and we know exactly what they're eating in each one. And while he introduces a significant number of side characters, primarily from the Protectorate, they tend to be rather generically honourable and capable. The Protectorate's darker aspects are mentioned in passing, but we don't see them.

That said, and I'm aware I spent more time describing the flaws than the virtues, this is a good book, but not Steve's best work. It's also not meant to be read on its own, but as part of the whole series and as background to the action occurring in the next book.

And the next book hasn't been finished yet.
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I was upset that there wasn't more opposition to Rudi becoming Artos. I mean, I could understand the MacKenzies and possibly the Portlanders, but everyone seems just so impressed by him - there's no dissent except from the Evil Doers (who are no longer the Portlanders...)

It's still a good tale, but I really felt that Rudi should have to work a bit harder on the people side of things - unless we look at it as the power of a mother's campaigning on her son's behalf in which case, ok, but show us some of it!!

Still, I think this is mainly setting things up for the next few books. So it's getting a four because the style of the writing is still enjoyable and most of my complaints didn't come to mind until I'd finished the book!
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By W. G. Phillips on 3 Mar. 2014
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Continuation of "the change" series by S M Stirling. I love the writing which is well researched and very well described. Exciting and engaging story of a world where electricity suddenly ceases to exist. The order and hierachy which emerges from the first years of world collapse and famine is believable and bloody. Waiting for the next...............
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful
The Series Needs Tighter Focus 8 Sept. 2011
By Geoffrey A. Snyder - Published on
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Tears of the Sun feels like a series of short stories fit together to make a novel. Rudi and Matti play very small roles in this book. Instead it focuses on the stories of several secondary and tertiary characters. There are visits to the past explaining the treason by House Lui and its consequences. There is a visit to the Buddhist monastery in Wyoming. There are a couple great battles including a covert op into Boise. Individually they are each good but collectively they just don't have the feel of the rest of the series.

I've been waiting impatiently to see how this story ends since the first book came out 7 years ago. The first three books are a neat trilogy of the death of the old world and the rise of a new one. Books 4-6 fit as a second trilogy of the journey to Nantucket. Book 7 was the journey back to Oregon and this one, book 8 is a lot of back story explaining events that took place in Oregon during books 4-6. This one just doesn't feel as much of a tight fit into the story arc as the first 6 books.

Perhaps he would have been better served to structure the series as a trilogy of trilogies. This one just feels a little indulgent and is my least favorite of the bunch. I'll still buy books 9 and 10 because I'm sure the finale will be worth it - I just feel this one to be slower paced than the others and that it is more sub-plot than plot advancement ....
128 of 154 people found the following review helpful
How to tell if you will like Tears of the Sun 19 Sept. 2011
By bringusashrubbery - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
You will probably not enjoy this book if:
- You were wondering what actually happens to Rudy and his companions after their return to Montival;
- You were hoping to read about any signifcant events relating to the conflict between Montival and CUT; or
- You enjoy books with a lot of action, plot, or character development

You probably will thoroughly enjoy this book if:

- You (a) even remember that it was Odard's mother that sold out to the CUT in the first place; and (b) could not sleep at night without knowing all the details of why and how that sell out occurred, what happened to Mary Liu (and every other member of the Liu clan) as a result, and how she passed the time in prison afterwards [SPOILER ALERT- she was knitting]
- You can't get enough of the charming accents and kooky religous practices that have somehow permeated the Pacific Northwest in the 20 odd years since the change; and
- The whole reason you read the first six books in the series was to learn the entire lexicon of medieval heraldry (Sable Hedgehog with a Battune Sinister on a field of Gules- what fun!!) and its application to literally every single person ever mentioned in this series; or
- You didn't get enough culinary details in Dances with Dragons.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
WHEN WILL IT END?????????? 12 Dec. 2011
By Curly1 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Yes a waste of time. Tedious and uninspiring. Did a lot of speed reading.

The only good thing about this book is I took it out at the library so not financially invested in it but still lost part of my life.

There are 2 more books scheduled for this series hopefully not any more than that.

I am actually dreading reading them but must to hopefully get to the end.

I am preparing myself to be bored again with the next 2 with the hope of being surprised with a better tales.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The great question finally answered 22 Sept. 2011
By JWR - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I had wondered how Stirling would fill 500 pages with The Final Battle...a challenge surmountable by only the greatest of writers. The answer? HE DIDN'T!

In a masterpiece of literary manuever worthy of the greatest masters of the pen, Stirling didn't use 500 pages to tell the story of The Final Battle. He used it to tell the story of everything that should've been included in the previous books rather than endless descriptions of banquests, equipment, post-change economy and bit characters which added little to the overall story.

I won't do the usual cliff notes or spoilers routine. I'll simply note that anyone who used their imagination about what was going on back home while Rudy was doing his cross-country thing probably didn't do any worse than Stirling just did. This was like George Lucas making a Star Wars Episode 3.5, in which he tells the stories of all the Jedis who were barely included in Episodes 1-3, ending with the final duel.

My recommendation: buy it secondhand and skip to the last couple of chapters. I've bought my last Stirling hardback.
60 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Slow, slow, slow 11 Sept. 2011
By S. Hibbs - Published on
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I have totally enjoyed this series for many years. I have been waiting all year for this entry to come out. I disappointed. Where did all the action go? If I have to read one more flashback chapter to fill in details when Rudy and Company were off to the East, I think I may puke. I guess it is necessary to get those details across.....but I could have lived without knowing everything that happened. I thought this book would be about the war with the CUT........nope.
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