Top critical review
on 29 April 2012
I'm not sure when, but something happened to the Change series.... it changed. It ceased to be Post-apocalyptic and became Fantasy. There was always that slightly worrying fantasy element to the early Change series but it was held in abeyance by having to tell a tale of survival in a nightmare world... now... Well, it's tales of derring-do and noble knights and jolly archers, of Norse warriors and splendid Redskins, all worshipping their gods and getting a response! I think we're entering a universe of caricature and cliche... The goodies are very good and the baddies are pure evil... until the goodies get them to see the light.
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!