The Golden Princess (Change) Hardcover – 2 Sep 2014
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Praise for S.M. Stirling and his Novels of the Change
Absorbing. "San Diego Union-Tribune"
[A] richly realized story of swordplay and intrigue. "Entertainment Weekly"
Nobody wrecks a world better than S. M. Stirling, and nobody does a better job of showing that people remain people, with all their high points and low, in the wreckage. Harry Turtledove, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart"
Vivid Stirling eloquently describes a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post-apocalyptic SF. "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
Stirling is a perfect master of keep-them-up-all-night pacing, possibly the best in American SF, quite capable of sweeping readers all the way to the end. "Booklist" (starred review)
A highly complex fictional universe with loads of characters and political intrigue. "Kirkus Reviews"
[A] vivid portrait of a world gone insane Full of bloody action, exposition that expands character and telling detail that makes it all seem very real. "Statesman Journal" (Salem, OR)
Stirling has blazed a clear comet trail across his post-apocalyptic landscape that illuminates both the best and the worst of which our species is capable. "Science Fiction Weekly""
About the Author
S. M. Stirling is the author of many science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Novels of the Change ("The Given Sacrifice," "Lord of Mountains," "The Tears of the Sun," "The High King of Montival," "The Sword of the Lady," "The Scourge of God," and "The Sunrise Lands").
Top customer reviews
It is worth reading the whole series book after book to really follow the detail.
There's far too much 'scene setting', far too much padding, and not enough action. This whole book could have been condensed down to a few chapters, the start of a really good action sequence with the Golden Princess going on her quest with her Japanese Allies and revenging her father. A disapointing read.
Lots of reminders of the events of the previous Emberverse books slow down the plot but really, if you haven't read the other books DO NOT read this one! It is the eleventh book in the series and you need to start at the beginning. Apart from anything else, the first three books, Dies the Fire, The Protectors War, and a Meeting at Corvallis, are much more self contained, complete novels in their own right, while the second series starting with The Sunrise Lands uses seven ( ! ) books to reach a conclusion and this new series is apparently going to need four (if Stirling and his publishers don't decide to split it up once again and drag it out for another year).
So, read it is you are a hard core fan - there are some interesting bits on how the people and cultures have developed - but otherwise read one of Stirling's other books or series, The Peshawar Lancers, Island in the Sea of Time, etc, if you want really good alt history and story-telling.
Cannot wait for the next one to find out what happens!
That said, I think the author is aware of the problem and mentioned the next book will be longer and I'm good with that; I do encourage anyone who loves The Change Series to buy and read this, you will want to own it and read it time and time again; along with Dies the Fire and all the other books in this great and on-going epic.
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Would be five stars if available on Kindle in UK.