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Dies the Fireby S. M. Stirling
A Tolkien-obsessed pre-teen, a pilot, a Wiccan priestess, the Eaters (nope, no hints), and the Protector: all come together in the aftermath of an event not unlike a massive electromagnetic pulse, which has caused a complete failure of all technology. Some are simply interested in surviving; others want to dominate and rule, and not in a nice way. For me, a firm believer that the zombie war is nearly upon us, Dies the Fire sparked such interest that I couldn't put it down it even started some serious debates in my house and inspired my husband to research the art of bow making! Thanks to S. M. Stirling, I feel a little more comfortable with the idea of a post-apocalyptic situation, even maybe a little excited about it.
Before we were glued to the set watching The Walking Dead and Revolution, S. M. Stirling wrote about what would happen in the Pacific Northwest after technology dies, the last supermarket has been looted, and the government collapses. Dies the Fire sweeps away the zombies and gets to the really interesting part: How would we survive if civilization collapsed? You can't help but imagine whether you'd take up a sword, grab a bicycle, or sow seeds after the apocalypse. Part homesteading, part medieval fiefdom, and part wilderness survival, this story's long arc holds everything together with a little romance and enough gore to keep things interesting.
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It all started when an electrical storm over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash, causing all electronic devices to cease to function-computers, telephones, engines, radio, television, even firearms — and plunged the world into a darkness humanity was unprepared to face. But even as some people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.
"Stirling shows that while our technology influences the means by which we live, it is the myths we believe in that determine how we live. The novel's dual themes — myth and technology — should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans." Publishers Weekly
"[A] stunning speculative vision of a near-future bereft of modern conveniences." Library Journal
"[An] intriguing what-if about modern humans denied their treasured conveniences." Booklist
An electrical storm over the island of Nantucket causes all electrical devices in the United States to cease function. But even as some people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.
Praised as a truly original combination of postapocalyptic sci-fi and military-oriented medieval fantasy,”* S. M. Stirlings Novels of the Change depict a future without technology, where people must master skills from ages past in order to survive. Now, to ensure that survival for all he cares for, a king faces his greatest challenge in the latest chapter of the New York Times bestselling saga....
Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church—the Powers of the Void.
Yet even a victory will not end the conflict forever. The Powers of the Void are malevolent and infinitely patient, and the struggle is one that involves the entire world. They threaten Rudi not only in the present, but also in the future represented by his children, Órlaith and John. Rudi knows this.
And as his heir Princess Órlaith grows up in the shadow of her famous father, she also realizes that the enemy will do anything to see that she does not live to fulfill her parents dream....
“[A] gifted author,”* S.M. Stirling created a fascinating neo-medieval world in his Novels of the Change where the remnants of humanity struggle to survive in a post-technological environment. Now, the New York Times bestselling epic continues as a king faces a challenge beyond the battlefield…
Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First, High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But still the war rages on, taking countless lives, ravaging the land once known as the United States of America. Artos and his Queen, Mathilda, must unite the realms into a single kingdom to ensure a lasting peace.
If the leaders of the Changed world are to accept Artos as their ruler, he will need to undertake a quest to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains, and take part in a crowning ceremony—a ceremony binding him to his people, his ancestors, and his land.
Then, once he has secured his place and allegiances, Artos can go forward, and lead his forces to the heart of the enemy’s territory…
*San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
S.M. Stirling is the author of numerous novels, both on his own and in collaboration. A trained lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives with his wife, Jan.
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