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The Sword of the Lady (Emberverse #6)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  2,894 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Rudi Mackenzie 's quest to find and reverse the source of the calamitous changes that have affected the whole world brings him to Nantucket, his final destination. Totally transformed, this island is now covered by forest and inhabited by a few hundred stragglers, all of whom claim to have been transported there from out of time. In an isolated stone house, Rudi discovers ...more
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Published September 29th 2009 by Tantor Media, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Duffy Pratt
The third in a six book series about the quest of Rudi McKenzie and company to retrieve the Sword of the Lady from Nantucket Island, and then somehow use it to defeat the Cutters (Church Universal and Triumphant). I liked it better than the first two installments, but not anywhere near as much as i liked the original Change trilogy, or the Nantucket series.

Things are moving along fairly nicely. We get some very cool glimpses of struggling new societies in a wrecked United States. But I find mys
I don't know whether this was objectively a better-written story than Scourge of God, or whether I was just more in the mood for it, but I found myself enjoying this instalment far more than I did Book 6... and I'm itching to get on with the next one and see how Stirling resolves what he's set up in the last chapter or so of this book.

There were so many things I enjoyed about this instalment - the character development, the descriptions, the sense of *rightness* about the way some of the events
Anita Marcoff
Fabulous!The intertwinings of relationships and politics was riveting!
Love this series! In this installment, Rudy and the gang fight their way across the Eastern half of the continent for their preordained appointment at Nantucket. As in the last two books, the "CUT" (Church Universal and Triumphant, an organization my husband tells me actually exists - although it is not, to his knowledge, in direct league with the devil) is hot on the group's heels the whole way, with their posessed "seekers" getting creepier and creepier.
David (who read this just before me) al
The continuing sage of Rudi MacKenzie as he makes his way to the Isle of Nantucket to claim the Sword of the Lady. It's a good story in this series by S.M. Stirling, but he is perilously close to falling into that category of author who can write book after book that just continues the plot, never really getting anywhere with it.

Still, there are enough interesting tidbits to keep me reading. Seeing the northeast United States in the post-Change years is fascinating, especially that Asatru seems
Emberverse #6 is more of what I like about this series. The action is consistent and moves the plot along, there some surprises with what happens to the characters, and some of the questions about where the story is going is answered. This is a great set up for the last book where the final action brings all the plot elements to a close. The fantasy elements step up a bit with the sword making an appearance and the evil doer's powers as well. Good stuff!

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This book was exactly like the last one. I feel like the author found something that worked with the first change trilogy, and then, added on, yet, never really progressed. It is predictable, and often times, boring. All of the battle scenes are the same. I kind of felt like, I'd make it two chapters, and there hadn't been a battle, so, a battle there would be, nameless people get hurt, and the good guys always win. I'll probly read the next book, just because I've invested some time in this ser ...more
Really LOVE this series!

I am not a big reader of fantasy and especially fantasy written by men. I tend to stick to the urban fantasy genre. This series started out very much urban fantasy with the first 3 books set at the time of the Change and the first few years afterwards. The last book hinted that the series was taking a turn into fantasy and this book truly sealed that.

I was prepared to be done with the series and say goodbye at the turn to fantasy. I found that I totally love this book! I
Solid continuation of the now six book series. 2500+ pages I'd strongly recommend this series, but start with Dies the Fire or you'll be confused by the missing history.

This series is unique in SF as it is based on a 'new idea'.

No author beast Stirling in his ability to generate Kiplingesque narrative.

Maddy Barone
I really enjoyed the first book of this series, and the second and third were really good too. This particular one was good, but I don't really like the Cutters and the High Seeker and the religious aspect of it. I'll continue on though becasuse I want to see what happens to Rudi and the others.
This book fast became one of my favorites in the series, for several reasons. I love the quest; it moves the characters and the plot in a logical progression ( and reminds me of some of my favorite fantasy novels like Modesitt's Corean Chronicles and the Sword of Truth novels). I enjoy trying to figure out what odd group of people our hero will meet next. I also love the addition of every religion the author could think of... and why not? I love this quote from the novel: "There is one God, make ...more
Nathan Miller
I just love how the story continues to unfold. SMS spotlights how adventures are always exciting to those who read about them, but suck most of the time for those who experience them. This is true of the real world, too...long periods of boredom interspersed with short periods of terror! My other favorite thing is how SMS fleshes out for us what's been happening in other parts of the country while our attention has been on the Willamette Valley folks during the first decade after the Change.
Jan 04, 2013 Donald rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BIG fans of the setting
This is the third book in the second set of the novels of the Change. It is also not the last book in this set, which I thought it was.

As the book drew on further and further, I became increasingly irritated with it. Perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention to pacing and page count, but at the point it became clear we were not going to be getting an ending anytime soon, I really did have to fight not to put this book down.

It does, thankfully, pick up near the end, which kept me going through the
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
As Stirling's Emberverse series progresses it becomes difficult to keep calling it Science Fiction - it becomes more of a Boy's Own adventure story or even a parody of "Lord of the Rings". To be fair, Stirling admits his debt to Conan Doyle's Sir Nigel and the White Company stories on a number of occasions - credit where it's due! - and, it IS a good, exciting adventure story. I have my worries about the mysticism and mumbo-jumbo element (I hope he's got a good SF explanation coming up) and I re ...more
Another addition to the Novels of the Change series that is every bit as fabulous as the earlier volumes. The Change series combines urban fantasy, post-apocalyptic fantasy, and true sci-fi all while delving into deep questions about the human condition and spirituality but not getting so bogged down that it can't have a lot of fun and action-packed scenes along the way.

Sword of The Lady delves further into the nature of deity and spirituality while supplying plenty of action, romance, and fres
Ryan G
This won't be a long review, so those of you who are tired of this series can relax. It's not that there isn't a lot going on here, obviously there is, I just have to admit I'm really, really bad about reviewing epic fantasy books. Actually, scrap that. It's not the reviewing part I suck at, it's the summing up part that kills me every time.

I'm always a loss to know what to include and what doesn't seem very important. Of course that is a silly predicament to be in, anyone who is a fan of the ge
Stacey Chancellor
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I found this book lying around, and thought I'd try something new. S.M. Sterling's The Sword of the Lady is in some ways, something very new. And rare.

Usually when you pick up an epic fantasy six books into the series, you really have no idea what's going on. I didn't feel lost here, which was nice.

Sterling's fantasy is set in a post-apocalyptic world where swaths of the US are uninhabitable, and what's left of the population has carved up into small parts in many different ways. There are two
This is turning into "Lost." It's like the author wrote the story for the first three books in the series (which were great), but then was asked to take all the loose ends and turn them into more books. The strange has turned into the supernatural. At this rate, I expect the next book to have "Others," statues with extra toes, and time travel. Man, if this series ends like "Lost" did I'm going to lose it. I invested way to many hours to get stuck with that crappy conclusion again.
The book was go
As with all of Stirling's novels, I have trouble putting this one down for any length of time. It's taken me awhile to finish, only because I've been busy with work. I've enjoyed it immensely, parts of it tug at the heart strings, other parts tug at half-remembered dreams or remind of the wonder I once had as a child. Stirling has a talent for bringing magick back in to the world through story-telling. His writing allows me to loose myself in the story, which puts him up there with Margaret Weis ...more
Mary McQueeney
The first book in this series is a favorite of mine. While I enjoyed books 2-5, the series was sort of sliding from its alternative history meets end of the world as we know it beginnings slowly toward fantasy ... good but sort of muddled in style for me (though it is consistent with the Change and shift it brings to the world, it didn't read as well for me). Book 6 lands us squarely into canonical questing fantasy and, in its way, was as satisfying for me as the 1st book. One element that I par ...more
Stirling has a knack for writing books like this, and his stories seem to really stick with you over time. It had been some time since I read the books leading up to this one so I was a bit nervous about tackling this book, but I quickly found that the characters were as familiar to me after just a few pages as any of my old time favorites like Pug and Tomas from Feist's realm. The book drew me right in and did a good job of keeping me engaged and invested in the characters. Once the story got r ...more
I finally finished reading this today. I must say that Stirling now has me for at least one more book in this series and more than likely has me for the two that I know exist. Although I was hoping that the scenario of the last three books would be resolved here, I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens beyond this.

Anyway, this book continues to follow the epic of Rudi McKenzie as he treks through post-apocalyptic America in search of a mythical sword and new allies to aid him and
This is the sixth book in the 'Emberverse' series. What is there to say? Once I have read three or four books in a series, some mechanism kicks in, propelling me towards a (hopefully satisfactory) closing. Rudi has finally succeeded in reaching the island of Nantucket and has obtained the sword of the lady. What will help him in the coming battle between the forces of good and evil of course. Characters have become puppets of the gods. Sometimes I get fed up with 'the Powers that be' : the reaso ...more
With this novel it is clear that this series is just that, a serial. Each book in the series now is just a continuation of the story in episodic (very long episodes) that satisfies a part of the story but leaves many issues to be picked up in the next novel. I don't have a problem with that now that I have figured that out but I suspect some people will start to lose interest in this saga.

In this installment Rudi finally makes it to Nantucket and finds the Sword of the Lady but that whole ending
Oct 17, 2009 Chad rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: neofeudal warlord wannabes.
Shelves: teotwawki
This is one of my favorite series of all time. Armegeddon followed by live-action Dungeons and Dragons! Woot!

This book gets somewhat more metaphysical than previously, with magic and diety intervention becomming more and more common (and powerful). It's like Stirling got bored describing how people would cope with the sudden loss of technology and really just wanted to write a fantasy novel. But it's a well-written action-packed character-driven fantasy novel, so I'm ok with that :P

12/2011 I was able to read this the second time through with more leisure. The first time was a heedless rush to find out what happened next. This time was more fun, though I did notice Stirling's tendency to mistrust that his reader gets it more. Stop hitting us over the head already. But a lovely conclusion to the second trilogy, and a nice stepping-off point for the third. The which I hope will finish the series for good and for all.

12/2010 Entirely satisfying conclusion to the second Emberve
An Odd1
*** "The sword of the lady" (E6) by S.M. Stirling, has drawn Rudi and his friends for two years, from the west "Sunrise lands" 4 with the promise of a weapon to overcome the evil possessed "Scourge of God" 5. The Change caused tools of technology to fail. Civilizations reverted to tribal cultures and their old deities. In traditional guises, gods appear and guide human pawns in a Heavenly war. Odin promised Rudi a short life; his beloved refuses to travel pregnant; she in turn is promised she wi ...more
I enjoy S. M. Stirling's post-apocalyptic fiction. It reminds me a bit of George R. R. Martin: you never know who's going to get killed off. I like that brutality and unpredictability.
I've been noticing for a couple of books now that the author's style seems to be changing. He telegraphs any major character death, sometimes for books before it actually happens. The unexpected element is gone, and that makes the books safer, but somehow less enjoyable. The books are turning into a more tradition
Richard Tolleson
The saga continues.....

The saga continues.....

...with far more description than is necessary. Rudi and company are headed east to Nantucket to get a sword. Stirling keeps cutting away from the story to events back home that are far less interesting. Two characters from the initial Nantucket series make cameo appearances, but if we were expecting a full explanation for The Change, we'll have to keep reading.
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

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Other Books in the Series

Emberverse (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)
  • The Protector's War (Emberverse, #2)
  • A Meeting at Corvallis (Emberverse, #3)
  • The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse, #4)
  • The Scourge of God (Emberverse, #5)
  • The High King of Montival (Emberverse, #7)
  • The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse, #8)
  • Lord of Mountains (Emberverse, #9)
  • The Given Sacrifice (Emberverse, #10)
  • The Golden Princess (Emberverse, #11)
Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1) The Protector's War (Emberverse, #2) Island in the Sea of Time (Nantucket, #1) A Meeting at Corvallis (Emberverse, #3) The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse, #4)

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