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A Meeting at Corvalis (Emberverse #3)

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In this startling vision of the modern world's descent into a medieval age, national bestselling author Stirling presents the first volley in a conflict that may bring the human race to another Armageddon. Unabridged. 20 CDs.
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Published February 1st 2009 by Findaway World (first published September 5th 2006)
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Morgan Ives
As a fantasy reader, I've read my share of tedious books. I have a high tolerance for world building, flowery descriptions, and long expository prose.

_A Meeting at Corvallis_ went far beyond my tolerance level. I picked up the book assuming that it was the first in the series; so thoroughly did the author rehash everything in past books that I did not realize it was the third until after I finished reading it. Nothing was left up to the imagination; every rock, tree, grass blade, hair, fold in f
Kathy Davie
Third in the Emberverse science fiction dystopian series of an alternative history for the world and revolving around the survivors of an EMP.

It's 2008, and it's been seven months since The Protector's War , 2.

My Take
Oh. My. God. Make sure you have a TON of tissues before you finish this. I cried great gulping buckets. Even now, just thinking about it has me breaking into tears. A neighbor showed up at my door and was surprised by how much I was crying. Fortunately, she's a reader, so she under
Nathan Miller
Oct 20, 2012 Nathan Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"AMaC" picks up immediately after "The Protector's War." The two could probably be considered one story in two volumes. Curiously, there's more war in AMaC than there is in TPW. As one might expect, things go progressively downhill for the Allies, who are still collectively militarily outnumbered three to two by the Protectorate army. We see some more major plot movement, the resolution of some of the sub-plots from TPW, plus the introduction of some new ones. It's clear that the author intends ...more
Jean Hontz
May 31, 2016 Jean Hontz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is year 8, after The Change. People are trying to survive, relearning how to grow their own food, protect themselves from marauders and warlords. The Bear Killer Clan and Clan Mackenzie are separate but close, with a mutual pact to assist when the self-styled Protector once again sends his forces to conquer them.

Lots of details with regard to primitive survival, and a surprisingly strong emphasis on worship of the Goddess.

Characters are well drawn and strong, and the plot is clear and pointe
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
I'd have to give this installment of the series 3 1/2 stars. It was certainly better than The Protector's War, but not as good as the first book, Dies the Fire. These books should really be read in order, but the main thing about them is they center around an event called the Change. This change made things completely different for human beings. No longer do guns, other weapons, electricity, or other modern objects work. Those who have eeked out a living in this world are strong indeed and inclu ...more
Graham Crawford
I am not the most ideal person to review this book because I come to it with extreme prejudice. Firstly, I ignored all the warning labels in the Goodreads comments - they told me not to read this book first - the third in a trilogy. I should have listened. More importantly, this book is largely about the Society for Creative Anachronism - a group I was heavily involved with in my younger days (I was a Laurel - one of the folk "A Meeting at Corvallis" describes as a "Period Nazi").

I can't say rea
Jul 21, 2011 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book concludes the first story line in Stirling's Emberverse series. In the story he builds up two big plot lines one which revovles around the big conflict between the Protector and the indepedant states in the Willamette valley and then the small conflict around Rudi and Matilda the two young heirs. Along the way we learn more details about Corvallis and the Mt Angel groups as well as watch the reavling of the various plots and counter plots weaved by the warring factions which all leads ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emberverse book 3, overall I enjoyed it. I probably wouldn’t change anything. As mentioned in my book 2 review there are similar feelings. Given I didn’t have to wait for it to come out I wouldn’t be let down. One thing though the author doesn’t skimp on content, these are big books; they could have been made smaller with the same wait times. I like that. Like the first installment and the last the details don’t wear you down. This series is turning out to be great about that, which them makes h ...more
May 07, 2012 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sciencefiction
I really should have enjoyed this book but it took me three weeks to read. The inevitable confrontation between the Portland Protective Association and the combined forces of Clan MacKenzie, the Bearkillers, the Dunedain Rangers, and their allies come to a head.

Stirling follows a tremendous cast of characters in telling how the confrontation builds and comes to a conclusion. I think therein lies the problem. He has a lot of interesting characters and some of them much more interesting than other
Dec 13, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere in the middle of this you realize that you are TOTALLY ATTACHED to these characters and their well-being. It sneaks up on you, which is delightful. For anyone who enjoys a good bit of swashbuckling as well as some fantastic commentaries on human interaction, this is a great read. It will never earn five stars from me, though, as there are a number of times when I just want Stirling to get out of his own way. With his continuing editorializing about religion (although here the Christian ...more
Rebecca Radnor
Remember how in the last book I said the blow by blow battle scenes were taking over the book in part cause there was little story and what there was was disjointed? ... well the story slows down EVEN more with even more battle scenes, in fact now we've got a full fledged war going on and we're just going from one battle directly into the next with almost nothing in the way of character development. You have to get to about the 50% mark before ANY story development kicks in. Again there's a lot ...more
What a series. Sometime during book two (The Protector's War) I became totally obsessed. The writing is a bit sloppy (he tends to cut off in the middle of action and jump to a scene after its all finished, relating how the last scene ended through inferences) in places, but I really love the universe that Stirling has created. And I can't help but imagine him sitting around at the pub with George R.R. Martin discussing their books. (They are apparently friends.) I would recommend the series to a ...more
Jo Preston
Skimmed to complete trilogy

I enjoyed most of the first book in the trilogy (Dies the Fire), however I found the second two books a great disappointment and found myself skim reading this one just to complete the story arc.

I liked the original concept of the enigmatic Change, knocking out all modern technology and firearms and turning back the world to that of the Middle Ages. I also liked the meld of fantasy, medieval sword play, and Wiccan religion. I felt invested in some of the original chara
Aug 05, 2014 jammastere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just wow. I can't say enough good stuff about the Embeverse books! This book picks up within a few months of where The Protector's War left off. The few remaining free territories in the South verses the Portland Protective Association in the North.

This series is urban fantasy set in a world where the laws of physics were altered suddenly one day in the last 1990's. This book takes place 9 years after the "Change" as it has come to be called. The series is mostly focused on events in the Wi
Apr 08, 2014 Tomislav rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I've been writing reviews of stand-alone novels for a long time now, and I think I know how to avoid giving spoilers, by describing the basic premise without giving the plot. But the problem with reviewing a later book in a series, is that even the basic premise can contain what would be a spoiler with respect to one of the earlier books. That is the case with these books of "The Change", so all I can really say is that this one follows very closely on The Protector's War. Be sure to have both b ...more
Tom Gaetjens
The past few years have seen an increase in interest for medieval fantasy with George R.R. Martin leading the charge. Make no mistake, though, despite the apparent friendship between Martin and Stirling, this book features all of the moral ambiguity of a Sunday school lesson. The villains are evil, which we know because we are told they are and because they talk about (though never actually do) some garden variety dastardly deeds. The heros are good, which we know because we are told they are an ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly still good.

I've only ever read one other epic set like this (the Dune series) and got through that due to youthful enthusiasm and determination. I will see if this series holds me to the end. Since I can buy these one at a time I will continue to buy so long as the story continues to be good. I figured we would lose a main character at some point. I've been pleased that I've not been able to guess who will live, who will die and how certain sub plots will play out. I've also been pl
Apr 10, 2016 Todd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a strange physics-related apocalypse, wiccans, ren faires, and Tolkien geeks take over the world. And... meh. I found just enough to enjoy in these books to keep me reading until the end, although I'm not sure whether I'll get around to reading any further into the Emberverse books than this (these first three stand as a self-enclosed trilogy). Other reviewers have detailed their issues with problems like the preponderance of coincidences, the pacing, the skills everyone magically possesse ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this series. Stirling's attention to detail is incredible, without becoming mind-numbing(like Michener!). His post-apocalyptic world is one you feel you're living in, while you read. The characters are excellent, real-life-like people, in whom you feel invested. I almost wish, that I had read this series before I read "The Change" series, which encompasses the next generation of the survivors of this apocalypse. I may re-read it, anyway, as the 4th book of the series, "The High Ki ...more
Aug 24, 2016 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rrp
As the third book in the first trilogy, you expect the stakes to be raised. War, definitely. Probably some of the characters we know and love dying. Political intrigue, more fun weapons and farming hacks from these people still adapting to a changed world.

I was a little disappointed at first when everything seemed to jump around a bit. There are a lot of storylines here that all have to converge together, and thankfully Stirling does a pretty good job juggling them. It’s a far cry from the first
Apr 05, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I have to write this review on the series as I have read it to date. This is partially because I read them back to back over a 6 week period and it would be hard for me to separate them out, but also because this series is one that I think has a greater total than the sum of its parts. So... When I first read Dies the Fire I was skeptical because I had a hard time suspending disbelief. This was mostly due to my science background I think. After I finished the book I found myself thinking about i ...more
Anita Marcoff
Nov 10, 2014 Anita Marcoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried.
Apr 06, 2014 Badseedgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Mr. S.M. Stirling, has finally with his third novel in the “Emberverse” series A Meeting At Corvallis, written a novel of the apocalyptic end of the world that no longer holds the faint roasted turkey leg whiff of a Medieval Renaissance festival gone horribly wrong. The setting of this current novel occurs almost 10 years after “The Change”.

Mr. Stirling finally delivered the war promised by his second novel The Protector’s War. He handles this war with a tone much more serious and with a tone mu
Daniel Mala
I’m still working on this series and am a little split on it. On the up note I think that Stirling’s writing has improved over the last couple of books. I enjoy his depiction of the Willamette Valley after the change. And this book has more colorful and visual descriptions. I didn’t care for the dialog in the first book, but that has become more original and improved. For the most part I like the story line. I will always have a hard time with “the change”. It loses me a bit to have something oc ...more
Linda I
May 18, 2010 Linda I rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome, yet bittersweet ending to the first Emberverse series. Incredible how much I've become addicted to this story. It truly is one of the better sci-fi (though, admittedly, not much sci-fi stuff has happened yet outside the actual change) series I've ever read. Clan MacKenzie and the BearKillers continue to protect their hearth and home from the Lord Protectors association. Matilda and Rudi, rather predictably, become best friends and endure the back-and-forth capture and recapture ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Meeting at Corvallis" is the last book in the "Dies the Fire" trilogy. Part of S.M. Stirling's excellent Change Novels series, these books discuss a civilization reawakening after some astral phenomenon renders modern technology useless. Those who survive are the people who had arcane skills such as soapmaking, weaving -- and even medieval cottage construction and battle tactics.

This book takes place in the ninth and 10th post-Change years, with characters from the previous three books growin
Oct 07, 2008 Fatbaldguy60 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book concludes the first portion of this series. Two more books have come out, set about 20 years later. I enjoyed this series more than the Nantucket books. I thought he just got too complex with those books. These books stay a bit more local, with less world history thrown at the reader. Obviously, Stirling is a skilled writer, able to ratchet up the tension and provide a satisfying conclusion. Most of the characters had good depth and their own peculiar quirks. The battle and fight scene ...more
Ryan G
Mar 28, 2011 Ryan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because of various tactical planning by Juniper and her Clan, war with the Portland Protectorate Association hasn't quite broken out. Tensions though are rising and it's only a matter of time before Norman Arminger and his even more dangerous wife, the Lady Sandra Arminger, figure out a way to ride roughshod over the obstacles in the way.

This is a tense third book in the series and one that I found myself being unable to put down. The author is fantastic at creating completely believable worlds
Jul 25, 2008 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alternative history fans
Great end to this series, altho I understand that there is additional book(s)? that go on with this storyline. I was not expecting the ending to happen the way it did... was a great way to end it, tho. As always I find the Wican witch stuff a little bit dorky - but some of the characters are really fun to follow around.


In spite of the fact that it made me kinda sad, I'm glad that Micheal Havel died at the end... a miraculous recovery and continued reig
Sep 12, 2008 JC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing to note about this series is that two of the main characters embrace, and base their society off of an aspect of Lord of the Rings. Norman Arminger, the bad guy, has basically created the kingdom of Mordor and made himself Sauron, while Astrid Larsen has created her own version of the Dunedain Rangers. I only mention this because this third book in the series has a bit of a "Return of the King" feel to it, that I don't think was accidental. What's particularly funny is that in the last ...more
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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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I’m a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalizat
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Other Books in the Series

Emberverse (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)
  • The Protector's War (Emberverse, #2)
  • The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse, #4)
  • The Scourge of God (Emberverse, #5)
  • The Sword of the Lady (Emberverse, #6)
  • The High King of Montival (Emberverse, #7)
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