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The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  4,213 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Rudi MacKenzie has grown up knowing that he will one day assume leadership over the survivors of the technological disaster known as the Change. But a prophecy made at his birth spoke of an even greater destiny-a destiny that is about to be fulfilled. A mysterious traveler from Nantucket, long rumored to be the source of the Change, arrives on a mission to bring Rudi back ...more
ebook, 528 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Roc (first published 2007)
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I loved the idea of a follow up to the Dies the Fire books that centers around the younger generation. Most of the characters were either born after the Change or were very young when it happened, so to them, the post-Change traditions and factions seem normal. But at the same time they have a direct connection to the earlier world in the stories of their parents, even if they don't always understand some of the concepts or references.

The book is about the start of a quest. A stranger has a myst
The Sunrise Lands is the first book in Stirling's 3rd set of 3 interconnected series. I love the idea behind the sets of series, so I thought I'd jump in. In the "Island in the Sea of Time" trilogy, the island of Nantucket is flung backwards in time to 1250 BC. In the "Dies the Fire" trilogy, Stirling tells what happened to the world left behind: The Change has caused electricity, high gas pressures, and fast combustion (including explosives and gunpowder) to stop working in the rest of the worl ...more
We're now 20+ years after "the change" (as the characters name the event in 1999 when the laws of physics changed out of nowhere and prevented electricity and internal combustion) and the first generation of "changlings" has grown up. Rudi, son of Juniper McKenzie finds himself on an unanticipated and not quite desired quest which takes him to parts east, thus letting us see how other parts of the former US have fared. The various societies that have formed and shaken out are fairly believable, ...more
Disappointed. It doesn't end - to find out what happens one, presumably needs to read the subsequent 3,4,5,6, however many sequels and I just can't be bothered.
Its just a complete mish-mash. The evil prophet and his equally wicked followers (the Cutters) - the clean cut invincible all American hero (who just happens to wear a kilt and has a mother who is a witch and has been sent on a crazy quest) - cowboys wearing armour - add some crackpots who think they are elves from the Lord of the Rings a
Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Emberverse dystopian science fiction series. This is the first in the second trilogy in the Emberverse, and it revolves around Rudi, a.k.a., Artos. It's the fall of 2020 and twenty-two years since the EMP and twelve years since the War of the Eye in which Mike died.

My Take
It starts with a bang-up fight and death and an introduction to the pivotal character who will send Rudi and friends on their trek. It also introduces us to a grown-up Rudi, Mathilda, and Mary and Ritva among othe
Stirling is so hit or miss I had forgotten how much I loved the Dies The Fire series. I picked this one up, and, oh yeah, remembered. Now, I love my post-apocalyptic books, but this is The Next Generation. Stirling's description of the varied cultures that have arisen since the Change are vivid and engrossing, even when they're not nearly as much fun as the MacKenzies or the Dunedain.

Minor complaints: I *cannot* believe that they have enough extra time to fight each other as much as they do - I
Linda I
I was really excited to start on this next chapter of the Emberverse series and it doesn't disappoint! Rudy MacKenzie is finally all grown up and having his own adventures in pursuit of peace. Now that the Protectorate is essentially neutered, a new menace sets in to fill the vaccuum. Enter The Prophet, a faceless entity who rules the downtrodden and helpless by making them his slaves and imposing a bizarre religion with himself as the word of God. As the Prophets army spreads itself like a plag ...more
Brian Little
This is book one of Stirling's Emberverse Series II. The conceit of the novel is that high-energy technology on Earth no longer functions. Nobody knows why, it just doesn't. So long as you accept that, you're basically okay.

The prose is good. Stirling has a knack for politics and world-building. He's clearly quite enamored of the Pacific Northwest, and of all things medieval. Which is fine as far as it goes, but he does have a bit of a tendency to go full-metal Clancy when describing arms and ar
William Bentrim
The Sunrise Lands by S. M. Stirling

This book can be considered a sequel to Meeting at Corvallis or the beginning of a new Change trilogy. Whatever the category, the book is excellent. Set in a post Apocalyptic world where technology has been truncated by some unknown source. This story focuses on the children of the initial survivors featured in the Dies the Fire, the first three books. The kids or young adults are on a quest demanded by the powers speaking through Juniper who is the Chief of th
Erica Anderson
First of all, you can definitely read this book without having read the first three in the series. Stirling provides plenty of context, so I never felt lost.

Sunrise follows the basic quest trope, with a group of well-drawn characters setting out in a dystopic America where swords and longbows are the norm. There's a good bit of politics, since the country has been divided up into petty kingdoms that are always either at war or nearly so.

This is a character-driven adventure, and Stirling spends
Fantastic. Anytime that a writer decides to end a trilogy or a series, skip a decade or two and then pick up with the previous character's children you have to wonder if something is going to be lost in the transition. In this case I was really worried because I really liked the older characters and it didn't help that one of my favorites (Mike Havel) died at the end of the last book.

All that aside, this was a great book and I'll definitely continue the series from here as I can happen to find t
This book is the beginning of a new story arc set in the same world as the first three books of the Emberverse but the main characters are the children of the ones in the first story arc. It starts out 12 years later and we quickly find out that Rudi Mackenzie, Mathilda, Mary, and Ritva are all going to take center stage with a couple of new characters and a scary new group as villans. This story is going to let Stirling explore more of the country and is set up as a quest early on. The action i ...more
Okay, first and foremost, WHY keep going with the 1through 9 even though Emberverse 1 through 3 is it’s own thing and 4to-be-determined is another? Emberverse series, then just name it a freakin’ “Change” series. Muh, I’m done now.

See I was fortunate that I didn’t have to wait a year in-between each book. I was able to read them all, well I’m almost through them all at once, with book 9 coming out days ago. I really didn’t have to wait. SO with that in mind I think you really have to love these
I wanted to give this book 4 stars until I got to the end and was disappointed that it left so many story threads open. I understand it is the first of a three book trilogy, which is itself the third trilogy in this this series; but I expected more closure at the end. I would really be upset if I didn't already have the next book in hand.

The story is about the quest of Rudi McKenzie who is one of the first generation born after the change and is in line to someday take over the clan which lives
Sep 30, 2008 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
I like SF/Disaster-type novels. Rebuilding civilization even. Heck, I liked the tv series Jericho.

I don't care for fantasy. This series is rapidly becoming fantasy. I feel kind of cheated. I thought in this part of the series we were going to find out why the Change happened. While it's interesting to see what went on east of Oregon, it's getting more and more like fantasy. While no one seems to have developed magical powers yet and little fairies and elves have not cropped up, I had to just ski
Stephen Edge
I love the Change Novels, the setting is very interesting to me and Dies the Fire was a great, startling, thought provoking book; and its sequels all lived up to its example while takeing the story in slightly different directions.

However I can't help but feel that Mr. Stirling was reaching for a second series for some reason, and he just didnt pull it off with this book. He steps away from the harsh realities shown in Dies the Fire, and into a more mystical realm here, and it didnt sit well.

I can't stop reading this series!

This is book #4 and you really do need to start with book #1 to really appreciate fully the depth of the story. I would even go so far as to stay you need to start with the Nantucket trilogy.

This story takes place 12 years after The Protector's War. The children born since the Change are growing up and starting to take over leadership in some areas. They have a very different world view as compared to the few older adults who still remember what the world was li
I read the paperback version of S.M. Stirling’s novel The Sunrise Lands and, just as with its predecessors in his inventive Novels of the Change series, this book comes off as a masterpiece among the alternate history/alternate universe genre. The main character, Rudi Artos Mackenzie, undertakes a quest, with the aid of eight companions, with the goal of reaching Nantucket Island, rumored to be the origin place of the mysterious Change that altered the world.

All in all, The Sunrise Lands is an
See my review of "The Protector's War."

The Sunrise lands is moderately more interesting than the previous books in the series in that the characters begin to get hints about the nature of "The Change" and start to explore it.

I won't talk about the plot except to say that Stirling appears to be repeating / drawing heavily on the quest for the holy grail.
Charla aka Chuckie
I'm kind of over the series... however, there is one more and I feel like I need to know how it's going to end. Stirling has gotten away from the main characters in the first series, and didn't do as much character development but with a few key characters. Furthermore, it has become more SciFi in a prophecy spiritual nonsensical way.
Not sure how I ended up starting this series in the middle, but I did, so there.

In a way it's better that I did, because I was able to accept at face value the premise of the story, which (no big spoiler here) is about the survivors of a supernatural event that somehow rendered all means of electricity generation ineffective, and alter the laws of chemistry to render gunpowder and explosives nearly inert.

I guess I enjoyed the ride (enough to finish the book), but I was unimpressed with the quant
Pretty disappointing to be left completely handing at the end, after investing hours listening to this book. I read the first "change" trilogy -- Island in the Sea of Time -- and liked it. It never left you hanging like this one does. The story was okay but to leave it dangling is just wrong. The flashbacks made the audio a challenge, as I did not always catch the date at the beginning of a chapter.

I doubt I will bother with the rest of the series unless I find the audio at a very deep discount
Eric Moyer
Constantly irritating that no one made a steam engine. Other than that, a nice military-heavy yarn with lots of pleasant little details. My favorite detail is the group that treats Tolkien as scripture. I also loved (view spoiler) ...more
Another epic entry in the post-apocalyptic Change series, this one taking place about 20 years after The Change. Also one of the first times you are exposed to the series that offshoots this one, Island in the Sea of Time. At least, given the events discussed and that take place, I have to assume that's what happened.

Young Rudi MacKenzie, tanaiste of the MacKenzie clan and several of his friends head over the mountains from Oregon, bound for the east coast where Rudi believes his destiny awaits
Julianne G Cockey
No More

I read reviews & websites advising this was the 1st in the series and could be read without prequils. WRONG. I was miserable with all the characters, locations, cults, jumping from one to another, confusing, so I finally read the "to be continued" ending. Glad I didn't read the whole book. The sequel has very bad reviews so be warned. Island in the Sea of Time series was great, but this 20 years later series about the rest of US is just fan fodder. Sterling's off my author's list now.

S.M. Stirling is an expert at creating worlds. In this book, we are given a glimpse at what the future might be like after “The Change” – a time when all technology has been taken from us, supposedly by aliens. Society has devolved into clans, sects, small democracies, or whatever form of government the locals deem worthy. In this book, we are focused mainly on the Mackenzie clan from Oregon and Rudi, the son of the High Priestess.

The basic plot is a quest. A stranger, Ingolf, from the east arr
Dec 16, 2012 Donald rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the setting
This book follows the adventures of the children from the first trilogy set after The Change. That's also the reason it took me so long to read this, and why I checked it out from the library, rather than buying it.

The pace of this book feels slower than the previous three, and not in a good way. At times, it felt ponderous and difficult to continue through, especially coming at it straight after the fast-reading books by John Scalzi I was reading previously.

In this book, a man from the eastern
An Odd1
** "The Sunrise Lands" (Emberverse #4, but my first) by S.M. Stirling explains enough alternate western/ medieval technology-less future U.S. background to incorporatet earlier "Change" books. But I have divided the star rating for demanding I read a sequel. After major bloody fights, the ending leaves the questers heading east to Nantucket for answers in a big pickle. Ingol gets to Oregon and finds the Clan Mackenzie Chief's successor to be called "The Sword of the Lady" from old prophecy. The ...more
I really enjoyed this addition to the series, which is the start of yet another trilogy in the Emberverse. Not only is it kind of awesome seeing all the characters grown up, we start seeing a bit more insight into how the Change happened, and it's all crazy mystical and shit. I really enjoyed reading that clothes like jeans and t-shirts were considered "old-fashioned" and how vague the younger generation is about things like electricity and motors. I also really liked traveling through a wide va ...more
Ryan G
It's been 22 year since The Change that set civilization back hundreds of years and life has fallen into a steady rhythm the Willamette Valley in what was once Oregon That is about to change when a stranger from the East arrives and tells them of what's been going on in the rest of the former United States.

There are strange events taking place on Nantucket Island, long though to be the source of everything that's happened. Added to the mix is a brewing war between The United States of Boise and
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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 12 books)
  • Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)
  • The Protector's War (Emberverse, #2)
  • A Meeting at Corvallis (Emberverse, #3)
  • The Scourge of God (Emberverse, #5)
  • The Sword of the Lady (Emberverse, #6)
  • 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 Scourge of God (Emberverse, #5)

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