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A Meeting at Corvallis

(Emberverse #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  7,277 ratings  ·  278 reviews
In the tenth year of The Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology-but there are those who would exploit the new world order. On one side stands Michael Havel's Bearkillers and their allies, Clan MacKenzie under the leadership of Juniper MacKenzie. On the other is the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger-the Warlord of Portla ...more
Hardcover, 497 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Roc
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Morgan Ives
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Peter Tillman
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book winds up the "Alien Space Bats destroy powered civilization, aka The Change" trilogy*, which began with DIES THE FIRE (2004). CORVALLIS has moments, but is heavily padded: a Really Dumb space-filler plot-driver features musical-chairs kidnapping of the Bad Protector and Good Witch's kids. Chase scenes follow, la la la.... Bah. The writing continues better than competent, with some good & bloody battles, but perhaps more about Oregon scenery than you will really want to read. Same crapp ...more
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 und
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nathan Miller
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
If one is invested in the series this is a solid conclusion. I know the series continues but this will be my stopping point, I remember the quality going down hill in the 20 year later books.
J L's Bibliomania
I am done with this series.

A Meeting at Corvallis, the third book in first Emberverse trilogy, unfortunately didn't return to the magic of the 1st in this series. Too much battle info-dumping, not enough people behaving believably.

(That said, I did cry at the death of one of the main protagonists near the end of the book)

But I'm just done. If I want the minutia of military campaigns and what people ate, I'll go read some L.E. Modesitt Jr. At least his villains aren't such caricatures.
These books have a great concept, all power sources have failed and guns, bombs, and explosives are now useless. Most people die of starvation and disease but a few people do prosper because they do have the skills needed to survive. Some grab power for personal gain, some gain power due to respect for their leadership skills, some for the religious guidance they can give. It's a brave new world that is created and it's a great world for us the readers to explore.

But honestly, the entire series
Graham Crawford
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian
I like the idea of this novel/series better then the execution. And to be honest this is really more of a, "read the first half then the last ten pages and figured out the in between stuf" then an actual complete read. But I'm counting it.

a. The character of Juniper Mackenzie is directly based on Heather Alexander This wouldn't bother me so much, except it's more of a, "look how cool I am for including this person cause she's just the coolest thing EVER" In other words it's kinda like reading
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've determined that the first three books 500 page books of the Emberverse series could just as easily have been one 600-750 page book and would have been far more satisfying. Let's consider this volume. It's about a meeting.

A MEETING. Do you feel your heart racing yet?

While the meeting itself actually is interesting as the warring factions in Oregon's Willammette Valley agree to meet to try to broker a truce, it ends inconclusively about a third of the way through the book and we're back to t
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jean Hontz
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
This series is a guilty pleasure series. The writing is atrocious but the plot is creative enough, with an Oregon setting, to make it fun. I will admit this one has a better grasp on the world and characters. It is not constantly justifying itself like the first two. And the action is well written, battles are tense and brutal using creative medieval and modern tactics.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I cried.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I really wanted to give it 4 1/2. It was the best of the first 3.

After a 2nd read I still wanted to give it more than a 4, so I bumped it to 5. It would be a 9 out of 10 if I could.
Jason Vaughan
The third installment of the Emberverse series takes place only a short time after the events of the previous novel. At this point in time we are a good 10 years or so post-change (or the events of the first novel) and the series is starting to trend toward your typical fantasy novel series and less post-apocalypse feel that he first novel had. This entry into Emberverse is heavily focused on the war between the communities in the Pacific Northwest which was brewing at the end of the last novel. ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The culmination of the first trilogy of the Emberverse series sees the war between the Portland Protectorate and the McKenzie Clan with its allies finally break out in full force. As always, S. M. Sterling portrays the events and the characters in a manner that makes you care about what happens to them, even the bad guys (which you want to beat yourself). And because of that, the solution to end the war and to bring a permanent (?) peace is heart wrenching though not unexpected. But the war does ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-f
Wonderful series. Midway thru the series (book 1-3), and I started thinking, I need to move out of the densely populated New York area and start preparing for the end of the world. =] Plus pick up archery, horseback riding, and farming. I particularly enjoy the historical-social-tactical (slash Alien-Space-Bats) discussions involving Ken Larsson. One criticism would be that the plots relied a little to heavily on deus ex machina devices. But its easy enough to over look if you enjoy detailed wor ...more
Zachary Wagoner
A great end to the first trilogy of the Emberverse. Watching as all the strings set up during the first two books were brought together for a very memorable finale. I finished this book while sitting at work, and had to struggle to not shed tears at the climax of the story. It's great when a book can tug at your heartstrings. When the characters are so well written, that you care about them and how they turn out. Always a great feeling and certainly adds enjoyment to the reading.

If you have read
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one seemed more like a slog than the other two. We learned a bit more about people investigating why things don't work, as well as going deeper into some of the relationships I like. However, it seemed like it was just telling stories that happened in the first two books in a slightly different way. Because Mr. Stirling tells such a good narrative, however, the stories still kept me interested. I'll probably tackle the next few books in the series, but that's going to be a bit down the road ...more
Nancy Smith
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The last one of the original series 'A Meeting at Corvallis' takes place a year after the last one and gives us even more action culminating in the battle that will determine which one of the communities will rule the Williment Valley. Different points of view and even a look at life in the Protectorate are used to make this a thrilling installment. A very good read but get the tissues handy!
Adam Zimet
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice conclusion to the initial trilogy, the characters are very one-dimensional but has good action scenes. the overall world Stirling has created is a little too far fetched (drifts into complete fantasy)
Brian Krouse
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the trilogy.

I really enjoyed this final chapter of the trilogy. Probably my favorite. It still felt overlong, that the author probably could have cut 100 pages of description. The story was great though.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This conflict has been really building across the first two books, and it seems it was inevitable that this would come to a head now. It also doubles down on the fact that no one is safe in this changed world. What a wild ride!
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book lost me about half way through. I was totally invested in the characters from the previous books, but the story go lost in all the fighting. Much like trying to wade through parts of the Tolkien novels, without the orcs.
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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.

(personal website: source)

I’m a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalizat

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Emberverse (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)
  • The Protector's War (Emberverse, #2)
  • The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse, #4)
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