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The Sword of the Lady by S.M. Stirling
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Nov 07, 2009

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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 to have taken hold as the primary religion in the old states of Maine and such. There is a lot more fantasy here than in previous books, and the Tolkein-parallel is really hammered, sometimes annoyingly so. There's also an unfortunate line near the end that foreshadows what is to come, which I'm not entirely sure I'm happy about. I fear the dreaded 'reset button.'

Rumor has it that there is only one other book in this immediate series. I hope that's the case as it is definitely time to wrap this up.
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