A Meeting at Corvallis : Emberverse

  • by S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • Series: Emberverse
  • 23 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the 10th year of the Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. The city-state of Corvallis has preserved its university, and trade flourishes via riverboats and horse-drawn railways. Under the strong hand of Michael Havel, the Bearkillers hold the lands west of Salem in peace and order. And in the eastern half of the Willamette Valley, the Clan Mackenzie flourishes under the charismatic leadership of Juniper Mackenzie, bard and High Priestess.Together, they have held the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger - the warlord of Portland - at bay. With his dark fantasies of a neofeudal empire, Arminger has extended his power over much of the Pacific Northwest, spreading fear with his knights, castles, and holy inquisition. Even more dangerous, and perhaps Arminger's most powerful weapon of all, is the ruthlessly cunning mind of his consort, Lady Sandra.The tensions between these factions have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't confronted one another on the battlefield is because Arminger's daughter has fallen into Clan Mackenzie's hands. But Lady Sandra has a plan to retrieve her - a plan that threatens to plunge the entire region into open warfare.

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Series Finding It's Stride

The war promised in the previous book does come to pass. Familiar faces return and a few lesser known characters are explored in more detail. Story is split between 4-5 major factions as the action becomes more diverse.

This book seems more "comfortable" with itself and hits the mark promised by the basic premise of the series. Descriptions become a little less repetitive and some characters get a lot more interesting.

Narration is good and addresses some of the more common complaints about pronunciation found in previous books. Could stand to have a slightly longer moment of silence when a scene ends dramatically and before the next scene begins some time later.

Worthwhile reading.
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- J. M. Cousins

this book is nerd wishful thinking at its worst

I'm not sure how this series went so wrong. The first book "dies the fire" started off pretty good. Its just all downhill from there. I can't fully express how tedious the next two books are with this one being by far the worst of the bunch.

The author is just badly in need of a better editor. The books are filled with extremely lengthy descriptions of uninteresting things. Like do we really need the details of every meal eaten?

The Juniper character is by far one of the most annoying and unbelievable fictional characters I guarantee you will ever encounter. Every time she utters "Merry meet..." etc; I found myself unsure whether I wanted to vomit or punch myself in the neck. Maybe both. You'll also find yourself wondering how the "Protector" goes from being a fairly fearsome and effective demagogue in the first book to a complete dunce by book three.
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- bionichands "procrastinator"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio