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John Arminger Mackenzie wanted to be a troubadour, but fate made him the son of the king of Montival. His sister Princess Orlaith will deservedly inherit the throne of the High Kings, and it will only pass unto him in the event of her death, leaving the young prince on an unknown path to discover his true role in the family.
The opportunity to prove his mettle comes when John's ship, the Tarshish Queen, is caught in the fierce storm raised against the enemies of the alliance. When the clouds recede and the skies clear, John and his crew find themselves on the other side of the Pacific, in the island chains of the Ceram Sea, fighting to survive against vicious pirates and monstrous creatures of the deep, meeting new allies and mysterious enemies of this world and another. Now, Prince John must seize his birthright and lead his people in battle against the darkest forces man and nature can conjure against them.
©2016 S. M. Stirling (P)2016 Recorded Books
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By Michael on 09-06-16

Read this before Audible offered it. Worthy!

If you like the series, this coming of age story is a welcome addition to "The Change."

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By John Berk on 11-08-16

Some Beach


So the book was really good. But now I have to wait an indeterminate amount of time to resolve this cliffhanger. My advice is to wait for the next book before buying this one so you won't lose sleep over it. :)

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By Ian Warrender on 01-24-17

Emberverse filler of the best kind

Many of the Emberverse books are character building taking the narrative forward and a few are more 'other' stories more world building then people building, this is the later.
This isn't a story for new comings for that try the 'Golden Princess', it's a filler book between bigger events, but it's the best kind of filler with new places, fast paced and a story line that's got some surprising twists.
At times Stirling gets a bit too detailed in the minute mechanics but I'll let him off because the symbolism in the final 2 chapters is some of the best in the series so far.

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By Adam on 09-24-16

Ok, but the weakest book in the series.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not to start the series with as it's the poorest book in the series.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I would say anticlimax but it never builds any tension to climax.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yeah, I have a free pass at the cinema.

Any additional comments?

Please pronounce Maori correctly, please. A bridge of a book setting up the next one.

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