The Desert and the Blade : Emberverse

  • by S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • Series: Emberverse
  • 26 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Reiko, empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Órlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated. But the fabled sword lies deep with the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building in Montival and far beyond.
As Órlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Órlaith's mother, Queen Matildha, believes her daughter's alliance and quest has endangered the entire realm. There are factions both within and without Montival whose loyalty died with the king, and whispers of treachery and war grow ever louder. And the Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them.

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Customer Reviews

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problems with sound quality

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

My only problem with this book is with the sound quality. While the narrator, Todd McLaren is excellent, when he speaks in the character's interior voices he whispers & it is difficult to hear, especially when listening in the car. I found myself constantly adjusting the volume when he switched between the modes of voice.


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- Robin Graves

Retard of Rudy/Artos life

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Artos has died and his daughter is now the bearer of the Sword. Let her avenge her Father. She deceives her mother (cool) but is so SSLLOOWW to get to battle the evil force. WTH???


What was most disappointing about S. M. Stirling’s story?

Keeps going back to Rudy's legacy. This was explained numerous times in books One through Ten.


Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

Todd is an awesome narrator. Can always tell who is speaking. GREAT JOB


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Desert and the Blade?

All the play back scenes for Rudy, lets go on.


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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books