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Didja ever wonder what was going on in Montival while Rudy and the gang were on the sword quest? Me neither. (12 hours of that) . Dies the Fire was a really fun thought experiment. Hard Sci-fi and swashbucker and whatwouldUdo post-apocalypse thought experiment. I even enjoy trying to use my undergraduate physics (quantum mechanics and Boyles Law) to explain the "change" Macguffin to my friends. The 2-followups set the hook ...or maybe I actually just skimmed the food porn in the first four books (advantage to print). Anyway, I'm still enjoying the ride. But the ride IS getting slower. Makes me wonder why he's spends time recapping the origin stories (like sequels usually do) because anyone still here at book EIGHT was surely here from the beginning. Worth a credit for emberverse fans. If you're new, head for book one then decide.
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What did you like best about The Tears of the Sun? What did you like least?
I LOVE these characters and after seven books I was hoping to get more than just a review of everything from the first seven books!
Has The Tears of the Sun turned you off from other books in this genre?
Which scene was your favorite?
Marriage of Rudy and Maddie though it was WAY too short and lacking in specific detail. (wink wink)
Did The Tears of the Sun inspire you to do anything?
Look for quality novels that do not stretch out a series over so many stretchy "installments" without truly satisifying endings?
Any additional comments?
I am so sad because I LOVE this author and the previous novels were very good. Islands in the Sea of Time series is terrific too. Not sure if I can stay in for Given Sacrifice if this is going to be the structure...:(
Beloved Stirling...your fans would rather have ONE GREAT NOVEL than twelve mediocre ones...just sayin" !!!!!
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First this book is excellent especially for those who have been following the series. However it is slow only covering a few months instead of the typical year of the previous books. Also this book isn't the physical world building of the previous journey books concentrating on the spiritual world building forcing the reader to understand that this is a world different from pre change or post change this is now a post sword world. There is a back story element which is a key focus within the book leaving previous main characters to fall into the background and bringing other background characters into the fore, which will aid in to bring in a wider character base into future books.
Well written but this is just the prelude to the war so its mostly a " stuff happens" book. There is a big chunks about Mary llu's downfall but it is a book that if skipped to the next one you won't have missed much