- Mass Market Paperback: 573 pages
- Publisher: Ace (September 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451460413
- ISBN-13: 978-0451460417
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 565 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Dies the Fire
“A powerful, convincing adventure with a large cast of ordinary and extraordinary people. Don’t miss it.”—Harry Turtledove
“A stunning speculative vision of a near-future bereft of modern conveniences but filled with human hope and determination. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
“Post-apocalypse novels often veer either too heavily into romantic Robinsonades or nihilistic dead ends. But Stirling has struck the perfect balance between grit and glory.”—Science Fiction Weekly
“Stirling shows that while our technology influences the means by which we live, it is the myths we believe in that determine how we live. The novel’s dual themes—myth and technology—should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fans of apocalyptical thrillers like Stephen King’s The Stand will find Dies the Fire absolutely riveting...a fantastic epic work.”—Midwest Book Review
About the Author
S. M. Stirling is the author of many science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Novels of the Change and the Shadowspawn series. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.
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It focused on two groups of survivors:
1) The group led by one Lady Juniper, primarily consisting of Wiccans
2) A group led by Mike Havel -- an extremely competent and honorable military veteran -- that consisted of a mixed bag of people.
The plot was engaging and the main characters were well-fleshed out.
In my opinion, far too much of the book was about Wiccan rituals and myths. It wasn't interesting and distracted from the plot. Obscure jargon was used -- words that aren't in my online dictionary. The author also was bigoted towards Christian clergy, portraying them as bigots (ironic!).
The two groups struggled to survive against starvation, bandits, cannibals, et. This struggle is what kept me reading to the end of the book.
I'm waffling on continuing with the series, it seems like. A lot to slog through even though I enjoyed the first of the series well enough.
The writing was good, the fight scenes were well-composed, and I'm sure it will appeal to those whose fantasy is to live in the time "before." Not my cup of tea, but obviously it is some people's...