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The Given Sacrifice: A Novel of the Change (Change Series) Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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Praise for S. M. Stirling and His Novels of the Change
“Stirling has blazed a clear comet trail across his postapocalyptic landscape that illuminates both the best and the worst of which our species is capable.”—Science Fiction Weekly
“Nobody wrecks a world better than S. M. Stirling, and nobody does a better job of showing that people remain people, with all their high points and low, in the wreckage.”—Harry Turtledove, New York Times Bestselling Author of Supervolcano: All Fall Down
“[A] richly realized story of swordplay and intrigue.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Absorbing.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
“[A] vivid portrait of a world gone insane...full of bloody action, exposition that expands character, and telling detail that makes it all seem very real.”—Statesman Journal (Salem, OR)
“As usual, S. M. Stirling delivers a rich world readers want to live in. Fully formed and alive characters you wish you could drink a beer with or follow into battle.”—PNC-Minnesota Bureau
“Stirling’s historical research is always impeccable, and his ability to use that knowledge and understanding of everything from ancient weapons to regional accents to a foodie’s obsession with good eats creates a world you can see, feel, and touch.”—Otherwhere Gazette
About the Author
S. M. Stirling is the New York Times bestselling author of many science fiction and fantasy novels. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.
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The book was still an enjoyable read, but it doesn't really stand up to the rest of the books in the series. Worth buying to complete a collection, but if the series had started with a book of this caliber I likely wouldn't have gotten into it at all.
So sorry to see this "world" go silly.
I've had this book laying on the shelf for some time, unable to bring myself to read it after the disappointments the last two books were. I really didn't want to see a series that started out so well end so poorly, as I had promised myself that his was the last one of the series I was buying.
So I'm going to tell you that I've been happily surprised that this book has at least made a nod back to those earlier books. The story line is tighter and moves along faster. Stirling also tries out a new story telling trick or two, and I think much to the book's benefit. I caught myself actually staying up to read it, something that I did not do with the preceding two.
I don't agree with some that there is the feel that Stirling just "got tired" and decided to get it over. In my mind, he has echoed end of the first trilogy, which ends rather quickly with the death of Mike Havel. The deaths of the High Seeker and the High King echo that earlier death and each other. Yes, it is a device but it is a well done device that serves a good purpose in moving the story forward.
Overall, I'm impressed enough that I'm willing to at least consider breaking my promise and buying the next book after all.