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The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change (Change Series) Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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“The emerging kingdom of Montival is a damn cool place to hang out. In this postapocalyptic North America, Stirling has cherry-picked everything a fan might wish for in a high fantasy/apocalypse/alternate history mashup. You’ve got heroes, horses, swordplay, kings, siege engines, and mystics. And all with (somewhat) less patriarchy, because the postmodern world that spawned Montival—our world—has left a big stamp of twentieth-century social progress on the society rising from its ashes.”—Tor.com
“[The] Tears of the Sun engages fans of the saga, who will anxiously await the next Change.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
About the Author
S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous novels, both on his own and in collaboration. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.
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The second set started to lose me immediately, as I lost interest in the Changelings. There's just no connection for me, to them. The move to magic helped expedite that direction. Rudi is a Superman avatar, and as boring as one too. (Aside: I'm perplexed at Stirling's preoccupation with Rudi's height of 6'2" I'm that same height and do not feel extraordinarily tall or unique). Mathilda is ... there. Ritva and Mary are annoying, Odard is an absolute douchebag, and Ignatius is a bit dull. Ingolf is by far the most likeable character.
But this book just SLAMS you with minutiae. Tiphaine D'Ath becomes a central character (possibly the most loathsome character outside of Norman Arminger). It is very set on putting the PPA organization at the forefront of the narrative, and burdens the reader with WAY too much minutiae. This book is extremely heavy on PPA content, so if you like that you'll be happy. I wasn't.
I should've stopped at the first trilogy, it was perfect. Anyway, I think I'm tapping out. Best of luck Rudi.
I've been waiting impatiently to see how this story ends since the first book came out 7 years ago. The first three books are a neat trilogy of the death of the old world and the rise of a new one. Books 4-6 fit as a second trilogy of the journey to Nantucket. Book 7 was the journey back to Oregon and this one, book 8 is a lot of back story explaining events that took place in Oregon during books 4-6. This one just doesn't feel as much of a tight fit into the story arc as the first 6 books.
Perhaps he would have been better served to structure the series as a trilogy of trilogies. This one just feels a little indulgent and is my least favorite of the bunch. I'll still buy books 9 and 10 because I'm sure the finale will be worth it - I just feel this one to be slower paced than the others and that it is more sub-plot than plot advancement ....
This book needs to be seriously edited. I'm not even sure what it is about! I find myself skimming ahead to get past the really dreary parts. I suspect I'll get more out of the book just reading the Wikipedia summary.