Lord of Mountains is the ninth book in the Emberverse series. I think the series needs to come to an end. The 9th book brought forth nothing really interesting. The characters didn't change much and nothing else did either. For the book being 300+ pages, I don't really understand the purpose of the book. It seems like what I've been waiting for just doesn't happen. There was really no need for this 9th installment. I don't feel it added anything to the story line. I just wonder if several of the books couldn't have been combined into one. Was it necessary to drag the story out with no new character additions, nothing new to keep the reader interested in reading more? I certainly hope the author doesn't intend upon writing another installment. Let's put this book on the shelf and remember when it first started. Forget book 9. The author, Mr. Stirling, wrote with such vigor in the first books. They were action packed with so much going on. It's a shame the books have dwindled down to, not much new. I wouldn't recommend Book 9 of the series. I would, however, recommend the other books in the series and suggest that the reader leave it at Book 8.
I give this book 2.5 STARS.
I was given a complimentary copy of LORD OF MOUNTAINS by S.M. Stirling from Night Owl Reviews for my honest opinion.
“[A] gifted author,”* S.M. Stirling created a fascinating neo-medieval world in his Novels of the Change where the remnants of humanity struggle to survive in a post-technological environment. Now, the New York Times bestselling epic continues as a king faces a challenge beyond the battlefield…
Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First, High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But still the war rages on, taking countless lives, ravaging the land once known as the United States of America. Artos and his Queen, Mathilda, must unite the realms into a single kingdom to ensure a lasting peace.
If the leaders of the Changed world are to accept Artos as their ruler, he will need to undertake a quest to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains, and take part in a crowning ceremony—a ceremony binding him to his people, his ancestors, and his land.
Then, once he has secured his place and allegiances, Artos can go forward, and lead his forces to the heart of the enemy’s territory…
*San Francisco Book Review