The High King of Montival

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The High King of Montival

Emberverse Series #7

I admit I jumped into this book without having read the previous books in this series as I have read other books by S. M. Stirling and liked them. . . a lot. With that in mind I will say as a result I was a bit bewildered by the depth in plot. The wording used was a little bit difficult (there are several different cultures as well as time periods to be aware). However, what I DID like was the different variables in languages, peoples, even in literature. You have to love a person who knows how to poke fun at the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) series and copyright issues!!!! It is a serious book with flashes of humor throughout. The series covers a tremendous subject with a lot of stories and plots which is why it takes more than one book to tell all of it.

As for what I did NOT like about this book, not a lot to list other than if you haven't read the previous books (think soap operas with continual storylines) you may not like this book. You are dropped into the series without paddles, but S. M. Stirling does provide floatation devices. I will admit to struggling with the languages and various stories at times, but if you stick it out, after awhile you will find it a bit smoother reading.

Book Blurb for The High King of Montival

The New York Times bestselling author continues his post- apocalyptic series chronicling a modern world without technology.

With The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland.

Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival...


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2010 4.00