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The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:00 pm
by runewulf
There's a very interesting series out, the first 3 books completed and the next due in Sept. They are the books of the Change, also called the Eberverse Series. The concept is that something occurs and all technology fails (in 1998), no electronics, no combustion (including gun powder). The first book follows 3 groups, focusing primarily on two, and how the pull together to survive. Both groups are very interesting, but the most interesting is the group that is led by a wiccan high priestess and her coven. I won't get into great details, but it's well worth reading and really makes you think about a lot of things, from simple "what-if's" in regards to survival and life in general as well as thinking about our spirituality. S.M. Stirling is one of the best authors of the last decade plus in the alternate reality fantasy genre and I highly recommend this series to everyone.

It takes some very well written and thought out books to make you really wax philosophical, especially when the books are fictional. It takes even more work to make you think about your spirituality and how the world we live in can and does effect it and then make you ponder how different environments and outside stimuli could/would change it, or enhance it, or make it more "real" in some ways than it is to most of us. I definitely consider these books to be ones that will always live on my bookshelf, even though I am rereading them for at least the 4th or 5th time (which alone says something for their quality).

If you have read them or do, please post your comments and thoughts.

Wassail

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:02 am
by Kitsune
You know, I was certain that I'd made an entire thread for this series before (didn't our book site used to be two to three pages long... I can't find my old posts on it). Or perhaps it was too long ago and it got culled or something.

Anyways, I have been an advocate of this series for quite a while (I mention it every chance I get, even here). There are two series, the first one comprising of Dies the Fire, The Protectors War, and The Meeting in Corvallis.

The second series will be four books when finished, and SM Stirling is working on the third book in that series currently. The books in that series are The Sunrise Lands, The Scourge of God, The Sword of the Lady and The High King of Montival.

This series is brilliant and SM Stirling is the nicest author I've ever met. I'm friends with him on facebook, he tells me when his new books in the series are to be released, will explain things in his books that I quesiton, and he's willing to answer any questions I have about becoming a writer.

The books main character (in my eyes) is Juniper Mackenzie, Wiccan High Priestess. Due to her influence (and quite a bit of luck) in this alternate future (instead of alternate history :-D ) there is a rather large Wiccan/Pagan group affecting "local" politics in the future. Her son, with another of the main characters (out of wedlock even! Whatever will they do :badgrin: :roll: ) is Rudy Mackenzie and he is the Lady's Sword, due to a prophesy given at his Wiccaning. He becomes the "main character" (once again, in my opinion) in the second series.

I love this Series, and heartily suggest it to everyone on this board. Although SM Stirling's web site has been down recently (not sure why, but in case it comes back up soon it's http://www.smstirling.com ) he has a few sample chapters of each book up on the site to read. A warning though, these sample chapters are like Crack Freebies... once you've read a few chapters you have to buy the whole book!

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:05 pm
by runewulf
Crack Freebies? ROFL.. you're right, once you read one, you want to read the rest, but crack freebies? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:19 am
by Kitsune
That's how they hook you (according to my sources). They give you a bit of crack, free to try, and after that you're hooked. Since he offers up to 10 chapters of his books online, they remind of the "First time's free" mentality of it. :-D #-o ](*,)

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:03 pm
by runewulf
No argument there... he is a bit on the addictive side, non? lol

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:42 pm
by Kitsune
His writing is incredibly addictive! I found a link to his website... I'll throw up a link in a moment... I'm just running away to cook. I'll edit it in here later.

Found the link. Here it is!

http://hem.bredband.net/b108107/stirlin ... rling.html

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:36 pm
by runewulf
yes, he is an incredible author... I would love to see more people pick up his books to support his writing.

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:35 pm
by davisherm
How has this been here for months and I missed it? Rune, is this why you went to Oregon?

I love these books. I can't put them down until I've finished reading them. Crack in book form is a very apt description.

I NEED my own copy of Sword of the Lady! The sample chapters are great and all but I wanna read it all now.

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:29 pm
by Kitsune
We seem to bring up his books every six months or so... the man is incredible!

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:41 pm
by joatsimeon
"Creating a world in words, makes one a God, and is a damn good reason to believe in Polytheism."

-- you've got a point there!

Steve Stirling

Re: The Emberverse Series - Dies The Fire...

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:52 am
by Kitsune
Okay, I'm going to get all girly here for a moment... :roll: :lol:

(jumps up and down)

MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR LIKES MY QUOTE!!!

WooHoo!

On a slightly more calm note, It certainly does seem to hold a truism or two in it. And it was how I felt after finishing my first novel's rough draft. :-D