The Protector's War

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The sequel to "Dies the Fire" opens ten years after technology has been rendered inoperable, and two leaders have built two thriving communities in Oregon. Now the armies of the totalitarian Protectorate are preparing to wage war over the priceless farmland.

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The sequel to "Dies the Fire" opens ten years after technology has been rendered inoperable, and two leaders have built two thriving communities in Oregon. Now the armies of the totalitarian Protectorate are preparing to wage war over the priceless farmland. It’s been eight years since the Change rendered technology inoperable across the globe. Rising from the ashes of the computer and industrial ages is a brave new world. Survivors have banded together in tribal communities, committed to rebuilding society. In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, former pilot Michael Havel’s Bearkillers are warriors of renown. Their closest ally, the mystical Clan Mackenzie, is led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper Mackenzie. Their leadership has saved countless lives.

But not every leader has altruistic aspirations. Norman Arminger, medieval scholar, rules the Protectorate. He has enslaved civilians, built an army, and spread his forces from Portland through most of western Washington State. Now he wants the Willamette Valley farmland, and he’s willing to wage war to conquer it.

And unknown to both factions is the imminent arrival of a ship from Tasmania bearing British soldiers...

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Series Title
A Novel of the Change
Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
608
Author
S. M. Stirling
ISBN-13
9780451460776
Publication Date
September, 2006
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.81 x 4.25 x 1.12 Inches
ISBN-10
0451460774

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This second novel in S...
This second novel in S. M. Stirling's series moved somewhat away from its hard post-apocalyptic roots, but was none the less an entertaining read. Stirling uses a nice quickly paced writing style to weave his tale of small community structures, myth, spirituality and warfare that is easy and pleasant to read. The second novel jumps forward eight years from the time of "The Change", starting with a somewhat shocking storyline from the Isle of Britain. New characters arise from this storyline and are woven in to storylines that follow our original heroes and villains from Dies the Fire. Some characters from the original, while still appearing in this sequel, have moved far into the background, such as Eric Larson and his wife Luanne. Others are brought more into the foreground such as The Lord Protector, Astrid Larson and Eilir. While definitely a fun read, the only troublesome thing about this installation was the fact that broad storylines were left completely unresolved. While waiting for resolutions in sequels can be exciting and invigorating, my concern is that this series will devolve into another monstrosity of Jordanian proportions (I long a ago gave up on his Wheel of Time series), where storylines are drug on continuously to no end, and concepts are flogged like a long dead horse. So far not the case for Sterling's series, but something to keep an eye on as our tale of a new society continues to unfold.
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Original given the ser...

Original given the series to read by my son, awhile ago. Purchased the series, to have in my own library. What would you do if there was no power, gunpowder doesn't work and machinery will not work. You are forced back to the time of swords and bow and arrows. It's a time of fight or die to survive. Its an interesting journey and will keep you riveted to the books to see how it unfolds. Excellent books. Well written.

The second of the seri...

The second of the series originating with "Dies the Fire" (which has been dubbed the Emberverse setting by some) continues the story of an Earth where the laws of physics have changed irrevocably for some unexplained reason, causing electrical systems, internal combustion, and other high technology devices to fail. This story takes place eight and nine years after the start of the first novel. Stirling chooses a split narrative for this entry, telling several stories at once in alternating chapters. He then frames all the stories together by gathering the main characters together in a tavern (this would be hackneyed for something like a D&D session, but here it works fairly well). This may be tedious to some readers. It is a common device, but if you find one plotline more interesting than another, you might find the story drags in places. Finally, we see more of the Changed world, far beyond the Willamette Valley. The first 50 pages of the book, in fact, take place in the British Isles with new and engaging heroes seeking escape from the increasingly erratic monarchy. Stirling was clearly channeling British adventure fiction authors in this section, Talbot Mundy and others. It certainly has a "King of the Khyber Rifles" feel to it. This book is an improvement over Dies the Fire in several ways, it contains just as much action, more characters, and broader scope. He also toned down the Full-Frontal Paganism that I felt bogged down the narrative. He also subtlety moves the tone of the story away from its post-apocalyptic roots and more into more of a fantasy story. Neo-fantasy, is that a genre? Certain sections delve right into magical realism, in fact. Unresolved plot lines and the prospect of even more epic battles are bound to leave you anxious for the third in the series, "Meeting in Corvallis".

This second novel in S...

This second novel in S. M. Stirling's series moved somewhat away from its hard post-apocalyptic roots, but was none the less an entertaining read. Stirling uses a nice quickly paced writing style to weave his tale of small community structures, myth, spirituality and warfare that is easy and pleasant to read. The second novel jumps forward eight years from the time of "The Change", starting with a somewhat shocking storyline from the Isle of Britain. New characters arise from this storyline and are woven in to storylines that follow our original heroes and villains from Dies the Fire. Some characters from the original, while still appearing in this sequel, have moved far into the background, such as Eric Larson and his wife Luanne. Others are brought more into the foreground such as The Lord Protector, Astrid Larson and Eilir. While definitely a fun read, the only troublesome thing about this installation was the fact that broad storylines were left completely unresolved. While waiting for resolutions in sequels can be exciting and invigorating, my concern is that this series will devolve into another monstrosity of Jordanian proportions (I long a ago gave up on his Wheel of Time series), where storylines are drug on continuously to no end, and concepts are flogged like a long dead horse. So far not the case for Sterling's series, but something to keep an eye on as our tale of a new society continues to unfold.

It is year 8, after Th...

It is year 8, after The Change. People are trying to survive, relearning how to grow their own food, protect themselves from marauders and warlords. The Bear Killer Clan and Clan Mackenzie are separate but close, with a mutual pact to assist when the self-styled Protector once again sends his forces to conquer them. Lots of details with regard to primitive survival, and a surprisingly strong emphasis on worship of the Goddess. Characters are well drawn and strong, and the plot is clear and pointed, with one small exception at the end. It has cliff hangers though so beware. I'm having to hurry up and read the next book in the series right now!

Really enjoyed this bo...

Really enjoyed this book in the series and look forward to moving on to the next. There were some interesting twists that were uncovered in this sequel and I really enjoyed it. A couple of moments were a little predictable, which is why I gave it 4 stars.

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