rating: 4 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this continuing saga of the human race after the great "Change". Stirling does a fine job of transitioning the focus of the novel from the old generation who had lived through the tumultuous times immediately following the Change to the younger generation who have never known things like electricity and gunpowder. He continues to explore other nations that were established after the Change in the old USA.
His descriptions of combats, battles and weapons are interesting although I can't comment on their accuracy.
The main characters are a bit unbelievable at times in terms of their skills and luck in escaping death. That said, I believe that is somewhat deliberate. The author in fact draws specific analogies between the questors in this work and those in Tolkien's "Fellowship of the Ring". Somehow it works, though.
If you haven't read this series, I would recommend starting at the beginning with "Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change". The series builds on itself and is much more enjoyable with the background information provided in each prior novel.
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