Rudi MacKenzie has grown up knowing that he will one day assume leadership over the survivors of the technological disaster known as the Change. But a prophecy made at his birth spoke of an even greater destiny--a destiny that is about to be fulfilled. A mysterious traveler from Nantucket, long rumored to be the source of the Change, arrives on a mission to bring Rudi back with him. And between him and his destiny lies the the cult of a madman determined to stop him...
Set 12 years after A Meeting at Corvallis (2006), Stirling's latest novel of a chaotic near-future U.S., crippled when the mysterious Change rendered most technology nonfunctional, combines vigorous military adventure with cleverly packaged political idealism. When assassins pursue a traveler into Oregon's Willamette Valley, the resulting skirmish propels the heirs of three influential local leaders on a risky continent-crossing mission to Nantucket. Stirling's narrative deftly balances sharply contrasting ideologies--the Mackenzies' proto-Celtic clan system in Oregon against Gen. Lawrence Thurston's strict and principled military democracy in Idaho, the zealotry of the Church Universal and Triumphant versus the pagan Powers venerated by the Mackenzies--though the most difficult cosmological questions are never addressed. Meanwhile, there are hints of otherworldly intervention and time travel on Nantucket, echoing the parallel continuity established in Island in the Sea of Time and its sequels. Despite these fuzzy underpinnings, the thought-provoking and engaging storytelling should please Stirling's many fans. (Sept.)
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Posted November 17, 2010 by Eric , TitusvilleThis whole Saga has been fantastic! The author has done a great job of story telling. This book is a real page turner and one you won't want to put down.
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Excerpt from The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling
On March 17th, 1998, at 6:15 pm Pacific Time, The Change destroyed human civilization by "turning off" all high-energy-density technologies. The survivors didn't know why; in fact, the smarter ones suspected that they couldn't know why, any more than a dog could understand algebra. The Change was too narrowly tailored to be random, but a power sufficient to alter the laws of nature obviously represented either a technology so advanced as to be godlike... or the literal power of a God or Gods. What the survivors did know is that they would have to adapt or die. In Dies the Fire, The Protector's War and A Meeting at Corvallis, we saw Mike Havel, Juniper Mackenzie and Norman and Sandra Arminger as they worked out ways for human beings to survive and even after a fashion flourish in the new-old world--or their slice of it in western Oregon. Some were good, some evil; some turned to dreams of the past, others to hard-headed common sense. All were unwilling heroes in a time of the birth of myths and legend; over the years, they stepped into roles bigger than themselves, as the Bear Lord, the High Priestess and the Lord Protector.
By the end of A Meeting at Corvallis, some of them had died. But their children, Rudi and Mathilda, lived on, and by chance or fate-- or Someone else? --were thrown together.
Now, a decade or more has passed and in The Sunrise Lands, the folk of Oregon are reminded that far more than their corner of the world was effected by the Change. Refugees and rumors drift westward over the Rockies and down the Columbia telling of a Prophet who has arisen in the continental interior, a Prophet intent on leading his followers in a holy war.
Then a traveler from the east stumbles into the realms of the Willamette. A man named Ingolf Vogeler, who has seen what haunts Nantucket, the epicenter where the Change began. He has had a vision, and has come to tell the son of the Bear Who Rules that a sword waits for him to claim it, in that place of wonders and terrors on the coast of the other distant sea.
Accepting his destiny, Rudi sets out to cross a land dangerously Changed. But the Prophet of the Church Universal and Triumphant, it seems, knows of the vision too. And he will do anything at all to keep Rudi from claiming the Sword...