|Book 1 of S.M. Stirling's Emberverse III trilogy, to be published in September 2014. These books are set in the same world as the "Dies the Fire" trilogy and the "The Change" series (Emberverse II, The Sunrise Lands).
It's Change Year 46, two generations after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive.
This book is a sequel to "The Given Sacrifice" and earlier books in the series.
Thanks to my friends who are also first readers:
Thanks to Kier Salmon, unindicted co-conspirator, who has been my advisor and helper on the books of the Change since the first.
To Steve Brady, for assistance with dialects and British background, and also natural history of all sorts. Also for showing us around Stonehenge and Avebury!
Pete Sartucci, knowledgeable in many aspects of Western geography and ecology.
To Diana L. Paxson, for help and advice, and for writing the beautiful ‘Westria’ books, among many others. If you liked the Change novels, you’ll probably enjoy the hell out of the Westria books—I certainly did, and they were one of the inspirations for this series; and her “Essential Asatru” and recommendation of “Our Troth” were extremely helpful... and fascinating reading. The appearance of the name Westria in the book is no coincidence whatsoever.
To Dale Price, help with Catholic organization, theology and praxis.
To John Birmingham, for local expertise and permission.
To: Walter Jon Williams, John Miller, Vic Milan, Jan Stirling, Matt Reiten, Lauren Teffeau, and Ian Tregellis of Critical Mass, for constant help and advice as the book was under construction.
Thanks to John Miller, good friend, writer and scholar, for many useful discussions, for loaning me some great books, and for some really, really cool old movies.
Special thanks to Heather Alexander, bard and balladeer, for permission to use the lyrics from her beautiful songs which can be—and should be!—ordered at www.heatherlands.com Run, do not walk, to do so.
Thanks again to William Pint and Felicia Dale, for permission to use their music, which can be found at www.pintndale.com and should be, for anyone with an ear and salt-water in their veins.
And to Three Weird Sisters—Gwen Knighton, Mary Crowell, Brenda Sutton, and Teresa Powell—whose alternately funny and beautiful music can be found at http://www.threeweirdsisters.com/
And to Heather Dale for permission to quote the lyrics of her songs, whose beautiful (and strangely appropriate!) music can be found at www.HeatherDale.com, and is highly recommended. The lyrics are wonderful and the tunes make it even better.
To S.J. Tucker for permission to use the lyrics of her beautiful songs, which can be found at www.skinnywhitechick.com, and should be.
And to Lael Whitehead of Jaiya, www.jaiya.ca, for permission to quote the lyrics of her beautiful songs.
Thanks as well to Stephen Stills, for permission to quote from Southern Cross, written by Stephen Stills (Gold Hills Music).
To Chris Hinkle, for help with Japanese idiom.
Thanks to Michael Moorcock, one of my foundational inspirations, for permission to quote The Song of Veerkad from his and Jim Cawthorn’s brilliant Elric story, “Kings in Darkness”.
Thanks to Dave Crosby (yes, the Dave Crosby) for permission to quote his lyrics from “Guinivere”.
Thanks again to Russell Galen, my agent, who has been an invaluable help and friend for a decade now, and never more than in these difficult times.
All mistakes, infelicities and errors are of course my own.
Dedication: To Jan, forever
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