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by S.M. Stirling

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Book 5 of S.M. Stirling's Emberverse III trilogy, to be published in November 2018. 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 and 47, two generations after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive.
Crown Princess Órlaith and her brother Prince John Arminger Mackenzie take center stage as the children born after the Change and their children battle against powers that are not sympathetic to humans and human concerns.

This book is a sequel to "The Golden princess", "The Desert and the Blade", "Prince of outcasts", "The Sea Peoples " and earlier books in the series.




More, but not enough.


Thanks to my friends who are also first readers: Steve Brady, Markus Baur, Scott Palter, Brenda Sutton, Pete Sartucci.


Thanks also to Kier Salmon, insufficiently credited collaborator, for once again helping with the beautiful complexities of the Old Religion, and with... well, all sorts of stuff! Including, in this book, a suggestion for a scene that solved a problem for me, and for the loan of BD.


To John Birmingham, author of many excellent SF works, including the Axis of Time and Disappearance series, and the excellent Fortune and Glory novella in my anthology The Change. Thanks for help with Aussie stuff, and the loan of Pete and FiFi and Jules. He’s also King Birmo of Capricornia in an alternate history, and does a boffo job of that, too!


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.


To Dale Price, help with Catholic organization, theology and praxis.


And to: Walter Jon Williams, Emily Mah, John Miller, Vic Milán (still present in spirit), Jan Stirling, Matt Reiten, Lauren Teffeau, S.E. Burr, Sarena Ulibarri and Rebecca Roanhorse of Critical Mass, our writer


Thanks to John and Gail Miller, good friends, for many useful discussions, for lending me some great books, and for some really, really cool old movies.


Thanks again to Russell Galen, my agent, who has been an invaluable help and friend for more than a decade now, and never more than in these difficult times.


All mistakes, infelicities and errors are of course my own.





To Jan, as always!


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