Novels of The Change

15 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 263 ratings

Dies the Fire Summary

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.

But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.

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  • Book 1

    • Dies the Fire

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dreadful

    • By CM on 03-04-15

    Regular price: £33.89

  • Book 2

    • The Protector's War

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

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  • Book 3

    • A Meeting at Corvallis

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In the 10th year of the Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. They have held the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger - the warlord of Portland - at bay. The tensions between these factions have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't confronted one another on the battlefield is because Arminger's daughter has fallen into Clan Mackenzie's hands. But Lady Sandra has a plan to retrieve her, one that may spark open warfare.

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  • Book 4

    • The Sunrise Lands

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare use them.

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  • Book 5

    • The Scourge of God

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Rudi MacKenzie continues his trek across the land that was once the United States of America. His destination: Nantucket, where he hopes to learn the truth behind the Change that rendered technology across the globe inoperable.

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  • Book 6

    • The Sword of the Lady

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More of the same

    • By Mr on 21-11-13

    Regular price: £37.29

  • Book 7

    • The High King of Montival

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best Emberverse story so far

    • By Ian Warrender on 15-07-15

    Regular price: £27.19

  • Book 8

    • The Tears of the Sun

    • A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent providing you have patience

    • By Ian on 23-10-15

    Regular price: £40.69

  • Book 9

    • Lord of Mountains

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First, High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But still the war rages on, taking countless lives, ravaging the land once known as the United States of America. Artos and his Queen, Mathilda, must unite the realms into a single kingdom to ensure a lasting peace. If the leaders of the Changed world are to accept Artos as their ruler, he will need to undertake a quest to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A story of the Change in concentrate

    • By Ian Warrender on 20-01-16

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 10

    • The Given Sacrifice

    • Emberverse Series, Book 10
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wait for the last quarter.

    • By Ian Warrender on 13-04-16

    Regular price: £33.89

  • Book 11

    • The Golden Princess

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Princess Orlaith, heir to Rudi Mackenzie, Artos the First, High King of Montival, now wields the Sword of the Lady - and faces a new enemy. Fortunately, she also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan. To combat their mutual foe, Orlaith and Reiko embark on a quest to find the fabled Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, one of the three great treasures of the Japanese Imperial House - but they'll face great peril along the way.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Given princess

    • By Mr. S. P. Campbell on 28-09-17

    Regular price: £37.29

  • Book 12

    • The Desert and the Blade

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Reiko, empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Órlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Back to form

    • By Mr. S. P. Campbell on 06-11-17

    Regular price: £40.69

  • Book 13

    • Prince of Outcasts

    • A Novel of the Change
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    John Arminger Mackenzie wanted to be a troubadour, but fate made him the son of the king of Montival. His sister Princess Orlaith will deservedly inherit the throne of the High Kings, and it will only pass unto him in the event of her death, leaving the young prince on an unknown path to discover his true role in the family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Emberverse filler of the best kind

    • By Ian Warrender on 24-01-17

    Regular price: £33.89

  • Book 14

    • The Sea Peoples

    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The spirit of Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Orlaith, has fallen captive to the power of the Yelolow Raja and his servant, the Pallid Mask. Prince John's motley band of friends and followers, led by Captain Pip of Townsville and Deor Godulfson, the bard and master of magic, must lead a quest through realms of shadow and dream to rescue Prince John from a threat far worse than death. Meanwhile, Reiko and Orlaith muster their kingdoms for war, making common cause with the reborn Kingdom of Hawaii.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A shining pearl in the Emberverse series.

    • By Ian Warrender on 14-11-17

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 15

    • The Sky-Blue Wolves

    • By: S.M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McClaren
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Two generations after the Change, Crown Princess Orlaith struggles to preserve the hard-won peace her father brought to Montival - the former Western US. But the Change opened many doors, and through them, powers strong, strange, and terrible walk once more among humankind. With her fire-forged friend and ally Japanese Empress Reiko, Orlaith must take up her sword to stop the spread of the mad malignancy behind the Yellow Raja that has imprisoned her brother, Prince John. 

    Regular price: £28.89