Book of the Week: The High King of Montival.

And it’s about time, too. Unfair, no doubt: The High King of Montival is part of a series (the Emberverse*), which means delays. Still: out in a week.

And so Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game: An Essential D&D Starter (4th Edition D&D) is out this week. Err, it’s being switched out. You know what I mean.

Moe lane

*Short version: gunpowder, electricity, and most high-energy chemistry stops working one day – while at the same time not affecting actual people. This would drive scientists and engineers mad, except that most of them lived in areas which promptly started in on starving to death and the survivors had more important things to worry about. Essentially, adventure with a steadily-increasing fantasy quotient.


  • Just Dave says:

    I started reading the first one in the series. Gave up when it teemed like it was charting a pretty steady course into new-age kookism. Was I wrong in my assessment?

  • wombat-socho says:

    Seconding Moe’s recommendation. There is nothing New Agey in the least about Norman Arminger and his Portland Protective Association, or Mike Havel’s Bearkillers. Stirling does an outstanding job (as usual) creating characters you can care about, and building an interesting wheels-within-wheels plot. If you didn’t like Dies the Fire, do yourself a favor and give the other two novels in the first arc (The Protector’s War and A Meeting at Corvallis) a chance before giving up on the whole thing. If you like combat SF, you’re going to love these books; they made me want to get maps of Oregon and my old SPI PRESTAGS counters out.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      The alarming thought about the PPA is that I’m SCAdian myself, and I’d like to say that it was outside the realm of possibility that any one of *us* would do anything like that, but… well.

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