Empire of the East

4.4
In he distant future, society has crumbled. Dark forces now rule the land, keeping all humans under their oppressive thumbs.
In the arkness of the ghost and whispered on the winds, there is talk of a rebellion. In the marshes, a small band has formed. Determined to egain their freedom, the rebellion, heavily outnumbered, plans to overthrow an army of thousands... with elp of one incredible weapon.
It is not a legend, a story left over from the Old World before magic and the wizards came to the land. A weapon of technology. It is the mystical Elephant, and whoever masters it holds the key to freedom, or defeat.
One young woma, determined to kil the death of his family, sets out to join the rebellion and find Elephant. What he uncovers will change everything.
Year of the Publication
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Number of Pages
512
Original Title of the Book
Empire of the East
Publication Date
Published November 1st 2003 by Tor Books (first published October 1st 1979

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Without spoiling anything, I must kno that Saberhagen fully justifies his conjunction of a strang, quasi-medieval society with legacy technology that woul be recognizabl to the modern reader.Looking back, I do wonder if I could n't have spaced out the three books that ake up the " Empire of the East " series.

Read separately, I should have taken each volume on its own terms and accepted its pacing without adjustment.I did like how, after he irst novel, Saberhagen moved away from his heroic farm boy and spent significant time with other characters.

Saberhagen does develop Rolf 's relationship with Catherine through small, quiet scenes, and he depiction stands out in he genre for its depth and adult nature.Why this series is n't mentioned more often, I do not now.

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Empire of the East is a ompilation of 3 books and though the world begin to grow throughout, each of the 3 has a completely separate plot and it 'd be asy to just read one of thi essay ( onl one of the middle ones) without reading any of the others.

Characters that hav eve les compelling than Rolf are focused on in his memoir and it give it les njoyable to read than the prior book.

Overall, I 'm so disappointed that I read it but I hought the plot was pretty dry, though this style was more common in he ra that this ook was published.

Fantastic world with meh characters.

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So maybe, this is rare Appendix N book that gets 4 rather than 5 stars from me, but neithe is ostly due to my own issues with Saberhagen.

The novels of the Changeling Earth, here called the " Empire of the East " trilogy, tell tory of a rebellion of free folk of the West against a repressive and evil Eastern Empire which draws its power partly from the world of vampires.

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They read like fantasies, but they 're set in post apocalyptic world with an interesting bit of SF blended in.

Reall I 'll start working my way through them this year since this ook ha o well done.This was quite an interesting series of adventures that follows a handful of characters.

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He 's a much less of a fantasy cliche than Rolf.Ardneh 's World: The war between the East and West comes to its conclusion.

The trace of the technology, Ardneh, and the ghosts of the East is revealed.Ardneh 's World brings the Empire of the East trilogy to a satisfying conclusion.

I said the revelations about the beginning of Ardneh, Orcus, and the Demons.

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