Dies the Fire

Cover of "Dies the Fire: A Novel of the C...

Cover of Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

Dies the Fire, a Novel of the Change, by S.M. Stirling

Despite Stirling’s workmanlike prose, he is an excellent storyteller, artfully combining science fiction and fantasy into a unique post-apocalyptic miasma. The story is engrossing, realistic (despite its huge early-story Deus ex Machina moment) and totally enjoyable.

Expecting nothing but a diversion on a road trip, I finished it and then bought two of the sequels. If you are a fan of post-apocalypse fiction, fantasy, or alternative history, Dies the Fire will be a delight.

As a side note, reading this book while I was traveling in the Pacifc Northwest brought the story even more vividly to life. Nothing like “Reading in the Setting,” a habit I picked up after reading James Clavell’s Tai-Pan on my first trip to Hong Kong in 1985.

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2 thoughts on “Dies the Fire

  1. I read Dies the Fire a few years ago and really, really loved it. Picked up the next book in the series and just couldn’t get into it. I really need to give the whole thing another try, because I’ve heard nothing but good things about the rest of the series.

    • My brother recommended it to me when we had dinner at his house before heading up to Oregon and Washington. I downloaded the sample onto my Kindle, and by the time the light flashed in the sky, I was buying the book. Great fun.

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