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The Given Sacrifice
Books Dies the FireThe Protector's WarA Meeting at CorvallisThe Sunrise LandsThe Scourge of GodThe Sword of the LadyThe High King of MontivalThe Tears of the SunLord of MountainsThe Given SacrificeThe Golden PrincessThe Desert and the BladePrince JohnThe Sea Peoples
Stories "A Murder in Eddsford" • "Something for Yew" • "Ancient Ways" • "Pronouncing Doom"
POV Characters Mathilda Arminger • Alyssa Larsson • Rudi Mackenzie • Cole Salander • Lioncel de Stafford • Ingolf Vogeler
Other Characters Akela • Edain Aylward • Tiphaine d'Ath • Justin Graber • Signe Havel • Jehane Jones • Conrad Renfrew • Delia de Stafford • Frederick Thurston • Virginia Thurston • George Tracker
Nations Bearkillers • Clan Mackenzie • Church Universal and Triumphant • Free Republic of Richland • Montival • Morrowland Pack • Portland Protective Association • Republic of Fargo • Republic of New Deseret • Sioux • United States of Boise
Locations Castle Todenangst
The Prophet's War
Protagonists Bearkillers • Central Oregon Ranchers' Association • Clan Mackenzie • Clan McClintock • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs • Corvallis City State • Degania Dalet • Dominion of Drumheller • Dominion of Minnedosa • Dominion of Moose Jaw • Dúnedain Rangers • Emergency Powers Zone of Concordia • Free Cities of Yakima • Free Republic of Richland • Madawaska Republic • Montival • Moors • Morrowland Pack • Norrheim • Order of the Shield of Saint Benedict • Portland Protective Association • Provisional Republic of Iowa • Republic of Kirksville • Republic of Marshall • Republic of New Deseret • Republic of Fargo • Southside Freedom Fighters • State of Nebraska
Antagonists Bekwa • Church Universal and Triumphant • Moors • Morrowland Pack • Pendleton Round-Up • United States of Boise
Battles Anchor Bar Seven • Dubuque • Horse Heaven Hills • Kalksthorpe • Lake Superior • Pendleton • Six-Hill Field • Wendell
Comments Both the Moors and the Morrowland Pack were first allied with the CUT and then with Montival
The Given Sacrifice
The Given Sacrifice cover
Author S. M. Stirling
Published 2013
City New York
By ROC
ISBNs 978-0-451-41731-2
Previous Lord of Mountains
Next The Golden Princess

Introduction Edit

The Given Sacrifice is the tenth book in the Emberverse Series. It was published in September 2013. It is the first Emberverse novel to have two distinct parts. The first is about the end of The Prophet's War; the second a series of vignettes from Órlaith's life.

Plot SynopsisEdit

Part One — The Harvest KingEdit

Alyssa Larsson crashes her glider while on a reconnaissance mission. Frederick Thurston convinces a brigadier general in the Army of the United States of Boise to defect to Montival and bring 3500 troops with him.[1]

Cole Salander, a special forces soldier with the Boisean army captures Alyssa and prepares to take her to his unit's base. They come to an agreement; Alyssa promises not to attempt to escape.[2]

Lioncel de Stafford observes Tiphaine d'Ath and Conrad Renfrew conferring about problems in supporting the war effort. He watches as Conrad gives Tiphaine documents settling new lands to her. After Conrad leaves, Tiphaine ensures that Lioncel understands the significance of the new lands she has been granted by the Crown of the Portland Protective Association. Tiphaine receives warning of treachery from an owl and calls out her troops to defend the female leadership of the Association.[3]

Cole Salander is captured by a Mackenzie patrol which also liberates Alyssa Larsson. A part of the patrol sets out for its base camp with Cole and Alyssa.[4]

At Castle Todenangst, Sandra Arminger discusses how her lack of faith was changed after Mathilda told her about seeing Norman Arminger in a vision in what appeared to be Purgatory. Sandra says that she always knew she was play-acting when she was in the Society for Creative Anachronism before the Change and that the things she has done since were to make that world real for Mathilda. Back in the field the Mackenzie patrol arrives at its base camp which is co-located with a Bearkiller glider base. Alyssa reports to her commander and Cole gives his parole not to attempt to escape for three days.[5]

Sandra and Mathilda join a number of women. Included are Delia de Stafford, Signe Havel, Virginia Thurston, Ermentrude de Aguirre-Smith, Countess Anne of Tillamook and Jehane Jones. Órlaith is in the room. Huon Liu, Mathilda's squire is also present. The women discuss a range of subjects from childbirth to repairing the war damage to the high kingdom. Their talk is interrupted when Church Universal and Triumphant assassins crash into the room.[6]

Artos arrives at the Mackenzie camp and pre-conditioning by a Seeker surfaces. Salander attempts to kill Artos but is stopped by Edain Aylward. Artos then uses the Sword to annul the pre-conditioning.[7]

The women defend themselves and the children. Tiphaine d'Ath, followed by Lioncel de Stafford, Rodard Georges, Armand Georges, and others enter an antechamber where the commander of the Protector's Guard refuses to yield to her. Tiphaine kills him out of hand and orders that others who will not yield be killed. The rescue party enters the formerly peaceful salon where three assassins (probably seekers) are attempting to kill everyone. Juniper Mackenzie and Delia de Stafford are in a mental battle with one until Tiphaine takes his head off. In rfelatively short order, all the assassins are beheaded. Huon Liu appears to be dying of a minor wound until Mathilda begs grace from the Virgin Mary. Tiphaine orders that all members of the Protector's Guard be arrested and that High King Artos be notified.[8]

Before the walls of Boise, Montival and city forces exchange artillery fire. Artos and Mathilda discuss strategy, including a secret, with Fred Thurston. Ingolf Vogeler, Mary Vogeler, Ritva Havel and Ian Kovalevsky arrive for the next step.[9]

Inside Boise, Cole Salander and Alyssa Larsson are attempting to access a secret entrance to the city when they encounter Cutters and things go badly. Outside the city, the Dúnedain Rangers, led by Alleyne Loring and John Hordle cross the river and proceed to the supposed secret entrance into Boise, which does not open on schedule.[10]

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Part Two — The Spring QueenEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
  7. Chapter 7
  8. Chapter 8
  9. Chapter 9
  10. Chapter 10
  11. Chapter 11
  12. Chapter 12
  13. Chapter 13
  14. Chapter 14
  15. Chapter 15
  16. Chapter 16

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