Book review: “Tears of the Sun” by S.M. Stirling

Book review: “Tears of the Sun” by S.M. Stirling

The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse, #8)

The Tears of the Sun by S.M. Stirling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The whole book had the whole “second book of a trilogy” feeling to it, where everything is being set up for resolution in another book. The previous two books in the series really advanced the story at a rapid pace, so Tears of the Sun was a bit jarring in how little it actually moved forward. In fact, it felt more like Stirling was going back to fill in various plot holes and tie up loose threads.

That’s not to say that there aren’t big things that happen. In fact, there are some very big events that occur. Very significant to the major characters. I would say that this is a book that explores the characters more than advances a particular plot.

One thing to keep in mind is that Stirling engages in his trademark non-linear storytelling, where the chapters jump around to focus on different people in different places, sometimes a year or more before or after the events of the previous chapter. It can be disconcerting if you’re not paying attention. By the eighth book in the Emberverse series, you better be paying attention to have got this far.

So “Tears of the Sun” may not be my favorite book of the series, but it’s still worthwhile, especially to see where Stirling is going and as the set up for what promises to be an epic conclusion to the tale, worthy of the massive buildup we’ve seen. I just hope we get some real answers to the overarching mysteries in the end.

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