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Fifth Millennium Books In Order

Publication Order of Fifth Millennium Books

Snowbrother (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sharpest Edge (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cage (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow's Son (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saber and Shadow (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Fifth Millennium is a set of post-apocalyptic fantasy books by Canadian-American bestselling author S.M. Stirling, with a co-author named Shirley Meier. Psionics and magic exist but are not very powerful, and technology is similar to nearly what existed in the middle ages.

The author, Stirling began the publication of Fifth Millennium series in 1985 when the first novel in the series, Snowbrother was published. The second installment The Sharpest Edge was released a year later in 1986. The series concluded in 1992 when Saber and Shadow were issued. The author decided to rewrite and expand The Sharpest Edge as Saber and Shadow. All other novels in the series apart from Snowbrother were co-authored with Shirley Meier or Karen Wehrstein.

In the debut novel, a nineteen-year-old kid must enslave a city or face death. She does what she must do to live, but however, the village is resistant. In the third novel in the series, The Cage, we meet Habiku Smoothtongue who has corrupted everything in Megan Thanesdoom. However, Megan returns with Shkai’ra’s sword determined to claim what is rightfully hers. In the fifth novel, Saber and Shadow, wizards, priests, merchants, lords, and thieves will do whatever it takes to gain power in lllizbuah, but two vagrants join forces to change the face of the city of lllizbuah.

Snowbrother

In this first post-apocalyptic novel, we are introduced to Shkai’ra a warrior trained right from her childhood with only one specific goal in mind- to be the best in the arts of war. Now at 19years, she is assigned to a mission by the tribal elders to enslave the Mintzan city or otherwise die in disgrace.

The first book is an entertaining read, with fascinating characters and an ideal setting as well. It narrates the tale of a small but peaceful village living up in the mountain. This village is attacked by barbarians who then take it down and occupy the place. Much of the books narrates how the villagers deal with the occupation of their village and how the finally mount a resistance that will ensure that they get what is rightfully theirs. The novel is about the strong versus the weak; it is also themed on caring for people whom you should not, it is also about a tough and a rough barbarian who is foolish enough to fall in love.

Shkai’ra is the main character in this novel; she is a warrior trained to fight since she was a child. However, despite this, she is beautiful charming and manages to fall in love with the tough and rough barbarian. There are scenes where you will meet her and her lover playing twisty flute songs. Additionally, the novel also features sex and violence but though not graphic.

The author did a great job for writing this beautiful first novel that makes a good start for a great series. The characters are well crafted such that you will love how they interact with each other, and even relate some to your real life friends. The plot and the subplots are well detailed as well; you will love how the author makes vivid descriptions of places such that you can form a picture of how exactly this post-apocalyptic setting look like. The dialogue inserted in the novel as well are interesting, they also form a basis for which the readers get to know the characters feelings, thought and also justify the actions of some characters. The characters also mature through time, for instance, we get to see the 19-year-old warrior gradually fall in love, something that no one ever anticipated.

The Cage

In The Cage, we meet Megan Whitlock, a trade who has been through hell and a lot more. She was once betrayed by a subordinate who drugged her, went ahead and raped her and as if that not enough to the poor soul handed her to someone to kill her. However, fortunately, the person never died Megan but instead sold her as a slave and made more money by selling her. Now she is on her way back home, and she has got the company of her lover, Shkai’ra a barbarian who is native to the other side of the Lannic Ocean.

The last bit of the novel gives you a hint about the setting of this story. It is three thousand years after a nuclear war that is only remembered in traditional terms as the “earned fires.”

Megan is a lady with a harrowing past that continually haunts her. She was abused as a child and then betrayed by the people she trusted most. Then there is the barbarian girl by the name Shkai’ra who has been exiled by her primitive tribe in what used to be North America. She is comfortable in her skin, even though her background provides some strange twists to her attitudes.

Then there is Habiku Smoothtongue, a corrupt man who is deeply obsessed with Megan, but also once betrayed her and still wants her back. However, his own abused past gives the reader’s insights to the readers that justify why his attitudes are twisted as well.

The cast in this book is well crafted. For instance, Shkai’ra and Megan are both warriors; they are also smart and intelligent. Furthermore, the supporting cast is impressive, and the author gives them a back-story that helps the readers understand who they are and why they all came to crew Megan house as she heads home to revenge on the man that she ever loved most and the man who is responsible for her to be sold into slavery.

What makes The Cage a unique fantasy novel is the fact that it features two lesbian lead characters. The bond that exists between these two women is powerful such that Shkai’ra is willing to accompany her lover to go and get revenge on the man who sold her into slavery. The novel is dense and full of description that not only helps you understand the characters better but also helps you the reader get a glimpse of the post-apocalyptic world.

If you love post-apocalyptic novels that feature some graphic sexual affairs and violence, then Fifth Millennium series by S.M. Stirling should be your next addition to your bookshelves.

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