I wanted to like this series, but the author works hard to make it impossible. Frequent breaks in the narrative - often in the middle of some action sequence - are annoying. Even more annoying are the incessant breaks from the narrative to describe EVERYTHING - the buildings, the scenery, the smells, the food, a character's thoughts - so often that the thread of the narrative is lost (especially in the audio version). The story of Rudi going to Nantucket to retrieve a sword moves with such a glacial pace that I wonder if he ever gets there. I know that rebuilding a society after such a large disaster takes time, but there are unnecessary delays in this story, especially after how fast Ingulf made it east in the first book.
The narrative actually gets very confusing at one point - no doubt because of the author's constantly shifting point of view. When Rudi returns with the wagons, there's a battle, then suddenly a feast, then suddenly another battle in which someone is killed. The whole sequence just makes no sense.
Apart from this, the whole notion of such a society developing after only 20 years is simply unbelievable. Kilt-wearing Irishmen speaking Gaelic and Elvish (from the Lord of the Rings); castles built by devotees of the Society for Creative Anachronism; whole people groups reverting to "wildmen" status with new dialects - these happen too fast to be believable: one generation after "The Change".
The books could have used a better editor. I kept finding myself thinking, "Who is this guy now? When did that happen?" despite the author's frequent (too frequent) references to other events. I wanted whole paragraphs and pages cut out so he could GET ON WITH THE STORY.
Maybe it's just me, not liking sword and (supposed) sorcery...