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The Rose Cord: The Ballad of Sir Benfro Book Two (The Ballad of Sir Benfro Series 2) [Kindle Edition]

J.D. Oswald
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There's a new fantasy phenomenon for 2014 - The Rose Cord is the second enchanting tale in J.D. Oswald's epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro.


Fleeing the vengeful Inquisitor Melyn, Sir Benfro is drawn to the last resting place of a great dragon of legend, Magog, deep in the ancient forest. Through Magog's spirit, Benfro discovers the true nature of his forebears - a history of unimaginable power and mystery over mankind. But with this knowledge comes terrible danger.


Errol Ramsbottom's dreams of becoming a great Warrior Priest have been shattered by his discovery of the dark secret of the Holy Order's power. And yet as a chosen noviciate he is trapped, unwillingly drawn deeper into the sinister plans for war which will engulf Gwlad.


With the forces of magic gathering so the destinies of Errol and Sir Benfro further entwine . . .


And so continues The Ballad of Sir Benfro, in which the great dragons of old return to the kingdom of men.


The Ballad of Sir Benfro is an utterly compelling and beautifully written new fantasy series from J.D. Oswald. Fans of the Inheritance Series and readers hooked to the world of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series will love the magic of the Twin Kingdoms. The Rose Cord is the second novel in the series, following Dreamwalker and preceding The Golden Cage, which are also published as Penguin eBooks.


J. D. Oswald is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Currently, Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord and The Golden Cage are all available as Penguin ebooks. He is also the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels under the name James Oswald. In his spare time James runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.



http://jamesoswald.co.uk

About the Author

J. D. Oswald is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Currently, Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord and The Golden Cage are available as Penguin eBooks. He is also the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series.

James runs a 350-acre farm in North East Fife.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2066 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (19 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GZA9RJY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Oswald is the author of the Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries. The first two of these, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. Set in an Edinburgh not so different to the one we all know, Detective Inspector Tony McLean is the unlucky policeman who can see beneath the surface of ordinary criminal life to the dark, menacing evil that lurks beneath.

James has also written a classic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Inspired by the language and folklore of Wales, it follows the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro, in a land where his kind have been hunted near to extinction by men. The first three books in the series are currently available on kindle.

James has pursued a varied career - from Wine Merchant to International Carriage Driving Course Builder via Call Centre Operative and professional Sheep Shit Sampler (true). He currently lives in a large caravan inside a Dutch Barn in Fife, with three dogs and two cats. He farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 2 July 2012
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Had picked up the first and this, the second of the Ballad of Sir Benfro series, along with other books for holiday reading and found them quite enchanting. Rather different from other James Oswald items I'd already read, but equally enjoyable. I suppose they would perhaps be considered ideally aimed at older children, but, like Sally Gardener's works, are equally pleasurable for an adult to read. A good book is a good book.

The first book introduced us, in a very clever way, to the hidden world of the remaining dragons, and the link between them and the power struggles between humans. This follows on from the devastation of the dragon village and continues the tale of young Benfro as he seeks to escape and avenge the deaths of his community. The reader is drawn into his world and that of his opposite number in the human sphere, which are told in parallel, with their worlds coinciding from time to time and their destinies interlinked. There are elements of rites of passage, and the struggle between following gut instinct and thinking things through, learning how to control one's own future whilst coping with the very strong influences that pull in different directions - and learning who can be trusted.

Was quite frustrated when I got to the end of this to discover there was a third part to come and I hadn't downloaded it along with the others, so guess what I'll be doing now I'm back from holiday!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Please 7 Jun. 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed Dreamwalker, so I bought this second installment, The Rose Cord, while I was still reading Dreamwalker. I was not disappointed, indeed, there was a cry of agony when I got to the end because the third installment isn't out yet.

Hurry up James, you have one eager reader waiting for the next installment, The Golden Cage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Benfro Tales 20 Jun. 2012
By c
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Really enjoying the Sir Benfro tales but waiting for the Golden Cage. Perhaps if we help with the farming you could have time to write!
Also looking forward to the 3rd book in Inspector McLean series. Now that you have started you have to continue....
I enjoyed these books very much and will be buying yes BUYING the next in both series. The plots are absorbing and complex, enough to keep me interested and absorbed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well, thank goodness that's over 28 Aug. 2014
By Theo
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[The Rose Cord is a direct follow-up to Dreamwalker, so please be aware this review contains spoilers for that book. Also, this is a long book and the beginning was a long time ago and has been wiped from my memory: I appreciate a heads-up on any details I've got wrong]

I reached the end of The Rose Cord earlier than I anticipated due to an extract of the next book being included. I was glad. This is the kind of book which makes me want to shake the author; there is a decent novel in here with some brilliant details and fabulous ideas, but it's been buried in one of the most tedious and repetitive things I've read in ages. You know the second series of Game of Thrones where Rob Stark spent 86 hours looking grumpy in a variety of fields? The Rose Cord is basically that, but without Mike from Casualty.

At the end of Dreamwalker, Benfro, a dragon, watched his mother beheaded by Inquisitor Melyn, head of the warrior priests and all round disliker of things scaly. The Rose Cord picks it up in the next scene: Benfro flees through the woods before returning to the village to find everybody he has ever known slaughtered. On the advice of the memory of his mother, Benfro heads north in search of Corwen, a mage dragon who taught Morgwm, but instead he finds something else: the remains of the great and legendary dragon Magog, and his unreckoned jewel...

Meanwhile, Errol Ramsbottom, Warrior Priest-in-training and (unbeknownst to him) heir to the throne, is trying to learn how to keep Inquisitor Melyn out of his head. As in psychic powers, not trepanning. Melyn, though, has a job Errol is just *perfect* for...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And so it goes 24 July 2012
By Tez
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Bought this on Kindle after reading the first one . This second part continues where the first one ended, well I guess thats a given. Anyway it continues the story and is very good and does not lose any momentum.
Hopefully the third part wont be long-no pressure Mr Oswald.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 23 July 2012
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Great read, I can't add anything to the other reviewes - I too am anxiously awaiting #3. Not sure why one reviewer gave one star, I personally have grown accustomed to the plots of many stories carrying across several titles. Perhaps they will update their review after the third book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the next one?? 25 Jun. 2012
By Cali
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Like the first Sir Benfro book, this is a great read. I found it was slightly harder to follow than the first book, but still a 5 star rating. Can't wait for the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 28 May 2014
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having read the two earlier books I just had to continue into this book and it did not let me down and I can not wait for the next instalment to follow Sir Benfro into a new world
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series,
Published 7 days ago by Nick's review
5.0 out of 5 stars what a fantastic story
I've loved being sucked in the world of dragons, can't remember the last time I stayed up late into the night to finish a book, thank you
Published 4 months ago by Tribalheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great great great
Great book introduced to the series by waterstones romford will be adding them to my collection of books good enough to sit beside weeks Tolkien pratchett and many more
Published 5 months ago by Mongolia
4.0 out of 5 stars Continues a great story
Great read. Expands on Benfro and Errol's respective stories. The baddies remain odious and the story is great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me to another World
I haven't quite finished the book yet. 10% left.Not sure if it will be a happy fairy tale ending or a sad one. However, I have been mesmerized all the way through. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JOSEPHINE THORPE
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fantasy
wonderful books, one's imagination soars!
Published 6 months ago by Pris
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
really good book, if I had read what it was about might not have read it, but I am so glad i did. would recommend to everyone teenagers included,
Published 11 months ago by lisa mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one now
On kindle, (wanted to read and didn't want to wait for the physical delivery) excellent! Can't wait for the next one now!
Published 18 months ago by L. Gemmell
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a Trilogy!
For whatever reason I decided to start reading the Ballad of Sir Benfro with the book 'Dreamwalker' (probably because it was free). Read more
Published 20 months ago by SFM
5.0 out of 5 stars great development to story
Enjoyed the 2nd book as much as the first, and after the first instalment was prepared for the cliffhanger at the end. Read more
Published 21 months ago by TwoDogsTooMany
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