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Threads of Malice

Threads of Malice [Kindle Edition]

Tamara Siler Jones
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In this relentlessly gripping thriller, Compton Crook Award winner Tamara Siler Jones weaves together her unique blend of fantasy, forensics, and suspense to create a world terrorized by a killer out of our darkest nightmares. Now one man must follow a trail of savaged victims to save an innocent life hanging by the slimmest of hopes.…

One by one, young men in the kingdom’s outer reaches are vanishing into the dark. So far, two bodies have washed up on the local riverbank. But Dubric Byerly, head of security at Castle Faldorrah, soon realizes there are countless more victims…for it’s his curse to be forever haunted by the ghosts of those whose deaths demand justice.

The latest to vanish is Braoin, a seventeen-year-old painter whose mother came to Dubric’s aid when he most needed it. All Dubric knows is that the boy is still alive. But time is running out, and it isn’t only Braoin’s life hanging in the balance. If Dubric can’t untangle the twisted web of clues and lies and find his way to the killer, one of his own pages will be the next to die.…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (25 Oct 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKGN4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #875,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darker fantasy than you may be used to 29 Jan 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read all three of the current books in this series and this one is the most 'disturbing' of them. It deals with crimes of a particularly nasty type against innocent youths. I don't want to say more than that as it would spoil the mystery for those, like myself, who like to try to work it out as we read.

Tamara writes very well and I never feel like I have to 'skim' sections of the book like I do with some other fantasy authors. Her treatment of profanity is very well done, the characters in her books use their own forms of swearing and you can understand what they're getting at without being offended by 'real world' language.

The story in this novel kept me turning the pages constantly and resulted in a final reading night that ended at 3am as I just had to know what happened before I could go to sleep.

I'd recommend this book, and the series, to anyone ready who prefers a little more depth and maturity in their fantasy. Be warned, it's probably not suitable for passing on to your children afterwards!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The shame of this book is that more people are not reading the series 31 Aug 2006
By moria2 - Published on
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Threads of Malice, like its predecessor Ghosts in the Snow, is extremely compelling and engaging. I couldn't put either of them down and read each of them in one sitting. However, they are not for the squeamish. Both books are very graphic and rather violent.

Durbric Byerly is the equivalent of a detective or inspector. His particular quirk is that he sees ghosts. Now, these ghosts don't talk, but they communicate in other ways and, unfortunately, the ghosts are often ambiguous in their wants, needs, goals, stories, help etc... esp. when Durbric gets rash or impatient with them and reads them wrong. In a region near Castle Faldorrah, young men are disappearing and turning up murdered. Durbric and his small group of apprentices stay with friends in the region as they investigate the murders, which soon prove to be serial killings of the worst kind. The region being investigated holds the part of the tale of Durbric's personal history, beyond the death of his wife mentioned in the first book, and this history blends in with the current case. While all of the "good" characters are focused on solving the crimes, there are a few subplots to advance the series. One of the things I like about the books is that the answers to the puzzles and mystery do not come easy and the stumbling along the way seems honest, not contrived.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will keep you up all night! 26 Oct 2005
By Tina_K - Published on
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This was a hard one to put down. In fact, I didn't get to bed until 1 am, after finally giving in to my husband's eye rolling. Then I was up at 7 am with my nose in the book by 5 after. I LOVED IT! What a spectacular job Tamara Siler Jones did. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!

Threads of Malice is the continuing story of Dubric Byerly, the head of security at Castle Faldorran, who just happens to see dead people. Cursed since the murder of his wife, Dubric has spent the last forty or more years seeing the ghosts of people who have been murdered. These ghosts physically drain him, causing severe headaches and fatigue. And they hang on until he solves their murders. While this is the second book by Jones, it's a stand alone novel. I highly recommend you read Ghosts in the Snow first though, to get to know the world and characters.

This visit to Faldorran finds young men vanishing in the far reaches of the kingdom. A body has been found in the river and a young painter has vanished. Dubric, his squire Dien and two young pages Lars and Otlee set out to get to the bottom of the disappearances.

Fast paced, violent, disturbing, gripping and horrifying in the best possible way, Threads of Malice is a book you don't want to read alone at night. It only took about 2 pages to capture my interest and Tamara Siler Jones' excellent writing and story held it in a death grip until the final page.

The blend of forensics, suspense and fantasy is something I've never read before finding Jones and I think it's safe to say she is the master. I was wondering "who done it" until the very last pages and there were plenty of red herrings that I swallowed hook, line and sinker. There is nothing predictable about this book.

I highly recommend it to lovers of suspense and fantasy. It's only fair to warn you though, it's graphic and gory. There are scenes of rape, torture, pedophilia, murder and unbelievable brutality that are disturbing. It's good vs. evil in the most profound sense. In the end though, it's all well done, helps move the story forward and ratchets up the fear for characters you've come to know and love. She even manages to work a romance in. Incredible.
Bravo Tamara, I can't wait until the third book comes out.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What good are ghosts that can't talk...? 28 Dec 2005
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Threads of Malice takes up about a month after the events in Ghost in the Snow. It's the proverbial dark and stormy night when a young boy, Eachann, rides his donkey nearly to death to arrive at Castle Faldorrah to beg Dubric Byerly to come to The Reach because young boys are being taken by The Dark. Dubric learns that the people of The Reach have written repeatedly begging for assistance from the castle and no one has answered their call. Dubric gathers his men immediately to go to The Reach and he's very curious to learn why those letters have never reached him. There's no time to loose for The Dark is taking young boys and men without a trace...and so far there's only been one body found.

Dubric knows The Reach, he fought there in the magic wars when the Mages were being killed for their oppression of and demented, horrific treatment of the people. The wars have been over for years and Byerly killed the worst of the lot, Foiche, freeing The Reach from his tyranny. When Dubric enters The Reach he begins to hear stories that remind him of Foiche and then he meets the ghosts; over twenty of them, clambering for justice. They have all been extensively tortured, abused, and then murdered. All the ghosts are of young, slim boys and men. No women are among them. Dubric begins his investigation with Otlee as his assistant and gets little help from the Lord of the land or the other men in high places.

Dien and Lars move on to Dien's wife's family's home as the center of their part of the investigations. Dien's father in law is seemly insane but as the investigation goes on it begins to look like not all his babble is insanity. When Dubric visits the farm Lars begins to note that maybe there is a range to Dubric's ghosts and that might be a clue to finding the killer or killers. There are enough suspects and suspicious people to keep Dubric and his men feeling like they are tilting at windmills. The mystery keeps you guessing until the final pages because the clues are laid spare but clear and with each new one the suspect list reshuffles.

Much of the story rest on some back filling of Dubric's past. We learn more of his wife and his actions in the magic wars. We learn more about the world and the kingdom of Faldorrah--that leaves the reader with more questions than answers. Dubric must face his past and his actions to solve these crimes for they have been years in the making--and all to return a madman to power.

This is definitely not a book for the faint of heart. While descriptions are crisp and non-voyeuristic they can give a person with an active imagination nightmares and a vile taste in the back of the throat. I think the worst part is knowing that people do indeed do these things to each other and that other people look away. There's the mystery and the story and there's also the growth and change in the characters we met in the first book. No one will be the same after this story -- not the characters and certainly not the reader.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 15 Nov 2005
By T.L. Anderson - Published on
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I couldn't put this book down, I read it straight through to the end.

This book is fantasy but it has grit; truly evil (and disturbing) villain(s), a noble and haunted main character (Dubric), the stalwart assistant (Dien), and the young man being tested as he comes of age (Lars).

Well developed characters and mysteries mixed with tiny sprinkles of humor and romance really make for a well rounded book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes non-creature based fantasy and/or horror-mystery.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CSI Post Apocolyptic 1 April 2006
By Gerri Lynn Baxter - Published on
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Welcome to the world after, where the horror of bloody-handed mages is just barely in the past, and Dubric, among others, are committed to making the past stay there.

Tamara Siler Jones is committed to making the horrifying come to life with vivid, blunt, graphic language that puts a reader right there, just like the CSI shows do. She doesn't pull any punches. Heck, she throws plenty of extra weight behind each blow, and she doesn't hide any of the horror that comes with investigating each murder as they happen. She even lets us in on the other side of things, the villains.

If you don't like blood, gore, evil, and maliciousness, don't read this book. Honestly, you'll have nightmares. But the morality is clearly on the good guys' side.

She also does something in her books that I don't think could be done on film or any other medium: she uses children and young teenagers as part of the investigations, and she puts them in as much, if not more, risk than any horror movie. Bravo. She's my heroine.
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