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Kim Hunter
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12 Sep 2013 Red Pavilions (Book 2)
A LAND WITHOUT A KING In the troubled kingdom of Zamerkand, the enemies within are as dangerous as those at the borders. For Soldier, the warrior whose influence is already too great for some courtiers' liking, there is no such thing as rest. Death can strike at any moment, and from any direction. But it is another death that will shake the world to its core: that of the King Magus, whose power alone can keep the forces of good and evil in balance. His successor needs to be found, and the responsibility is given to Soldier. The successor, however, is only a young boy, and there are many who would prefer him -- and Soldier - to meet a bloodier fate.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356503119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356503110
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 11.1 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,339,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A vivid tale of sorcery and strife ... an absorbing plot (Dreamwatch) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kim Hunter's powerful and captivating epic fantasy continues in Wizard's Funeral, the second volume in The Red Pavilions trilogy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and curiouser 9 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Pardon the Alice in Wonderland reference above, but Wizard's Funeral really is a curious and wonderful book indeed. The first book of the series had me intrigued me enough to read this, the second book of the Red Pavillons. (I shan't bother to give you a summary as you can read that elsewhere on the page.) Wizard's Funeral is even better than Knight's Dawn. These books are a curious - that word again - blend of almost whimsical magery and frightning gore. I was reminded of those hideous tales that lie behind classic fairy stories . . . you know, the unsanitised tales of rape, incest and murder that make up the real Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel et al. Wizard's Funeral is a real page turner, it is refreshingly different from any other fantasy I've read in many a while, and I can't wait for book three!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great author 15 May 2003
I found this book very enjoyable and did not want it to finished looking forward to reading the next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Read 6 Oct 2003
By A Customer
I thought this was a terrific novel, full of inventiveness, though not in the normal high fantasy style, which is why it might not be well-received by fantasy readers who want the same thing over and over again. This is more in the vein of magical folk lore fantasy. I liked it anyway, and I think others will, if they're not expecting tiny detailed descriptions of the inside of a snuff box.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dear, oh dear, oh dear. 5 May 2003
This is formulaic writing at its very worst. The 'Barbara Cartland' of fanatsy. The Characterisation is almost non-existant, the dialogue is wooden and altoghether risable. The plot, we have all read before. Even reading it as a pastiche on the genre doesn't make it any more palatable.
If you want my advice, save your money this one just isn't worth it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first 29 Dec 2004
By ilmk - Published on Amazon.com
I bought all three of Kim Hunter's `The Red Pavilions' trilogy and I confess I struggled through the opener and found myself delaying a read of `Wizard's Funeral'. However, when I got round to it one rainy day, I found it a vast improvement on the opener. Primarily because there was a single plot line that runs throughout with the occasional side trip to provide diversion. Which was lacking in the first novel.

Basically, Soldier goes on a few quests again to locate the new High Magus with the unpronounceable palindromic name (as all the wizards in this series) and returns with him and the two Princes from another kingdom whose unruly ways in a perfect world have caused their exile. By unwittingly ordering the raven to free the prisoner in the sealed chamber just after attending the Wizard's funeral (as a kind of thank you) Soldier unleashes the evil wizard (another unpronounceable palindromic name) on Guthrum. Thousands die and Soldier ends up firstly uniting the Carthagan army against the Dog Clans, then having a side quest to an exotic land to recover his now memory-less wife, Layana (and reuniting with her madness cured luckily), who has been cast out of Zamerkand by the evil usurping Chancellor Humbold (who promotes Kaff to a general in the meantime), and finally ends up besieging his adopted home as Queen Vance is executed.

All in all a tidy second effort unique in style that takes me right back to Gormenghast at times as our protagonist skips like a Modesitt main character through an Alice in Wonderland world of myth and fairy tale come to life. We learn more of his past as a Scottish clansman before getting set up for the last novel which has to be read now out of sheer curiosity. Hunter's style is interesting and enthralling in a manner caused by never quite settling into a theme or pattern. It is as chaotic as it can be episodic but we now have continuity of main plot as well as main character.

If you're an avid fantasy fan give this a go. I suspect you'll like it more and more as you go along if you give it the time it needs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fanciful invention messes up a good story 23 Jan 2004
By "tarmornalomea" - Published on Amazon.com
Worse than the first book. A good story is badly told - dry and dissapointing writing with stupid or inapropriate events that appear for no apparent reason in what should have been a good story. The writer appears to borrow ideas from other writers and mixes existing "real" mythology alongside her own often good ideas. There appear to be attempts that humour that simply aren't funny. Ridiculous plot changes further hamper the bad writing and weird events. Pity - Good main characters, good original ideas.
I'm giving away my two books & won't be buying the 3rd.
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