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Pattern: Book Two of the Scavenger Trilogy Kindle Edition
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It is even more strongly the case in the sequel, Pattern. Poldarn's past is by no means decided as he arrives at his childhood home and meets his estranged family. This book takes a different tack to the first, with Poldarn remaining essentially in the same place and having to deal with the other characters around him rather than wandering the hills and taking life as it comes (or, more likely, punches him in the face). This is a welcome change and adds diversity to the Poldarn's story; the dreams also return and with them a plethora of new suspicions and ponderings over who he has been in his forgotten life. And now he is surrounded by people who know something of his past and aren't telling him, so much can be gleaned (perhaps falsely, however) from their reactions to him.
The most enjoyable aspect of Parker's works, I think, is the cynically realistic tone he maintains throughout his novels, a pessimistic, or realistic perhaps, take on life which grounds his characters in a more believable world than the typical fantasy heroes and heroines of the genre.Read more ›
I found the first of the trilogy a rather hard read with its meandering plot and lack of coherent direction and also its lack of depth of character (few characters stick around for long and the "hero" has no memory) but I decided to persist with the series in the hope that the first book was merely setting the scene and things would get better.
Pattern is superb; very original and at times very funny.
The plot develops (although a lot of things are deliberately left obscure to tease the reader) and starts making sense, as Poldarn continues to regain his memories he starts to become a real character rather than simply someone things keep happening to.
In summary buy the book! If the third carries on where this left then the trilogy will be even better than the Fencer Trilogy
Though marketed as 'fantasy' there is no a fantastic element here (as in all of Parker's novels so far as opposed to his stories) while a great deal of space is given to even minute details of the work in a forge and during the construction of a timber-frame house.
Simply for the sake of comprehension you could just skip this second part and would not miss much regarding the main storyline - but please don't! "Pattern" is well worth reading. It takes place in one location and is told in a straight forward-style, almost linear, with a different cast of characters. It's not your typical weak second part at all, but it is the odd one out.
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Second volume in the scavenger trilogy, a series of fantasy novels, concerning the exploits of Poldarn.
But that's not his real name. Read more
After reading this book i was actually shocked. I found that the the previous book 'Shadow' was brilliant, not only for its thrilling plot, but also because of the way Parker... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2008 by Mr. Eden Neil Palmer O'connor