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Pattern: Book Two of the Scavenger Trilogy Mass Market Paperback – 6 Mar 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (6 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841491829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491820
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...indescribably addictive. I can heartily recommend both Shadow and Pattern to fantasy connoisseurs who prefer a little more bite from their fiction .Do try this most excellent of sagas. I really don't think you'll be disappointed.' THE ALIEN ONLINE

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The brilliant new fantasy series from the acclaimed author of The Fencer Trilogy continues.

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In the first book of The Scavenger Trilogy, Shadow, many things were discovered about the main character Poldarn, from the scattered memories of his past which returned to him in fragmented form in his dreams. But many more things were revealed about K.J.Parker, the most obvious being this man is a major new talent in the fantasy genre, and has assured himself a place in my personal must-read list from here on; another discovery about him is that he loves to toy with his reader. Shadow was littered with false clues and hints, leading the reader to constantly rework their theories over who Poldarn really was. This was one of the book's strongest and most intriguing parts.

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.
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By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book.
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.
They did.
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
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This is an unusual novel for Parker/Holt. While the first novel in the Scavenger-trilogy, Shadow, follows the main character Poldarn and plays (or should I say, intentionally confuses the reader) with events in the present and at various times and places in the past, this one is all Poldarn, all straight forward, all one location.

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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Kind of hard to follow in places and ultimately I never quite got was going on. The twist at the end seemed a bit of an anti-climax. If you like intricate, intriguing stories then this might be for you.
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