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The Rose Cord: The Ballad of Sir Benfro Book Two (The Ballad of Sir Benfro Series 2) by [Oswald, J.D.]
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J. D. Oswald is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord, The Golden Cage and The Broken World are available as as Penguin paperbacks and 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: 2260 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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[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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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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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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For whatever reason I decided to start reading the Ballad of Sir Benfro with the book 'Dreamwalker' (probably because it was free). After forcing my way through a mediocre read, I thought I might as well read the following 2 volumes in order to get to the conclusion. I am now at 75% in the 3rd volume and have discovered to my dismay that this is NOT a trilogy and that a 4th volume is being written. I am less than impressed with the plot, and having read fanatasy novels before I really can't get my head around who this is aimed at? I am going to finish 'The Golden Cage' and then hopefully never pick up a Sir Benfor novel again!
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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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Great read. Expands on Benfro and Errol's respective stories. The baddies remain odious and the story is great. As I've just read books 1, 2 and 3 back to back the story just grabs your attention and you don't want to put it down . James Oswald writes great stuff
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