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  1. Daniel Daniel says:

    TL;DR 35 Good writing Many uestions from book 1 answered Nothing much happensOh this book This is the second book in the first trilogy I've read from my current favorite fantasy author KJ Parker First book was five stars But maybe it should have been a standalone?The writing as always is excellent There is a single POV character an awesome decision that would improve a great number of fantasy novels Many many uestions from book one are answered The group mind thing the farmers have going on is interesting Parker's playing with some interesting ideas Still could make an argument that this is a non magical world and the narrator is just batshit crazy Love that about some of Parker's stuffButYou know how when you're young and your favorite celebrity crush is in a movie and you'll just happily sit there for 2 3 hours mooning at them like a dumbass? Doesn't really matter what the movie's about? I'm too old for that shit Ten minutes in and I'm like This is boring Somebody needs to dieAnd to be fair a good number of people die in this book But you won't really care I'm upset about all the crows he killed They were good crows Just trying to eat his crops big deal No call to go killing em allAs I mentioned I do like Parker's writing And despite his crow murdering ways I did like Poldarn But that doesn't mean I want to follow him around the farm for 500 pagesA lot of people grumble about Parker's long winded digressions on technical stuff like the blacksmithing work in this book What the hell people? Those weren't long winded and those were some of the least boring bits in this book There were some other disputes but they're presented in a very non dramatic way Like some of the most heated arguments were about how their arguments weren't heated enoughThe ending is kind of well messy but you had to see that coming Stuff people will have problems with besides the crow killing there's a torture scene and the big one view spoiler father daughter incest leading to pregnancy hide spoiler

  2. Jeremy Jackson Jeremy Jackson says:

    Volcanoes blacksmithing and dreams encompass almost 600 pages of excellence It's a slow burn as you might imagine but foreshadowing and metaphor spur you on for the puzzle's sake if nothing else There's a passage in this book that uses scrap iron and a forge to create one of the most beautiful metaphors of human love and loss I've ever read The ending is almost Hellenistically tragic and it pays dividends for your patience The entire trilogy can be likened to the old tragedies a man whose intentions are innately good loses all memory of who he is and spends his time discovering who he was and trying to redeem himself for acts he cannot even remember Poldarn learns how much of who we are is choice and how far intentions go when set beside results; what does it mean to change who we are and can it even be done? What makes a good person their intent or their accomplishment? If intent are we then absolved for evil results? If accomplishment can a bad man be called good if his actions have favorable conseuences or a good man be called bad if his choices lead to disaster?Whatever Parker's intent with the Scavenger Trilogy the result is a fine one Highly recommended

  3. Jason Jason says:

    2 Stars I only made it 12% into this one I loved book one of the Scavenger Trilogy even though it is not an easy read I reviewed book one before starting this one and was looking forward to it Unfortunately this book has been way too slow for me at this time Nothing has happened Zero zilch nadaI will make my way back to this when my attention span can handle the glacier pacing until then

  4. Charles Bronson Charles Bronson says:

    If I could sit and have a drink I don’t drink but would make an exception in this case with one author I admire it would definitely be Parker Holt Hands downEdit 2nd read And the award for the most twisted fucked up ending goes to

  5. Steve Steve says:

    One of the unusual fantasy tales I’ve read in recent years Intriguing complicated mostly slow paced and I have to agree with another GR friend’s review “a most twisted fd up ending” Seriously weirdIn book 1 of this trilogy we’ve met our main POV Poldarn who’s lost his memory almost seems to discover who he is but then realises from the bits he finds out that maybe he’s better off not knowing whatwho he once was In this volume Poldarn has at least found his homeland a large island home to farmer raiders who periodically pillage the distant Empire from which Poldarn now returns after having spent many years living there The story is rather slow paced Poldarn re discovers the rather unusual people to which he belongs their strange interactions and their routine agricultural lifestyle As sometimes happens in a Parker novel we’re given educational researched lessons as part of the world building and I’ve again learnt a great deal about metal work farming and construction of wooden farm buildingsThere’s not too much action despite some unexpected violence and an erupting volcano but it’s mostly farm life with Poldarn showing every sign of becoming a settled farmer and family manWe discover about Poldarn’s history than we’ve learnt previously often through his dreams which could also be seen as memory returning but there’s still a lot of detail missing and a mystical strand And then comes a jaw dropping endingI’m up for the final volume Maybe only 4 this time for one of my favourite authors It is deep fascinating and mysterious but perhaps this volume is just a little slower paced than I like

  6. John John says:

    I'd really liked the first book in this trilogy Shadow and this was was probably even better though very different It's very slow paced detailed and focused on 'slice of life' Poldarn is trying to get back to how his life used to be despite his amnesia and a lot of the story is the day yo day life and him trying to fit in with the locals It is told so well that it doesn't feel boring even when there's just a page of blacksmithing or descriptions of them building a house There are still hints at his past life which are doled out by other people or by his dreamsflashbacks which are suitable confusing on the first read but begin to make sense as is revealedThings are revealed that make throwaway lines in the first book have way meaning and there is some incredibly subtle forshadowing that was great when it paid off My only uibble is that a lot of the characters felt very similar although there is a very good reason for this but it did make Poldarn stand out

  7. Frank Frank says:

    For some reason this series gets a lot of hate in the reviews most of the negative reviews fixate on the complexity and difficulty in following the story I'm glad I ignored the haters on this oneMy personal experience is that I read the first in the series some years ago loved it and stumbled upon the remaining bits in the trilogy in a used bookstore After finishing the second I immediately picked up the third because the series is that damn good I picked up the necessary back story as needed and the mechanic of dreams from multiple contexts is fascinating and bot that difficult to graspThe humor is dark and dry just like I like it It reminds me of Abercrombie's work If you liked The First Law series you will probably dig this series as well

  8. Liviu Liviu says:

    Great seuel to Shadow; Poldarn back home householder farmer and soon to be married and death disaster and mayhem follows despite his best intentions; just great

  9. Thomas Thomas says:

    It's funny how Parker can write nearly 600 pages of life on a farm and still make it interesting I mean sure there's some background intrigue going on but not nearly on the level of anything from say The Two of Swords and while it's useful to fill in the character of Poldarn it doesn't feel like the point of the book Sure it's a little slow but knowing Parker I knew there were bigger things at play than just a simple life on the farm and besides a slow burn doesn't eual boringA Parker novel is also all about the details Here we learn much about building houses blacksmithing and killing crows and in true Parker style all of those things are metaphors for the larger story I find it brilliant and I look forward to seeing how he pulls the end of this trilogy together

  10. Peter Peter says:

    A very worthy seuel 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 things were revealed about KJParker 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 strongly the case in the seuel 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 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 himThe 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 believable world than the typical fantasy heroes and heroines of the genre There really wasn't a poor uality sentence in the whole book and in a side note it was incredibly well proof read with only a couple of missing speech marks to be seenIt's surprisingly difficult to review this book because there is so much to commend it which is hard to describe As this is the second book in a trilogy I would assume that you have read Shadow and therefore are familiar with what made Shadow an excellent book; all that can easily be said from that basis is that Pattern keeps up that supreme uality but moves both Poldarn and the plot forward It gets a little complicated in the sometimes intentionally conflicting dreams and memories he has and had me keeping some notes to stay on track with the revelationsall to little avail because there is a magnificently surprising twist in the final pagesTo bring that rambling to an end buy this book It deserves attention and acclaim and I look forward to both the final instalment and KJ Parker gaining the true status as a superb fantasy writer that he has proven he richly deserves with both Shadow and Pattern

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Pattern ➽ [Download] ✤ Pattern By K.J. Parker ➲ – 'indescribably addictive I can heartily recommend both Shadow and Pattern to fantasy connoisseurs who prefer a little bite from their fiction Do try this most excellent of sagas I really don't think y 'indescribably addictive I can heartily recommend both Shadow and Pattern to fantasy connoisseurs who prefer a little bite from their fiction Do try this most excellent of sagas I really don't think you'll be disappointed' THE ALIEN ONLINE'This is exactly what the fantasy genre needs Mature confident prose from a talented writercompelling assured intelligent five stars' SFXIn a world he does not know Poldarn's future is uncertain Pursued by invisible enemies and haunted by the demons of his past nobody can be trusted not even himself it seemsAttempting to piece together his own life from whatever scattered fragments he can find and dreams that hide as much as they reveal has brought him nothing but troubleNow all he craves is peace But will he find it on the island he believes to be his childhood home Or will this place hold terrors for him to confrontKJ Parker's SHADOW began a ground breaking new series that takes fantasy into remarkable new territory Now with Pattern the extraordinary story of Poldarn takes a new shapebooks by KJ ParkerFencer Trilogy The Colours in the Steel The Belly of the Bow The Proof HouseScavenger Trilogy Shadow Pattern MemoryEngineer Trilogy Devices and Desires Evil for Evil The EscapementSaloninus Blue and Gold The Devil You KnowTwo of Swords The Two of Swords Part The Two of Swords Part The Two of Swords Part Novels The Company The Folding Knife The Hammer Sharps Savages Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City My Beautiful Life.