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- Print Length: 338 pages
- Publisher: EDGE-Lite (May 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XS6Z617
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- Lending: Enabled
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All In: (Volume Two) (The Book of West Marque 2) Kindle Edition
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Marcus Dawn, the novice priest was found guilty of killing the priest at Jonah's Sword because those who did it suspected that he might know that they really did it and why. The wild Marcus was sent to the ends of the realm: Axefell. The winters there are frigid which he finds out since he is sent there during the winter. If the brothers do not accept him then the sentence of death will be carried out. Cleo who is tasked with bringing him to Axefell and has taken it upon himself to teach Marcus using his staff as a tool when need be, is very effective. Marcus finds himself wanting to do well and be a better person, perhaps to make Cleo proud of him rather than in service to the Giver, but it's a start. When the two go out to tend to the villagers and exchange goods they run into problems when the head cheiftan's seventh wife is about to give birth and they want Cleo to deliver the baby but are not anxious to see him or Marcus leave.
You will also hear from Lara Mainhouse the young girl who is sleeping with her guardsman for fun and will grow up one day to be quite a dangerous lady, the Lady of Seawall, Genevieve Goodregard whose ambitions know no bounds and is so close to seeing them come true to having her husband become High Marshall, the gambler James Gallant whose part in this play will become clear, and Quentus the Dead Priest who seems to be several steps behind what is going on with his fellow Dead Priests as he escorts with his wife Sabine the young child who is possessed to the Dark Mother. In this book, the pieces will all fall into place and everything from the last book will make sense. I really love this series. The characters are truly engaging and you find yourself, in the end, rooting for them even when they are probably not the ones you should be supporting. Parkinson makes you feel deeply for the characters he has created. Whether it's annoyance at Lara's behavior toward Will or being impressed at her ability with a gun. Or agreeing with Cleo when he wacks Marcus with his rod or praises him for something good he has done and being amazed at how much the character has grown from the last book. And what's not to admire about the honorable John Gray who in the end makes mistakes just like the rest of us. The storyline is also incredible and complex and a fascinating look at politics and two religions in a realm with an immense power struggle. This book is a worthy follow up to the last book and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book.
The compliments of children are worth as much as their desires.
-Richard Parkinson (All In: Volume Two of the Book of West Marque)
I did like the plotting; it was rich with some very serious sub plotting, which again I am hoping would have been much easier to follow if I'd read the first volume.
In the kingdom, there is some dark sorcery going on. You are drawn into a host of intriguing characters: a mad daughter, a conniving noblewoman, a gambler, priests, a rather skanky noblewoman and of course, lecherous old men. The story offered little opportunity to get to know these characters, unfortunately, as it jumped about like water on hot oil.
I may give the first one a go to familiarize myself. There is a great deal of talent here that could make it worth the effort. As for the third, the jury is still out on whether or not I will be in a rush to read it. I don’t like to fight while I read!
I received a review copy of "All In: Volume 2 of the Book of the West Marque" by Richard Parkinson (EDGE-Lite) through LibraryThing.com.
Parkinson has a gift for vibrancy and keeping the reader's attention in the moment. However, the reader really must get the entire series to fully appreciate the story and character development. The book is essentially an installment more than a stand - alone piece. For that reason, I did not rate it very highly. Nevertheless, if the entire series were available in a multi-volume set, I might readily buy it for a young adult or fantasy lover.