- File Size: 3035 KB
- Print Length: 104 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Broad Mountain Associates; 1 edition (May 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WCD0X2S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,079,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Children of the Keeper: Book 2 of The Cursed Ground (The Edhai) Kindle Edition
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The story is about Temper and her brother, Victor, captains on a city security squad, and their endeavours to locate a thief and keep the peace in the City of Wit when political, racial and religious unrest begins to unsettle the residents.
Like the first book, it’s solidly crafted and edited, and has a well-constructed plot and good characterisation, but is not particularly exciting in its treatment. The plot is more complex and less obvious, which is a welcome development, and though it doesn’t lag, it needs a bit more zing and a deeper theme development. Nevertheless it deserves Awesome Indies approval.
When I started this book, I was surprised and had to recheck that I was reading the right book. Though the blurb hinted at a new character, I thought that the old characters would surface first followed by new ones. But I was wrong.
The author plunges right into the action in the second book too! But it is in the viewpoint of another totally new set of characters and world. Well, obviously this is a part of the whole world built by the author. After a few pages in, it made sense. I felt that the author intended the books to be this way so that it all comes together in a circle. The first half of the circle was the first book about Tillmen and the second half starting at the furthest point from the people of Wit to meet in the center in the story. I for one won't take the starting point of a sequel to be from the end point of the previous book. Now I am wondering if the author would start with another different set of characters in the third book.
As for the characters, I felt they were a bit more detailed than the ones in The Child Stealers. I loved Temper with her righteousness and earnestness. Though she is loud and feared, she also has a soft side to her evidenced in the mid scenes. I was happy she wasn't taken in by the deviousness of the villains. The people and their customs are different from the Tillmen except their everyday struggle against the Cursed Ground and the increasing "Foment". I think the Foment is very much present in our times too. There are a few instances where the older familiar characters surface to add to the continuity of the first book.
This is also a short and fast paced book. Though it doesn't have much action like the previous book, it has enough adventure side to it to add to the interesting angle of the story. I didn't realise I was at the end till I came to the last page. It was that easy to read and written good without any excess narration. The book has answered few of the questions while hinting at the truth behind the kidnappings. Now I have a few more questions added to the list. I am expecting more from the next book. I can see where the author is leading with the questions raised in each book, keeping us eagerly awaiting the sequel with his each book.
I can't not wait for the next book to continue the adventures of Boon and Temper on opposite sides of the world. I would like to recommend this book to speculative fiction lovers while I go wait in a corner for September. That long? Sighs...
My rating : 5/5
My reread rating : 4/5
Floryie @ http://thebookdrealms.blogspot.com
The main character, Temper, is a caring, intelligent, headstrong female lead character and she possesses strong morals and ethics. I really liked Temper and I felt I was able to connect with her more easily in this book than I could with the main character of Boon in the first book.
There are a lot more characters in this story than in the first book, including some members from other groups of people. I found that Beacon is an interesting character, and there seems to be a lot more to him and his ways than was let on during this story and I’m sure more about him will be revealed further into the series. Apart from Temper, I also liked the characters of Temper’s brother and her great-grandfather.
As with the first book, Children Of The Keeper is well written and has detailed descriptions of the surroundings, the peoples, and the general way of life and beliefs the characters have, and it is easy to imagine this ancient world Mr King has created. The series is obviously well researched with the interweaving of historical aspects into the story.
This book was an engaging read and I found it quite intriguing. I have some anticipation about how the different peoples and characters are going to link up in the series and how they are all going to handle the “foment” and I’m looking forward to the next book. According to the author’s website, The Cursed Ground series will be a set of five short books.
Children Of The Keeper is a great historical adventure story and I recommend it to those who like historical fiction or adventure stories. If you’ve already read and enjoyed the first book in the series, The Child Stealers, you will also enjoy this one.
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Actual Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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