- 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: #3,286,867 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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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 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.
This is the second episode to be released of King's "Cursed Ground." Having assumed the episodes were just smaller chunks of a larger narrative, I expected "Children of the Keeper" to pick up where we had left Boon and the group he had assembled and continue from there. I was a little surprised - though not disappointed - to find I was wrong. While the main character lives in the same time and general geographic area as Boon and his companions, the Put people play a far less prominent - though obviously connected - role, and those mentioned are not the characters with whom readers of "The Child-Stealers" are familiar.
In this episode, readers are introduced to a young woman named Temper and her life as a child of the Keeper of the prosperous city of Wit and also as one of its guard. Temper is coming of age in a time where cultures are colliding and the citizens of Wit walk a fine line between restlessness and riot, as supplies and tempers run short and the wealthy design to take more power from the Keeper's position. The presence of Put in the city does not serve to help matters - though foreign people are welcome by order of the Keeper - as many citizens are suspicious of their intentions and of their teachings of the Becomer.
King seems to have found his groove with "Children of the Keeper," as the writing is decidedly more comfortable than the more formal language used in the first episode. The flow of language and character interaction is much more natural and relatable, without losing the quality of the prose and the rich detail of the first book. I was also pleased to see a much greater character development of the protagonist, as readers are allowed many more glimpses into what's going on inside her head vs. merely her speech and outward actions. Also noteworthy is the social order King takes great care to bring forward in the book, especially in the roles women play in the city of Wit and the work-life balance of its citizens.
One problem I had with "Children of the Keeper" that I did not have with "The Child-Stealers" was the sheer number of characters introduced. I had trouble tracking all the people mentioned in the story - though some were certainly more memorable than others - and in a story of this length, getting to know all of them in any great detail is impossible and many of them ended up being cumbersome to the narrative. However, "Children of the Keeper" was still a delight to read and a story I look forward to sharing with my family.
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Actual Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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