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The Palace (The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres, Book 2) [Paperback]

Laura Lond
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

February 20, 2004
"The Palace" is Laura Lond's continuation of the "superbly written" story of Jecosan Tarres, as reviewed by readers young and old alike.

Having completed his difficult journey, Jecosan makes it to his destination – the king's palace – but so has his enemy, whom he is yet to discover. Jecosan enters in service to the king as a kitchen worker, proving himself worthy of the task and more. Still, he has much to learn while looking to fulfill his purpose. Although court life is luxurious and splendid, it is also complicated, with its hidden laws and unspoken rules. King Alvard III is a young and ambitious monarch whose hot temper is only restrained by one fearless lord, and in the presence of his sister, Princess Arvelina. Seeking counsel from the magician Henky-Roo, the king orders for the ancient Book of Light to be stolen from the neighboring kingdom of Tirgan. Little does he know that in doing so he may destroy his own country and people. Reports of a mysterious horseman being seen throughout the area thwarting the army and deterring the plans against Tirgan only infuriate the king.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I personally like the second book better than the first, and I hope my readers will, too. The book is very different. There are many new characters, some of them with very strong personalities, so you may even feel that Jeco, the main character, is somewhat pushed aside. This was meant to be, as we see a much grander picture unfold; but Jeco is still there, very close to the center of all events if not in it, so his fans do not need to worry.

I am being asked time and again whether "The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres" is a children's book. No, it's not, though it is perfectly appropriate for children and especially recommended for family reading. My readers' ages range from 8 to 101 years old. I wrote the book for all generations to enjoy, and I am very happy to see it happening.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Salem Communications (February 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594672466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594672460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,841,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Read for Any Age! April 24, 2004
By A Customer
This is a wonderful book for family reading. It stresses positive values while telling a fascinating fantasy story. The second book in a series of 3, this book adds a variety of interesting new characters while continuing the tale of Jecosan Tarres.
I read this to my daughters each night before bed and the only problem I had was that they never wanted me to stop. "Please, just a little more...." became the nightly plea. Actually...I confess, when they went to bed after the third evening of reading aloud, I sat and finished reading the entire book because I couldn't wait to see what happened!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a worthwhile read that is exciting, entertaining and kid-safe.
.....But be sure to read the book 1 in the series first!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable November 9, 2006
By A Customer
Jeco completes his trek to the capital of Kanavar, Meoria (see THE JOURNEY), but has no idea what to do next to accomplish his mission of preventing a war. He accepts work as a kitchen helper at the palace, but is confused as there is no indication of anyone preparing for battle. Still he patiently waits figuring the Elgur messenger of the heavens would not have sent him on this quest if the danger was not real.

The former blacksmith apprentice soon obtains a job in the royal library where he meets powerful Lord Farizel Narr, who likes the youngster's enthusiasm and begins tutoring him on languages and the history of his country. The intelligent lad appreciates the lessons, but also realizes how important his mentor is to the kingdom; as Narr along with the royal sister Princess Arvelina keeps King Alvard III from invading neighboring Tirgan as the monarch wants to crush the followers of the Book of Light going so far as to hire Henky-Roo a magician in league with demons to advise him on things the ruler considers supernatural.

The first book is an excellent coming of age fantasy, but is straightforward as for the most part readers follow Jeco's escapades. THE PALACE is as exciting and entertaining, but much more complex as multiple story lines provide the reader with activities that the young hero is unaware of such as the plotting of the vile sly magician who persuades his employer to steal the Book of Light. Readers will enjoy this middle tale as the battle of good vs. evil seems imminent as Jeco realizes he is in the eye of the storm with the heavenly objective of his mission seemingly headed to failure. This is a terrific tale better enhanced by reading Jeco's journey first.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Edifying-What More Could You Want! March 2, 2006
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Why would you want to read "The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres" yourself? Because it is full of happy times, suspense, noble sacrifice, heart-thrilling beauty, dramatic rescues, bad guys that get their just deserts, and good guys sticking to their principles against all costs-which brings to them a satisfying reward. Reading this thoroughly enjoyable story will change you, if you let it. It illustrates the basic principles of integrity, honesty, loyalty, and reaping what you sow. After finishing Book #2, I found myself comparing different aspects of the plot to my own life. By experiencing the story I was encouraged to improve myself and my own disciplines. I usually don't read a book again until several years have passed, but within a week after finishing the first two, I gathered my kids together and we have started at the beginning, reading "The Adventures" aloud and discussing its analogies.

All three books will need to be purchased to complete the story, so be prepared for the agony of an unfinished high-point if in your eagerness to dive into this pleasurable tale you begin reading without the final edition in your possession
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme Part 3! January 26, 2012
Great little allegory, fantasy, adventure with lovable characters, truly evil villains, and most people just selfishly huddling someplace in-between, concerned only with their own hides. The plot thickens, more characters are added, and this story is more complex than the first, but it is an equally engrossing page-turner with lots of interesting lessons to contemplate. It would be great to read and discuss with your children, or just enjoy on your own--a story for people of all ages. This is not a stand-alone book and should be read as a trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up! April 19, 2004
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I have been anxiously awaiting the release of "The Palace," Book 2 of "The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres" trilogy, and I am not disappointed. The story of the young blacksmith Jeco and his unusual quest is continued in the same captivating manner, with more depth added to it and fascinating new characters introduced. Since this is a trilogy, not a series, and the plot of the second book heavily depends on the previous one, I recommend that you read Book 1 first.
There is so much I could say about this book, but I don't want to spoil the reading for you, so I will not reveal the plot. I will only share about one of the many sub-themes I enjoyed - the relationship between Lord Farizel and Princess Arvelina. The life of the nine-year-old princess is defined by strict court etiquette and scheduled to the minute. In many ways, Arvelina is forced into adulthood. While she does show more maturity than a typical nine-year-old, she is still just a girl, a child who wants to be loved. Lord Farizel, her former teacher, sees that. Although he is no longer responsible for the princess and has many other duties, he steps in to fill the void whenever he can.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book, entertaining and with lots of take aways. I read the entire series!
Published 11 months ago by Gin (New England, USA)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
very good reading well thought out and imaginative. look forward to the sequel. recommend to all readers. read the prequel also.
Published on May 29, 2014 by Walter Illes
4.0 out of 5 stars This second book really turned the trilogy around
The first book left a bit of longing hanging that this middle book resolved. Jeco is a neat, improbably strong character of humility and grace.
Published on March 25, 2014 by David Bergsland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
I found this to be a very well written series that kept you turning the pages! I couldn't wait to continue the journey as each book ended. Read more
Published on December 30, 2013 by Eric Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars fluff
It was ok, nothing to get excited about I did read all three booksjust to see what happened to the characters.
Published on December 9, 2013 by reader1
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Really liked the book. Should have looked to see it was a trilogy, but it was worth it. Good Book
Published on August 1, 2013 by Judith A. Fiedler
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd book in the series
Entertaining, easy storyline to follow, adventurous, read series then gave to my 12 yr old, who also enjoyed the books. Purchased for kindle, good price.
Published on July 26, 2013 by Christy Hensley
4.0 out of 5 stars good bool
very good book, fun to read to see how the friends will hadle the trouble they encounter. No cussing either
Published on April 12, 2013 by wanda sims
4.0 out of 5 stars Tarres
This book was very enjoyable. I had to buy the rest of the series I enjoyed it so much, and needed to find out what happened
Published on March 20, 2013 by Christine J. Kiddoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs help.
The Palace needs major proofreading. The story was OK, but it read like the author didn't make it beyond fifth grade.
Published on December 5, 2012 by elder allen
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