Doc Bladesong I loved the first book in this series Unfortunately this sequel has omitted all that made the first book good Estela s introduction to court life and her interaction with Dragonetz a
Doc Bladesong I loved the first book in this series. Unfortunately, this sequel has omitted all that made the first book good (Estela's introduction to court life and her interaction with Dragonetz) and left in all that was bad (page after page of exposition, usually disguised as Dragonetz ruminating on previous incidents and re-explaining to himself details of old political intrigues). One-fourth of the way into the book it felt like a long, dull slog. Life is too short to wade through dull writing.. Bladesong Viral Kindle A masterpiece A historical feast C.M.T.Stibbe, Chasing Pharoahs 1151 the Holy Land From the Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction Estela, the troubadour, is following the destiny of her beautiful voice Dragonetz, her passionate knight has a dangerous mission to fulfill divided by the times they love in, they fight to be together Imprisoned in A masterpiece A historical feast C.M.T.Stibbe, Chasing Pharoahs 1151 the Holy Land From the Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction Estela, the troubadour, is following the destiny of her beautiful voice Dragonetz, her passionate knight has a dangerous mission to fulfill divided by the times they love in, they fight to be together Imprisoned in Damascus, Dragonetz suffers the mind games inflicted by his anonymous enemies, as he is forced to remember the traumatic events of the crusade, two years earlier His military prowess is as valuable and dangerous to the balance of power as the priceless Torah he has to deliver to Jerusalem, and the key players want Dragonetz riding with them or dead Instead of remaining safely at home, Estela is desperate to rescue Dragonetz at all costs She sets out for the Holy Land, never realising that the person she thinks will be her knight s saviour might actually be his doom Can Estela get him out alive, despite Nur ad Din, the Muslim Atabeg M lisende, the Queen of Jerusalem and an avenger from the past Will she still want to, when she knows what they ve done to him Once the master of historical intrigue whirls the reader off into medieval mayhem Jean Gill s details of crusading strategy and riding a camel are as convincing as the pangs of medieval childbirth She brought medieval France to life in Song at Dawn now she adds 12th century Damascus and Jerusalem with equal aplomb Wonderful If you love historical romance and adventure, you must pick up this series Autumn Birt, Rise of the Fifth Order jeangill Sign up to Jean s newsletter for a free Jean Gill bookTrailer youtube watch v 5PREVetis1E. 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Bestseller Ebook Bladesong A Trickster Eric Novels reviewJean Gill asked me to read her historical novel "Blade Song" which is the second book in her "The Troubadours" series. She had previously requested a review for the first book, Song at Dawn, and I rated it highly so I was excited for the sequel. Now I have mixed feelings. I will examine Plot, Characters, and Polish and then assign a grade.PLOT There's good and bad in this one. I'll do the former and then latter. For the good there's the reconstruction of the Macguffin trope, same quality of research and the depth of scheming. A 'macguffin' is an object that starts conflict because people fight each other to get it and is meaningless in and of itself. This is not the case here. The fact that Dragonetz is carrying a Jewish holy book that is fought over by a Muslim and a Christian is symbolic of multicultural 'Otra mar' (Middle East) and of the Grey and Grey Morality of the setting. As for the research and scheming, they are on the level with the first book. There's Islamic poetry written in two languages (I assume one is Arabic), tensions between groups (and there are many groups) and varying levels of medical knowledge depending on the character. I very much enjoyed these parts.For the bad there's Dragonetz's improbable fame in a wide setting and Estela's hangnail plot. For the first, there are five people that want to recruit Dragonetz as their general/military trainer and they are: the ruler of the Saracen Muslims, both rulers of Christian Jerusalem (de-jury and de-facto) and the grandmasters of the Knights Templar and Hospitaler Knights. The backbone of the plot is an elaborate scheme by two of these people to recruit him or kill him so no one else can have him. It stretches my Willing Suspension of Disbelief because I don't see Dragonetz as that valuable and he doesn't either. For the second, Estela has a side plot completely unrelated to Dragnetz and when is connected, she becomes an extra; it feels like a hangnail. This book feels more loose and unorganized because it is on a grand scale. The first book is confined to a single city in France and is a smaller game board with fewer players. The second book is spread from France to the Holy Land and many more people are involved. When I realized that, I also realized that this book is written the same way) as its predecessor: It has the same multi player scheming, it has the same research into historical figures and trappings, it has the same commitment to character motivation. It's the Macguffin plot that can be blamed for the bulk of the problems and it made so much sense at the end of the first that I am willing to forgive it. CHARACTERS There's good and bad here too. The good is the web of alliances and information that connect characters. The bad is the downgraded villains.The thing I liked about the story is the web of alliances and motives and knowledge. "Sticky threads" as it's called in the story. One has to be aware of a lot of information and who is aware of what information and from what perspective each character views this information from. The climax is dizzying from this perspective but that's what makes it so impressive; Miss. Gill kept it all straight. It lends to the atmosphere of the setting because keeping track of this web is what rulers and generals and merchants, etc do everyday. It's the 'everyday scheming', as contrasted with 'epic scheming' that I liked so much about the first book.The thing I don't like is the villains seem less competent and more petty. Nur ad-Din and Melisende treat Dragonetz' book like a bauble and so they seem like children with nothing to better to do. De Raccon and Miguel likewise are like children plucking the wings off flies because their main motivation is sadism for imagined slights. This is easy to overlook because Bar Philipos, the main and plot moving villain (The Heavy), is exempted from this. Bar Philipos is a good villain. He's dangerous and evil but he's not pure evil and not without an understandable motive. He's much more competent and acts more like his age.Dragnetz' angst is good. In the first book it was implied that he was disillusioned by the second crusade but it wasn't until now that the source of it all was revealed. That part was interesting. I like seeing the change in character from the past to present day and on through the story; a flawed knight but a knight nonetheless.POLISHNo spelling or grammar errors. I feel some parts could be edited out but they are interesting on their own terms; characterization and such.Trickster Eric Novels gives "Blade Song" a B+ Disclaimer: This is a free review request. I was not paid for it in anyway except a free copy in exchange for an honest review.