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Pattern: Book Two of the Scavenger Trilogy Paperback – 16 May 2002
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- Publisher : Orbit (16 May 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1841491071
- ISBN-13 : 978-1841491073
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 3.81 x 21.59 cm
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But that's not his real name. He began the first book by waking up with amnesia and has struggled through various trials and tribulations whilst striving to find the truth about himself since.
You could probably get into this one without having read the first Shadow (Scavenger Trilogy) as there is enough exposition to bring you up to speed, but it might be better to start with that one in order to get the full story.
In this volume Poldarn has returned to what he is told is his childhood home, a remote land sparsely inhabited by a small number of families and is trying to pick up life there. With an arranged marriage on the cards and potential fuels, plus a volcano about to erupt, he doesn't seem destined to find a happily ever after...
Not a book containing many fantastical elements - save for a few narrative tricks with memory and some characters who can mind read - this does concern itself very much with depicting how arrivals in a place like the land shown here might live, their most advanced level of technology being the forge. And whilst the setting is well drawn and convincing it's pretty much all you get for a while, so there will come a point when you could be screaming for something to happen. Even the ever present problem of the volcano is largely a background menace and not the source of too much action.
Poldarn has to make choices, various memories do come back to him, and he finds how actions have consequences. Which leads to an ending that whilst being somewhat self contained also sets up the third and final volume,
Whilst Poldarn has learnt a lot more by the end of the book than he knew at the start, this is very much a middle book in a series and simply serves to move it along and develop things for the finale. The writing is very clever in regards to how his memory troubles are depicted and it presents the reader with some interesting moral food for thought at times but it lacks an epic scale and it's not as involving as the first book.
Should you wish to find out what happens next after this, the story concludes in a book called memory, the third and final volume of this story.