In a world he does not know, Poldarn's future is uncertain. Pursued by invisible enemies and haunted by the demons of his past, nobody can be trusted-not even himself, it seems. Attempting to piece together his own life from whatever scattered fragments he can find and dreams that hide as much as they reveal has brought him nothing but trouble. Now all he craves is peace. But will he find it on the island he believes to be his childhood home? Or will this place hold more terrors for him to confront?
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Plot: What plot? It's farming, neighbourhood conflicts, and a volcano. And a very, very flaky and thread-thin connection to the first volume in the trilogy, with practically no ongoing plots from that one getting picked up here. Characters: Wooden and flat, and whenever someone interesting comes along he's soon made to do something completely out of character to counteract any possible character development. The book is supposedly about changes in the main character, but he's exactly the same on the last page as on the first. Style: A lot less confusing than the first volume of this series, but deeply boring instead. There is simply no real connection between the two books, and you are kept wondering why you should even care about what happens here. Plus: An interesting little society. Minus: The book thinks it's clever, but isn't. It disappoints after the first volume of the Scavenger trilogy, simply by not doing anything to advance the trilogy. Summary: I doubt there would be a noticeable gap if skipping this one and going directly from book 1 to 3. Especially seeing as it's back to the starting point anyway.
If you enjoyed the first book, the second of this trilogy will leave you speechless. Our hero Poldarn has returned to his supposed homeland with someone who may, or may not be his grandfather. As far as his appearance is concerned, he most definitely is one of their own, but he has (or rather, doesn't have) one very important thing. What that thing is, is the ability to read people the way his supposed family can. Has he lost this strange power during his travails over across the sea, or did he ever have this ability to begin with? And what of the mysterious crows? But more pressing matters come to the front, such as a marriage to a neighboring family's beautiful youngest daughter, and the volcano that appears to be blowing its top. A man could be forgiven for not wanting to spend any more of his energy to figure out just who he is, but for Poldarn the twisted truths that he will come to learn in this, the land of the raiders are perhaps more important than he realizes. This book was great, and the end is both shocking and unique (I've not read a book like it before). It's highly worthwhile a read. Buy it!