The Third Peregrination
by Edward C. Patterson
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Review of The Third Peregrination by Mireille Reyns (Belgium)
"Rowden Gray harbored a secret in the hollow of his soul - a private terror kept from friend and family"
so starts part II of the Jade Owl series... Once again with The Third
Peregrination Mr. Patterson proove what a brilliant storyteller he is.
The plot thickens as the main characters of part I are joined by Sydney
and Rose, characters so beautifully drawn you can't help but growing very
fond of them. I greatly enjoyed learning more about triangulation, fascinated
how each member of the ch'i-t'ang discovers what special powers they have.
Sure, special powers not always easy to deal with, but highly needed when
faced with dangers of both earthly and the supernatural kind.
by Libby Cone "reconexegete" (Philadelphia, PA USA)
hits another one out of the park
Just when you thought everything was OK, the artifacts tell you otherwise! The Third Peregrination manages to be just as exciting and original as the first in this series, The Jade Owl. Now Rowden Gray's echt-academic ex-wife Rose, and overeager assistant Sydney, are added to the mix. Again, even though this story involves triangulations of objets d'art and magic banners, the prose sustains the most rational of readers. This volume can stand on its own, so one needn't have read The Jade Owl beforehand.
Reviee by Frost's Fancy at Rainbow Reviews
"The Third Peregrination
Sinologist Rowden Grey is back at the San Francisco Museum of East Asian Arts and Culture, formerly his dream career. The museum has benefited over many decades from artifacts and treasures provided by Rowden's late mentor, John Battle, including the mysterious treasures of China's only Empress, which impelled the events in the initial story. In this second volume, beginning after the "China Hands" return from China, the paranormal element introduced by the Jade Owl artifact becomes increasingly prevalent. Once again, Rowden, John Battle's son Nick, Nick's life partner Simon/Simone, and Rowden's new love Audrey, are put on the spot in a struggle for life, limb, and sanity as stakes escalate.
The Third Peregrination, second volume in Edward C. Patterson's The Jade Owl Legacy, is subtitled The Search of the New China Hands. Like its predecessor, The Jade Owl, the novel is riveting as escalating suspense has readers turning pages as fast as they can read. The continuing main protagonists are joined by a revolving cast of well-developed secondary characters who provide human interest as the plot lines begun in The Jade Owl further develop. Author Patterson never drops a stitch nor leaves a subplot dangling. Rife with suspense, character development, and a newly intensified focus on the paranormal, The Third Peregrination is a valid stand-alone novel, but will also inspire readers new to The Jade Owl Legacy to seek out the first volume and to eagerly anticipate the next book in the set. Once again, Mr. Patterson delivers don't miss excitement. Run, do not walk, to your nearest bookselling outlet and enjoy The Third Peregrination.
Review by Frost's Fancy
A masterful sequel to The Jade Owl
Just when you think a series can't get better, sometimes you receive a
wonderful surprise that the sequel in its own way outshines the original
Review by Todd Fonseca (Minneapolis, MN)
However, it is not only the relics that have changed, but Nick and Rowden as well. Something is happening to them. Haunted by dreams and mental glimmers which direct their path forward, they soon realize they are not just solving a mystery but are carrying out an ancient prophecy - a prophecy which could destroy the world.
In The Third Peregrination, Edward C Patterson continues The Jade Owl series. This installment brings back the wonderful characters introduced in the first book but also offers some new comers including Rowden's ex-wife. These characters add to the adventure by providing appropriate emotional conflict and story arcs to augment the driving fantasy mystery they are to solve. Where the first book was more cerebral and even paced, this 600 plus page novel really amps up the action and fantasy elements. As always, Patterson's accomplished technique and writing style are spot on. His characters are real and descriptions vivid. Similar to the first novel, I enjoyed the historical fiction and cultural lessons imparted throughout this novel.
This is the second of a multiple book series and while the ending is completely satisfying, Patterson introduces the thread which teases at the next installment. The Third Peregrination is a great read - 5 stars!
Review by Janc
Ed I love this whole series and look forward to the last two books. Any idea when they will be available?
I am thrilled to hear The Academician is part of the Jade Owl story line. I have it in my TBR file and will now move it to the top of the list. Thank you for clarifying how all of this ties together. Right before the last one comes out I want to read the whole series again so the characters are fresh.
Review by Ricky Sides (Athens, Alabama USA)
What a grand rollercoaster adventure
Just finished reading The Third Peregrination. In my opinion the author surpassed his first book in the series on all fronts.
In many ways this book is darker than The Jade Owl. The imprisonment of Rowdy and Nick was one example of this darker overtone as was the systematic torture of Nick.
Yet the book also had its light hearted moments. The competition between Nick and Rowdy to control the pot was one such moment.
The author's visualization, though very good in The Jade Owl, was better in The Third Peregrination. His descriptive narrative of the triangulations was superb as were the descriptions of the climatic last scenes of the battle to save the world.
Mr. Patterson's creation of the character Rose was a great blessing to the book. I found his handling of the relationship between Rowdy and his ex wife Rose to be both realistic and believable.
But most of all the author filled the book with action. As a hard core action adventure lover, this ramped up action had me hooked like a carp. The action scenes did not seem to be contrived or superfluous. I was surprised by two of those action scenes because I can generally tell when an author is leading up to such a scene. Mr. Patterson revealed the ability to take me by surprise in this book. That's not easy to do to a hard core action adventure reader who has read the number of books that I've read.
I recommend this read to any serious action adventure fan. I also recommend it to any fantasy fan. In many ways this is a great crossover book. There's enough science for the science fiction fan, action and adventure for the action adventure fan, and magic for the fantasy fan. Whether the manipulation of Chi is magic or science is up for debate. I found myself recalling something I once read. I know I'll get the quote wrong. It's been years since I read the passage but here's an attempt. "Science, if sufficiently advanced, becomes indistinguishable from magic."
Eager to read more.,
March 6, 2011