Pattern, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


K.J. Parker's SHADOW began a ground-breaking new series that takes fantasy into remarkable new territory.

Now, with PATTERN, the extraordinary story of Poldarn takes a new shape. 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? Look out for more information on this and other titles at


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781841491820

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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 <i>Scavenger</i> 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.

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I love this series so hard, and it's so frustrating because I know that none of my friends are going to want to read it!

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