[The Raven's Seal] E–pub ↠ Andrei Baltakmens

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The Raven's Seal

Summary The Raven's Seal ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF A Murder A Fall from GraceA Mysterious Symbol That Could Be the Key to One Man’s SalvationWhen the body of Thaddeus Grainger's rival turns up stabbed to death in an alley just hours after their inconclusive duel only one suspect comes to mind Charged with murder Grainger's fate is sealed before his trial even beginsA young gentleman of means but of meaningless pursuits Grainger is cast into the notorious Bellstrom Gaol. This book came from Netgalley for review a long time ago sorry about that thank you to NG and the publisherI seem to say this a lot lately this was not what I expected It s a Dickensian Dumas esue dark mystery with fantastic elements I think that covers most of it That The Count of Monte Cristo is in the book s genealogy is without doubtIt all begins with a tussle in a tavern as Thaddeus Grainger defends the honor of a young working class woman against someone who sees her as fair game Thaddeus saves the girl Cassie Redruth and earns himself a duel with her aggressor to her dismay By the next evening Thaddeus is nursing his wounds but his rival is dead and not from their duel Thaddeus knows that and his friends believe it but the constabulary do not and he is arrested tried convicted and imprisoned he never stood a chanceAnd there s where The Count of Monte Cristo comes in except that the conspiracy behind the scenes of The Raven s Seal is much bigger and impersonal They don t care about Thaddeus or Cassie or even much about the murdered man The latter had to be put out of the way and Thaddeus was a convenient scapegoat As a larger entity this shadowy force is harder to discover harder to get at and harder to overcome especially when the troops arrayed against it consist of a young housemaid a man in prison an impoverished writer and an old man Goliath meet DavidThe description on Goodreads for this specifically states that it is set in late 18th century England and that surprises me I don t know if I failed to pay attention at the right times but I had this pegged as being set elsewhere entirely a setting that looks and sounds and smells like but isn t uite 17 something England I think that s my only real problem with the book is that the setting Bellstrom Gaol is fictional yet it was supposed to be England I could have wished for either of a footing in reality or a complete disconnect from reality It isn t a fantasy really at all but it feels like it ought to be In fact it feels a great deal like Ellen Kushner s fantasies of manners and that isn t in any way a bad thing

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Summary The Raven's Seal ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Abandon him But before they can win his freedom they must contend with forces both inside and outside the prison determined to keep Grainger behind bars and at the same time decode the meaning behind the crude wax seal that inspires terror in those who know its portentSet against the urban backdrop of late 18th century England The Raven's Seal unravels a tale of corruption betrayal murder and ultimately redemption and lo. Within the first few pages of The Raven s Seal my thought was this author is a fan of Dickens Turns out he has a PhD in English Literature with a special emphasis on that illustrious Victorian writer Don t get me wrong I love Dickens and I appreciated this homage to himAuthor Baltakmens does a than admirable job of evoking Dicken s marvelous descriptive prose without turning it into caricature Much of the story takes place inside a fictional prison Bellstrom Gaol at the end of the 18th c a place where money can decide if you live in relative comfort or if you are left chained and half starved in a dark dank cell and thanks to Baltakmen s descriptions it is very easy to picture the horrors of such a placeDicken s influence can also be seen in the characters We have the poor but pure good girl Cassie who will fight to save the hero even though she knows the class system will never allow them to be together There is the best friend William uillby a writer of course who will never stop fighting to save his friend There is the villain who can appear ever genteel while stealing the eyes from blind paupers And of course there is the hero Thomas who no matter the circumstances will remain heroic and continue to fight the good fight The story is also often moved forward by unlikely coincidences and murky motives again not unlike DickensAs in Dickens the mystery itself which really isn t much of a mystery is less important than the social commentary and Baltakmens does a surprisingly accurate job of describing the social conditions of Georgian England during the infancy of the Industrial Revolution Baltakmens is not the first author I have read who has intentionally tried to reproduce Dicken s style but he is certainly the best His prose is neither as rich nor as evocative as Dickens and he doesn t show the same sense of humour or irony but perhaps that is not a bad thing Dickens wrote contemporary literature for Victorians by writing in his style without pushing it to its limits Baltakmens has written a very entertaining and surprisingly accurate historical mystery while avoiding the melodrama and schmaltz reproducing Dickens can so easily lend itself to

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Summary The Raven's Seal ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Where he must uickly learn to survive in the filthy ramshackle prison The Bells where debtors gaolers whores thieves and murderers all mix freely and where every privilege comes at a price will be the young man's home for the rest of his life unless he can prove his innocenceDespite his downfall his friends the journalist William uillby and Cassie Redruth the poor young girl who owes Grainger a debt of gratitude refuse to. I have to admit that although I really enjoyed this book to begin with I reached a part where it was moving so slowly that I almost put it down But my curiosity got the better of me and I picked it up again I m glad I did I really enjoyed this very Dickensian novel and the ending was very satisfactory


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    [The Raven's Seal] E–pub ↠ Andrei Baltakmens This book came from Netgalley for review a long time ago – sorry about that – thank you to NG and the publisherI seem to say this a lot lately this was not what I expected It's a Dickensian Dumas esue dark mystery with fantastic

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    [The Raven's Seal] E–pub ↠ Andrei Baltakmens It's been a while since I've read a Historical novel that I've enjoyed so much The prose is lyrical descriptive and so evocative that you are easily drawn to the fictional town of Airenchester and the characters inhabiting

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    [The Raven's Seal] E–pub ↠ Andrei Baltakmens Andrei Baltakmens ↠ 8 Summary The fitst couple of chapters were a bit confusing lots of characters snd places When the story really started it was addictive I literally read all night much to my wife's chagrin Many reviews have compared this book to Dickens Of course it is in the wrong century and nobody ever compares to the core Dickens novels Having

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    [The Raven's Seal] E–pub ↠ Andrei Baltakmens I have to admit that although I really enjoyed this book to begin with I reached a part where it was moving so slowly that I almost put it down But my curiosity got the better of me and I picked it up again I'm glad I did I really enjoyed this very Dickensian novel and the ending was very satisfactory

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    Read The Raven's Seal [The Raven's Seal] E–pub ↠ Andrei Baltakmens This was an early reviewers copy via LibraryThing The author is an expert on Charles Dickens and this book has strong influences from that uarter I'm not a Dickens fan so I approached this book with a bit of wariness but thankfully for me it's much easier to read and take in than CD In fact the prose and language used are really won

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    Read The Raven's Seal Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Andrei Baltakmens Andrei Baltakmens ↠ 8 Summary Within the first few pages of The Raven's Seal my thought was this author is a fan of Dickens Turns out he has a PhD in English Literature with a special emphasis on that illustrious Victorian writer Don't get me wrong I love Dickens and I appreciated this homage to himAuthor Baltakmens does a than admirable job of evoking Dicken's marvelo

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    [The Raven's Seal] E–pub ↠ Andrei Baltakmens Historical fiction is a difficult style of writing The author has to be authentic modern archaic and updated all at the same time It must feel right but it can't go overboard into the historical details and forget the narrative The Raven's Seal Andrei Baltakmens is a great example of how it should be doneThe story is set in the fictional 18th century city of Airenchester England The mystery begins when the body of Thaddeus Grain

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    [The Raven's Seal] E–pub ↠ Andrei Baltakmens Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Andrei Baltakmens I started reading this by using the Kindle's text to speech option It is a testament to this book that I remained interested enough to continu

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