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The Heaven Tree / The Green Branch / The Scarlet Seed (Heaven Tree Trilogy)
The Heaven Tree / The Green Branch / The Scarlet Seed - Heaven Tree Trilogy
Author: Edith Pargeter
Beloved author Ellis Peters, creator of Benedictine sleuth Brother Cadfael, penned this superb trilogy under her real name nearly 30 years ago. The story spans roughly the first third of the 13th century. Pargeter weaves her tale into the politics of medieval England and Wales, and her knowledge of the period is most impressive. The trilogy tell...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446517089
ISBN-10: 0446517089
Publication Date: 10/1993
Pages: 899
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4.3 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 5
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I was so glad to find this book available in such a pretty edition (slipcased hardcover Omnibus of three volumes) from a fellow PBS member, as I first read it in three different volumes from a library many years and many states ago and haven't seen it since.

The creator of the beloved Cadfael has created in this series another domain in the detective monk's world--Shrewsbury is a nearby location, but the monks of the abbey are minor but significant characters. Rather, this trilogy focuses on Harry, a nobly-born mason and artist who makes his fame in the world by his craft, having given up his name and lands in a conflict early in the first volume. His great accomplishment is the "Heaven Tree," a beautiful stone church on the border of Wales. His artistic genius occasions his opportunities and his personal firceness occasions his troubles, though he acts with great loyalty and integrity. THese bring his demise by the end of the first book, and the second and third follow the young life of his son, who takes up his cause and his enemy, though with an unconvincing taking up of his artistry in stone.

The characters of this series written almost fifty years ago are satisfying in the way of conveniently noble questionable characters, and tricks of the plot that enable people to come short of many opportunities for bad deeds. But what a lovely world to live in for the duration of reading this book! The ending is satisfying and a good mirror to the beginning, to the first volume. Enjoy!
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Set in the 13th c. along the English/Welsh border, this book will grab you, toss you around, and leave you emotionally drained. It has it all -- a compelling story that includes romance, violence, political intrigue, love, betrayal, loyalty, honor, artistry in addition to lovely writing, vibrant historical detail, and multidimensional characters. I LOVED this book!


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