The Dragon's Pool
by Edward C. Patterson
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Review from Rainbow Reviews
The Dragon's Pool continues the riveting tales begun in the first two volumes of this exciting paranormal/intersexual series. With Rowden Gray settled into the coveted position of Curator-General of the San Francisco Museum of East Asian Arts and Culture, married to his beloved Audrey and father of a toddler daughter and a new child due soon, life is sweet and often serene. The Jade Owl has been hidden away ~ far, far, away from Nick Battle, son and cultural heir of the famous "Old China Hand" John Battle, whose artifact collection the Museum houses-but the Jade Owl is not the only supernatural entity about to disturb the peace of the Museum and of Rowden, his family, and friends.
volume of Edward C. Patterson's extensive series The Jade Owl Legacy has
been a marvel of convoluted plotting, supernatural venue, finely delineated
characterization, and heartwarming romance, love, and attachment, set
in the subcultures of archaeology and the gay community of San Francisco.
The series records a paranormal legacy stretching from ancient China to
contemporary San Francisco and back across the oceans to China today,
with characters who each elicit the reader's empathy as their lives unfold,
and unusual and unexpected events run the gamut of the supernatural continuum
of probabilities. This reviewer enjoyed particularly both the paranormal
excursions and Mr. Patterson's cleverly delineated revelations of San
Francisco's multi-layered gay subculture. In any event, as with the two
preceding entries in The Jade Owl Legacy series, The Dragon's Pool is
another not-to-be-missed novel from accomplished and prolific author Edward
The book continues
the saga of the Chi' t'ang and their new friends as they explore the mystery
of the Dragon's pool at great peril to themselves. The Chi' t'ang has
powerful gifts that include (glimmering, telepathy, levitation and more)
not to mention time travel, to confound their enemies and get them out
of trouble at times.
Another amazing sequel to The Jade Owl
The Dragon's Pool
is the third in a masterful series by Edward C. Patterson. He is a Sinologist
extraordinairre. In The Jade Owl, we meet most of our protagonists in
San Francisco, Nick Battle, and his life-partner, Simon/Simone, Rowden
Gray, and the rest of the 'China Hands' that include some of the best
sinologists all interweaved in the history of China and the current study
of China. The Third Peregrination, Owl's sequel takes us back to China
and the China Hands once again, astound us with their courage, heart,
and the magic and power that is an integral part of this series -
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 Todd
A. Fonseca (Minneapolis, MN)
The China Hands Reconnoiter
After saving the world and fulfilling the warrants in The Third Peregrination (Book 2 of the Jade Owl Legacy Series), Rowden Gray welcomes a more traditional domestic life. Expecting his second child and preparing for a new display as curator at the museum, all seems well. Yet Rowden's dreams foretell a future adventure and he wonders why it is the gifts of telekinesis and telepathy bestowed upon him by the now silent artifacts remain. For Nick Battle however, these are more than just questions but a curse. Blessed with similar gifts, Nick dons a mask and cape living out his nights as a vigilante attempting to right the worlds wrongs one incident at a time. Around the world, the other China Hands are once again inexplicably drawn to one another to not only save loved ones from the clutches of time but complete a new warrant involving an even greater power than they had previously encountered or expected.
In this third installment of the Jade Owl Legacy, Edward C. Patterson once again delivers on an intriguing fantasy. Whereas the first two books focus around the relics which drive much of the story, this book takes a moment to fill in the back story for the main characters. Patterson weaves a complex and detailed tapestry of families, legend, history, destiny, politics, love interests, and conspiracy all with an international flair including the requisite destinations of San Francisco and China with substantial time also dedicated to Italy. This book brings back some of the strongest characters from the first book including Nick's partner Simone and many of the others who were either not mentioned or had small parts in the second offering. As usual, Patterson's descriptions, characters, and cadence bring great texture to a very unusual, educational, and engaging story.
While the first two books could likely be read independently, I think this book is best enjoyed if the previous books are read first. Also, a companion series (the Southern Swallow Series) provides readers with additional information explaining the origins of the relics and the references to the key characters referenced throughout the Jade Owl Series.
Patterson has truly
created an expansive and epic series with the Jade Owl Legacy. Though
all warrants appear closed at the end of this installment, Patterson throws
in a unexpected twist at the end leaving the door open for the next adventure.