Crossing Mother's Grave

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Sequel to The Wrong Way Down.
Popalia and her protectors may have escaped the Regulator's fortress, but not without consequences. Tensions worsen within the priestess's group. Despite her gangs reproach, stubborn Popalia is determined to recover the holy artifact from the thieves who'd stolen it.

Further along this stretch of road is one of the responsible thieves, and she hides within a merchant's caravan less than a day ahead. By catching ...

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Overview

Sequel to The Wrong Way Down.
Popalia and her protectors may have escaped the Regulator's fortress, but not without consequences. Tensions worsen within the priestess's group. Despite her gangs reproach, stubborn Popalia is determined to recover the holy artifact from the thieves who'd stolen it.

Further along this stretch of road is one of the responsible thieves, and she hides within a merchant's caravan less than a day ahead. By catching that thief, Popalia believes a bargain could be made for their lives, as well as secure the next link in recovering her church's priceless relic.

Not far behind, and pursuing the outlaw priestess is Commandant Saviid Benning, who rages, "Damn her church, I want that priestess's head - the crows can eat her remains." The head-hunting party is closing in for the kill. Popalia is pinched between the hunters giving chase, and the fortress at Faradell Pass-gated, walled, and housing half a platoon of formidable soldiers.

Popalia's group, hungry to split up and make the run for their lives, stumble upon the merchant's caravan-looted and abandoned in the middle of the road. Out-running the blood-bounty behind them, and hoping for a miracle to get around the soldiers waiting atop the summit-preparing a reckless rescue mission wasn't fitting anyone's plans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615727599
  • Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Crossing Mother's Grave is the second book in a series by Jake

    Crossing Mother's Grave is the second book in a series by Jake Elliot. This second novel shows a great deal of growth by Elliot as an author. The first book introduced the characters and established the long term plot of the series. In Crossing Mother's Grave, the characters, the plot, and the author begin to find their stride.

    Elliot sums up the first book within the first chapter or two of the book, without having a "Previously in the series" rundown, which I really appreciate. A reader could enjoy Crossing Mother's Grave without having read The Wrong Way Down, but I believe one would enjoy this book more already having experienced the first one.

    Briefly, the series begins with a valuable relic being stolen from a religious site. The young priestess, Popalia believes it is her sacred duty to recover the relic, and, with her friend/protector elf Wynkkur sets out to find the thief and recover the relic. Along the way their band of misfit heroes grows as others join their cause.

    Like its predecessor, Crossing Mother's Grave is action packed. Elliot's characters are very well developed, and we learn more about the back story of many in this volume. The characters also travel along arcs, and learn more about themselves and each other. as they continue their journey together.

    Elliot steps up the action and battle sequences in this installment, and while there is mild blood and gore, it isn't anything too grotesque.

    There are three things that I really appreciated about this volume. One is the setting - much of the action takes places underground within a network of caves. Elliot did his research well, as a reader I could feel the difficulty navigating in complete darkness and trying to fight off invading orcs within increasingly narrowing caves. Another is the addition of additional mythical creatures such as gnomes, who play a small but crucial role. Thirdly, Elliot expands the mythology of his characters, I greatly enjoyed the origin story of the elves, and how it ties into the story's narrative, and indeed, its title.

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