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Live But In The Memories House Ofbut in the memories House of and Witness was suspenseful in a uniue way from the outset I could predict how the story would end who would live and who would die yet even so I found myself thoroughly engrossed the plot made no less suspenseful by an outcome foreseen view spoilerThe ghosts Magda in particular make Drozde s eventual fate clear from the outcome when they talk about what she always says and say it s so good to see her like thisthis is a special time and it s so short hide spoiler Completely solid ead other than the slow start that builds and builds to an amazing finish Glad I finally got ound to Adolescence reading it Wow Ieally enjoyed this bookI m a sucker for a tale where Story is important And this book if full of stories And ghosts Stories are what keep us alive here what keeps the ghosts alive Time is fluid and changeable We learn from stories and live within storiesThis particular story takes place in a relatively unfamiliar time and place As best I can tell Charles VI of Austria has died 1740 His daughter Maria Teresaeigns as archduchess Not everyone in the surrounding countries is happy about this Uppity women on thrones bah seems to be the attitude Prussia in particular is threatening war Under these circumstances a troop of soldiers and artillery are sent to einforce a spot of border Th. In the year 1740 with the whole of Europe balanced on the brink of war a company of Austrian soldiers is sent to the village of Narutsin to defend the border with Prussia But what should be a outine posting is uickly evealed to be anything but The previous garrison is gone the great house of Pokoj where they're to be billeted a dilapidated uin and the people of Narutsin sullen and belligerent Convinced the villagers are keeping secrets and possibly ,
Ey take up esidence in a crumbling mansion called "Pokoj The Soldiers Are Attended "The soldiers are attended the usual camp followers and whores The officers have their wives with them because apparently that was a thing back thenAnd there s Drozde described by some characters as a gypsy She s a puppeteer who entertains the troops with puppet shows She s accepted the bed and protection of the company s cook Molebacher Molebacher is a cunning and brutal man He s
managed to ingratiate himself with the company s commander Lieutenant Klaesto ingratiate himself with the company s commander Lieutenant Klaes a young soldier with scruples than are strictly helpful for a man in his positionDrozde has seen ghosts all her life The ghosts she sees at Pokoj however are vivid than any other ghosts she s seen And they have secretsThis is in part a story about women s dependence and about women s strength and INdependence Drozde and other women in the camp have made a pragmatic decision to take male protectors soldiers in camp even though it makes them whores in the eyes of the est of the world They look after each other Their lives are hard but they do their best There are other women among the living
and the deadthe dead stories we learn I think it s a eally strong feminist work without being strident or preachyIt s a good story that wraps other small stories up within itself Some of those small stories will stick in your mindI picked this. Onsorting with the enemy the commanding officer orders his junior lieutenant Klaes to investigate While Klaes sifts through the villagers' truths half truths and lies Drozde the uartermaster's woman is making uncomfortable discoveries of her own about herself her man and the house where they've all been thrown together Because far from being the empty shell it appears to be Pokoj is actually teeming with people It's just that they're all dead And the de. ,
Book up because it had Mike Carey s name on it and I ve enjoyed his work in the past I
M Not Sure Who Lindanot sure who Linda Louise Carey are in Rote Erde relation to Mike but I m glad they all wrote this book This book was wonderful but definitely a slow burn Think of aoller coaster where you are going up that first big climb slowly clicking your way up the incline and then it s a oaring ide of turns and stomach drops That s this book only the first half up to chapter 27 is that slow climb to the first drop But it is worth sticking through to the end because once you make that first drop the pace and intensity triples and all that build up pays off The book is a story about the strength found in telling stories what could be perfect Interestingly low key slow burn high drama It s not a huge epic tale spreading across vast swathes but a much small scale and intimate window into war one little incident one small village little people dancing to the tune of larger forces but altering their course in their own little ways the puppet metaphor is a well thought out one The star of this story is the people very well fleshed out characters you can understand and visualize and a layered
story gradually unfolded Make no mistake it s a dark tale full of tears shed blood spilled andgradually unfolded Make no mistake it s a dark tale full of tears shed blood spilled and shattered but despite all that you do walk away feeling if not good at least Ad know things about Drozde about the history of Pokoj and about the terrible event that is ushing towards them all seemingly unstoppable The ghosts of Pokoj the soldiers of the empress and the villagers of Narutsin are about to find themselves actors in a story that has been unfolding for centuries It will end in blood that much is written but how much blood will depend on Klaes' honour Drozde's skill and courage and the keeping of an impossible promi.