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The Green Branch (Heaven Tree #2)

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(2nd book of The Heaven Tree trilogy)

Young Harry Talvace, the son of Ralf Isambard's master-builder who raised the great church of Parfois and was put to death by his jealous patron, has grown up at the court of Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales. Deep in his heart he nurses a desire for vengence, and when Harry become innocently involved in the tragedy which strikes Llewelyn
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Sep 25, 2012 Gill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ep, other-times, 2012
I hesitated momentarily between 4 and 5 stars for this second in the Heaven Tree trilogy, but then realised I was comparing it to the first volume which I would have liked to have been able to award 6 stars out of 5, rather than with the multitude of other published books.

As usual Edith Pargeter's historical details, her writing and her characterisations are brilliant and very thorough. A few passages here made me aware that the same period and many if the same events told from another perspecti
Deborah Pickstone
Harry Talvace the son grows and goes forth. Ultimately this series of novels has a lot to say about human nature, the growth of individuals (or lack of it) and that a book (person) should never be read by its cover. Ultimately, it is about the possibility and power of redemption and about forgiveness and finally, about the nature and value of creative genius and the ultimate value of Life, the Universe and, a bit more than straight HF. You will either love the lilting language ...more
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Dec 22, 2016 Megan Rasmussen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as heartbreaking as the first book, but this on is slightly less enthralling.
It's hard to write a good second book in a trilogy. The structure of this book lends credibility to Pargeter's comments that she wrote the first book, loved the characters and wanted to see what happened, and wrote the second part. But the second part was so long, it turned into two books.

The emotional plot climax is in the middle of this story and it's a doosey! The truly amazing thing about it is that the twist is a historical fact that Pargeter has fictionalized! These scenes, and how Pargete
Set in the reign of Henry III, the Green Branch is a sequel to The Heaven Tree. The last book ended with gifted mason Harry Talvace being executed by Sir Ralf Isambard, while his family escaped over the border into Wales. Now Harry's son (also named Harry) has grown up under the protection of Prince Llewellyn and he has vowed vengeance. Harry attempts his revenge on Isambard, helped and hindered by Welsh border politics and the twisted character of Isambard himself.

The novel falls into roughly t
Oct 28, 2012 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent trilogy this. The story continues with young Harry Talevace, who was whisked from danger by his mother and Madonna Bernadetta as a baby. But he has a score to settle with the man who put to death his father and he means to carry it out no matter what. Unfortunately Ralf Isambard is a formidable enemy. It is hard to see which way the story will go! Love, hate, hate, love which is it???
A fantastic read, by a great historical writer. It keeps you guessing the whole way.
If you enjoy his
The son's story is not as compelling as his father's.
Despite many similarities between the two characters the father made me like him right from the fist scene while the son is an acquired taste.
Another thing which bothers me is that unlike the first book, this one doesn't have an ending.
Still I want to know the rest of Isambard's road to redemption though I'd enjoy it much more if Harry never redeemed his captor's great sins.
Jul 28, 2015 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Just not that into it... More love/hate dynamics that I just don't want to read. I want my characters more complex than this--they are too focused on one aspect of their personality ('goodness', loyalty, stubbornness, jealousy, etc.) for my liking.
Stopped on page 85, though, so I suppose it might get better.
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Oct 03, 2011 Gigi Berrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the middle book of a trilogy. Really like her writing style. Kind of difficult, actually, but beautifully done and makes you think. A book to ponder and savor while reading. Good story too--I wanted to know what happened so I went right to the third book.
Mar 02, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Há muito tempo que um livro não me tocava tão profundamente. É maravilhosa a forma, quase poética, com que a autora descreve pessoas, sentimentos, situações e uma época em que a palavra e a honra de um Homem o libertavam e o aprisionavam. Inesquecível!
Carla Nayland
Sequel to The Heaven Tree, continuing the story of Harry Talvace, master mason, and his patron and enemy Ralf Isambard. Review:
David Santiuste
The second part of Edith Pargeter's classic Heaven Tree trilogy. A marvellous book - a real pleasure to read.
Threasa Jenkins
I enjoyed the book, but not as much as I did the first one. I am, however, looking forward to finishing the trilogy.
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Novelist. Born September 1913 at Horsehay, Shropshire. Her father was a clerk at a local ironworks. Edith attended Dawley Church of England School and the Coalbrookdale High School for Girls. Through her mother, s
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