Patricia
Patricia asked:

Is it even possible to read this without reading the first 2 in the series?

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Roger Brunyate Actually, you could reverse the question. This is the one volume you could OMIT from the Quartet, as almost everything in it also happens in of of the other three books. R.
COLIN Towers of Silence is the only one of the quartet by Scott which I have read, and it is a great novel standing alone.
One of the few great novels of the 20th century, by the final literary giant.

English literature died long ago.
It's the words which matter.They matter more than the story.
Lobstergirl It's best to read them in order. Plotlines develop across all four novels (there's a lot of repetition). You'll be confused if you read them out of order.
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