Item description for The Voyages of Delticos by Peter Tomlinson...
THEY ARE FOUR - the scribe, the outcast, the stranger and one only half human. But the storm-lashed little band in its pathetic wooden boat is the last hope of a dying people devastated by plague and famine and ravaged by a desperate army of marauding cutthroats. Delticos, Kadrik, Bantius and the Man Half Made battle tyranny and lies, epidemic and dark superstition armed with only raw courage and the wisdom of ages to save a doomed race from extinction. Peter Tomlinson throws us back into the mists of memory when the earth was young, yet old; simple, yet complex; gentle, yet violent, in a satisfyingly self-contained novel that is also the pinnacle of his acclaimed Petronicus Legacy series. The Voyages of Delticos closes the circle of a ten-generation saga in which sages and warriors stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a war against ignorance and savagery to save the ancient world from an eternal dark age.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.95" Width: 4.96" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2007
Publisher Bewrite Books
ISBN 1905202601 ISBN13 9781905202607
Reviews - What do customers think about The Voyages of Delticos?
The trilogy continues ... Dec 28, 2007
The Voyages of Delticos is the third in a trilogy by Peter Tomlinson. Not having read the first two books, I had to struggle to place the characters and happenings in context. I had the distinct feeling that I had started the book in the middle.
Kadrik has journeyed across the ocean with Bantius to the Far Away People to find a solution to the plague that has struck his own land. While in the Far Away land he has met up with Delticos, a healer. The story picks up at this point, assuming that the reader is familiar with everything that has gone on before that point. Kadrik and his companions wander through the Far Away land to learn about his distant ancestor, who had made this journey ten generations before. He learns not only about healing but that he needs to question everything. At the end of his year of learning and questioning, he travels home with Bantius and Delticos. At home he learns that he had been given up for dead. Marauding bands roam through the countryside, and without leadership, Kadrik's people are fractured and hopeless.
Peter Tomlinson writes with a gentle low-key style that makes even the few battle scenes less than exciting. His characters are more interested in personal growth than in redeeming their homeland. The greatest conflict is not with the villain of the story, but within Kadrik as he contemplates becoming the leader of his people.
In spite of the low-key writing, the characters are engaging and well developed. The thesis that individuals must be prepared to constantly question their beliefs is presented in a way that moves the story forward.
Tomlinson's book is that rarest of creatures, the story that has a moral, yet does not feel like I am being preached to. I would be interested in reading the first two books of the trilogy to fill in the gaps in the story.
Armchair Interviews says: Good book, however it does not totally stand alone from series.
The Mists of Memory Revealed Dec 23, 2007
"Wherever power exists it will be abused; this is not a statement about the nature of power but about the nature of Man." These are the words of the hero Petronicus as written on the tablets of wisdom read by Delticos and discussed with the former outcast Bantius.
Four characters travel to an ancient land to learn the art of healing sickness that is devastating their homeland. But what Delticos, Kadrik, Bantius and the Man Half Man learn and experience will arm them with something infinitely wiser than natural healing techniques.
So begins the tale of these heroes who come armed to this strange but peaceful land. Welcomed by the Revered One and later by the natives, they learn what it is that causes dissension; and the answer is not power through money or weapons. The answer will leave you the reader astonished and reflective for quite some time.
As they study and listen, they learn that their questions will always continue and their answers will come from a still center to which they listen.
Lest you think this is only a collection of wise sayings, know that this novel is packed full of tense adventure and conflict, together with the ancient stories told about tyranny, secrets, distortions and crippling superstition.
The Voyage of Delticos is a fine adventurous novel with a perfect balance of action and epic wisdom that closes the Petronicus Legacy series.
Nicely done, Peter Tomlinson! A rousing good tale with plenty to appreciate even after the reading is finished!