Pub Date 30 May 2016
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*** BGS Gold Mark Awarded Book ***
Lockton Castle, a four day ride from Bayersby Manor, is in the grip of an epidemic. Concerned that the disease will spread if left unattended, Sir Edred sends young Apothecary Oric to administer to the sick.
Upon his arrival at the castle, Oric fears that something far more sinister than an epidemic is afoot. Determined to explore the castle, he waits until everyone retires to bed. The secret he unearths sends him racing back to Bayersby Manor before the inmates of Lockton Castle arise.
Mother Olive, soothsayer and troublemaker, chooses market day in the village of Kilterton to deliver a terrifying prophecy. Furious over the raucous disturbance the old woman causes, Sir Edred, Lord of Bayersby, instructs a notoriously zealous priest to nip Mother Olive’s dire warning in the bud. Father Chrispian delivers fire and brimstone sermons from his pulpit in St Griswald’s Church; does he pacify the country folk or make the already volatile situation worse.
Aided by his mentor, Ichtheus, his friend, Dian, and Parzifal, the faithful wolfhound, Oric battles to save all that he holds most dear.
5.0 out of 5 stars - Great Read Oric and the Lockton Castle Mystery – Book 2 by Lesley Wilson is a great medieval adventure. The story has lovable and intriguing characters such as Parzifal, Dian and Ichtheus. The genre isn’t one I normally read however I wanted to give it a try. I’m glad I did because it kept me interested throughout the entire story. I recommend this book to anyone who like medieval, adventure and fantasy stories.
5.0 out of 5 starsEven better than Book 1 From mad priests to rival lords and witch burnings, this book is a very genuine portrayal of medieval times. It is also a fun adventure story with well-drawn characters and great world-building. Book 2 of the Oric Trilogy is even better than Book 1, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys medieval fantasy. I shall be eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the series!
5.0 out of 5 starsI absolutely loved this book I wrote this review on goodreads as well.I absolutely loved this book! Even better than the first,this story follows Oric and his adventures in medevil times.You do not have to read the first one to understand what is going on,it is well laid out for you and the map in the front is a nice touch too! The relationship with Dian and Oric is sweet as it should be in a Young Adult title,but you can feel the electricity between them but there is tension there as well.But the story is so much more than that. There are so many places overall where I was actually hooraying out loud for the events that took place in the story! I was totally engrossed in this world and although I just finished reading it,I plan to re-read it again very soon
5.0 out of 5 starsNOTHING IS THE SAME AFTER THIS I am back for another installment of this rousing series. The usual suspects have returned as well: Oric, Ictheus, Dian and Parzifal( the wolf hound). Yes, he’s a main character, too—and as with any good dog, he holds up his scenes admirably. But there’s a thicker plot brewing this go-round. The field of villainy has gotten a little crowded. First, you have the old reliably devious Mr. Esica Figg, and his rogue’s gallery of henchmen and henchwomen. I have to hand it to Figg, he may be a backstabbing, lying thief and a murderer, but he hires women and pays them the same as the men. Next are Sir Ragnald and his son, Joffrey. Now this man was a bit scary. For he has the same intent as Figg: To unseat Sir Edred of his lands wealth and life, and replace him as lord of Bayersby Manor. The difference between Ragnald’s and Figg’s plan? Ragnald is a trained knight with an army of quality “trained” fighters. To make matters even stickier, he gains a bargaining chip that threatens to takeout Sir Edred without drawing a drop of blood. Whew! I know. It’s getting good. Last, but not least is…ah…Father Chrispin. The good father is a man of contradictions. He is a monk and he is holy man, but there is nothing holy about him. His claim to fame is his sermons were so ferocious that they scared the jammies off Guwain (Sir Edred’s son) and the rest of the students at the monastery where he taught. Let me state right here, that this man, is the very model of the modern raving Maniac! That’s right. With a capital M! Why would Sir Edred bring such a man into his beloved county, you ask. Well, not two weeks before, the local soothsayer: An old crone by the name of Mother Olive, prophesized that a rain of demons would fall from the sky on a particular day, and if every man, woman and child in the county didn’t abandon their homes and spend the night on a nearby hill, all would be slaughtered without mercy. Most of the populace was taking this pronouncement for gospel, but Sir Edred had his doubts. And felt Chrispin was just the type of fire and brimstone preacher to open the eyes of the people to the lunacy of this vision. If there was one thing Father Chrispin knew well, it was lunacy. He soon became obsessed that with Lady Malla, the local midwife and new bride of the one-armed knight, Sir Osgood. He declares her a witch and sees it as his holy duty to burn her. I hate to tell you, but he…wait a minute. I can’t give everything away. The final and most heartbreaking element of this story, was that at the end of the bloody battle between Sir Ragnald’s trained, seasoned army and Sir Edred’s army of worn-out knights and famers, is that Oric doesn’t come…oh crap. Giving too much away again. Let’s just say, things will never be the same at the end of this battle, and you will not want to put this book down. Read more
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful tale, this book combines the deep comfort of ... A wonderful tale, this book combines the deep comfort of tropes as old, and as well-loved, as Yule with a fresh and light-hearted style. The combination is a winning one. There's a lightness to Wilson's writing that raises its subject matter like a perfect souffle. I enjoyed every page of it, and laughed out loud a number of times.Just as a novel ought to do, Oric and the Lockton Castle Mystery stands completely alone, and yet it also forms part of a greater story arc. I look forward with great anticipation to the third volume in the series.
5.0 out of 5 starsMost enjoyable How lovely to meet my ‘friends’ again in the 2nd part of the Oric trilogy. Brave Oric, his mentor Ichtheus, his secret love Dian and let’s not forget his faithful hound Parzifal. Of course, there are also the required villains, some of which we have already learned to dislike and if we would have watched them in a play, most certainly ‘booed’ them at every appearance. Actually the Oric trilogy would make an excellent play or movie. Kids of all ages and most importantly the young at heart would love it. I am just glad it’s a trilogy and I cannot wait to find out how it will continue. It is easy for me to recommend you read both books of the Oric trilogy published so far. You will not want to put it down. Lesley Wilson is an excellent story teller. These books deserve a place up there next to Harry Potter and Eoin Colfer’s, Artemis Fowl