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David C. Cook In the Arms of Immortals, Chronicles of the Scribe Series #2

In the Arms of Immortals travels a richly imagined journey into a key moment of history...the arrival of the Black Death in Europe. Tautly suspenseful and deeply moving, this novel will deftly lift readers into its fascinating narrative of angels and demoins, mortality and immortality.
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Review 1 for In the Arms of Immortals, Chronicles of the Scribe Series #2
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:December 30, 2009
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Michelle Sutton
While I found some aspects of this story interesting, it was also quite confusing. The writing was good, but I often felt a bit disoriented while jumping from each person's point of view. While I got that it was medieval Sicily, sometimes it felt like the characters were not connected to reality. I'm not sure how to explain it. They had a lot of internal thoughts that were deep, but it was hard to get to know each character. They all seemed confused. They said things that seemed to contradict who I thought they were based on previous scenes. Like I said, a bit confusing.But there was a lot of edgy content like innuendos regarding perversion and such, though nothing actually happened. Also, the descriptions of the plague were quite nasty, so if you have a weak stomach you might find that a bit much. There was a lot of tragedy and death as well. At the same time there was a good spiritual message, but it did seem like some loose ends weren't wrapped up, which might leave some people frustrated. I did like one part of the ending (regarding a few survivors) and thought that was a beautiful way to resolve their prior heartache.I don't really like the scribe concept, though, and I didn't like it in the previous book either (In the Shadow of Lions). I think it would've been better if the had author stuck with the actual historical setting for the story and stayed there.I enjoyed Dark Hour and In the Shadow of Lions. This story...not so much. But it was never boring. I guarantee that, which is the reason I finished it. I kept wanting to figure out what the point was. People who like stories set in reading medieval settings or time travel novels might enjoy this despite it being a bit disjointed. I plan to read the next book in this series when it comes out. Hopefully it will make more sense to me than this story did.
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Review 2 for In the Arms of Immortals, Chronicles of the Scribe Series #2
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:November 20, 2009
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Deborah Kelly
Kind of a quirky presence that will appeal to young people raised on The Hobbit and Harry Potter books. I enjoyed the literate writing and Christian message that wasn't preachy.
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Review 3 for In the Arms of Immortals, Chronicles of the Scribe Series #2
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5 out of 5

Date:September 17, 2009
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Christy Lockstein
In the Arms of Immortals by Ginger Garrett is the second book in the Chronicles of the Scribes series. It is a beautiful October day in 1347 on the island of Sicily when a mysterious ship comes ashore. Not long after its lone passenger sets foot on the island, people start dying, horrifically and suddenly, and no one will be left untouched by its wake. Not the beautiful daughter of the baron or the knight who loves her. The outcast female healer or the town priest she once loved. Mariskka, once a hospice nurse, now an author with a secret, had no thought of anyone else, including those residents of Sicily until a strange force propels her into the past and forces her to face its horrors. Garrett has stared an enigmatic and fascinating series with the Scribes, and I hope that it doesn't end any time soon! She has a rare talent for writing about the invisible spirits around us that make them come to life and feel real without ever being hokey. Her recreation of the Black Plague is difficult to read, but all too easy to believe. Death, followed by violence and bloodshed keeps the pages turning, even as the reader wants to turn away from the darkness that is so realistically rendered. I love this completely original series with its depiction of the past along with angels and demons!
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Review 4 for In the Arms of Immortals, Chronicles of the Scribe Series #2
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:September 17, 2009
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Jen Quiverfullfamilycom
Easily read as a stand-alone novel, Garret shifts the focus of her new work to Marisska the bitter, self-absorbed hospice nurse we met briefly in the first novel. The thread of the series is passed on to Marisska as she too encounters the Scribe and angelic beings. Sent back in time to the year 1347 in Sicily, Marisska is unable to communicate with those around her and is perceived as a mad woman as she tries to warn the local citizens of the plague about to befall them the Black Death.The theme of spiritual warfare is incredibly well developed in this novel; Garretts hugely powerful angels are the best fictional depiction Ive ever read. Her characters throb with life excepting the honorable knight Armando, who was somewhat flat. The one character I wanted so dearly to like, if only there was more of him there to read. His relative underdevelopment and an epilogue that jumps to a previously unforeseen conclusion are my only complaints.Readers who appreciate thoughtful historical fiction should avail themselves of Garretts work immediately. Her words paint a beautifully, multi-textured story, full of rich emotions, vivid detail, and unforgettable characters. Though I rarely read a novel twice, Im keeping my copies of the Chronicles of the Scribe series on the shelf to lend out, and more importantly to savour once again myself. With only one novel left in the series - In the Eyes of Eternity Im hoping that Garrett will continue to write absorbing historical fiction for many years to come.
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Review 5 for In the Arms of Immortals, Chronicles of the Scribe Series #2
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:September 17, 2009
In the her second book about how women changed the Church Ms Garrett has chosen the time of the Black Plague. The nurse who stole the manuscript in "In the Shadow of Lions" is sent back to Sicily by the Scribe to experience the Black Plague and God's love and wonderous creations. We see how the Church has become the only method anyone is allowed to use to talk to God and helps to shut out those women who are gifted by God in healing knowledge. Although the horrors of the plague are described in graphic detail we encounter a world that is populated by angels and demons walking amidst the population unseen except by a few. These angels are the old fashioned angels, large and strong and strange looking capable of fighting a good fight for a human covered by the Blood of Jesus, not sissy looking babies. It was rather refreshing in that manner. I did find the greusome descriptions of the effects of the plague rather unsettling but obviously well researched. The story moved along quickly and the characters were developed in such a way as to make me care about their thoughts and actions. I didn't think it was as good as "In the Shadow of Lions" but still found it an interesting read.
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Review 6 for In the Arms of Immortals, Chronicles of the Scribe Series #2
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:September 16, 2009
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jubilee
Rarely does a sequel live up to the original. And you never hear of a sequel surpassing the original in quality and creativity. Until now. Ms. Garrett has exceeded my expectations for this novel. And since I enjoyed In The Shadow Of Lions so much, this was not an easy task.In the novel, In the Arms of Immortals, the reader learns a little more about the angels that are charged with the care of the humans in the story. A highlight for me. Ginger Garrett has a unique take on the appearance and the visage, of angels sent to guard over her characters. Fascinating.Ms Garret brings so much to the novel in the way of background. The environment of her characters are described so that the reader feels he is standing in Mariskka's entry, gazing at Gio's masterpieces, or watching rancid, dark boils rise up on an unsuspecting victim of The Black Plague.Her infusion of women's issues round out the book - an added element that provides layers to the already distinctive story. A story that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.Reveling in her new found wealth, the main character In the Shadow of the Lions, Mariskka is thrust into Medieval Sicily when the church ruled men's lives and barely noticed the women. She becomes witness to an unfolding epidemic that cannot be explained, let alone cured. She must find her calling in a town that would rather beat her and leave her for dead, just as soon as look at her. Her task is daunting, but not more so than Gio's role.Gio is a curiosity - sometimes feared and often the last hope for ailing villiagers. Her personal secrets far outweigh her professional secrets of healing herbs. She shows a greater compassion than is ever shown to her and yet it is tainted by her anger and unresolved issues with the town's priest, Lazzaro.Both of these women find purpose and hope, though the struggle to get there is a long, difficult road.
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Review 7 for In the Arms of Immortals, Chronicles of the Scribe Series #2
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:September 16, 2009
Ginger Garrett knows how to take a risk. Talk about a topic there aren't many books on, maybe for good reason... the Black Plague. We step back in time to 1347 in Sicily. There we meet a couple of different women from different stations in life. Gio is a recluse who is a natural healer, she uses herbs, spices and natural cures to help people but she is looked down on by people (unless they need her help) and spat on my children. She is at odds with the local church man for reasons we don't see until later. Panthea is a daughter of leisure who's father is in charge of the village and they live in the castle. She is promised in marriage to a knight who loves her, but she just can't seem to be happy with that. A mute woman arrives in town just as things start to change. The part of the book that I sometimes have trouble with is the Scribe and how the woman got to the village. But if I get past that confusion the story itself is very interesting. The Black Plague starts to break out and we see how everyone reacts differently to the death and destruction. The hardest part of the book is reading the descriptions of the Black Plague doing its killing, but I think Ginger handles that well. Overall this is a very interesting book that sets itself apart by the unique subject matter it brings to light.
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