Review by: Grady Harp, “The Trilogy of Remembrance, Part Two: So much is in the title”
Mary E. Martin continues her survey of the life of England’s finest landscape painter Alexander Wainwright in this, the second volume of the Trilogy of Remembrance. If the reader has discovered the fascinating and engrossing writing style of Martin while reading The Drawing Lesson (Volume 1) then much of the energy that book engendered is passed into this second foray into the author’s investigation of art history and the place of art in history, and the characters who create that art. While it would be beneficial to read The Drawing Lesson first, Martin is cautious in presenting each of the now known characters anew for the sake of those who have yet to become acquainted with the unforgettable characters in that first volume. That is far too lengthy a way of saying that this book [ . . . The Fate of Pryde] is so solid that it can stand alone!
James Helmsworth, the art gallery owner, art dealer, and curator who has been relating the story of his favorite artist Alexander Wainwright in The Drawing Lesson, comments early on: `For over twenty years, I have had the honor of representing Alexander Wainwright, Britain’s finest landscape artist. Last year, when Alex created an entirely new school of art, I became the faithful chronicler of his life and artistic career. Now, sitting in the back of the cab, I was gripped by an intense sensation. Some might cal it a premonition – that I was about to witness another upheaval in his artistic vision.’ [Read more. . .]
Review by: Simon Barrett for Blogger News Network/Book Reviews
The Fate Of Pryde is the second book in the series The Trilogy Of Remembrance. In book one The Drawing Lesson the reader was introduced to Turner Prize winning painter Alexander Wainwright. [You can read the review here.]
The Fate Of Pryde once more takes the reader into Alexander’s creative world. Famed as a landscape artist Alexander finds himself with a very strange commission from an equally strange benefactor, Jonathon Pryde. The quest ostensibly is to take the painters wonderful creativity into the world of stained glass. A medium far different from oil paints and canvass.
I enjoyed The Drawing Lesson a great deal, and I was not really sure that Mary Martin could maintain the momentum with The Fate Of Pryde. Well, I was wrong! This book is even better. The reader is transported into the surrealistic world of the creative mind. [Read more . . .]
Review by: Magdalena Ball for The Compulsive Reader
Certainly the mystery that surrounds and motivates Jonathan Pryde and the poor ‘lost souls’ that inhabit his castle, drives the story rapidly towards its conclusion, but this is more than simply a story of suspense. The novel touches on some serious thematics such as the relationship between art and life, on both ethics and philosophical responsibility, and ultimately, on how we create meaning in our lives.
Jonathan Pryde is an enigmatic man. A generous benefactor and patron of the arts, he commissions artist Alexander Wainwright to do a series of stained glass windows in his French castle. Despite the Pryde’s obvious philanthropy, and the way in which this new project excites Wainwright’s creative sensibilities, Wainwright senses that something is very wrong in Pryde’s world, and his attempts to uncover the truth lead him on a fascinating and dangerous search through the notions of good and evil and how they manifest themselves in our lives. [Read more. . .]
Review by: The Bookbag
Alexander Wainwright is a little more settled after the upheavals we witnessed in The Drawing Lesson. His latest work, The River of Remembrance, has been critically acclaimed and it has Wainwright’s trade-mark magical light but the inclusion of recognizable figures is something of a departure. It’s this work which brings Wainwright to the attention of Jonathan Pryde, shipping magnate and legendary patron of the arts. Pryde is determined to buy River at any price and he wants to commission the artist to produce stained glass windows for his house at Venice in the South of France. And he wants to know if Wainwright has visions.
There’s something sinister about Pryde and his entourage, particularly the thuggish but educated Fizzy and wherever Wainwright and his friend Peter Cummings (winner of last year’s Man Booker prize, but struggling with his current book) go they seem to encounter the Pryde entourage. When Wainwright eventually meets Pryde, he’s tempted to look into the stained glass commission despite realizing that something is not quite right. [Read more . . .]
Review by: Vonnie Faroqui of Ink Slinger’s Whimsey for Writers In The Sky
I was giddy with excitement when Mary Martin contacted me to ask if I would review her latest book before it goes to print, The Fate of Pryde, book two in The Trilogy of Remembrance. “Of course, I would be thrilled!” Was my immediate response. As a reviewer it has been an honor to read and remark on Mary’s work.
I was first introduced to Mary Martin’s writing when I interviewed her for a Writers In The Sky Podcast about The Drawing Lesson which was book one in this series. Mary’s work is superb and she gave me one of the most enjoyable interview experiences I have had. That interview aired on 8/27/10, in iTunes, and is listed as item 76 . Since that time, Mary has become one of my favorite authors.
The Fate of Pryde more than lives up to its predecessor in the trilogy. If you are a lover of words, ideas, and beauty; if you enjoy concepts and abstraction; if you, like me, want a book that will make you pause and look up, caught by some nuance of thought-seed carefully planted by the author, you will appreciate The Trilogy of Remembrance. [Read more . .]
Review by: Glenda Bixler of Book Reader’s Heaven
The Fate of Pryde, Second in Extraordinary Psychological Suspense Trilogy by Mary E. Martin!
It was a routine introduction of an artist with a possible patron that begins this novel, but what Martin presents to readers is so well hidden… Reading along of normal actions within the art world may seem boring for some, tedious to others…But what that means is that you are missing the sense of mystery, the touch of the mystic and even sometimes the paranormal that surrounds this amazing merge of a fight between good and evil that will not only keep you in suspense until nearly the end but will have readers totally on edge wondering–What in the world is going on…
While the first novel certainly introduces readers to the artists’ world, the main characters and a sense of how the main character, Alex Wainwright, lives–somewhat in a cocoon of aloneness where he interacts with none, other than his muse–sometimes to the detriment of some of his personal relationships. The Fate of Pryde is much darker, devious. Think Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, except that Jonathan Pride is fully aware of his actions, spending his life trying to accept and justify his two faces. . . [Read more]