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Devlin's Luck: Book I of the Sword of Change [Mass Market Paperback]

Patricia Bray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1 April 2002 Sword of Change (Book 1)
The once mighty kingdom of Jorsk is in decline, its borders beset by enemies, both worldly and otherworldly. The king has retreated to the capital, abandoning the far-flung provinces. The only hope of the people lies in their Chosen One, blessed by the gods as defender of the realm. But of late every Chosen One has died, targeted by the harshest of the enemy attacks.

Only the most desperate of men now seek that post. Devlin Stonehand is a desperate man. Overwhelmed by grief at the death of his family, he has lost the will to live. But he has vowed to provide for his brother’s widow and children, and the post of the Chosen One carries with it a substantial reward.

For Devlin, a farmer and metalsmith, it is the answer to his prayers—prayers that include a yearning for the oblivion of death. After he has won the post, though, Devlin discovers that sometimes the hardest goal to achieve is that which had once seemed the simplest. For unlike the other Chosen Ones, he persists in surviving. Are the gods just tormenting him further, or does he have a greater destiny than he imagined? Can a man who courts death ever truly come to embrace life?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books; Reissue edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553584758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553584752
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 9.7 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping action fantasy 28 Jun 2003
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The kingdom of Jorsk is under attack, its borders menaced by both unidentified raiders and unnatural creatures. A weak king, ill-advised by his courtiers, has withdrawn to the safety of the capital city, ignoring the plight of the border-lords and their people. And to this insular indifferent city comes a dour scarred stranger to take the long-vacant post of Chosen One, appointed by the Gods to answer any plea for aid or justice no matter how desperate...
Fast-moving action that keeps you on the edge of the seat, with an intriguing hero whose history only gradually becomes clear. One of the best fantasies I've read this year. Should appeal to anyone who enjoyed Carol Berg's "Transformation" or Lois McMaster Bujold's "The Curse of Chalion".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong heroic central character 18 Aug 2003
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I loved this book – a combination of fantasy and action. The central character is Devlin Stonehand, who has come to the capital city of the kingdom of Jorsk to try for the job of Chosen One. It involves a trial of the Gods, where if he is not accepted as the next Chosen One the applicant will wind up dead. If he is chosen, he will be placed under a Gaes which will compel him to act when the Kingdom is threatened, no matter the cost including that of his life.
Of course, Devlin becomes the next Chosen One and for the remainder of the book, he fights the good fight against both physical threats to a declining kingdom, and also against possible betrayal from the kings own Council.
The highlight of the book for me is Devlin himself. He is so stuffed with honour and heroism, and genuinely has trouble understanding why the average man and woman are not as he is – ready and willing to fight for his family and friends, and to die for what he believes in. For most of the book he actively seeks his death due to events in his recent past, which have lead him to trying for the role of Chosen One to his countries conquerors in the first place. Other characters are necessarily less well drawn, with the exception of minstrel Stephen. Those that are featured are mostly warriors in the form of guards and other fighters, which Devlin clearly admires about them, and those that first come to see the truly admirable (in terms of the needs of the Kingdom) Chosen One. Devlin carries this book, but he is strong enough to do so. Not perfect, probably an uncomfortable person to be around if he were flesh and bone, but a perfectly heroic character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hero for all seasons 16 May 2003
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Devlin is a man, a hero, disgraced in his own country who travels to the capital of his nation's conquerors. Arriving cold, hungry, threadbear, and disillusioned he takes a test, which if he fails will kill him, to become the champion who will right the ills of the empire.
He passes the test and receives a monetary reward which he promptly despatches to his own country to pay certain, self imposed debts. Having done all he has set out to do he begins to seek out his fate, expecting to die very soon.
What follows is a series of adventures which should satisfy the most demanding fan of "sword and sorery" fiction. Note that this is more sword than sorcery which, in my opinion, makes it a far better book.
I knew nothing of Patricia Bray until I stumbled on this title on Amazon. I'm now waiting impatiently for the next instalment due out soon.
Until now Ms Bray has been known for her Romantic fiction. I'm not a huge fan of the torn bodice style of writing but I'm prepared to make an exception for this lady.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Annoyingly addictive 25 Jun 2012
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I was not that enamored by the book, the whole premise of the chosen one was a bit .... But it kept me coming back and reading it.

There are some massive holes and the author fails to make the empire it is set in feel like an empire at all.

I could argue the book felt like it was written for children rather than adults as I don't feel it treated the reader like an adult.

Saying all that I did want to know what happenned so kept reading. I wont jump to buy the second book, but may give it a try at a future date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outsanding 15 May 2003
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It is rare that i find a new author who manages to offer the depth of characters, interaction and exciting plotline that Devlins Luck has within its pages.
Patricia Bray's style of writing carries the reader through the pages at speed, involving them in the characters emotions as well as the complexities of a nicely laid plot.
As there is no summary above, i will do my best. A once mighty kingdom in deline, surrounded by enemies, its king has retreated to his capital province leaving the outlying lands to his enemies. The people need a Chosen One, blessed by the Gods as defender of the realm. Of late, however, every Chosen One has died leaving only the most desperate men to seek the post. Our hero is one haunted by tragedy and so takes up the post only to fnid his dreams of death are not so easily realised...
An excellent book and one i cannot recommend enough.
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