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A Man Betrayed: Book 2 of the Book of Words [Paperback]

J. V. Jones
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7 Nov 1996 Book of Words

At Castle Harvell, demented Prince Kylock grabs the reins of power by murdering his father.

Harvell's two young refugess are torn apart by the storms of war: headstrong young Melliandra is captured by brutal slavers and Jack, whose wild power works miracles, falls prey to a smuggler's lying charms and a woman's seductive schemes.

Meanwhile, a knight's shattered destiny is about to lead from death-sport pits to the blood-strewn creation of an empire.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; First British Edition edition (7 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857234022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857234022
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book 2 in the acclaimed Book of Words Trilogy, reissued with a stunning new cover.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unraveling yet unrevealed. 6 Sep 2001
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This is the second volume in the Book of Words trilogy (following The Baker's Boy and followed by Master and Fool).
Melli and Jack, fleeing for the second time from Castle Harvell, take refuge in a chicken coop. While Jack is taking a morning stroll in the snow to stretch his legs and bury the corpse of the Halcus man he's just killed to defend Melli, a group of soldiers kidnap the girl to sell her to a flesh-trader. On his way back to the coop, Jack is captured by Rovas and taken to his house. There he meets the smuggler's makeshift family: Magra and her mysterious daughter Tarissa, two noblewomen, exiles like him from the Four Kingdoms. They'll make him believe that Melli has been raped and slaughtered and enroll him to kill the Halcus captain responsible for her death.
In the North, Lord Maybor and Baralis are both travelling to Bren, acting respectively as king and prince envoys to arrange the bethrotal between Prince Kylock and the Duke of Bren's daughter, the young and beautiful Catherine. But in the meantime, Kylock murders his father and therefore becomes king of the Four Kingdoms. He won't wait long before dismissing his mother and invading Halcus in order to put an end to the war.
In this middle volume, the protagonists are all steadily converging to the city of Bren for the third and final act. As J.V. tries not to reveal too much of the plot in itself, with this book she digs deeper into the various characters' personality, and as a result I was surprisingly starting to feel pity for a character I used to loathe, or be just as confused as the hero about another one. I'm definitely looking forward to reading Master and Fool!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 11 Dec 2000
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I love this book. "A Man Betrayed" is the second book of the trillogy; I nearly went mad waiting for it to come out. The series has got really good strong characters, especially the female ones. There's also a dark, depressing mood throughout the books, whick renders you unable to put them down. But there are also instances of conic relief as you get advice on everything betewwn heaven and earth from two half-drunken guards named Grift and Bodger.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book of Words series - A Man Betrayed 20 Nov 2013
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From her early days - not as nuanced and detailed as later work, but a comfortable read for all that. The Sword of Shadows series shows her progress and maturity as a writer, and for me, it's always nice to follow that progression through, without being a vicious critic. We all have to start somewhere, and encouragement is a necessity if we are to enjoy our favourite authors!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very good read 9 Oct 2013
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having read the first book it was easy to get str8 into this and loved the whole book. happy this is a trilogy and I have another whole book to look forward to.
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