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The Sword: A Novel of the Sons of Destiny

The Sword: A Novel of the Sons of Destiny [Kindle Edition]

Jean Johnson
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First in the Sons of Destiny series-now in mass market.

To avoid tempting destiny, four sets of twin mage-brothers are exiled to Nightfall Island, where females are forbidden. But when the youngest rescues a woman from another universe, their world is altered forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425220605
  • Publisher: Berkley (4 Mar 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001329QIG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the girls 7 Feb 2007
Finding that a book is listed as 'Paranormal Romance' and has a half naked man on the cover (or should that be half a naked man?) could be off putting for some men, the idea of Tolkien writing for Mills and Boon comes to mind with all the revulsion that that brings. Please, do not let it put you off of this book, this is the start of what promises to be a darn fine fantasy series.

The story revolves around eight brothers, all powerful mages who, fitting an ancient prophecy of doom and gloom have been exiled to a lonely existence on Nightfall Isle from which women are forbidden on pain of death. For if Saber, the oldest of the brothers, falls in love disaster will follow...

No prizes for guessing that a woman is magically transported from another world into the brother's midst to set the prophecy in motion.

The book has a strong cast of main characters and some interesting ideas on the use of magic. Throw in some very original creatures and Ms Johnson's careful story weaving and we get a vision of how the brother's lives in exile are turned around by the clash of cultures - magical and non-magical and the greater divide of male and female. When the inevitable happens the disaster that follows is not what you would expect were this an average fantasy - but you'll get no spoilers from me.

This book is set to be the first in an octology, each book detailing one of the brothers fulfillment of their verse in the prophecy. I know many people will want to get book two to see how the teaser at the end of this first book develops, but personally I want to see how other events are resolved which will probably be in book three.

If you still don't think you can justify buying a 'romance' story then get a copy for your wife or girlfriend and read it when she's not looking. I'm not ashamed to say that I read my wife's copy, but there might be a fight as to who gets future instalments first.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book one of the "Sons of Destiny" series 1 April 2007
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When the eight brothers of the Corvis line appear to fulfil the "Song of the Sons of Destiny" prophecy, they find themselves exiled to Nightfall; an isolated island, by the King of Katan and his Council of Mages. Knowing that it may be impossible to contain such eight powerful mages, the Council also decree that any woman found on Nightfall will be punished by death, as the prophecy will only come true as each brother finds his destined wife.

This book centres on the eldest son Saber "The Sword" and his battle to fight his growing feelings for Kelly Doyle, a sassy human transported from her own dimension when Morganen the youngest yet most powerful brother witnesses her dying when her house is set on fire. With the skills of another brother Koranen, they manage to heal the badly burned Kelly, yet if she is the prophesised wife of Saber, disaster will strike should they consummate their relationship.

This book has an almost overwhelming amount of characters as JJ introduces each of the eight brothers; describing their different appearances, magical abilities, personalities and how the prophesy will affect them.

Saber the Sword (exiled Count of Corvis)
A mage of weaponry, he is destined to bring disaster to Katan if he falls in love.
His twin Wolfer the Wolf
Mage of hunting and shape shifting, he already loves someone but was separated from her when exiled.
Dominor the Master
A great mage in all areas, his future wife will match him in will and mind. Dominor is the brother destined to control his own fate.
His twin Evanor the Voice
Mage of song, Evanor is destined to meet a lonely heart.
Trevan the Cat
Able to shift into any animal form, Trevan is destined to hunt and capture his future wife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the sword 4 Jun 2008
By C. East
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When i started reading this book i was skeptical and didnt know what to expect from it. As i continued to read it i became glued to the story of the eight corvis brothers exiled on nightfall isle and i felt as if i was part of the story and there lives, living,loving,fighting and feeling that anything is possible if you just try. i cant wait to read the last four books of the Sons Of Destiny i am thouroly griped and i have to say it is a must read for anyone who feels that true love is dwindling in there hearts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...worth a look 15 Nov 2007
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I enjoyed this book and I think it's a great premise for a paranormal romance series. Personally I'm getting bored of all the 'hard ass female meets sexy, dangerous vampire' ilk so this was quite refreshing. It has a nice mix of romance, magic and suspense. The eight brothers are all...well, delicious, each mage with a destiny to be fulfilled in every book. I really loved the brotherly interactions, sometimes they had me laughing out loud.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars was I wasn't too keen on Kelly. I think the character was over the top and bossy. It just annoyed me when she kept saying 'a Doyle does not ...blah blah' She was basically the 'all singing and dancing' female. Not only did she happen to have vast sewing and embroidery skills, she was an amazing cleaner, she could do martial arts, she could use weapons...yeah, there is more.

Aside from that I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series especially Dominor and Rhydan....
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Despite the somewhat corny premise (eight brothers are all prophecied to fall in love and marry, in order from eldest to youngest no less, bringing disaster along with their brides) this is a gripping series which is every bit as enjoyable for its plot and worldbuilding as for the romances.

The stories aren't just about people falling in love - there is an arc taking place over all eight books, showing the formation of a new nation and the foreign threats endangering it. Johnson has covered as much of the detail of the work involved in creating the new society as she could without detracting from the plot or boring her readers - the creation of new laws and social customs, the building of a new city, trade with other nations, and efforts to gain a new Patron Deity for the kingdom. There's plenty of drama too; invasions, kidnappings, murders, and various other attacks from the enemies of Nightfall and its inhabitants.

The romances themselves are well written - each character has a distinct and individual identity, and the couples get together in a variety of different and interesting ways. The dynamics also avoid the usual romance-novel sterotypes. There are no submissive women here, not even in the bedroom; even the often timid Alys is capable of asserting herself and definitely doesn't let her lover rule her. Likewise, the men are not alpha dominants - well, Dominor arguably comes close (his book is entitled "The Master") but he is paired with his equal who masters him as easily as he does her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first stone is cast in this top-notch Fantasy-Romance series
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