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4.0 out of 5 stars The third volume will have to shoulder a lot of plot
I always found that writing style is a very important factor for the enjoyment of a book. Some authors write in a fluid and therefore gripping fashion, which simply doesn't let you go until you finished the last sentence of it. Some authors have a more slow and pronounced style, mostly broken up by a lot of description, which makes the book somewhat harder to read and...
Published on 25 Nov 2003 by Anonym

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3.0 out of 5 stars Devlin's Honour
This is the second installment of a trilogy, and as with the first the story is quite good, but it is very poorly written. It follows the journey of the main character, Devlin of the title, back to his homeland of Duncaer, so that he can retrieve the "Sword of Light" in order to prove to the people of Jorsk that he is indeed the "Chosen One", are you with me so far? His...
Published on 15 Nov 2008 by CeNedra Red


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4.0 out of 5 stars The third volume will have to shoulder a lot of plot, 25 Nov 2003
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I always found that writing style is a very important factor for the enjoyment of a book. Some authors write in a fluid and therefore gripping fashion, which simply doesn't let you go until you finished the last sentence of it. Some authors have a more slow and pronounced style, mostly broken up by a lot of description, which makes the book somewhat harder to read and therefore requires to be read in stages. The kind of book where it takes at least 50 pages to travel from point A to point B.
Patricia Bray has the kind of easy going writing style, where you just breeze through the book without even noticing. But still she manages to fit in enough detail to make you care about the characters and their fate. It makes it highly enjoyable to read.
Unfortunately until now not a lot happened plot wise. In the first book Devlin of Duncaer basically travelled to one location and solved its problems, in the second one he travels to another and solve those problems. So Patricia Bray will have to fit all that remains of her plot into the third volume (much as Kim Hunter with the Red Pavillions has). Which means that either this volume will be a lot thicker than the rest, or, the ending will seem a little rushed.
The book was immensely enjoyable to read, but I had just hoped that it would feature more plotwise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as the first book, 3 Sep 2003
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Mark E. Cooper "Fantasybooks" (STANFORD-LE-HOPE, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Devlin's Honor follows on from the first book called Devlin's luck. In this book, Devlin (or the Chosen One) is tasked with finding a special sword that was lost during the invasion of his country by the empire he now serves. This means that Devlin, who is an outcast among his people and called kinless, must confront those he once knew as friends.

I gave this four stars on the strength of the first book, which is very good indeed. This one is less good, but still satisfying. It's obvious from what happens in this book that Devlin's adventures are far from over. I'm looking forward to the third book in this series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Devlin's Honour, 15 Nov 2008
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This is the second installment of a trilogy, and as with the first the story is quite good, but it is very poorly written. It follows the journey of the main character, Devlin of the title, back to his homeland of Duncaer, so that he can retrieve the "Sword of Light" in order to prove to the people of Jorsk that he is indeed the "Chosen One", are you with me so far? His own people declared Devlin outcast because wild animals called Banecats killed his family and he was not there to either save them or die with them. ???? There are various obstacles put in the way of our hero as he attempts to get the sword, which has apparently been left to him in a will, of course it would be too simple for him just to go pick it up and return to his adopted but hated country of Jorsk. No, we have a mind-sorcerer, who plays the part of the Death God in Devlin's mind for no reason that I could see, so that our hero ends up on the verge of madness. ???? Still with me? Eventually Devlin gets the sword and sets off back to Jorsk. The tale is simple but I couldn't help liking the charcters, and if the author had simply written the story instead of trying to make it a saga, with faintly (and extremely badly written ) archaic dialogue it might have been better. As it is, it is a good story, poorly told.
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