The Eyes of God Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2003
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Like his earlier Tyrants and Kings trilogy, John Marco's The Eyes of God uses the equipment of heroic fantasy to write moral fictions in which gods, sorcerers and monsters dramatize ethical choices. The second-hand quality of much of his invention is largely redeemed by the seriousness of his storytelling; he is a writer in whose books actions have consequences, often terrible ones. A king trusts his betrothed to the most honourable knight in his kingdom and love destroys all three; a desire not to hurt becomes a choice to deceive and anger at deception becomes gratuitous sadism. Young King Akeela starts his reign as a peacemaker and ends it as a monstrous tyrant who wastes his treasury on foreign adventures; the frivolous young princess Cassandra sacrifices her feelings for her people and destroys all around her. The knight Lukien tries to atone for adultery by finding the talismans that will save Cassandra from the disease that is killing her, and becomes, through circumstances he should have foreseen, murderer and thief and exile. There is an intense sadness to much of this which more than balances the pastel prettiness of some of the writing; this is a fantasy novel which makes us care what happens to its people. --Roz Kaveney -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
A new series, a new world from the acclaimed award-winning author of TYRANTS & KINGS. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
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and Kings series now he creates all-new epic saga that has all of the ingredientsthat made his previous one so memorable:
flawed heroes like Lukien, the bronze knight who is tore between the loyality and friendship he has toward his King Akeela who treats him like a brother and his love for Akeela's wife Cassandra. King Akeela-a once good ruler who's betrayal by his best friend and wife turns him into a mad despot who seeks only power and revenge! Cassandra-the queen who will turn two men into enemies and who's dying with cancer and can only be saved by a magical amulet called the eyes of God.Marco's gifts of world-building hasn't been lost as he creates a city of so-called freaks who are protected by powerful ancient spirits and
a mysterious woman called Minikin.Marco's villians are also classic like the poor Akeela who's tranformation from a kind man to a cruel king is quite chilling and the evil Will Trager, Lukien's hated rival.What makes the book so powerful is the theme
of choices that people make that can save or destroy them and sometimes even heroes can feet of clay and can do deeds that will haunt them for lifetime.Marco can describe a battle scene in
a cinematic quality and the brief and tragic love affair between Lukien and Casandra will break your heart.I've had read a few reviews stating that Marco is rewriting the Arthurian legend with Lukien as Lancelot, Akeela as Arthur and Casandra as Guinevere but the similarities are few and far between. Other characters I found memorable is crippled boy Gilwyn who helps save the city of Grimhold, the place of "monsters" and the gruff
but brave Baron Thorn.Consider this epic novel another feather in Marco's cap and if he reads the review I have only one thing to say: WRITE FASTER!
Sad to say, this is fantasy fluff, pure and simple. An Arthurian-esque love triangle, some magic amulets, a reforming intellectual-king, and a legendary, hidden community of 'differently-abled' people. None of these elements are particularly original, but early on there are hints that they might be melded together in an entertaining way; and throughout there are interesting developments, such as Cassandra's imprisonment and Akeela's descent into madness. Unfortunately, most of these elements are also given less breathing-space than they need, and thus both plot and character are left under-explored.
While 800 pages ought to be plenty for even a fantasy novel, Marco tries to do too much and consequently short-changes a potentially-intriguing story. However, the (frequently clumsy) writing shows the hallmarks of a new novelist still finding his feet - suggesting that, a few books down the line, Marco may be someone worth trying again.
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It isn't on the level of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, but it is honestly a good book. I read the two sequels, and remember that they were even better than this one.
That is usually the first paragraph of a very good review. There's a problem. This isn't a very good review. This is actually a very bad review, for me. The problem? No follow through.
We start out with the Valiant Knight doing some things that aren't so Valiant, the Good King finding out that the world isn't very good, the scary mysterious person is a good guy, ghosts aren't so bad, it all starts great for an interesting twisting drama of political intrigue and trope deconstructions.
But then... things just start turning back to regular old fantasy tropes. A new, run of the mill villain manages to take the reins mid-book, and there's a quest and there's a growing-up story shoved in there for good measure.
This book had me throwing up my hands in frustration. After such a good beginning it had everything that I hate in a book. There's a quest. There's a peaceful people that really have no reason to be a peaceful people. Character's personalities fluctuate to fit the plot. And my major pet peeve, we're introduced to characters that don't matter. Now, I understand that this is the first of a series, but I don't need to spend a few chapters getting invested in a character that there's no conflict with until the next book. Her role could have been minimized.
Long story short, this book is very mediocre and considering how many great books there are out or coming out in the next few months, it really doesn't make sense to pick this up. I won't be picking up the next book in the series.