A Man Betrayed: Book 2 of the Book of Words
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J. V. Jones is a striking writer... (Robert Jordan)
J. V. Jones is quite a find ...a deliciously intricate tale (Katherine Kurtz)
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A highly successful, popular fantasy epic (with) a substantial cast and vivid, colourful landscape. (DRAGON MAGAZINE) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Book 2 in the acclaimed Book of Words Trilogy, reissued with a stunning new cover. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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!
J V jones is an addictive author
A Man Betrayed is the middle volume of the Book of Words trilogy and is a prime example of a novel that falls foul of 'middle book syndrome'. The book has no real opening and no real end (though there's a hell of a cliffhanger) and the plot is a mixture of dynamic forward movement in some storylines and some slightly tedious wheel-spinning in others.
In one of the more successful storylines, Melliandra is kidnapped (again), but this time around is able to turn her circumstances to her favour. She goes from victim to political player over the course of the novel in a transition that is convincingly-handled by the author. On the other hand, Jack's storyline becomes seriously bogged down. Jones clearly had to find something to do to prevent him from travelling straight to Bren and getting involved in events there, and somewhat unconvincingly lands him with a screwed-up family unit living in the backwoods and getting involved in a murder plot. There's some attempts to turn it into important character-building material for Jack but, aside from the titular betrayal at the subplot's climax, it fails to resonate.Read more ›
the first one "Bakers boy" was a cracking read and i was a little worried that this one wouldn`t meet my expectations,,,, if you enjoyed the 1st then get this one,,,, its a marvellous read, it keeps you turning the pages til the end of the book,,,, number 3 is on order now!!
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A masterpiece as ever. I could not put it down. I cannot wait to read the next book. Brilliant! Captivating!Published 18 months ago by Linda Baldwin
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.Published on 9 Oct. 2013 by galactic hippy