Monday, February 05, 2007

Devlin's Honor

Devlin's Honor (Sword of Change, Book 2)

Patricia Bray

Date: 03 June, 2003   —   $6.29   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy

After all of the hints of the first book, it was evident that Devlin was going to have to deal with his painful past somehow, and so he is forced back to Duncaer by the need to get the Sword of Light, the traditional weapon of the Chosen One. He not only has to go back to a land where he is kinless— a very bad thing for the Caerfolk— but where he representing a hated conqueror, and he has to do it while his influence is needed there.

And, of course, it's not nearly as bad as he was fearing, though there's certainly enough intrigue to keep him occupied. Devlin isn't nearly the broken man he was at the beginning of the first novel, and he's actually becoming a decent strategist. So, of course, he has to be interfered with, and it's obvious to the reader at least that the demoralizing force planted in his mind is from a human agency. (Honestly, would the gods of this world really spend time jeering at their human subjects? I Don't Think So.)

Not bad. I want the third one, though, so I can judge the series as a whole.

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