By J.V. Jones
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| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Wizards, Adult
| ISBN-10: 0446670987
| ISBN-13: 9780446670982
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Publisher: Aspect (April 1, 1996)
| Cover: Darrell K Sweet
| Source: Personal copy
| Read Chapter One
| Rating: 4 Stars
Call it fate, prophecy, destiny, unseen powers, whatever you want to term it, in this installment of The Book of Words the characters are being pulled in strange ways none of them understand. Tawl, having become a puppet of Larn, finds he has lost all purpose in his life and spirals out of control. Jack learns the price of his powers, and a need to learn to control them. Melliandra ends up in the hands of a flesh peddler, fated to be sold to the highest bidder. Prince Kylock gets tired of being just a prince and decides to rush things along, and as a wedding present intends to present Catherine of Bren with an entire country taken by conquest. Lord Maybor plots to prevent the marriage of Kylock and Catherine while Baralis is prepared to do anything, including murder, to see it happen. Then we have Archbishop Tavalisk who keeps tormenting Gamil and manipulating world events while eating his way to an early grave. Not much going on here!
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
♦ My Thoughts. I love reading a debut series. You get to not only enjoy an unfolding story but you get to watch the author's skills grow. J.V. Jones does a great job in pacing, drama, snippets of humor and as the title indicates, not one but several aspects of betrayal. Every character in this story, even the minor ones, has his/her very own charm. Bodger and Grift are hilarious as they trade advice on women, men and gossip. Nabber continues to grow up before your very eyes as he learns the merits, and heartaches, of friendship and loyalty. Crope is uniquely Crope. Able to assist his master in a grisly murder while making a pet out of a crippled rat and exhibiting a gentle soul. The main characters grow as well, which is exactly what I look for in a story, great character development.
As I pointed out, there is alot going on in this book but its handled well. At no time did I lose track of the various story lines. The only thing that annoys me about the whole prophecy driven theme is that it gives the author alot of leeway to have the characters do things that are, well, out of character. This creates an atmosphere where you just have to trust that it will all come together and make sense in book three. You hope. I was also a little disappointed by the Duke of Bren. I never got a feel for what he was all about. He seemed to change personalities quicker then the weather and I never did figure out which one was the truest measure of his character.
♦ Conclusion. There are plenty of twists, turns and surprises to keep you turning pages to see just what will happen next. Political intrigue abounds while personal dilemmas take center stage. Almost every character goes through a crisis of self worth, well except the truly evil ones, they know EXACTLY what they want and have no qualms about how they go about getting it. The humor exhibited by the dialog between Bodger and Grift is priceless and the torment of Tavalisk's assistant makes for a few chuckles. Good tension breakers that in my opinion were very well used. Overall, one heck of a good read and a great example of classic fantasy. This book too made the bestsellers list!
Adult themes, torture, murder, sex (lots of sex but is was medieval times after all), and infidelity. The graphic descriptions could be worse though, if anything its pretty accurate considering the times when this story takes place and the makeup of the world portrayed. Definitely written for mature audiences.
Note: These books are hard to find and for those of you who are cost conscious, can be a bit pricey. I suggest shopping around, third party sellers, the library or buying it used.
Librarything Rating 3.62/5
Amazon Rating 4.3 out of 5 Stars
(24 customer reviews)
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Epic Fantasy Book Review of A Man Betrayed (The Book of Words: Book 2) by J.V. Jones - Reviewed by Mulluane - on August 18, 2008 - Rating: of 5 Stars