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Devlin's Justice (2004)

by Patricia Bray

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While I didn't enjoy it as much as the first of the series, a book that did catch my imagination and drag me in. This is a story more of politics and more of fixing the messes that were created by the war. Devlin has found the sword of Light but now he's betrayed and imprisoned and survival will be hard. He is rumoured to be dead and he has to try to build an army to fight the forces of evil.

It's not a bad read but it somehow didn't make as good an impact as the first of the series. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 25, 2010 |
As an end to a series one senses that somewhere mid way through the book the author decided she had enough already and stopped. Things to get us to the conclusion were rushed and glossed over where we did not have that earlier on.

Disappointing ( )
  DWWilkin | Nov 16, 2008 |
Plot: Continuing the trend of the series, the plot doesn't know whether it is adventure, conspiracy, or something else altogether. It tries too much, and the end result is a muddled confusion where nothing can be fleshed out properly.

Characters: The shift away from the central character's point of view allows the side characters to get more depth. They then proceed to steal the story because the main character simply is not strong enough to stay interesting.

Style: Too many stereotypes. Far too many stereotypes. There is plenty of exposition, but the worldbuilding never works out.

Plus: The plot got interesting as long as Devlin was out of the picture.

Minus: When you marry off the main character at the end, even if it is a political marriage, at least a hint of him liking or even actually knowing more than the name of his intended wife would be nice.

Summary: Average ending to an average series. ( )
  surreality | May 4, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553584774, Mass Market Paperback)

Devlin of Duncaer has done the impossible. Desperate for death in the wake of his family's slaughter, he agreed to become the Chosen One of the neighboring Kingdom of Jorsk—the kingdom which conquered and enslaved his own native land of Duncaer. The job involved magically binding himself to Jorsk and its needs by a powerfu Geas spell, and used to come with about a three months survival time—until Devlin. Miraculously surviving attack after attack, he comes to learn once again the value of life, honor and friendship.

But just when he is reconciled to his new life, he finds he must go off seeking the Chosen One's sword of legend—which he knows for a fact was lost in conquered Duncaer. So now Devlin—once exiled from his homeland and hoping never to go back—must again face the land of his birth and the people who once trusted him. Only now he comes to them wearing the garb of their conquerors.

But when Devlin returns from that mission, it is only to discover that things in Jorsk have been getting worse in his absence. The unknown enemy's magical attacks on the kingdom are getting worse, and the king's policy of non-involvement is throwing his kingdom into chaos. As more and more borders are threatened, the nobles can do nothing but squabble and debate. It seems that Devlin is the only one who can stem the tide. But can he discover the enemy's true identity and put a stop to his or her predations before the entire kindgom collapses, taking its Chosen One down with it??

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:58 -0400)

When Devlin returns from a quest to find the Sword of Change, it is to discover that dark forces have swarmed the royal court. The unknown enemy's magical attacks on the kingdom are getting worse, and the king's policy of non-involvement is throwing his kingdom into chaos. As more and more borders are threatened, the nobles can do nothing but squabble and debate. It seems that Devlin is the only one who can stem the tide. But can he discover the enemy's true identity and put a stop to his or her predations before the entire kingdom collapses, taking its Chosen One down with it?… (more)

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