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In the Eye of Heaven (2006)

by David Keck

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Series: In the Eye of Heaven (Book 1)

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Normally, I'd be all over a book like this. It promised a lot. There were some interesting ideas in it, all the makings of a good tale. But it didn't take me there. ( )
  ftmckinstry | Apr 22, 2014 |
Confusing in some places, but for someone who likes gritty-ish fantasy novels, it has points of merit. There are a lot of interesting bits with fairies and forest-folk, and they're all vicious and dark and twisted.

The main character seems a bit dim, rarely quizzical, and seems to blindly stumble from one encounter to the next. He'll forget completely about things that you're interested in hearing more about - it's like walking around using a wrapping-paper tube as a telescope. You can only see one thing at a time, and nothing else exists.

Some interesting blending of supernatural and real worlds. You can't always tell what's real and what's not, whether the slithering snakes being described are metaphorical or actually physically descriptive. I believe this was on purpose.

If you hate Heroes' Journeys with Magick and Adventuring Parties as much as I do, give this book a try. ( )
  squidcoats | Jul 28, 2008 |
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To my parents, Eileen and Tony, and my wife, Anne, for their faith and support. I have been very lucky.
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Traveler's Night was coming on, and the horses were uneasy.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765351692, Paperback)

From a strong new voice in epic fantasy comes the tale of Durand, a good squire trying to become a good knight in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Set to inherit the lordship of a small village in his father's duchy because the knight of that village has been bereaved of his own son, Durand must leave when the son unexpectedly turns up alive.

First he falls in with a band of knights working for a vicious son of a duke and ends up participating in the murder of the duke's adulterous wife. Fleeing, he comes into the service of a disgraced second son of a duke, Lamoric, who is executing a long subterfuge to try to restore his honor in the eyes of his father, family, and king. By entering tournaments anonymously as "The Red Knight," Durand will demonstrate his heroism and prowess and be drafted into the honors of the king. 

But conspiracies are afoot--dark plots that could break the oaths which bind the kingdom and the duchies together and keep the banished monsters at bay. It may fall to Durand to save the world of Man…

Authentic and spellbinding, In the Eye of Heaven weaves together the gritty authenticity of a Glen Cook with the high-medieval flair epitomized by Gene Wolfe's The Knight, to begin an epic multi-volume tale that will take the fantasy world by storm.

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"From a new voice in epic fantasy comes the tale of Durand, a good squire trying to become a good knight in a harsh and unforgiving world." "Set to inherit the lordship of a small village in his father's barony, because the knight of that village has been bereaved of his own son, Durand must leave when the son unexpectedly turns up alive." "First, Durand falls in with a band of knights who are working for a duke's vicious son and ends up participating in the murder of the duke's adulterous wife. Fleeing, he comes into the service of Lamoric, another duke's disgraced son, who is carrying out a complex subterfuge in an attempt to restore his honor in the eyes of his father, his family, and the king." "But greater conspiracies are afoot - dark plots that could break the oaths that bind the kingdom and the duchies together and keep the Banished at bay. It may fall to Durand to save the world of Man."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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