John Marco’s The Eyes of God is an engrossing epic which deftly avoids most fantasy clichés and instead of the usual Trek-to-Defeat-Evil-Overlord™ features a character-driven plot mostly populated with three dimensional, flawed people.
The Eyes of God begins with young King Akeela The Good of Liiria heading off on a mission of peace with his adopted brother Lukien. The mission ends with both men falling in love with Akeela’s betrothed Cassandra, and in more than a passing nod to the Legend of Arthur, Cassandra and Lukien of course can’t keep their hands off each other.
From there on out, things go from bad to worse, with Akeela drifting into madness and abandoning his proud ideas of bringing in an era of peace and prosperity.
The novel does take a little while to really get going, and the affair between Cassandra and Lukien, while a crucial setup for the plot, sometimes teeters on the edge of bodice-ripper territory, but after that Marco shows his mastery of battle scenes and war, taking the novel into darker territory.
The Eyes of God is a solid and compulsive read.
Posted Monday, 17 January, 2005 by Nic Lindh
All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.