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  • Series: Sons of Destiny (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425237184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425237182
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelly Doyle wakes up trapped in an arsonist's blaze. Overcome by fear and smoke she regains consciousness in a land where magic is real, and she is the prisoner of eight brothers, four sets of twins. Or is she? Johnson's modern-day fairy tale is hampered by implausible plot points and a heroine who is initially hard to sympathize with. Despite these challenges, the magical land Johnson creates is a whimsical treat, and the brothers are a joy to behold. Readers will look forward to more in the Sons of Destiny series. Nina Davis
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About the Author

The best part about being a writer is the joy of entertaining others. Whether it’s sad or scary, silly or sexy, I love knowing that one of my stories has given someone a good time. I hope this is one of those stories for you, too. Currently I live in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to drop by my website for a chat.

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Jean Johnson lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, where she is busy struggling to unbury herself from the mountain of plot-bunnies swarming her office.

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Format: Paperback
This is Jean Johnson's first book. She tells a great story. She has also laid out a path for a terrific new series. There was a bit too much info in the beginning of the story, meant to set up the series. It basically surrounds 8 brothers who are known as "The Sons of Destiny", born in 4 sets of twins in a different universe where magic thrives.
The problem was trying not to get confused as she introduced 8 men, pointing out each of their names, each of their specific magical gifts, each of their personalities, each of their physical descriptions, and which brother is a twin to which other. Another important detail to note is that each brother has a prophesied destiny. Some have positive destinies, others are said to be cursed. About half way through the book, I was able to keep most of the details straight.

For those who would like a head-start, here is a quick reference to The Sons of Destiny. Otherwise, scroll down for a specific review of "The Sword."

1. Saber "The Sword": Oldest of the 8 brothers. A master magician ("Mage") in the field of swords. His prophesied curse: If he ever finds true love, disaster will fall upon his land. Heir to a Count title that would have made him ruler of his native land of Katan, if the brothers had not been exiled by citizens who were afraid of the curse.
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2. Wolfer "The Wolf": Second oldest. A Mage in the field of hunting, he can turn himself into a wolf. Largest and most muscular of the brothers. His personality is that of a gentle giant. He wears a braided lock of hair around his wrist; a gift from the woman he loved in Katan before the exile.

3. Dominor "The Master": Third oldest. A Mage with multiple gifts, he is said to be the one who will control his own destiny.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wiley VINE VOICE on April 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
In an alternate world where magic exists, eight brothers have been exiled due to a Curse. The four sets of twins have been cast out of their homeland and reside on Nightfall Isle. The youngest brother and the strongest mage, Morganen, defies all by rescuing Kelly Doyle from her burning bed... and sets into motion the guidelines of the Curse as dictated by the Seer Draganna. Saber is the oldest of the brothers and therefore reluctant to have any friendly contact with Kelly as he fears the unknown disaster foretold by the Seer. See what waits in store for the first Son of Destiny in THE SWORD.

THE SWORD is a splendid combination of romance and fantasy! The first part of the book is a bit too heavy on setting up the story and did drag a bit. However, once Kelly's character began to emerge as the very strong woman she is, the story took off. Kelly is forced to live in a world dominated by Alpha males but she doesn't cower despite her smaller size. Instead, she uses her wits and focuses on her strengths to make her own way in a world in which she is both the only female and the only non-magical person. THE SWORD has some of the best scenes of a male getting his comeuppance I have ever read!

Jean Johnson has crafted a number of very interesting creatures in this fascinating alternate reality. The mekhadadaks were wonderful although I did find myself comparing them to the replicators from the television show, SG-1, despite the obvious differences. However, it was the watersnakes that really creeped me out as Jean Johnson put such an interesting spin to these icky creatures.

THE SWORD is a superb addition to the ranks of the fantasy romances!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wickedbooklover on May 5, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
God, I loathed the "heroine", Kelly. I mean loathed. Instead of being, oh, I don't know, grateful that her underfed butt was saved, she is abusive, domineering, and completely arrogant. While I thought that the story had great potential, and I am looking forward to the destinies of the other brothers, my intense dislike of one of the main characters was a hard one to get over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa VINE VOICE on April 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kelly Doyle is brought into the realm of Nightfall, an island inhabited by eight brothers, four sets of twins, all with magical abilities. The brothers have been exiled to Nightfall to avoid the disaster that will befall them if they fall in love. Thus begins a fairy tale of romance and magic. Kelly quickly whips the brothers and the castle into shape while falling in love with the oldest brother, Saber. While I sometimes had issues with the only female character, Kelly, this book was overall entertaining and fun to read. The author is definitely into women's rights, and while I am all for that, Kelly could be a little belligerent. After being locked in her room, as no brother wants their destiny to come true, she escapes to descend upon the brothers and whip them into shape. She has them cleaning the castle from top to bottom and proceeds to lay down her ground rules. I found her at this point of the story to be somewhat obnoxious. This, after all, is not her home. Granted, the youngest brother, Morganen, has brought her there unwillingly. He does save her from dying in a fire. With that part aside, I enjoyed the book. I loved all the brothers and all of their magical abilities. I will definitely read the next in the series. This book had it all. It had wonderful male characters, magic, romance and it held my interest.
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