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Devlin's Luck: Book I of The Sword of Change by [Bray, Patricia]
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From Library Journal

In the Kingdom of Jorsk, the divinely appointed position of Chosen One has seemed more of a curse than a blessing, for everyone who has had that honor has died defending the kingdom. Devlin Stonehand, a man with nothing to lose, welcomes the position as an easy road to the death he seeks if he can only stop surviving the challenges that come his way. Bray's first novel features a likable, flawed hero who fights his own inner demons to serve his conscience and his honor. A good choice for most fantasy collections.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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In the decaying kingdom of Jorsk, the search is on for the Chosen One, who will beat the realm's enemies back from the walls of the capital and solve every problem except the price of beer. Unfortunately, Chosen Ones have a nasty tendency to be killed. But widower Devlin Stonehand is desperate enough to seek the post, whose emoluments will permit him to support his brother's widow and children. Besides, he probably will achieve oblivion in death for himself. Instead he becomes the first Chosen One in a long time not to be annihilated in short order, and, while performing all the duties of his demanding post, he has to wonder why. If Bray doesn't startle us with her vast originality, she certainly hooks us with absorbing storytelling. A good read for adventure fans with like Raymond Feist or Terry Brooks. Roland Green
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  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (December 18, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012RMV8Y
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I really enjoyed this book. Although some of the readers said that it is standard fare, I feel that it is more than that. Yes, the story line is predictable and the outcome of the hero's life and story seem to be fairly standard. However, the central theme of the book and its presentation is anything but common. I have read a lot of fantasy or sword and sorcery books. ... ...However, it is far better than some of the more common sword and sorcery stories. The characters are more complex, and the issues are not as black and white. The moral issues, the legal issues, and the complexity of the intertwining human relationship that this book deals with has made this book more interesting, more complex, and more real than many fantasy book I have found in the book stores.
In addition, the question of "what makes a good leader? Who is truly a good leader?" is asked again and again. The nobles believe they are leaders of the country because they are born to the leadership. The king is born to be king, but he is so afraid to act because of his fear of failure. An uncouth peasant from the countryside with integrity and honesty and a true sense of responsibility is actually a better leader than someone who is more educated and more sophisticated. I think a lot of our own politicians should read this book and learn.
Finally, because of its theme and because it's so entertaining that I can't put it down, I gave it a 5-star rating.
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This book is fun, but mostly because it's such an easy, easy read - it requires very little thought, and if you're in the mood for a fantasy book, it fills that need quite ably.
I found it quite amusing on several levels, not the least being that while reading it, you'll be thinking to yourself, "You know, Devlin's kind of a stereotypical fantasy guy. Not a lot of depth there," and a paragraph later she'll switch to another character's viewpoint who will agonize over misjudging the man, and recognizing what an amazing resevoir of depth Devlin has.
The world and characters are sometimes clumsily realized, but to be honest, that's a large part of the appeal. Not that I don't expect her to improve, but it's a win win situation - this book is good because it's good (and bad), but as she gets better the sequels, hopefully, will get to be just be good (and good).
I got tired of plodding through Robert Jordan's works a while ago; thankfully, this book, and hopefully the series, is simple, straightforward, and fun.
Worth buying if you're a big fantasy fan, and it might even be eye-opening if you're new to the genre. I'd probably give it 3 stars (maybe more) for talent, but for simple, pretty delightful entertainment, what the heck. 4's about right.
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Possibly my expectactions were inappropriate, from the cover blurb I expect the hero to be a man suicidal with survivor's guilt who would be recklessly successful in his search for an honorable way to throw his life away. I was hoping for some deep soul searching and psychological insight.
Instead I got a basic story about someone becoming a hero against long odds because of great internal resourcfulness. Nothing wrong with that, it's often done, but it's often done. So it seems a little flat. There's some interesting insight into the nature of free will and psychology courtesy of the geas, but that was the main differentness of this book.
To me it was just same old-same old.
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By A Customer on April 30, 2002
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Duncaer is a country occupied by the conquering forces of the mighty Jorst Empire. Vet, Devlin Stoneland, named Kinslayer by the people of Duncaer marches into the conqueror's capital city of Kingsholm to win the substantial payment by becoming the Country's Chosen One. He is found worthy and a magical geas is placed on him, forcing him to protect the realm even if it costs him his life.

Without any family or home to call his own, Devlin seeks death and believes that the danger facing the Chosen One will give him the reward he seeks. Three times he places his life in danger to protect the people of the realm and three times he emerges the victor. His exploits are talked about in political circles and without even trying, he becomes the rallying point of a nation. Now the man who sought death seeks to lead the people against the enemies of Jorst.

DEVLIN'S LUCK is a beautiful sword and sorcery tale yet despite all the heroic battles, the magical attacks, and the deadly politics, it is the hero who brings heart to this story. Devlinis a tortured soul, who in spite of himself, finds redemption by saving lives and becoming a leader that a country, an empire and even a world needs. Patricia Bray is a grand storyteller who provides a wonderful fantasy adventure.

Harriet Klausner
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Have you ever started reading a fantasy trilogy, found the first book great, the second book so-so, and stopped reading the third before you were a quarter of the way through? Most times it's because the author has changed the main character so much, mainly towards the superhero type, that you can't identify with them anymore, or even care about them. They simply inhabit a world where everyone is in awe of them and there's nothing interesting about them at that point. The worst case of that that I've read was the Elizabeth Haydon series which started with Rhapsody. Rhapsody was absolutely wonderful. The second book was ok, and the third book bogged down to Barbie Doll Rhapsody (you know, perfect house, perfect clothes, perfect boyfriend). The first book of that series remains on my keeper shelf, but not the others. Another series that did that to me was the Deborah Chester series The Sword, the Ring, and the Chalice. Same thing happened. You need character development, but the characters don't have to be turned inside out.

Which leads me to Patricia Bray's Sword of Change series. All of three of these are right on my keeper shelf and for good reason: these books are not only great fantasy reading, the plot of the series hangs together and still has a believable hero at the end. He has his flaws and that's ok. He's realistic. The kind of character that even when the third book ends and the plot is wound up, you can still think of him---the hero remains a real person to you. That's a quality of writing that you don't see all that often. Another author that writes with this ability is Carol Berg. Her Transformation series is on par with Bray's.
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