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Reviews of Eyes of God, the (2002)

Review by StefanY (2013-06-03)
The first question that I asked myself when I finished this book was "Why did I wait so long to read this?"

Well, with the recent release of The Forever Knight, the fourth installment in the series, I decided that I would read the other three even though the new one is can be read as a stand-alone. I have read several other John Marco books and own all of this series, but for some reason I just never started this one. I don't know why I waited so long. This is a great novel and a wonderful intro into the world of Lukien, The Bronze Knight.

As usual, John's strengths lie in a well-developed and detail-oriented storyline with very strong character development and outstanding military battle scenes. The Eyes of God is no exception and the care that John takes in breathing life into these particular characters is exceptional. The thing that I like most about the majority of his works is that no good character is without flaws and most evil characters are not truly evil, but more misguided or validated in their view of their own motives. I like that there is really not a true black and white except in a few rare cases here and there and that the reader actually can find themselves both feeling sympathy for the antagonists and also occasionally not liking the protagonist too much.

A lot of people have said that they really didn't like Lukien as a man all that much, and I can see that. I however grew to like him quite a bit over the course of this novel (which is a large one, however I felt that it moved along at a fairly swift pace.) I feel for the guy and the mistakes that he has made during his journey that have led to a lot of unfortunate things happening to him and those around him. I look forward to seeing what happens in his subsequent adventures.

(This review refers to the 2002 version titled “The Eyes of God”)

Review by mrdude (2005-10-05)
The Eyes of God, The First book in the Lukien Trilogy, by John Marco is the story of Akeela, a new king determined to bring peace to his land and lukein, his champion "bronze knight" who knows nothing but years of battle and war.

First off I would like to say that I was quite impressed by this book. I was determined to try something by John Marco but shuddered at this enormity of this volume, thinking it would take months to complete. I had nothing to worry about really, this book was so addictive that that time vanished into less than a week of my time and the insatiable thirst of the book lingers, calling to me to pick up the next book in the series.

The book is written fairly strait forward to start off with, and I have to admit that at first I felt that the book was going to be to overly predictable. Somewhere in there I forgot about that worry because the story and characters were so captivating. By the time I remembered my earlier troubles it was because I had been shocked by something I didn't expect in the least. I certainly enjoy those jaw dropping events when you scream your protest at the book for doing something you though against the rules.

I would definitely suggest this book to any audience who would read it. Undoubtedly I will read the books that follow and I have a feeling that this series will become a classic in fantasy.

(Review also posted at the IBDoF)

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