Reviews of Devil's Armor, the (2003)
Review by clong (2005-11-30)
Another interesting book from author John Marco. This is clearly epic fantasy, a complicated tapestry of threads following a large cast of characters, and yet the story moves along quickly and never loses focus.
Marco’s characterization is interesting. He writes about people who embody a gamut of world views and ethical systems. These are people who face difficult ethical decisions, and Marco does a good job of helping us feel for their various dilemmas. This is not a story with clear-cut good guys and bad guys. Instead he gives us characters who are motivated by good intentions, and yet end up causing harm in one way or another, despite their efforts to do what seems right (given their own personal moral and ethical view of the world. anyway). In some ways these characters are very simple, almost like something out of a morality play or fable.
The book is well plotted, with a few nice surprises. The battles may be few and far between, but when they happen they are delivered with the same compelling clarity and an almost visceral impact that has marked Marco’s writing since his very first book, The Jackal of Nar.
If I had a complaint it would be the lack of a satisfying conclusion to the story. Clearly this is not a book that you can read without moving on to book 3 of the Lukien trilogy, the recently released The Sword of Angels.