Sons of Destiny

Reviews of The Sword

Jean Johnson - Sons of Destiny: The Sword

Review by: Purrzah

February 2, 2007

I finished The Sword yesterday at lunch, and your sister is threatening me with bodily violence if I so much as breathe any spoiler before she finishes her own copy. Another friend is borrowing my copy on the promise that she'll get her own as soon as she can. :)

I LOVED IT!

You will now replace JKR & Harry Potter for my most anticipated books to be devoured as soon as I get them in my hot little hands.

What I liked about them:

Your characterizations are wonderful, and the interpersonal relationships have just the right combination of warmth and spark to make me smile and laugh.

I adore reading how people use what tools are available to them to innovate. Stories of how people adapt to survive are an example, but I loved how they set up for the invaders. Of course, I also like hearing about stuff like the cleaning, and how she adjusted clothing to suit herself. I don't know why, but those little details I just love.

I love when the hero and heroine clash against one another, even in loving ways. Snarky little comments just make me happy. My husband and I do that a lot.

What I didn't like so much:

(Mind you, this is just me... as you know. Don't change a thing for me.)

The smutty parts... they weren't very bad, though I admit to skimming over some of the more detailed paragraphs... Would it shock you to know that despite this I do own a half-handful of adult books? Your writing style is removed from them by a few obscene words and a great deal of more beautiful setting and dialog. I don't say this as a bad thing, just as a comparison. Like I said, don't worry about it too much, I can get over it... ;)

Other than that... which is a very minor thing indeed... about all I could want more of is info on the world... but maybe you'll be revealing that as you go. Knowing that Saber once mooned a noblewoman, that he got a scar from climbing a tree he shouldn't have been in, that his first experiences were exclusively from servants in his parents household, a little detail about his mother and family... those are nice little teasers...

Who's my favorite character? Ryden the Goth Boy...  After him, the shapechanger, Trevan. I do like Kelly, of course, and the character Hope promises to be fun.

Anyhow... I could gush on and on... but I won't. I am keeping everything I can manually or mentally cross crossed that your books are successful enough for all 8 volumes to be published...but I hope you write all 8 regardless... This just can't go unfinished! :D

Review by: DawnEB

January 3, 2007

It arrived through the letterbox this morning; Jean Johnson's The Sword.

And here I am, sixteen hours later, wondering how long it will be before I can get my sweaty little hands on the second volume.

The following contains spoilers (although I won't give too much away, promise), and is a purely subjective review. You've been warned.

Still here? Okay, I'll begin.

The first couple of chapters were heavy in character introductions. As there were nine of them we need to get to know, it wasn't suprising, but I felt a bit overwhelmed with all the info. Once we got past that, the fun really started :)

Due to the nature of the book, being primarily a romance, I was expecting a certain amount of cliché. However, I wasn't disappointed with the way Jean Johnson, as with her fanfic, used the cliché with humour and little twists to keep the pace and readablity with an added dash of freshness, rather than go to torturous lengths to avoid them.

There was one part, near the end, where I was talking out loud to one of the characters; 'You're not going to fall for that one, are you? Don't do that, it's obviously (censored)! Duh, living on an island with only your brothers for company is no excuse, you've only yourself to blame.' (Luckily, Brian is used to me after all this time, so he just made me a cuppa and left me to it).

There are some intriguing ideas and mysterious characters/hints that will keep me looking out for the next book, there are some blatantly obvious things that allow for some nice plot and character development along the way. There were bits that I'd love to share, but that would be giving too much away. Suffice to say, I enjoyed the book :)

Bless your generous, fun-filled heart, Jean!

DawnEB

Author's Note:  Dawn participated in a contest I held, the prize for which was an autographed, advanced reviewer's copy of The Sword. ~JJ

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