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A Man Betrayed [Mass Market Paperback]

J. V. Jones
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 1996 Book of Words (Book 2)
As the demented Prince Kylock prepares to wed the beautiful, mad Catherine, a war is brewing, fueled by the ambitious prince's newly unleashed Machiavellian power--placing the empire's destiny in danger. Ads in Locus, SF Chronicle, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy.

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Second part of Jones's sprawling, hardworking fantasy (The Baker's Boy, 1995). Prince Kylock (nobody knows he's actually the son of chancellor Baralis, a dark sorcerer) murders his ostensible father, King Lesketh, and claims the Four Kingdoms for himself. Melliandra, daughter of the scheming Lord Maybor--she fled rather than marry the horrid Kylock--finds herself in more difficulties, while apprentice baker Jack (having, somehow, frighteningly, acquired the power to work miracles) learns swordplay and deception. Kylock's amorous intentions, meanwhile, focus on the ambitious, and supposedly chaste, sorceress Catherine of Bren. Better than volume one, with some feminist teeth showing; but what a pity that Jones didn't make the effort to render each entry independently intelligible. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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J. V. Jones is a striking writer... Robert Jordan J. V. Jones is quite a find ...a deliciously intricate tale Katherine Kurtz A storyline featuring the kind of political scheming and intrigue that makes for gripping reading SFX A highly successful, popular fantasy epic (with) a substantial cast and vivid, colourful landscape. DRAGON MAGAZINE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unraveling yet unrevealed. Sept. 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second volume in the Book of Words trilogy (following The Baker's Boy and followed by Master and Fool).
Melli and Jack, fleeing for the second time from Castle Harvell, take refuge in a chicken coop. While Jack is taking a morning stroll in the snow to stretch his legs and bury the corpse of the Halcus man he's just killed to defend Melli, a group of soldiers kidnap the girl to sell her to a flesh-trader. On his way back to the coop, Jack is captured by Rovas and taken to his house. There he meets the smuggler's makeshift family: Magra and her mysterious daughter Tarissa, two noblewomen, exiles like him from the Four Kingdoms. They'll make him believe that Melli has been raped and slaughtered and enroll him to kill the Halcus captain responsible for her death.
In the North, Lord Maybor and Baralis are both travelling to Bren, acting respectively as king and prince envoys to arrange the bethrotal between Prince Kylock and the Duke of Bren's daughter, the young and beautiful Catherine. But in the meantime, Kylock murders his father and therefore becomes king of the Four Kingdoms. He won't wait long before dismissing his mother and invading Halcus in order to put an end to the war.
In this middle volume, the protagonists are all steadily converging to the city of Bren for the third and final act. As J.V. tries not to reveal too much of the plot in itself, with this book she digs deeper into the various characters' personality, and as a result I was surprisingly starting to feel pity for a character I used to loathe, or be just as confused as the hero about another one. I'm definitely looking forward to reading Master and Fool!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! Nov. 14 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, okay. So, I picked this book up a lot and put it back down. Who wouldn't? Sitting right next to Robert Jordan on the shelves, and with Mr. Sweet for the cover artist, who could resist? Finally, I did buy the first book, and promptly returned the day after to by the next two. Ms. Jones creates a very clear, exciting and vivid picture, right from the start! I equally rate the other books just as highly! In fact, it was her that persuaded me to give hardcovers a chance - no way was I waiting for the Barbed Coil to be released in paperback, and I am quite pleased with it all. Can't wait for Cavern to come out....
And, Ms. Jones is incredibly friendly, to boot! She's got a webpage, guys, and she's just really nice in her emails. One of my favorite story tellers!! :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first Nov. 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book continues right where The Baker's Boy left off and it doesn't let up. Jack is coming to grips with his power and his destiny but takes several lumps along the way and Baralis is bringing his evil schemes to a head. Kylock isn't yet fleshed out in the book except for two quick glimpses and from what we see, he is one "bad" guy. Not a drop of good in him and I hope he gets it in a painful way in the third installment (which I am about to start tonight). Tawl is also going through some rough times but luckily he has Nabber with him to lessen some of the damage.
All in all a great book and I only had one or two minor dislikes. They did nothing though to make me dislike the book. Need a good fantasy book to read? Get this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great continuation of the baker's boy Oct. 20 2000
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I finished reading A Man Betrayed and it was a really great book, I felt evan better than the first book. Baraslis is a great villian and one of the best I've seen in a long time. All the characters are interesting, Taawl,Melli,Jack,Bodger,Grift,Nabber,Kylock,and Cathrine,are all interesting characters,all though my favorites are Bodger and Grift they are funny and Nabber reminds me of Tas the Kender(from DRagonlance). I hope after the 3 books J.V.Jones comes back to this world and continues the story of Jack and Tarissa, and Jack looks for her,I think the made a good couple. all in all a great story I highly recommened the book and series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So tired! Aug. 5 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
If I only had one word to describe this book it would be average. It reads like a "B" movie. Every opportunity the author gets is used to stab, shoot, stomp, or break the heroes. They have been damaged so many times I keep waiting for the bow of unlimited arrows to show itself (like a six shooter the hero never has to reload). The characters are good. The story is good but there is too much filler. Where is the editor? These first two books shouldn't even be two books. Remember the time and the place. People damaged this much would die from simple things. Is it really necessary to constantly hurt something?
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I didn't like what J.V. Jones did with her characters in this book. I liked The Bakers Boy up to a point but after reading this book... I just didn't like it at all. I read a lot of Fantasy and Science Fiction and though I love the detail of Jones description and the way the characters in the book come to life; I don't like unnessary curelty in a book. I just think there were little twists of curelty that could have had the same effect but done differently. If your numbed to the curelty of the world I say go for it. J. V. Jones talent is worth it but if not... well... its your choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT IS BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK March 3 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
A MAN BETRAYED IS BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK! JONES RETURNS
US TO HER WORLD OF MAGIC, INTRIGUE, BETRAYAL AND ROMANCE.
WE ALSO MEET NEW CHARACTERS LIKE THE DUKE OF BREN AND HIS
LOVELY BUT CRUEL DAUGHTER CATHERINE.I ALSO LIKE TWO GUARDS FROM THE FIRST BOOK AND THEIR AMUSING OBSERVATIONS ABOUT SEX.LORD MAYBOR AND BARALIS ARE STILL INTO THEIR DEADLY GAME
OF INTRIGUE. WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROPHECY SURROUNDING OUR HERO JACK.JONES CREATES SUCH MEMORABLE HEROES AND SINISTER VILLIANS THAT YOU REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO HER
CHARACTERS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good qualiity book
This filled a gap in a series I had and was in good shapeA Man Betrayed and a good price, even coming from England to Canada. Read more
Published on June 12 2011 by Mary Beehler
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to the hype...
Okay, so if you were snooping around in the fantasy circles circa 1995, you are indubitably aware that this trilogy generated an enormous buzz. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2005 by Patrick St-Denis
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty!
I stayed up until four am to finish this awesome book! Having read the third book first and the first book second I was drooling with anticipation to read A Man Betrayed. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2003 by "spange30"
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than book 1
The continuation in the series is fantastic. Baker's Boy was good but this is all that and so much more. Read more
Published on May 26 2000 by Guy Mortimer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read; Surprisingly Neat to read
I wasn't very interested in starting this book at first, hence the typical horrid fantasy cover. I found a well weaved story with a cast of at least eight or so characters to keep... Read more
Published on March 30 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars the book
Although it starts off a little slow like all the other books of J.v Jones the more you got into it the more you could not put it down I literally stayed up till about 3:00 am... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent thrilling to the end
this is the first of the three books I've read and I can't put it down it'great try it.
Published on Oct. 2 1998
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