A Man Betrayed Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1996
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From Kirkus Reviews
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.
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!! :)
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.
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
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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 morePublished on June 12 2011 by Mary Beehler
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 morePublished on Jan. 11 2005 by Patrick St-Denis, editor of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
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 morePublished on Jan. 24 2003
The continuation in the series is fantastic. Baker's Boy was good but this is all that and so much more. Read morePublished on May 26 2000 by Guy Mortimer
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 morePublished on March 30 1999
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 morePublished on Jan. 8 1999