Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Sword by Jean Johnson


Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day--they fufill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. To avoid tempting their destiny, the brothers are exiled to Nightfall Isle, a land where women are strictly forbidden. But, when the youngest of the mage-brothers, rescues a woman from another universe, their world is altered forever.

Kelly Doyle wasn't just having a bad day, she was having a bad decade. Threatened, attacked, and accused of dabbling in witchcraft, Kelly has just about had it with her narrow-minded neighbors in her small town. And now she has somewow landed in another, magical dimension--the only woman in a magical realm inhabited by eight men who are desperately in need of a woman's touch.


Now with Kelly in their midst, Saber, the eldest of the eight, is forced to confront the curse that plagues them--if he falls in love, disaster is imminent. But in the aftermath of a mysterious attack, Saber and Kelly find themselves drawn to each other, despite the threat of the looming Prophecy. Their passion only grows stronger, and they soon give in to temptation. If only the fates didn't take such things so seriously...

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This is the first book of a new series about eight brothers who are exiled because of an ill-fated prophecy. The characters draw you into the book as soon as you open it. I really enjoyed this book and I am happy that it is the beginning of an eight book series. The characters are engaging and the author makes you want to learn all you can about them. They are all hot, good looking men in their twenties for goodness sake! What's not to like? ;) The only thing that I didn't like about this book was that the forseen disaster didn't really seem like a disaster at all. I was looking for something a bit more disaster-like. I won't say what the disaster was, so as to not ruin the book for someone who hasn't read it, but let's just say I was disappointed. But not so disappointed that I didn't want to read the next book, The Wolf. I started it as soon as I finished this one and it's just as good.

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