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This sequel to the critically-acclaimed The Eyes of God, from award-winning author John Marco, continues the epic tale of Arthurian elements, diverse magic, war, intrigue, romance, and deception.

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This sequel to the critically-acclaimed The Eyes of God, from award-winning author John Marco, continues the epic tale of Arthurian elements, diverse magic, war, intrigue, romance, and deception.

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The Devil's Armor is the stunning sequel to John Marco's The Eyes of God, an epic story of love and war that revolved around Lukien, the legendary Bronze Knight of Liiria, who fell in love with his king's wife -- and the tragic events that followed.

Although Lukien is still a major figure in The Devil's Armor story line, Marco dramatically widens his scope to include dozens of new characters and plotlines in the sequel to Eyes. Akeela, the mad king of Liiria and Lukien's former best friend, is now dead; and Lukien is living in self-imposed exile on the other side of the Desert of Tears with his friends Gilwyn Toms, the club-footed librarian turned regent; the one-armed Baron Thorin Glass; Minikin, the mistress of Grimhold; and all Grimhold's Inhuman inhabitants.

Word has spread of the healing magic of Grimhold; and people afflicted with all kinds of handicaps and diseases are making the treacherous pilgrimage across the desert in hopes of being cured. But the magic of Grimhold is preciously sparse, and there isn't enough to help everyone who survives the trek. To make matters worse, the fanatical Prince Aztar has amassed an army of desert warriors to hunt down and kill all the bands of Seekers bringing disease and sin to his desert home.

The Devil's Armor is one of Marco's finest achievements. With every new novel, the author keeps improving his already masterful storytelling craft. If this series is any indication, he will be remembered as one of the best fantasy authors of the era. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
In John Marco's solid sequel to The Eyes of God (2002), The Devil's Armor, the death of Akeela the Mad, king of Liiria, marks a low point in the fortunes of the fantasy kingdom. Lukien, the Bronze Knight of Liiria who betrayed Akeela, now protects the mountain fortress of Grimhold, deep below which lies an enchanted suit of armor, the creation of a long-dead sorcerer. Will Lukien fall victim to the armor's evil aura? Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Marco continues his epic fantasy saga with this sequel to The Eyes of God (DAW, 2001/VOYA June 2002). Lukien, the Bronze Knight, has gained immortality with the magical amulet known as the Eye of God, and he has sworn to defend the mountain fortress of Grimhold, home of the Inhumans, a strange people who have been given potent magical powers by supernatural beings called Akari. Prince Aztar, the regent of a neighboring desert tribe, detests the idea of Grimhold and vows to destroy it and all its inhabitants. Because of this threat, Baron Thorin Glass, a defender of Grimhold, finds himself irresistibly drawn to the Devil's Armor, a weapon that renders its owner invincible in battle. But invincibility has a price. Once the Baron dons the armor, he will become the puppet of the bloodthirsty Akari spirit that inhabits it. The Baron, determined to wreak vengeance on his nemesis and former mistress, the Diamond Queen, is unable to resist the lure of the armor and steals it, deserting Grimhold. Lukien must now pursue his old friend, the Baron, who is driven by an insatiable thirst to kill anyone in his path. Marco is a talented storyteller, but the book suffers from too many complicated plot lines that are sometimes difficult to follow. The prose style is often tedious, lacking the liveliness that would make the book a truly compelling read. Nevertheless this engrossing story will appeal to older teens who are reading adult fantasy fiction. VOYA Codes 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, DAW, 680p., Ages 15 to Adult.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756402037
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 412,636
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Marco's debut fantasy series, Tyrants and Kings, earned him a Barnes and Noble Readers Choice Award and has since been translated into numerous languages around the world. In addition to his work as a novelist, he is also a technical communicator, an enthusiast of military history, and a student of psychology. He often spends his free time biking through the parks of his native Long Island, where he lives with his wife Deborah and his son Jack.

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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with John Marco

The winner of the 1999 Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award for Best Debut Science Fiction/Fantasy Novelist, Marco talked with Ransom Notes about his new novel, his historical place among other fantasy writers, and his next Bronze Knight installment.

Paul Goat Allen: John, congratulations on another incredible book. As I've written in my review, you keep improving your craft with every new release. It seems to me that you really concentrate on the fundamentals of storytelling: realistic characters with realistic issues. The reader can't help but get emotionally involved. Even though they may be ruthless kings or legendary military leaders, they are dealing with similar issues everyone deals with -- acceptance, guilt, honor, love, rejection, etc. What's the process like when you're creating your characters? Do you base them on real people?

John Marco: First off, thanks for your kind words about the book. I certainly appreciate all the positive feedback. I wouldn't say that I base my characters on real people, necessarily. Instead, I think I base them on real emotions and human needs. I try to figure out what drives people, even so-called bad or evil people, and to get inside their heads. That's what all writers do: try to think like their characters and give them motivation, something to move them into action. For me, the process of creating characters is the best part of writing books. I like figuring out what makes them tick. I'm also able to sympathize with my characters in ways that I can't with people in the real world. Because these characters come out of me, I'm more able to give them a pass and understand when they do something wrong -- or even deplorable. In real life I'm just not that forgiving.

PGA: How much are you like Richius Vantran, the tormented main character in your first series, and Lukien, the melancholy Bronze Knight?

JM: If I have to be honest -- and I suppose I do -- then I have to admit I'm more like Richius than Lukien. Richius is younger and more impatient than Lukien; and although I'm not young any more, I'm still impatient. Plus, Lukien is a real iconic type of hero. He's genuinely a great soldier and leader of men. Richius was more of an antihero, thrust into a role he didn't want and, in some ways, didn't deserve. But both of them are wanderers, trying to find themselves and the answers to things. I think that makes them like a lot of writers.

PGA: You dedicated this novel to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. It hit me halfway through the book that the city of Jador could so easily be a symbol for everything the United States represents, and the fanatical Prince Aztar could be the personification of terrorist organizations throughout the world. One particular passage struck me: "They hate us for what we are -- a free haven. Look around and see the faces of those nearest you, and you'll see what they hate and fear. We are no two alike. We do not all pledge ourselves to the same god or flag. Jador has become a beacon…" Am I crazy, or was this symbolism deliberate?

JM: No, you're not crazy. It's pretty obvious that any symbolism here is deliberate. I wrote The Devil's Armor in the shadow of September 11th. At times, I had to struggle to get it done. It seemed silly to be writing a fantasy book when the country was going through so much pain and soul-searching. But the passage you quoted is how I see things. Not only do I view the fictional land of Jador that way, but also America. And I'm glad you pointed out that the book is dedicated to the folks of America's military. It gives me another chance to say thanks to all of them.

PGA: Do you ever compare yourself to other contemporary fantasy authors and/or think about how you and your novels will be perceived historically?

JM: Honestly, I really don't think about how my books will be perceived in the future. I think of them as contemporary, a form of entertainment meant for today. If they last into the future and people are still reading them decades from now, then I will be very happy and pleasantly surprised. As for other authors, there are always comparisons to be drawn, especially among readers and critics. I don't mind, because it's a kind of shorthand, a way for like-minded people to compare notes. But I try not to spend time comparing myself to other writers. I just write the kind of stories that I would want to read.

PGA: When is The Sword of Angels tentatively scheduled to be released? Will it be the last book in the Bronze Knight saga? Obviously, the book is about Lukien's quest for the legendary sword, but can you give the fans a little more of a teaser?

JM: I'm hard at work on The Sword of Angels right now, and I'm trying to get it done by the middle of next year. That should mean it comes out sometime near the end of 2004, but you never know with publishing. And yes, it will be the last book about the Bronze Knight Lukien. The story will wrap up his tale nicely, I think, and should satisfy those who want to know what happens to him. Of course there is the search for the sword, but there's going to be a lot more to the story as well. All of the major characters and storylines set up in The Devil's Armor will be resolved. More than that, I can't say without ruining things.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    This book is amazing! The story continues to unfold from The Eye

    This book is amazing! The story continues to unfold from The Eyes of God. It is hard to put down! I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially if you love Fantasy! John Marco is truly a genius in story telling!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    A dark sequel of the Lukien trilogy

    The tale of Lukien is a dark story in and among itself, but John Marco tops of the Eyes of God with an even darker sequel. The storyline never stopped grabbing me and dragging me onward with its plot twists and unique plot. One of John Marco's greatest abilities is being able to put the reader in the middle of a battle scene without getting lost in the action. If you enjoy in depth battle sequences, the whole Lukien trilogy is a good pick. The main reason why the battle scenes are outstanding is because the author has a true grasp of realism in his stories. Plainly put, a child will not defeat a monster and most likely wont survive the encounter if he tried. With this I say, don't get too attached to a character, because they may end up dead within the next several pages. My only issue is that I would have liked to hear more about Lukien, but with a cast of characters as vast as the Devils Armor has, the book would end up being extremely long. Though the book is a sequel, John Marco writes it so that you do not need to read the first book in order to understand the Devils Armor, but I do recommend reading the Eyes of God as well. All in all, if you're looking for an excellent fantasy novel that constantly has you guessing and has a dark storyline the Devils Armor is worth every penny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008


    Shallow characters from book one, contrived, simplistic, predictable. blah, blah, blah. 900 plus pages of torture. I will never read another John Marco book again. Ever. I think Eddings is better, and I hate Eddings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    A great add on to the trilogy

    This was a great add on to the trilogy. An unexpected twist makes the book a real mind grabing series that wont make you want to stop reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005


    book was great, it should get more recognition if the publisher put out a little advertising for it it would jump to the best sellers list easily

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Great Book

    Great book. could not put it down. Left me wanting to start the 3rd book right away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    Very enjoyable

    This book was more than I had hoped for and was an excellent sequel to the Eyes of God. The book builds up to the end in wonderful fashion, and then when it arrives, Marco lays the perfect foundation for book 3, The Sword of Angels! All in all, this book was excellent and I am now counting the days until Sword of Angels comes out.

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