The Eyes of God

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Akeela, King of Liiria, was a young and idealistic scholar who was determined to bring peace to his kingdom—a land that had been plagued by war with the neighboring kingdom of Reec for decades. Lukien, the Bronze Knight of Liiria, had been taken in by the royal family when, at fourteen, he saved Akeela's life, but he'd never forgotten the brutal lessons of the streets he'd grown up on. A bond of loyalty stronger than blood linked these two men—but no two souls could be more ...

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Overview

Akeela, King of Liiria, was a young and idealistic scholar who was determined to bring peace to his kingdom—a land that had been plagued by war with the neighboring kingdom of Reec for decades. Lukien, the Bronze Knight of Liiria, had been taken in by the royal family when, at fourteen, he saved Akeela's life, but he'd never forgotten the brutal lessons of the streets he'd grown up on. A bond of loyalty stronger than blood linked these two men—but no two souls could be more different.

And as Akeela and Lukien entered their enemy's stronghold on a mission of peace, neither man could forsee the turmoil this historic mission would wreak on their lives. For, to seal the peace, King Karis of Reec would bestow upon Akeela the hand of his charming, beautiful, and accomplished daughter Cassandra.

But Cassandra hid a terrible secret. She was experiencing the first symptoms of a disease which would threaten her life and cause unimaginable strife for all who loved her. For Akeela and Lukien, the quest for Cassandra's salvation would overwhelm every bond of loyalty, every point of honor, every dream of peace. For only the magical amulets known as the Eyes of God could halt the progress of Cassandra's illness. But the Eyes of God would also open the way to a magical stronghold which could tear their world apart and redefine the very nature of their reality.

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Lukien, the central character in The Eyes of God, is known as the Bronze Knight. He's a tall, handsome, peerless warrior who is adored by the people of Liiria, and is young King Akeela's champion. The two are so close they're practically brothers. Although they're almost polar opposites -- war is Lukien's life, while Akeela is idealistic and determined to bring peace to his kingdom -- their bond is seemingly unbreakable. But when Akeela weds the beautiful Cassandra of Reec as a peace gesture between the two warring nations, Lukien is forced to make some difficult decisions. While guarding the princess on her way back to Liiria for the royal wedding, the two fall in love with each other. Neither Lukien nor Cassandra want to hurt the good-hearted king, but their love cannot be ignored. Even after Cassandra marries Akeela, the affair continues until she discovers that she is dying of a cancer. The only possible cure is located in a mythical kingdom across the desert, in magical artifacts known as the Eyes of God. Akeela, who is obsessively in love with Cassandra, sends Lukien across the desert to the mysterious kingdom of Jador on a virtually impossible mission to locate and acquire the Eyes of God, two legendary artifacts that give its wearers immortality. But when Lukien finally finds Jador, the city -- with its dark-skinned people and gigantic lizards -- isn't what it seems.
VOYA
This epic fantasy novel, first in a brand new series, is a well-crafted addition to a much-beloved genre. Young King Akeela the Good wishes to leave a legacy of peace by reconciling with his enemies. On a peace mission to the kingdom of Reec, he is betrothed to the Reecian king's beautiful daughter, Cassandra. His loyal attendant and faithful friend Lukien, the Bronze Knight, accompanies Akeela and immediately falls desperately in love with Cassandra, who returns his love but does not want to jeopardize her country's alliance with Akeela. Following her wedding to the young king, Cassandra, who has been experiencing symptoms of an ominous illness, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Frantic to keep her alive, Akeela learns of a magical talisman known as the Eye of God that could save her life. Thus begins a quest to find the Eye and wrest it from the control of the Witch of Grimhold. The ill-fated expedition leads to war, with the destruction of Grimhold uncertain. The book's characters are well-drawn, and although the plot is fairly dense, the story moves along at a smart pace. Marco, author of the Jackal of Nar series, incorporates popular story formulas into the plot, including an Arthurian love triangle, epic military battles, and a heroic quest. Teens who are avid readers of the fantasy fiction of Terry Brooks and Stephen Donaldson will enjoy this new addition to the genre. Although the story is occasionally a bit formulaic, the author creates a compelling and entertaining read. This book is recommended for public libraries with strong fantasy collections. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined asgrades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, DAW, 789p,
— Jan Chapman
Library Journal
Accompanied by his lifelong friend Lukien, the Bronze Knight of Liiria, King Akeela rides to a rival city to offer a peaceful end to a long and bloody war. In return, he brings home a bride, unaware of the tangled threads of destiny that unite him, his new wife, and his longtime friend in an age-old triangle of love and betrayal. Marco (Jackal of Nar) offers a sprawling tale of military battles, personal and political intrigue, magic, and star-crossed love set against a richly detailed land of warring kingdoms and hidden magic. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756400965
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 359,350
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.64 (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

Q: There are many similarities between Richius Vantran, the hero in your earlier novels, and Lukien, the Bronze Knight of Liiria, the hero in The Eyes of God. They're both outcasts, and both are far from perfect. The main characters in all your novels are portrayed in varying shades of gray, and by that I mean there's no true hero or villain. Although Lukien is the "hero," he does some despicable things. So in many instances, he could be considered the villain and King Akeela the hero. What makes writing about flawed characters like Lukien and Akeela so compelling?

A: For me, the answer is pretty simple -- a character without flaws would be incredibly boring. I don't think anyone wants to read about a hero who's perfect, or a villain who's pure evil. I certainly don't want to write about characters like that. I'm not sure I would even know how to create that kind of character. Maybe I tweak these conventions a bit more than other writers do; I'm not sure. But for me, these character flaws and foibles are the real conflict of my books. They are the engine that makes the stories run. I love trying to figure out what makes people tick, what motivates them. And fortunately, a lot of readers enjoy that kind of thing, too.

But in Lukien's defense, I don't see him as a villain at all. Some people might, but I think most readers will understand him and see him as basically good-hearted, which is how I see him.

Q: The introduction of the mystical Grimhold and its Inhuman inhabitants -- the midget witch Minikin, the albino Ghost, the giants Trog and Greygor, the blind and beautiful White-Eye, even the club-footed Gilwyn Toms -- powered this story on so many levels. I literally could not force myself to put this book down. Any sublime social commentary behind Grimhold?

A: First off, I'm glad you liked the book so much. Thanks for your comment. And yes, I think I was trying to say something about the Inhumans, and about people in general. In your first question, you mentioned how the heroes and villains in my books are often portrayed in shades of gray, but that's less true about the people of Grimhold. The outside world thinks they're monsters but, of course, they're not. Despite their strange physical appearances, they are wise and accomplished and have overcome all sorts of adversities, particularly prejudice. I don't really go in for "messages" in my books. As I've said before, no one needs me to tell them that war is destructive or that people should be judged by their deeds and character rather than by their appearance. But I do try to slip interesting ideas into my stories, if only because I need to explore them myself.

Q: At the end of The Eyes of God, there are a lot of great story lines left open -- Gilwyn and White-Eye, the Devil's Armor, Thorin Glass and Jazana Carr, and Minikin and the Inhumans, to name a few. Will there be a sequel to this book and, if so, can you give us a teaser?

A: I suppose any good story should leave you wanting more, and there's certainly a great deal left to explore in the world of Lukien and the Inhumans. These characters have captured me, and I'm enjoying telling their stories. So yes, there will be a sequel, which is already in the works. All of the characters and situations you mentioned will be part of it, plus some new twists to keep things interesting.

Q: Are you ever going to write another Tyrants and Kings novel?

A: I get this question a lot lately, but I don't have a firm answer for it. For now, the answer is a soft no, because the circumstances aren't right. For one thing, I'm happy with the way I concluded the series. I wrote three big books in the Tyrants and Kings universe and, for now, that's enough. It would be fun to return to Nar someday, but right now there are other lands and ideas to explore that I'm finding more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    A journey not for the weak hearted

    The Eyes of God is a book full of plot twists and turns that is not for the faint of heart. It is not a book with flawless characters or antagonists that never win. John Marco does a fantastic job of portraying how a real person would handle a situation and not what an uneatable main character would do to overcome his task. If you enjoy stories with dark twists, turns and a plot that does not follow guidelines, this book is for you. All of the main characters are incredibly dynamic and are constantly growing and changing. This in itself keeps you interested because you can not only see the change in the characters, but also why they are changing. Just don't get to attached to a character, because in The Eyes of God, no one is invincible. I only have two gripes with this book. The first is that the characters backgrounds are not that entertaining, but its hard to find good character backgrounds anymore. The second is that The Eyes of God is the first book that seemed to need a map and didn't have one. Neither of these are enough to make me not recommend this book. A perfect score for a fantastic book and writer.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Amazing

    Im very glad i didnt listen to the people on here who gave this book a bad review. I read fantasy all the time, i average 42 books a year,i also recieve first installments of books before they are released to review them. With that said....The Eyes of God was a magnificent piece of work. I was captivated in just the first chapter and it only got better. Your mind becomes trenched in the words and characters,they will echo throughout your mind while you are away from reading. Lukien and Akeela for a awesome bond, While Akeela wants peace, Lukien(bronze knight) has a lust for war and always craves it. This is not a childish fantasy book, the people who posted bad reviews are the same people who read rated G fantasy books..( i assume ).....This book is truly worth $8 and 17hrs of your time....ENJOY AND GOD BLESS!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful retelling of the Arthurian legend

    In Liira, King Akeela the Good trusts his best friend, Lukien The Bronze Knight, with his life ever since the warrior saved the then teenage prince from alley punks. Lukien is also fiercely loyal to his liege willing to die to keep his scholarly monarch safe. <P>Lukien¿s current charge is to protect His Highness on Akeela¿s quest to bring peace with their neighbor King Karis of Reec. As a sign of their accord, King Karis gives his daughter Cassandra in marriage to Akeela. However, on the journey home Lukien falls in love with Cassandra and she reciprocates though neither one want to harm the kind Akeela. Cassandra is dying from a disease that she hid even from her father. The only cure is located in the mythical kingdom of Jador where the EYES OF GOD, artifacts that allegedly bestow immortality on its wearer, are rumored to be. Akeela sends Lukien on a quest to save the woman they both love. <P> THE EYES OF GOD is a powerful retelling of the Arthurian legend, but totally refreshed by the ability of author John Marco to paint a different landscape. The story line is loaded with action so that other fantasy fans besides the Camelot crowd will enjoy the tale. The lead triangle are all warm caring individuals with personal demons that make each one seem genuine and in turn readers will believe in their interrelationships. Award winning Mr. Marco¿s new series will bring joy to readers and accolades to him from the wide genre audience. <P>Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

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    Book of Books

    I am not a big reader, and I never have been. I rather play games, or watch t.v. but when I decided I really wanted to get into reading I picked up this book by mistake, and I am glad I did. It is based of off the Sword in the circle, and any other books with Arthurian Legend. If you medieval time based books, with knights, castles, and horses this book is for you. Mind you like I said I never been a reader, but this book as made me one, because I am going to read the whole series, and more like it. Great book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2005

    The Eyes Of God

    I just finished reading this book. I wish I could give this book 100 stars. It was so good and so well written. John Marco is so under rated. He needs to be noticed more if he makes books like this. The characters and the whole story plot was so unique that it was hard to believe that he made this stuff up. I'll have to start The Devils Armor soon. Give this book a chance. You will enjoy all 779 pages of it. Best fantasy book I have ever read in my life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2004

    The Eyes of God is outstanding!!!

    The Eyes of God is a very good book!!! It has love, betrayal, friendship, battles and war, and magic. If you're the average fantasy reader you'll love this book, I even recommend it to some people that don't like fantasy reading. My Dad hasn't read fantasy for years and he plans to read The Eyes of God. The book also has a lot of truth's about life and I enjoy that in any book. I definately recommend this book to fantasy readers. I'm sure The Devils Armor will be just as good if not better than The Eyes of God!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    a great book!

    I just finished this book, and it was incredible! I'd have to admit the beginning was a little predictable because it has the typical love story start. But as the story progressed there was no way of predicting: by then you can only use your imagination and make feble attempts at guessing whats going to happen next. Great writting, great story. I couldn't put it down. I'd recomend this book to anyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Aww F$#@ This was a good book!

    Really good. Of Course. It had a lot of cool characters that you'd really get in touch with. My favorite Trager and Kadar. There was a ridiculously cool fight in the book that I won't mention because I don't wanna ruin it for those who didn't read the book yet. But for those who did read the book, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. It also got me in tears because the story gets really sad and just when you think it will get happy, it gets ten-times sadder. Which was cool because I got really into it. Good Job Mr.Marco!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Arthur, a lover of fantasy

    After reading Marco's Jackal of Nar trilogy, I was excited to read this first book of the new series. Eyes of God did not disappoint. The writing was a little predictable but I enjoyed the story and the twist and turns of the plot. As I continue to await for the next books by Goodkind and George RR Martin (no longer Jordan, COT was horrible) I am eagerly awaiting for the next book by Marco, the Devil's Armor. The armor was briefly referenced in Eyes of God and the next book should be cool. All in all, Eyes of God was a pleasant read and a fine addition to my library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    This is my favorite book of all time! John Marco does an amazing

    This is my favorite book of all time! John Marco does an amazing job telling this story, he makes you love and hate characters in the best way! I would truly recommend this book to anyone, especially any lovers of fantasy!  Highly recommend the rest of the Lukien books as well as the Tyrants and Kings books as well! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this book! The reason why i love george rr martin so much is because of the hidden magic that very slowly reveals itself. Thats what marco does, and he does it well. Even the love story is good in this. I have been searching for a writer like martin and finally found one! Low fantasy at its best

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    i love it

    Never know what to expect

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    I am a fantasy fan and the series has fufilled all my expectations.

    This triolgy is a great fantasy reading and a keeper.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2008

    Simply amazing

    the book was great and the series only gets better

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    The greatest book I have ever read.

    This was the greaest book I have ever read and trust me I read a LOT of books. Great storyline and a real feel for the charecters. I jus twish this book had more recegnition,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2007

    Lancelot and Guinevere?

    The book was good, with strong, deep characters, and an interesting if not entirely original plot. The only real drawback to me was that while it grabbed my attention, it just was not as good as keeping it, thus making it a slower read. All in all though, it is a solit piece of literature, and it truly displays John Marko's storytelling ability.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    Well that was predictable...

    A lot of detail here, the characters are well developed, the Scenes are well described but this was a formula story, after the first hundred pages you KNOW whats gonna happen. I was dissapointed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    awesome book!!

    this book is really cool. The fight scenes are great and involve a lot of detail. Also theyre pretty graphic and bloody. All the characters make you interested especially Lukien. The soldiers of Jador are awesome. You should get the sequel also so you don't have to wait. The only problem is that the third book (the Sword of Angels) isnt out yet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    John Marco is 'The' Storyteller

    I won't give too much spoilers or even give a single hint. This book was just awesome, and I can only say that this is one of the books that I couldn't predict the ending. The characters in this story are very interesting and full of life too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Do not bother

    Others gave this book and the series good reviews. Not sure why though. It is just a weak retread of the Arthur legend. I love Arthur stories and I never stop reading a book....until now. Continuing to read this book would be a complete waste of time. After reading other fantasy novels whose authors obviously have put much time into the study of Medieval society, it is painfully evident when a writer attempts to craft a work with only a veneer of understanding of the culture he or she is attempting to reproduce. That is the case with this work. Weak language, plot, and characterization. Again, do not bother to purchase.

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