The Sword (Sons of Destiny Series #1)

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First in the Sons of Destiny series-now in mass market.

To avoid tempting destiny, four sets of twin mage-brothers are exiled to Nightfall Island, where females are forbidden. But when the youngest rescues a woman from another universe, their world is altered forever.

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Overview


First in the Sons of Destiny series-now in mass market.

To avoid tempting destiny, four sets of twin mage-brothers are exiled to Nightfall Island, where females are forbidden. But when the youngest rescues a woman from another universe, their world is altered forever.

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Magic, passion, and true love are intertwined in this romantic time-travel fantasy, the first in Jean Johnson's Sons of Destiny series. At the heart of it are eight handsome brothers, all with varying magical powers, all exiled to an island back in time. The eldest, Saber, is cursed with a prophecy: If he falls in love -- true love -- disaster will befall him and his brothers. Enter Kelly Doyle from the present, transported by the youngest mage through time from a small town where she was accused of witchcraft.

Much like the setup in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (or, for that matter, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves), Kelly finds the castle in severe disarray. There is plenty of battle-of-the-sexes dialogue as she squares off against the brothers, trying to improve their medieval manners, clean up the castle, and generally show who is the alpha dog. Unsurprisingly, she and Saber fall for each other and give in to their passion, but is it true love or magic? And will the prophecy come true and put them all in danger? Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425220603
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Sons of Destiny Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 388,690
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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The best part about being a writer is the joy of entertaining others. Whether it’s sad or scary, silly or sexy, I love knowing that one of my stories has given someone a good time. I hope this is one of those stories for you, too. Currently I live in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to drop by my website for a chat.
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  • Posted August 24, 2009

    Warpreader_Mom

    Sons of Destiny: The Sword by Jean Johnson.
    It is a standard alternate universe, nebulous time period, unoriginal tale of interdimensional, magical, exiled brothers living under an eight parted "curse" (one for each of eight brothers). The four sets of twins are all gorgeous, young, built like brick pagodas, and orphaned. Parents dying within months of each other left them vulnerable to the greed of neighbors, and the fear of their fellows (a society of wizards and mages; magic rules). Fearing destruction emanating from the curses, the Mage Council exiles them to a deserted island, though they are not abandoned. Their respective magical talents leave them valuable to the society which expelled them, so they are kept well supplied in exchange for the "goods" they provision. Their respective curses will come to pass when each brother finds true love. The prophesied curses are interpreted to spell destruction not only to themselves, but to the kingdom that expelled them (thus the basis for the separation).

    The Sword is the story of the eldest brother, Saber (The Sword... get it?). As he falls in love, his section of the curse is enacted bringing on the first of the eight disasters which they must face and overcome by themselves. Enter deadly magical beasts, marauding explorers; plucky, no, feisty red haired heroine,and the formula is set. Saber must overcome his fear of falling in love (for fear of enacting the curse); his pre-chosen heroine (a contemporary termagant who was spirited away from her own time and place by the youngest and strongest of the eight, and is also determined to change his reluctance by any means necessary), and a series of teleported nasties designated to end his life, and the lives of his brothers.
    Each brother in turn will fall to the charms of their destined mates (yes, an eight book series), the fun is in the methods in which they meet their respective downfalls, although true to the formula, all ends well. Note: baby brother is more than he appears, and his appearance is awesome.
    This is a good beach-book, an easy read (though badly edited, lots of typos) with no surprises, gorgeous hunks, and the first of the gorgeous and pale eight-brides-for-eight brothers.
    The story has been told before, and better. I personally prefer Nora Roberts' "Sign of Seven" trilogy. The wrting is better, and the suspense is better constructed. The characters are less "perfect", more human and believable. One is drawn into the story with the characters, not just observing them from a distance.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Absolutely wonderful

    I would recommend this book and the whole series of 8. They were so wonderful that You should buy them all so that you can go from one book to the next.
    If this world was a true place I would definately want to live in it. The way they take other world magic and find ways to make the simplist of things from our time into their time is amazing. If you love time travel, suspense, thrills, chills, magic, and love stories then you will definately love the twists and turns and the stories of the eight sons of Destiny. Please Purchase the series and I guarentee you wont be disappointed

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2010

    LOVED IT!

    I loved this story!! It kept me in stitches!! The characters are well-developed and interesting....the two main characters are hilarious together! I love the way Johnson wove the humor between the tension of them!!! I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    Unexpectedly funny

    I loved this book! Some of the scenarios were hilarious. Funny, smart US girl who knows how to defend herself meets magic man & his seven brothers on an island they're exiled on. Enjoyable fun read recommended for adults who want to escape into the arms of eight great men.(Yes-please)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    Excellent Start!

    This book is a wonderful precursor to the rest of the series. The characters are lively and feisty, and you really get a sense of each of the brothers as individuals. The heroine is independent, witty, and smart, and she easily holds her own in a house full of men. The added intrigue of the mysterious attacks and the prophecy make this a titilating read. Very well written and vividly described. You are transported "through the looking glass" right onto the island along with the Sons of Destiny. I highly recommend that you start here and plow right through the rest of the series, as each book sets the stage for the following.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    Good Read

    A good first book in an 8 book series. I am looking forward in reading the rest of the series.
    Donna A.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    Great Read

    This the 1st of J. Johnson's books I've read. I enjoyed it from the 1st page thru the end & have ordered the rest of this series of books that are now available.
    these books should be read in the order that they were written to keep the flow of the story line in sequence.
    i'm planning on keeping these in my library that I've started so that I
    can reread them as I want.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    I LIKE it!

    Jean Johnson is a newly dicovered author for me. I was very pleased to find myself drawn in to her well-developed characters and story. I found myself quite fond of her heroes, the "cursed" Sons of Destiny. This is an imaginative tale with well conceived plots and side stories. Reading this first book set me on the course of reading all of the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Work Buster

    Loved the book, as I say it's a work buster because I didn't want to do anything but read what was going to happen next. I had to track down the next book, I do look forward to getting it and reading it but not really sure after reading some of the reviews, hope it's not a dissapointment. Great work on this book, looooooved it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

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    Magically Romantic

    I have to give props to Johnson for creative thinking - I think the concept for the story is very well-thought-out and fascinating. I liked reading about every one of the main characters, and I can't wait to find out what happens to them in their own stories. This was definitely a fun read, with the perfect blend of fantasy and romance...

    If you enjoyed Johnson's work, you might also like Jude Deveraux's "The Black Lyon."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Better than expected

    There was a good flow throughout the books. It was quite addicting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    Can't Decide

    I loved how the book began, snoozed during the middle and then liked the ending to where I immediately jumped to the second book, Wolfe.
    She spends a lot of time talking about things that put me to sleep or make it hard to follow. It could have been much shorter and gotten to the good stuff much faster.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Interesting story but a little slow in places.

    Interesting story but a little slow in places. I'm hopeful that the next one will move a little better now that the scene has been set.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    The author has a very good writing style but gets bogged down th

    The author has a very good writing style but gets bogged down the the details of certain scenes.  Puts humor into her writing style but slows down with too much detail in some of the scenes that you find yourself speed  reading through.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    The Sword is a fun romantic adventure set in an alternative worl

    The Sword is a fun romantic adventure set in an alternative world where magic is commonplace and destiny is unavoidable.

    Four sets of twins, fated to fulfill a dire prediction, are exiled to a island where no women are allowed, lest the prediction come true. Saber is the hard-headed oldest brother. Kelly was about to die in a fire. But the strong-willed, independent woman is transported from the world we know to the island by Morganen, the matchmaking, destiny compelling, youngest of the brothers. Kelly and Saber have a prickly relationship from the beginning, but you know that is going to change.

    I liked all the characters in the book. The exchanges between Kelly and all the brothers was entertaining and often humorous as Kelly learns about her new world and the brothers learn about Kelly's world. There is an as yet unidentified evil magic user that sends terrible creatures after the brothers so you know there is more intrigue brewing.

    The Sword is a light-hearted fantasy that I enjoyed very much. I plan to pick up book 2 in the Sons of Destiny series, The Wolf, soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Three in one

    I enjoy a good romace, but add it with timetravel or inter dementional travel and magic just puts it to the top of the list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Love this series

    Characters are rich and diverse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Wheee!

    Fun series. Love the whole storyline running through all eight books.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    I would recommnd this book

    This first book in the series keeps you reading until you get to the end. Very good. I like it so much i Purchased the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Lacking

    The storyline behind this was promising, and the character development was good.. but those things were too few and far between. The book was filled with run-on sentences that described every detail of the clothing and architecture. I enjoy being able to visualize things, but this was excessive and became a hinderance to the story. If you remove those pieces, you would be left with a good novella. I don't regret reading this one, but won't be getting the next book in the series.

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