The Devil's Armor

The Devil's Armor

by John Marco
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The Devil's Armor by John Marco

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101462225
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 11/02/2004
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 336,540
File size: 688 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.


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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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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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. could not put it down. Left me wanting to start the 3rd book right away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.