The Eyes of God

The Eyes of God

by John Marco

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101462218
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 01/07/2003
Series: Bronze Knight
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 428,924
File size: 1 MB
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

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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Eyes of God 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
DAY-READER More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Jackomatic More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never know what to expect
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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,
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
raistlinsshadow on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The book is not terribly well-written by any stretch of the imagination, but it's solid enough to keep from too many distracting turns of phrase. It's not an original storyline, either, but the characterization is enough to keep the reader engaged in the story. It merits a solid four-star rating because it's an enjoyable, easy read; it's also worth noting that all of this takes place with a novel over seven hundred pages in length with two more in the trilogy.
briandarvell on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The first chapters of John Marco's The Eyes of God were quite strong and definitely worked at intriguing my appetite to continue reading.The story is heavily character driven and much of the first 200 pages is about a love triangle motif. It is not that imaginative considering it is in the fantasy genre and I was a little disappointed that in the scenes where the heroes reach the desert cities that the culture very much represents a Muslim one - the god's name rhymes with Allah, the women wear veils and there are camel-like creatures for transportation. I was hopeful that the story would improve a little as I approached the mid sections.The next 200 pages of The Eyes of God were much better I think. I particularly enjoyed the scenes of the deformed boy Gilwyn. His characterization is very strong and I enjoyed reading about his attempts and thoughts related to impressing a beautiful girl. His self-conscientiousness about his deformity along with his attempts at using his new shoe are among my favorite parts of the novel.The second half of the book was a little disappointing. The novel continued to be quite unoriginal at times but still well-paced and just a good old story. Much of what I took to be plot twists or items to make the reader become surprised were, unfortunately, usually predictable as well. I wouldn't say I'd rush back to read this story again but I do have the remaining two novels that finish the trilogy and I will definitely continue on with them some time in the future. It is also quite clear after reading this novel as to what the main story line of the next book will entail.
Karlstar on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book has a couple of interesting concepts concerning people and magic, but the writing makes it difficult to enjoy. The classic love triangle plot isn't really all that creative, and the couple of twists and turns aren't that original.
coffeesucker on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't keep me interested.
guy-montag on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An interesting book, but fraught with problematic character development, dialog and numerous plot holes. When your characters do things that make no sense given their motivations, it's a sign that you need to work on it some more before publishing. Massive plot holes don't help either, especially when they're cliched plot holes. The characters are shown early on in the book having no problems with committing less than chivalrous actions on the field of battle, yet toward the end, there's multiple points where they could have ended the conflict, yet are artificially made to ignore solutions that any logical person in the same situation would use. It's just bad writing at points, and it almost wrecks the novel at times when you just can't suspend disbelief that a character would suddenly become massively stupid for no apparent reason.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
StefanYates More than 1 year ago
The first question that I asked myself when I finished this book was "Why did I wait so long to read this?" Well, with the recent release of The Forever Knight, the fourth installment in the series, I decided that I would read the other three even though the new one is can be read as a stand-alone. I have read several other John Marco books and own all of this series, but for some reason I just never started this one. I don't know why I waited so long. This is a great novel and a wonderful intro into the world of Lukien, The Bronze Knight. As usual, John's strengths lie in a well-developed and detail-oriented storyline with very strong character development and outstanding military battle scenes. The Eyes of God is no exception and the care that John takes in breathing life into these particular characters is exceptional. The thing that I like most about the majority of his works is that no good character is without flaws and most evil characters are not truly evil, but more misguided or validated in their view of their own motives. I like that there is really not a true black and white except in a few rare cases here and there and that the reader actually can find themselves both feeling sympathy for the antagonists and also occasionally not liking the protagonist too much. A lot of people have said that they really didn't like Lukien as a man all that much, and I can see that. I however grew to like him quite a bit over the course of this novel (which is a large one, however I felt that it moved along at a fairly swift pace.) I feel for the guy and the mistakes that he has made during his journey that have led to a lot of unfortunate things happening to him and those around him. I look forward to seeing what happens in his subsequent adventures.
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