The Grand Design (Tyrants and Kings, #2)
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The Grand Design (Tyrants and Kings #2)

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From John Marco comes the epic sequel to his thrilling debut military fantasy, The Jackel of Nar. An infamous warrior is once again caught between two irrexixtible forces, and his choice may change the world...

Prince Richius Vantran, the Jackal of Nar, has fled into exile. Meanwhile, Nar has exploded in civil war. The conflict is being waged between the religious fanatics...more
Mass Market Paperback, 785 pages
Published January 2001 by Bantam Spectra (first published January 1st 1999)
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Possible spoilers - You may not want to read if you haven't read The Jackal of Nar

This was a fantastic work by John Marco that only improves upon the solid foundation built in his first novel.

In The Grand Design, we pick up the story several months after the Jackal of Nar ended. Richius Vantran is settling into his life in Lucel-Lor...sort of. He still has a powerful thirst for revenge against Count Biaggio, who ordered the ruthless murder of Richius' first wife.

This installment in the Tyrants a...more
This review is for the entire Tyrants and Kings series (The Jackal of Nar, The Grand Design and The Saints of the Sword). I stumbled upon these books when I was working at Borders about 15 years ago. Back then I wasn't as serious as I am now about the content of what I read, so I admit that I picked up the Jackal of Nar because it had a really cool cover. After reading it I was blown away by how good it was. At the time I was just getting into fantasy, but I had read enough to know that I wanted...more
A solid fantasy series, more in the gritty/realistic vein than the usual swords and sorcery. This isn't so uncommon now, but I remember back when this series was out it was pretty rare. I could be misremembering it a bit, but I do remember really enjoying all of these. Need to re-read them sometimes, as well as the slew of other books he's released since.
Second time through this series.. Loved it as much the second time around. Very memorable series for me.
Just keeps getting better, the web gets tangles more and the characters truly come to life.
This book was the typical second book in a trilogy that is pretty slow but sets up a great third book in every way but one, it doesn't do too much setting up of the third book. The action that was the focus of the majority of the first book was almost completely absent of this one. Also, the religion of Nar is a rip off of Catholicism that isn't even attempted to be hidden. As far as I know, the world is the creation of Marco, and not set in the far future of our world. So why does it make sense...more
K. Axel
May 14, 2010 K. Axel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of dark and gritty fantasy
This is what I wrote in the book after reading it the first time; "The first book, the Jackal of Nar, gave me great hopes and expectations for this one, but no one can live up to that. Perhaps I was in the wrong place when I read the book, but it lacked the soul of the first book. Still there are some wonderful unforgetable moments."

The series as a whole are pretty good. The first book is without a doubt the best of them, but you definitely shouldn't stop there. What makes these books different...more
This was a very good read. I really enjoyed Marco's world so far and his military fantasy. There is very little magic in this one, but plenty of action. The characters you think you will hate, you actually like and the characters you think you're going to like you end up disliking them. Very different fantasy. Loved the Ravens in this book, they were very creepy. Light romance story lines, and some tragic ones too. I am looking forward to the third book in this series. They just keep improving....more
Jul 03, 2009 Bas rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I enjoyed this sequel overall. But there were too many problems that held it back. The middle-act of the novel is a big drag and there were more than a few instances in which characters did something which I considered very 'out-of-character' only because the plot required them to.

The novel still had plenty of great characters and the writing was as fluid as ever. I'm hoping the last installment of the trilogy will be more to my liking.
Not as good as the first, but if you liked Count Biagio in the first book this is worth reading. The main character is in this book again, but I found myself skipping past his complaining and idiotic choices to follow how the two evil powers duke it out over the empire. Biagio reminds me of Thrawn from Star Wars books in that he always has the next move planned way in advance and knows what others will do.
Jon McDonald
Good world building. Not happy about the grind to the finish with the cliff-hanger. Can never remember the guy's name when I am in the bookstore.
I like this author a lot. This is not my favorite book by him, but worth reading since it is #2 of a trilogy that overall is very good.
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Hello. Thanks for visiting my author page here on Goodreads. In case you don't know me, I'm John Marco and I'm a fantasy writer. I've written seven books so far, including the Tyrants and Kings trilogy and the books of the Bronze Knight Lukien. My next book, The Forever Knight, is due out in April 2013. I also write short stories from time to time, and these you can find at Amazon. Like a lot of f...more
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