The Sword (Sons of Destiny, #1)
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The Sword (Sons of Destiny #1)

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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...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2007)
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Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal readers
Shelves: jean-johnson
The Eldest Son shall bear this weight:
If ever true love he shall feel
Disaster shall come at her heel
And Katan will fail to aid
When Sword in sheath is claimed by Maid

This is the opening of the Song of the Son's of Destiny. 8 sons born, 4 sets of twins, all with magical powers, have been exiled to the island of Nightfall. Saber and Wolf are the eldest, Dominor and Evanor are next, the third set is Trevan and Rydan, and the final set of twins are Koranen and Morganen. Morganen is the powerfullest o...more
Did I read the same book? Not, because I couldn't bring myself to finish it. The plotline was actually interesting, but the writing style is sophomoric and immature. Didn't find the characters engaging, they were silly. Mostly I wanted to slap the heroine. Of the eight brothers, only one sounded remotely interesting (not the hero here). The plague of magic spiders was gross.

There are much better paranormal books available.
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Kimberly Chapman
This book was recommended to me as part of my quest to find solid, well-written, feminist romance. However, since it's probably unfair to place the expectations of a not-really-existent genre on an author, I'll try to base most of my review on reading it without that last criterion.

Overall, I'd say it was okay, 3.5 stars. The world-building aspect is excellent, and the characters interesting enough to make me consider reading the sequels. There are some clever ways of working in various story el...more
The first of many books in the Sons of Destiny series, and I'm not sure if all of them are time-travel, but this one sure was. Found it to be mostly lighthearted, funny (at times), kinda silly most of the time. Probably a good idea to suspend all belief prior to reading. I didn't think the writing was all that great and felt the interaction between the main characters, Kelly Doyle and Saber of the Sword, was missing something.

It was odd that the main characters went from one extreme to the othe...more
Really, really good book. This series definitely has promise. Not only did I like Saber, but his brothers also got a fair amount of coverage in the book as well. I liked Kelly a little better at the end than in the beginning. she did this bossy take-over thing with the brothers early on. It was major presumptuous and totally set me off of her. I think she could have gone about it better. She didn't make me hate her but I can understand those that did. The plot line is good and interesting. It wa...more
A great start to the series. This story is about Saber and Kelly. Saber, well, he's really not my type, but I love these books because there are so many other brothers to chose from. Kelly, slightly insane and demented, especially nearing the end with the pages of feminist dialogue. Definitely had to skip through that. Otherwise, I like the pacing and story premise. I am actually looking forward to read Dominor's story more that Wolfer's but I'm the type to read stuff in order, just for a cohesi...more
This easy to read alternate magic world is a Regency Romance in disguise. Eight brothers, 4 sets of fraternal twins, fulfill a prophesy and, in fear, the people of Katan banish them to Nightfall Island. For 3 years now they've undergone magical attacks by someone who fears them greatly, and fears their finding their destined mates even more. The eldest brother, Saber, makes swords enchanted - that means he not a metalsmith and doesn't work the weapon, he just enchants the blade. Each brother hav...more
"The Eldest Son shall bear this weight;
If ever true love he should feel
Disaster shall come at her heel
And Katan will fail to aid
When Sword in sheath is claimed by Maid"

Eldest son, Saber, has been avoiding women due to the verses of his song. Kelly from earth is pulled into his realm as she was being burned to death by arsonists. There is no avoiding destiny and fate even when eight brothers were exiled by their kingdom to avoid disaterous songs predicted by a powerful Seer.

This book was fun...more
Aurian Booklover
The books are about four sets of male twins, all mages, all with their own specific powers. A thousand years ago, the most powerful Seeer of them all, predicted their birth, and if they ever find their mates, a big disaster will befall Katan. So their fellow mages from the mage council have exiled them to Nightfall Isle. There is an enormous castle on the island, and an ancient water purifying plant, running on magic, so there is enough clean water for them. They do grow some of their own food,...more
I was disappointed that this book was just an okay read for me, especially since I've collected the first 5 in this series... My problem with this book is the same problem I have with a lot of paranormal romances. There's hardly any romance! The hero and heroine think eachother are hot, think lustful thoughts about eachother, and BAM - that somehow means they are in love! In this book the heroine spends the vast majority of her time with the hero's brothers during the first half of the book (the...more
This was the first book to an 8 book series. We meet and learn all about this universe Ms. Johnson has created. If I may say so, wow! What a universe, I personally loved diving into Katani culture and learning about all the brothers.

However because this is the first book, you may feel confused because there are so many brothers. 8 - get it? However if you reread you'll get them down in no times.

Now Sabar is a true man's man. Mister Hey I'm in Charge. Too bad his lovley woman Kelly is the same...more
Well, well, well. Hm, where to start. I am about half way through, and not loosing any sleep to finish it, but not wanting to ditch it, either. Kind of a filler while I wait for the next Singh, Ione, and Ward.

First off, like most of the previous reviews, I was wishing for a painful death for the "heroine". Instead of dropping to her bony knees in gratitude for being saved from a horrid death, healed, clothed, fed and protected...she becomes the houseguest from hell. Whiny, demanding, superior ac...more
Missy Ann
Bad book! Heroine? Ick. Every single character was a moron and/or asshole.

Try this exercise, when the female character does something, imagine if it was a man doing the same thing. If it had been written that way it would *never* have been published. She is deeply unlikable, and for some bizarre reason I finished the entire book (secretly hoping she'd be killed?) and actually have the second in the series started (it's a book that stays in my car and I read when I don't even have a cereal box ha...more
I've actually read almost all of the books in this series because I thought that they would be really good, but, I didn't love them...The background stories were good and the whole concept of each story telling the situation of a different brother per book...But, I don't know something just didn't make me say like oh yes! I love this series! It's cool and others who like a little magic and some steamy sex scenes may enjoy it, this is only my personal opinion...There's definately enough testosero...more
I got such a kick out of this book. This is not a serious book at all. In fact I laughed through a large portion of it. I am so glad that I finally read it. I kept putting it off , what a dummy. I really need to get the next one. This kinda reminded me of L.O.U,By G.S. ... Remember I said kinda. They are mange. But they live in a castle alone. No women. Each have abilities and are unique. Each crack me up too. Oh and they aren't from here, they are in another demention (universe or whatever)......more
Jen Grosvold
Aug 11, 2014 Jen Grosvold rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in fantasy romance
I. Loved. This Book.

In fact, I love the entire series, and anything else that I can get my hands on that Jean Johnson has written.

In reading some of the reviews that are not-so-in-favour of this book, I felt the need to throw my support behind the author.

One theme that keeps arising is that readers did not like the female protagonist, Kelly. I say, well that's fine. As in real life, not everyone is going to like you, and I respect Kelly for being a strong enough woman to be herself and not give...more
Lover of Romance
Originally Posted At My Blog: Addicted To Romance

3.5 Rating
The Eldest Son shall bear this weight:
If ever true love he should feel
Disaster shall come at her heel
And Katan will fail to aid
When Sword in sheath is claimed by Maid

Kelly Doyle has worked herself practically to the ground to make her shop survive, but when her neighbors assume she is a witch, they try to burn her house to the ground with her inside. But then she is saved by the youngest of the mage brothers who brings her into their...more
Allen D
The CatThe ShifterThe FlameThe MageThe Song

It surprised me honestly it was very detailed and awe-inspiring
Carolyn F.
Sweet book. Kelly Doyle is saved from an arsonist by being plucked into an alternate universe and then falls in love with the oldest brother. Sometimes she got on my nerves but overall this was a cute story. I'm planning on reading the second book.
I really enjoyed this book. 8 exiled brothers and a prophecy. This is the story of the oldest brother and Kelly, a woman from another world. His Destiny. Her new life. Fast paced and fun paranormal
The Sword is the first in a 9 part series, of which I think I have read about 6. I remember quite liking them back when I first read them, but since then I have both become more familiar with the genre and also have studied writing and editing.

This book needs a good POV edit. While I enjoyed a lot about this book, the world, some of the characters (although like a lot of the other reviewers, the Heroine did get on my nerves a bit) there were a few things missing.

Tension - the only tension as fa...more
LWB Marissa
"The Eldest Son shall bear this weight;
If ever true love he should feel
Disaster shall come at her heel
And Katan will fail to aid
When Sword in sheath is claimed by Maid"

Their fate was sealed the minute the last set of twins of the Corvis family were born, from now on the eight mage-brothers who were born in four sets of twins, all on the same day two years apart each time, would be known as the Sons of Destiny. They fulfil the Curse of the Eight Prophecies, written by the seer Draganna over a tho...more
In an alternate world where magic exists, eight brothers have been exiled due to a Curse. The four sets of twins have been cast out of their homeland and reside on Nightfall Isle. The youngest brother and the strongest mage, Morganen, defies all by rescuing Kelly Doyle from her burning bed... and sets into motion the guidelines of the Curse as dictated by the Seer Draganna. Saber is the oldest of the brothers and therefore reluctant to have any friendly contact with Kelly as he fears the unknown...more
Jean Johnson knows how to treat us to delicious males, a feisty and strong heroine and a magical fantasyworld blended into an original, unique and well-written plot, sprinkled with sensual tension and erotic love scenes.

This was a perfect combination of magic, fantasy, 21st century girlpower, a bit of history, intriguing, exiled mage-brothers of which hero Saber is the first to fullfill his dreaded and prophesied destiny, and of course love, a beautiful, profound love.

The story kept me intrigued...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"The Sword" by Jean Johnson was a delighful read with a good storyline and interesting characters. This is the first installment of the Sons of Destiny series in which eight brothers, exiled from their native land and banished to a secluded and isolated island, must face their predestined fates, or succumb to the consequences of denying them.

Saber is the first-born of seven brothers, and is therefore responsible for them all. So when his younger brother saves a woman from another dimension, and...more
Feb 25, 2010 Rossy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michelle M. Pillow fans/romance&regency fans
Recommended to Rossy by: Regina
What a great start for a series this was. I really enjoyed the characters and the story as it was told. While the book is paranormal with some fantasy and science fiction thrown in. It's predominantly a romance novel with some medieval undercurrents.

I'm not a fan of historical, regency or medieval stories so thankfully this one didn't venture too heavily into it to keep me interested. I am completly in love with these very alpha males and i really enjoyed the heroine in this book. I personally...more
The Window Seat
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Many years ago a prophecy was proclaimed about eight magical sons. When the youngest Corvis son developed his powers the Council of Mages exiled the eight brothers and forbid any women on to Nightfall Isle. The eldest son, Saber’s verse said that if he ever felt true love ‘disaster shall come at her heel.’ Kelly, a young American woman finds herself in the castle of Nightfall Isle after Morganen the youngest brother magics her out of her burning house. Saber wants Kelly gone as quickly as possib...more
This book was written by someone who I'd previously only read her fanfiction.. She encouraged me to give the book a try. Honestly I"m not into romance novels.. and lets face it, the cover screams romance novel. On the contrary, it's a sort of a fantasy with the romance tacked on. The first book in a series of 8, I honestly didn't get into it the story (despite it being a quick read).

The premise of the book is the story of four fraternal twins exiled on an island living out a curse. Each one wil...more
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Berkley/Jove Authors Bio

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.
(1)romance author, science fiction author

Jean Johnson currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, has played in the SCA for 25 years, sings a lot, and argues with her cat about territorial rights to her office chair. She loves hearing from her readers, and has a distinct sense of humor. Rig...more
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