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The Sword (Sons of Destiny #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,701 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
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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
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published February 2007)
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Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Review revisited - Reviewed for Romance Junkies in 2007...

The superstitious people of Katan exile eight brothers on Nightfall Isle. Afraid that the brothers' predicted curse will bring disaster to them all, their hope is to contain the brothers so their prophecy never becomes reality. However, restraining four sets of twin brothers with magical talents may be impossible. The youngest of the eight has a plan to break the number one rule. No contact with women!

His deed is noble, to save a woman fr
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
hmm, not as good as her sci fi. But not as bad as the first half of the book indicates. Overall, I'm mostly just highly amused that they end up saving the day with housework.
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Jun 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Christel Combs
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
Laura the Highland Hussy

I think the first 150 pages were great, but it got a bit boring, then picked up again. There were parts in here that had me laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face! For instance, when Kelly is giving the brothers her rules? I about died laughing! It was a silly, fun read, very girl have all these big tough males, and this little female (she calls herself their alpha female) pushes them around! It's great!

Quick summary: Kelly is from Earth, Saber and his 7 brothers live on
Missy Ann
Dec 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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
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
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
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 3/5
Prose: 3.5/5
How much I enjoyed it: 3/5
Re-reading one of my favourite series. Although this book is certainly not one of my favourites, there's a lot of important backstory to the series in it.
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
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Yogesh Jain
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
A curse of Nightfall.

As soon as I read the description of the book I knew I have to read this book. It falls into the category I usually like that is Fantasy romance.

I enjoyed reading the entire book. There were few situation where I wished the author could have done better but still it was good. The curses of the foreign world was really very foreign and sometimes it just crepped me out. I usually don't hear curses in the fantasy world which is more or less like a medival period so reading th
Aug 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jean-johnson
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
Cherie Noel
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a rollicking good read. Excitement, adventure, romance, and a thoroughly satisfying ending. If you like strong heroines, magic, exta-dimensional travel, and seeing justice prevail, this is a book I highly recommend. Chock full of wit, snappy repartee, and hunkalicious hotties, The Sword lives up to every bit of hype written about it while delivering a unabashedly enjoyable break from the hum-drum of the everyday. This is my...oh, sixth or seventh reading of this series, and each tim ...more
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.
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
1st Read: Mar 2011
Reread: Dec 2016

RATING: DNF @45% :(
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome characters!
3.5* just that the Heroine annoyed me with her authoritative actions..but I liked that she as also a clever and funny...
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Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Sons of Destiny (8 books)
  • The Wolf (Sons of Destiny, #2)
  • The Master (Sons of Destiny, #3)
  • The Song (Sons of Destiny, #4)
  • The Cat (Sons of Destiny, #5)
  • The Storm (Sons of Destiny, #6)
  • The Flame (Sons of Destiny, #7)
  • The Mage (Sons of Destiny, #8)

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