This week’s book recommendation is The Eyes of God by John Marco. This is book one of a trilogy with The Devil’s Armor and The Sword of Angels being the consecutive books. Fret not, these are not theological books. They are rather a fantasy trilogy I first read roughly ten years ago. I remember them quite well and will read them again sometime. That’s what is so great about books. You can read them as many times as you like and they will always be different. The difference being your perspective each time you read. The words will remain the same, but we as readers change and thus some books gain or lose value to us. I think when I do read this series again, I will still appreciate them (despite my initial hatred of one character’s decisions and her consequences, but we don’t always make the best decisions for ourselves I guess). I believe the three are roughly over 2200 pages together if I remember correctly, so it is a journey in itself, as most books are.
This book follows several characters, but the main one is Lukien, a knight to King Akeela and secret lover to Queen Cassandra. He does have a “Lancelot” feel to him, but he and Cassandra fall for each other before she is wedded to Akeela. Anyway, Cassandra has an inexplicable illness and Lukien is tasked, willingly, with the search for a magical amulet that can forestall her illness and let her live a fairly normal and long life. This search takes him into unknown areas and down a road where he learns of an ancient civilization of mages.
This story starts off seemingly as a somewhat typical medieval fantasy story, but turns into and epic story about more than just love and secrets. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys knights and chivalry as well as elements of magic.
Update: A fourth book was published in recent years called The Forever Knight which I will need to read when I re-read the series.