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review In the Eye of Heaven Ð eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ From a strong new voice in epic fantasy comes the tale of Durand a good suire trying to become a good knight in a harsh and unforgiving worldSet to inherit the lordship of a small village in his father's duchy because the knight of that village has been bereaved of his own son DFirst he falls in with a band of knights working for a vicious son of a duke and ends up participating in the murder of the duke's adulterous wife Fleeing he comes into the service of a disgraced second son of a duke Lamoric who is executing a long subterfuge to try to restore his honor in the eyes of his father family and king By ent. IN David Keck's tale of a knight errant the knight isn't the only thing that wanders Sometimes the plot does tooKeck who grew up in Winnipeg puts his degrees in history and literature to good use in crafting a detailed fantasy that smacks of Arthurian romanceThe main character Durand is left without title or holdings when a long lost son returns to claim land that would have become Durand's by default Without waiting for pity or advice Durand charges off to seek his fortune as a man at armsEarly on he befriends a skald named Heremund who regales him with tales of ancient kings and unseen powers While plainly an expository device it helps the reader get to know the background Durand a man of action isn't given to musing on such thingsHe often lands himself in either a pitched battle or ethical dilemma sometimes both Through skill and a lot of nerve he works his way into the retinue of Lord RadomorDurand's loyalty is rewarded but he soon finds Radomor is unpredictable and vindictive meting out a slow death for a man he suspects of cuckolding him Radomor also deals openly with other lords seeking to depose the king and Durand must decide where he standsDurand is also preyed on by the wraithlike Blackthorn men and given the evil eye by the black garbed sorcerers called Rooks surrounding RadomorHe manages to escape and prove his worth to another lord Lamoric who takes him in with few uestions asked Lamoric has secrets of his own and at this point the story focuses so much on him that Durand is nearly secondary Lamoric knights him but has bigger fish to fryA diversion leads into Hesperand a country doomed to keep refighting old battles and drawing in unwary travellers to do the same The names and back story fly at the reader like knights' pennons colourful but too many and varied to easily keep straightFortunately Keck's visceral writing style anchors the narrative In one castle Durand tries to sleep while listening to lovemaking farts and snarling dogsWhen he seeks to attend a tournament a guard throws him down his chin biting the ground like a plowshare under all the weight The details of a warrior's life right down to Durand's fleas and lice are all thereDurand picks up many secrets in his travels but he doesn't know what use to make of them without the ear of any lord or power of his own But when Radomor makes his play for power Durand finally sees his chanceWhile not as strong on characterization as Guy Gavriel Kay Keck has the same sense of history underlying his world He also avoids letting his epic sprawl a la Steve Erickson keeping the focus on a few characters rather than a phone book length castDon't be surprised if In the Eye of Heaven spawns a seuel Despite its occasionally meandering track it delivers a fast moving combination of lance shattering battle courtly politics and unfathomable magic David Jón Fuller is managing editor of Lögberg Heimskringla the Icelandic community newspaperRepublished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 21 2006httpwwwwinnipegfreepresscomhist

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From a strong new voice in epic fantasy comes the tale of Durand a good suire trying to become a good knight in a harsh and unforgiving worldSet to inherit the lordship of a small village in his father's duchy because the knight of that village has been bereaved of his own son Durand must leave when the son unexpectedly turns up alive. I DNF d this one a little over halfway through It isn't a bad book but it never captured my interest and retained it which is sad since I really liked the main character and wanted to read about him

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In the Eye of HeavenEring tournaments anonymously as The Red Knight Durand will demonstrate his heroism and prowess and be drafted into the honors of the king But conspiracies are afoot dark plots that could break the oaths which bind the kingdom and the duchies together and keep the banished monsters at bay It may fall to Durand to save the world of Ma. Went for an author I had never heard of this time around since I don't have access to my own library interesting start different writing style have not decided if I like it yet but I'm fascinated with the setting and story so onward we goSo Very good book I found the mythos and the pantheon of this world very fascinating and was distracted at first by the writing style felt I was missing something or really wanted to know about the gods and the history but as I went along the characters drew me in and I learned that even they didn't know that much about their gods and their history Gritty and a little disjointed this book kept me captivated and interested until the very end But Definitely NOT for everyone I'm giving Mr Keck five stars for this first novel Now to see if I can find the next one