The Mage by Jean Johnson


Sons of Destiny, Book 8

Synopsis: Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day–they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy.  Though no longer trapped in exile, their growing family faces new problems.  The worst of those troubles now falls upon the last of the Sons of Destiny.

Hope, Morganen’s foretold bride, has finally arrived on the island.  She hasn’t been telling the full truth about herself, and the consequences will stretch further than even she anticipates.  Just as Morg gets used to Hope’s revelation, new enemies arrive on the Isle, seeking to steal away the brothers’ chances at creating a new nation.  During the attack, an old foe resurfaces and strikes amid the confusion, kidnapping the final bride-to-be.

Either Morg will rescue Hope and help his family complete the Prophecies of the Seer Draganna and the last Duchess of Nightfall, carving a new kingdom in the process…or their enemies will be free to slaughter them all…

Review: I discovered Jean Johnson with her Shifter novel and I was curious to see another book of her series, what better way than to start with the last volume of the Sons of Destiny series? So you’re probably wondering if I had a problem to put everything in place but … no, it’s was easy to understand the story and I loved the character of Hope.

Morg, the last brother of a large family was waiting for long a long time to make coming Hope, the woman he loves, in his world. But he was far from imagining that the young woman he believed from another world is actually a former resident of his world centuries ago. But her arrival will mess up the life of all the people around her and her presence will bring more problems and we might think at first. We thus discover the world in which our characters live as well as all the Morg’s brothers and their wives. I realized pretty quickly how Hope came to be friends with Kelly, moreover, she is amazing and determined in all circumstances. But back to our heroine, she understands that her status is different with all the time she spent away from her land but that does not bother her and she remains humble. She even thinks that her former « person » she was no longer exists.

However, I completely enjoyed the attraction of Hope for chocolate that does not exist where she is now. Since she discovered this flavor, she can’t live anymore without it and she is therefore determined to create it now that she left her last world. Her dearest wish is to be able to share what she likes with everyone, and especially with Morg, in every way possible!

It was a pleasure to follow this new couple and we understand very quickly that whatever happens, Morg will do anything to help and save the woman he loves, even to get into troubles if necessary. I admit that I would have loved to discover more things about the old life of Hope because her past is very intriguing. To conclude, this book was a nice read and I’m curious to read the first one.

6 thoughts on “The Mage by Jean Johnson

  1. Lol you really messed up with reading the last one first. It is so much fun to discover the surprises in the previous books, and now you already know them all!
    But it is a good series, and I do hope you will read them all.

  2. I’d like to apologize for one of the tiny little mistakes in the book, and this one goes out to all my fellow chocolate affictionados: Hope says at one point chocolate covers all the senses except sound…and I totally derped and forgot chocolate has a very distinctive « snap » because of the temperature at which it is tempered (turned into a smooth yet melty chocolate bar). So I apologize for that. And for all the nitpicky little things that, no matter how many hands those books passed through, still made it through the editing rounds.

    I’m glad you liked the story! I wouldn’t have recommended starting with the last one in that series because there were so many plot-threads dependent upon the previous seven books…but I’m grateful to know you were able to follow along. I hope you enjoy learning all the stuff that happened previously with the others!

    ~Jean

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