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Devlin's Luck: Book I of the Sword of Changeby Patricia Bray
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A man with serious survivor's guilt sets out to get himself killed--and instead manages to save a kingdom--in the kick-off of this stellar new fantasy series. The once mighty kingdom of Jorsk is in decline, its borders beset by enemies, both worldly and otherworldly. No Time to Die...The king has retreated to the capital, abandoning the far-flung provinces. The only hope of the people lies in their Chosen One, blessed by the gods as defender of the realm. But of late every Chosen One has died, targeted by the harshest of the enemy attacks. Only the most desperate of men now seek that post. Devlin Stonehand is a desperate man. Overwhelmed by grief at the death of his family, he has lost the will to live. But he has vowed to provide for his brother's widow and children, and the post of the Chosen One carries with it a substantial reward. For Devlin, a farmer and metalsmith, it is the answer to his prayers-prayers that include a yearning for the oblivion of death. After he has won the post, though, Devlin discovers that sometimes the hardest goal to achieve is that which had once seemed the simplest. For unlike the other Chosen Ones, he persists in surviving. Are the gods just tormenting him further, or does he have a greater destiny than he imagined? Can a man who courts death ever truly come to embrace life?
Lacking the will to live following the death of his family, yet still responsible for the welfare of his brother's widow and children, Devlin Stonehand takes on the role of Chosen One, certain that it will lead to his own death.
Patricia Bray inherited her love of books from her parents, both of whom were fine storytellers in the Irish tradition. She has always enjoyed spinning tales, and turned to writing as a chance to share her stories with a wider audience. Patricia holds a master's degree in Information Technology, and combines her writing witha a full-time career as an I/T Project Manager.
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