Welcome to the blog tour for The Knife's Edge, part I of The Ronin Saga by Matthew Wolf!
When legends come to life the world trembles from a single name. Ronin. Once-heroes from a different age, they wield elemental powers… wind, water, fire, stone, forest, sun, moon, flesh, and metal.
At the same time, a young man discovers his best friend with a sword in her stomach, and dark wings sprouting from her back. Guards rush onto the scene, accuse him of the act, and he is forced to flee. In a new world without his memories, Gray must find his way amid legends and darkness, as he wrestles with an elemental power inside himself.
A power all too similar to the infamous Ronin…
Seventeen-year old Gray is descended from a legendary hero known as a Ronin, and haunted by his forgotten past. He returns home to a wizards’ keep, unaware he is now labeled a murderous traitor for killing his best friend.
Returning could be a death sentence, but the journey alone is perilous. Along the way, Gray discovers he has a grandfather. Now he must reach the city before his only living family dies beneath a madman’s torture. Getting there will be a challenge, however, as an enthrallingly unpredictable woman, a dangerous desert, and a horde of thieves stand in his way. Wielding the banished power of wind, Gray rallies against the poisonous evil that seeks to convert the world to their mantra, “strength is life, weakness death.”
Yet with an affable scoundrel and a clever bookworm at his side, Gray discovers the world’s greatest secret… He is not the only one with hero’s blood, and the legend of the Ronin walk the world once again.
Matthew Wolf is the author of THE RONIN SAGA, a nine part YA Epic Fantasy series. He also loves cake. Book two is out now, for sneak peek information on Matt and all things Ronin check out: roninsaga.com. He loves connecting with fans, those whirling blades really speak to his soul. You can reach Matt atTheRoninSaga@Gmail.com, howl "Ronin" at the moon, or throw up a Wolf Signal in the sky. All valid forms of communication.
Review of The Knife's Edge:
Kirin is training to be a fearsome warrior, but all the time he's interested in the fables of the Ronin. Ronin were people who wielded great power of the elements. Kirin is simultaneously enthralled and terrified by the thought of the Ronin returning. One day though, things take a drastic turn. Kirin finds his dear friend with a sword through her stomach, and nothing makes any sense. Kirin is forced to run, and he has his memory wiped in the process. The newly named Grey finds out that some things are hard to hide from, and that he may possess powers he only ever dreamed of.
I'm a sucker for a good fantasy book, and this was just that. After feeling initially dropped into the story just a bit too much, things settled down for a good read. I did feel like maybe I could have been fed a little more information about the Ronin earlier on, but that is a minor quibble. There were a lot of forces at play here, but the author managed to do a great job of keeping them from becoming too overwhelming to the reader. There was also a good balance of action and peril without ever feeling like it was too much.
There were several people here that you could cheer for. I felt awful for Kirin in the beginning, and I wish I had gotten a tiny bit more background on the sword and the general story. There is a wonderful world in this book though, full of magic and adventure. I particularly like the use of elements as a source of power. The end is also a great balance of making you feel like you read a complete story while still managing to leave things open and make you want to read more. Fantasy fans will definitely want to check this series out.
Book provided for review.
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