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Citadel of Fire (The Ronin Saga Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Wolf
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Legends never die... But what can one boy do to stop an immortal evil?  The sequel to the Amazon Bestselling series, The Ronin Saga.
 
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.

Now he must cross a dangerous desert full of thieves, mythical beasts, and other magical unknowns, all to return to a home that may be his demise.  At the same time, a poisonous evil seeks to convert the world to their dark mantra, "strength is life, weakness death."
  
Gray may have hero's blood in his veins, but how can one kill a belief?


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  • "Wolf has created a richly detailed, complex fantasy universe populated by intriguing characters who will continually surprise readers throughout the briskly paced tale... This is a strong, confident fantasy novel, [and] an impressive, page-turning adventure for fans of the series." - KIRKUS REVIEWS
  • "A truly engaging story!" - Tracy Hickman, NY Times Bestselling Author and Creator of the Dragonlance Series
  • "Wolf has done a good job of bringing his world into its own..." - Cat Fitzpatrick, FANTASY BOOK REVIEW (Book one, THE KNIFE'S EDGE)
  • ★★★★★ - Amazing, I am so happy when I find books that keep me up all night.  This is a tome of light among darkness. - Tor Ole-Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer
  • ★★★★★ - I was expecting it to be just like all the other fantasy books I read (and trust me, I've read like 60 of those books) but this book... Wow. It had everything I dreamed in a book... the story and characters were just perfect! I expect The Ronin Saga to rival the star fantasies and maybe even go further. - Goodreads Reviewer (The Knife's Edge)
  • ★★★★★ "... Wolf continues to grow as a writer, to develop his own distinct style and to separate himself from the rest of the genre.  If he continues his rapid growth, I would not be surprised to see him become one of the best fantasy writers of his generation." - Eduardo Aduna, (Five Stars) READERS' FAVORITE REVIEW

About the Author

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 at TheRoninSaga@Gmail.com, howl "Ronin" at the moon, or throw up a Wolf Signal in the sky.  All valid forms of communication.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1596 KB
  • Print Length: 587 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098914836X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Matthew Wolf (September 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MQ5BIAS
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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“Citadel of Fire” is the second novel in an epic fantasy series about a land with glory in its past—but in the present day, the Great Kingdoms are divided and struggling. Rumors sweep the land that the mythical Ronin—nine beings with great power—are returning, and at the rumor’s heart is a young man named Gray, who used to be a man named Kirin, who now struggles with his divided self. Corruption has overtaken the Citadel, mainly at the hands of the manipulative Sithel, and the story weaves in and out of a rich tapestry of characters throughout the kingdoms.

The story starts out with action and intrigue, with the character of Zane and a tense face-off between him and Sithel—the fear there and the mystery of why Ezrah saves him sets the tone for the rest of the novel. The characters and the plot in “Citadel of Fire” are equally strong, which I usually can’t say about fantasy; the plot is a nice balance of action, scenes that develop the characters, and politics. There’s always something intriguing about a land in decline—as a reader, you’re interested in both its past golden age and what disaster lies in the future for its people—and the kingdoms in this book are no exception.

As for characters, I especially enjoyed Gray’s internal conflict with Kirin and how his old self influences the new; the other character who stood out for me was Karil, thrust into the role of ruler without being prepared but nevertheless determined to protect her kingdom and people. (There’s also a good blend of male and female characters, which keeps the book from being one-dimensional in regard to the people, elves, and beings populating its pages.)

While it certainly helps to have read the first book (and I think knowing the backstory makes this one more enjoyable), I do think a reader could come in at this second book and not be too lost. Recommended to readers who enjoy fantasy with a high-stakes clash between good and evil.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaps and bounds forward. September 1, 2014
By Jack
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I've officially finished. While, I still have some gripes, I have gripes with all my favorite stories. The second addition of the Ronin saga is head and shoulders over the first in terms of writing. The mistakes are fewer, for sure, but the writing is also more alive and vibrant. While the first felt a little stale, contrived, and either too fast or too slow, this has the steady feel of a truly well rounded novel.

As this is just a part in the series, there's some things one might wish to see that won't happen yet, and a sense of closure can be a little hard to find. However, I truly enjoyed reading this.

That said, for personal opinions, I find Ayva annoying most of the time, and I really really like Faye. I hope to see more Faye and that good things come of her. Also, if Faye has a crush on Gray I totally ship them.

There's some issues with the prose though. Like, some conversations felt a little unnatural, like you're waiting for them to say what you think should be said, but they don't. Like, they're conveniently idiots for a time. This does get sort of fixed as it goes on, with the dialogue feeling progressively more natural as the book goes on. By the end, I definitely felt like everything that should be addressed was addressed.

Top marks. I feel like, everything that was wrong or unpolished about the first book was fixed up and improved in this second book. If you're at all interested in the story but found yourself a bit turned off by the writing, then I'd say give it another chance, because the writing is much more at the level of a published author this time around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising Series September 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
While this is the second book of what looks to me like a promising series, you do not need to have read the first book. It is perfectly fine to start with this book. It has just the right amount of exposition to let you know where you are without bogging you down with recaps.

This is strong mythic fantasy with good characterizations, plenty of action, and an interesting - and complex - world. It reads quite a lot like the Inheritance Cycle Books, but a bit more mature - more like the last book than the first. I recommend it for fans of that series, younger Tolkien fans, and anyone who likes elemental match ups. I believe that my son, who tore through the Inheritance Cycle and who, at thirteen, can still appreciate competitive pokemon battling, will enjoy this quite a bit.

***author provided a review copy for me to read and evaluate
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!! WHAT AN EPIC FANTASY NOVEL!!!!! September 18, 2014
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WOW!!!!! WHAT AN EPIC FANTASY NOVEL!!!!! A brilliant and extraordinary fantasy adventure loaded with great drama and even greater action sequences... I can see this made into a movie someday... No kidding! This was on par with Lord of the Rings... For real!

I started with this second book... I didn't feel like I was missing anything (even though now, I want to read the first one lol )... The book recaps pretty well so I didn't feel like I was picking up in the middle of a story like a lot of book two's.

One of my favorite characters was Darius with quite a few laugh out loud moments. But I also loved Gray and watching the inner battle he was having with his past self.

The battle scenes were totally and completely epic , the kind of battles you want to see on the big screen. There was mystery and magic and an awesome clash between good and evil.

This book was wonderful on every level, it was masterfully paced and the characters were developed perfectly.If you love epic fantasy novels that are awe-inspiring and grab you from the beginning and don't let go... then I recommend this book to you!

Now to find all I can from this author..... wow what talent....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read that is both action packed and imaginative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stayed up way too late reading this!
If you are a fan of sweeping epic fantasy, then this is a series you definitely need to check out. CITADEL OF FIRE is the second book in the series, but it is not necessary that... Read more
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Being completely honest, it took me a little bit to get completely "into" the book. The reason for that had nothing to do with the subject matter... Read more
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Cannot wait for the next installment of this series!
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Matthew Wolf is the author of the Ronin Saga. Or maybe he's a Ronin. Either way, he's involved somehow. Aside from epic fantasy, he enjoys woodcrafting, outdoors, a bit of a health nut (Kale is good!), and trains in Kung Fu.

His childhood of traveling the world and studying Old English and Japanese influenced the schemes of the Saga, and the world of Daerval. He is a graduate from UCSB with a Literature degree with a specialization in Medieval Literature and Japanese.

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