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

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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: He loves connecting with fans, those whirling blades really speak to his soul.  You can reach Matt at, 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)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Great follow-up to the first book. You really start to get a better feel for the characters and see them get started on their journey toward their destiny.
I really enjoyed seeing the dynamic between the characters grow and change. Darius is a really funny character, and I became quite fond of him through the course of this book. It was great to see Ayva become a more independent character as well. Gray's inner battle with his past self was a great source of tension for himself and for his friends. Faye and Zane were also a great, firey addition to the "cast" of this series, can't wait to see where their storyline goes.
All in all, this book had great characters, an exciting story, and some pretty epic battle scenes. I can't wait to see where the next book goes!
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I’m a huge fan of fantasy novels, and this book absolutely fits the bill.

I didn’t know this was the second book in a series when I picked it up, and I admit to being confused for a bit because the action here starts right off the bat. We meet several groups of people in the first few chapters and learn about things that were clearly important to the story (like the “spark” and the ronin and more) that were a little too ambiguous for me to get immediately. However, I hung in there and got a big payoff.

The characters were so amazing and well drawn, the writing crisp and descriptive but never dull and the plot solid. The author skillfully wove in information tidbit by tidbit and kept me reading and longing for more. I didn’t realize, at first, that Gray is the lead here, because there are other characters given just as much space. I like Gray though, and he’s the reason I have every intention of going back and reading book one to catch up. He’s an interesting anomaly, as is the woman he meets near the beginning, Faye, who I really, really liked. I don’t think I was supposed to like her quite so much, but her self-confidence, smart mouth and swagger really spoke to me.

There’s a touch of LOTR here. At first, when he mentions the nine kings, I felt that was a deliberate nod to Tolkien and his nine kings (who ultimately became the ring wraiths). I wasn’t sure if I should be irritated or not, but honestly aside from their number, they are nothing like those LOTR kings.

It was interesting to watch the author merge all the various groups of people together and see how they were able to overcome much to work against defeating a common foe.
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