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The Knife's Edge: The Ronin Saga [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Wolf
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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…

Editorial Reviews


Top FIVE Bestseller on Amazon -> Kindle -> Epic Fantasy
Top FIVE Bestseller on Amazon -> Books -> Epic Fantasy
  • "A truly engaging story!" - Tracy Hickman, New York Times Bestselling Author and creator of the Dragonlance Series
  • "Wolf has done a good job of bringing his world into its own... Overall the story moves quickly and there's plenty of action..." - Cat Fitzpatrick, Fantasy Book Review 
  • "The author has created a convincing world full of legends, history, and magic, but those elements are woven in as needed and propel the plot forward rather than distract from it... There is also plenty of action and suspense, from battle scenes to the chilling vergs and Kage...

    ...For those who enjoy epic fantasy and quest novels but are a little tired of the same old elves/dwarves/humans band together storyline--this is a nice change in the fantasy genre in that it brings something new and interesting." - E. Lucas, Top 1000 Reviewer
  • "This an entertaining quest fantasy with a fascinating twist... Gray brings freshness as a sort of Frodo struggling with what is going on to him with the changes in his life. The support cast... enhances the exciting story line as we want to know why people strongly fear the Return and why just about everyone believes the Ronin are malevolent." Harriet Klausner, #1 Hall of Fame Reviewer
  • "This is one of those books where you pick it up and you get sucked into that ultimate time wrap... and suddenly you realize you've not done anything in the last hours and hours and the book is ending and you really don't want it to, but you CAN'T stop reading it!" - Blogger Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

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: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Matthew Wolf; 1 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent First Effort, Hoping For Growth September 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The fact that I haven't read much in the fantasy genre besides Wheel of Time and Game of Thrones may be one of the reasons that my review of this first book of the Ronin Saga is lukewarm. If these books rank among your favorites, you may find Knife's Edge either very derivative or very comfortable.

First, the good. The story moves along at a decent pace and doesn't bog down in the endless descriptions of minutae that really hindered my enjoyment of WOT. The primary character has an interesting backstory and unlike other reviewers I found the first couple of chapters engaging. Bonus points for dragons and magic. Thanks also for not having long songs that go on forever (a particular peeve of mine within this genre.) I appreciated that the book ended with some sort of resolution while still putting the hero on the path to his next quest.

Paradoxically, I would have liked a little MORE detail and character development, especially when it comes to the co-stars. Something that would have made this more than a mashup of WOT and Lord of the Rings.

But the similarities just kept smacking me in the face. And typos. Not little spelling errors but sentences out of order or just not making sense, and weird page breaks, widows and orphans (I bought a hardbound version at a comic-con). Not a ton but enough to become annoying. I wanted to mark it up as I went along.

The writing itself has potential and the author told me the second book in the Ronin Saga is close to being finished. I hope it willl have more depth as the primary characters, who are mostly teenagers, mature..
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating and enchanting May 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Matthew Wolfs writing is enchanting, I found myself lost in his world. Not only were his characters so well developed that I could see them as vividly as my own family (he writes so you feel every death and triumph right along with his characters), but the settings were so well described that I felt like I could see everything the characters could, from beautiful trees to small and cozy cabins. Its the kind of book you read again and again. I look forward to returning to this amazing world in Wolfs next book. Jeannie Schwarz
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reader Beware February 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first review I've written for Amazon, and obviously, based on the 2 stars I've given it, I was not a fan. Usually, if I don't particularly like a highly rated book I've purchased from this site, I shrug my shoulders and account it to matters of taste. However, I think all is not right with the reviews of this book.

After looking through the 5 star reviews (31 at the time of this review), there are a number of inconsistencies. At least 10 of the reviews are from accounts that have only reviewed one item on Amazon: The Knife's Edge, and they give glowing but shallow reviews of the book. And a number of the five star reviews are written by friends of his. It took a couple minutes of searching on the internet to match 5 reviews to friends of Mr. Wolf, and I wouldn't be surprised if other positive reviews were written by well meaning friends as well. I don't believe there's anything wrong with an author's friends giving positive reviews, but combined with the accounts created solely for reviewing this book, I'm skeptical the high rating was earned entirely by merit.

Personally, I found the story hard to stick with, and it took me weeks to finish. The opening scene in which the main character deals with a tragedy was pretty good, but the story went downhill from there. As mentioned by other reviews, some parts are highly derivative, the elves and Darius the Rogue chief among them. There are a number of typos and other errors in the work, but that seems pretty forgivable in the world of self-publishing. I also found the dialogue to be a little stilted, and it seems as though the author forgets to mention or explain a number of things about the world he created. A few questions (spoliers ahead!):

-What is Death's Gate and why is it there?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read July 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I want to preface this by saying that I love fantasy. When I get the chance to read fiction, 9/10 I will choose a fantasy novel. I also don't have much of a literary background, so I am more focused on the elements of the story and how enjoyable it is to read.
That being said, I really enjoyed The Knifes Edge. I don't really understand these reviews that say it starts slow...the story picks up immediately, much faster than any other fantasy novel I've read, and doesn't let up. The chapters are short and action packed... I would actually prefer a little more world building. I don't want to give too much of the story away, but the action scenes are extremely well written. Not only is the action descriptive and vivid, the author does a great job getting into the head of the characters and revealing their emotions in the moment.
I would consider the dialogue directed toward a YA audience... It is playful/tongue-in-check but at times can seem a little underdeveloped.
I can see influences from other fantasy works in this book, most notably (for me) the Wheel of Time series. Certain scenes definitely pay homage to WoT and there are resemblances in some of the themes within The Knifes Edge. I think it's a great balance, the author is obviously well read in his genre and his work completely stands on it's own merit.
When I finished the book I was extremely satisfied, albeit I wish the next novel were finished. The story is complex yet lighthearted when it needs to be. The author does a great job of sparking curiosity throughout the novel and at the end you realize just how much there is left to discover about the world and the Ronin. I am craving more, definitely a must read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Knife's Edge
The Knife's Edge is one of the best self-published books I have read. I hold TKE in high regards to A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan, and In Siege of Daylight by Greg S. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Eric Evilsizor
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliches Abound - no original thought.
Ugh. It was terrible. Take every single fantasy cliche you can think of, pack it all into one book, and pretend like they're all new brilliant ideas, and you've got this... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner but the complex world-building can be overwhelming
Matthew Wolf, you had me when you picked a book cover with dragon on it. Luckily, this time, my attraction to anything dragon related turned out to be a good thing because I... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Bookworm Dreams
4.0 out of 5 stars hard to put down
A truly marvelous tale that Gould so meany parts you can get lost in all parts. But had no problem with new characters.
Published 7 days ago by Clyde Schubarth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Fiction Author
I have read this book and enjoyed it so much I am reading the second book in this series. Matthew Wolf has proven to be an outstanding author. I hate to put these books down.
Published 7 days ago by Chuck & Carol Hanebuth
4.0 out of 5 stars A few bumps, but very impressive start to an epic fantasy series
It’s been a while since I read an epic fantasy that really gripped me. This book did just that with its inventive legends of The Ronin, an almost mythical group of magical... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced
Story was fast paced and easy reading. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading for the fun of it.
Published 15 days ago by Linda M Hickox
2.0 out of 5 stars Another cookie cut YA novel
Its was a cliche book, though many ya novels are, this one however had nothing to set it apart from the rest. Not to mention the story was predictable.
Published 18 days ago by Aleos
4.0 out of 5 stars decent
enjoyable not much to say
Published 19 days ago by Cameron Pixton
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read!
If you're a fan of fantasy fiction like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, The Knife's Edge is for you! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mark Raines
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More About the Author

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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