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

Matthew Wolf
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 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…


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Top FIVE Bestseller on Amazon -> Kindle -> Epic Fantasy
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  • "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: 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: 1732 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989148319
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Matthew Wolf; 1 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CAWXIPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent First Effort, Hoping For Growth September 14, 2013
By LCinLA
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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12 of 12 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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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A World to Immerse Yourself in! June 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is truly amazing and robust with vivid and to the point detail. Every chapter in the book commands you to see and understand the true depth of this amazing land the author creates. With this style of writing, I felt instant nostalgia for the places these characters lived and fought in. Majestic cities, scenes of warriors training, magic wielders that not only use fire and lighting and the like, but use mind travel and mind trickery as skills in combat. All this balanced on the outside of the powerful gates with endless deep green woods, cabins with warm fires, drink and comforting food, along with deadly creatures that lurk in the dark that could tear you into shreds. The tale itself exponentially builds to a high level of intensity that amazes you with the twists that unravel as well as the struggles and even inhuman suffering some of the characters have to endure. Some of the hardships the main character undergoes are so clear and punishing that you cannot help feeling sorrow for him. Besides the poetic tales of prophesy and the unraveling of epic combat, what stayed imprinted in my mind through out this book was a character known as Arbiter Ezra. Don't worry, I will not spoil it for you! However, this highest level magic wielder/ immortal like warrior left me with a new respect for fantasy. To look at how he "casts" a spell with his knowledge of nature and psychology, and how he cripples those around him in fear with this skill, simply makes you perceive the fantasy world as a mind blowing place! A must read and reread for those who like to be immersed in worlds of beautiful scenery, magic, and adventure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Liked it but wanted dragons!
Published 8 days ago by A.K. Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Frustrating.
Prosaic plot. Some characters seems to be taken from other Fantasy series and modified somewhat. I don't think I'll read another book of the series.
Published 17 days ago by tarek bassil
4.0 out of 5 stars ... skills allot of the time - which is quite annoying! Heaps of...
Main Character Gray seems to forget his martial arts skills allot of the time - which is quite annoying! Heaps of re-hashing though..
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
the plot is well laid out, the action is good, and i hope the others in the series are even better.
Published 2 months ago by chillygirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish and juvenile at best. This reads like a mish-mash of...
Amateurish and juvenile at best.
This reads like a mish-mash of cliches and tropes. There is very little that is unique in this work, the world is utterly unconvincing and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brett Wehs
5.0 out of 5 stars The evil that took all those he loved from him
The Knife's Edge
by Matthew Wolf
Life is balanced on the Knife’s edge, a way of life, a way of survival. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Theresah
1.0 out of 5 stars An 8th grader's attempt at high fantasy that never saw an editor other...
This book is honestly quite terrible. It reads like an 8 year old's attempt at high fantasy. This author stole every cliche imaginable, while simultaneously writing the most boring... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Remak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book, start of a great series
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan
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 months 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 months ago by Cathy
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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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