- File Size: 691 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 10, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0055F5STS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Shattergrave Knights Kindle Edition
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Awesome worldbuilding? Yes: this is probably the best instance of an Orwellian/1984 style fantasy government I've read, the details of the environment are well done, and the morally gray nature of life on both sides of the conflict is well represented.
Unique, consistent, clever magic system? Yes: loosely based on a Le Guin type "true name" magic, the "Inner Alphabet" of Shattergrave Knights goes a step further, including grammar and runes to allow a kind of limited changing of universal rules and causality. Neither too powerful nor too feeble, it is well implemented and thought out, and gets huge bonus points for being completely original. If Shattergrave Knights reaches the popularity it should, I suspect other authors will imitate the magic system in the future.
Well written, exciting plot? Yes: the author does a great job at hinting at the interconnection of larger pieces of the picture without getting bogged down in them. The writing flows well, and fails to become awkward at any point. The pacing is also spot on. The overall plot, of the teens attempting to escape, survive, and eventually fight back against the government that harmed them is well executed, and contains enough unique minor details and twists to make it fresh.
Engaging, believable characters? Yes: Jack and Olive Merriwether have just the right mix of minor teenage fallibility, intelligent decision making, and heroic activity. Unlike many other teen protagonists, they come off as neither too adult, nor too foolish and ignorant.Read more ›
It may be because the two central heros were teenagers but I found the supporting characters much more interesting. Prudence, Zanzibar and Tom Fisk are rough, engaging and memorable, each individually drawn with warts and all. Even the tautho Daniel is a very believable character. But the two kids are amazingly bland ( though their roles are the reverse of so many male/female protaganists ) and Olive is given some of the most excruciating lines to say.
Maybe I am mean giving this book such an average review as the price was so reasonable but it was so close to being a great fantasy novel that I felt very frustrated. If you have not read much fantasy or just want an easy read this may be the book for you.
This book to me was mediocre at best. The characters were your typical fantasy stereotypes, who are gifted fancy weapons that take care of just about everything for them. I got through this book in one evening so it is a quick read, and the development of characters was ok for this length of book.
I am not disappointed that I read this book because it was o.k. but if you are searching for something new and fresh this just isn't it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this, along with Haendler's other book, World Full of Outrage.
People mention the side characters as the major strength here, but to me, it was the... Read more
meh... predictable and these kids are wayyy too lucky. try it if you like but be warned, not that great I might finish it after a few other books.Published 23 months ago by Steven T. Voboril
This book was a touch slow to get into but it very quickly got interesting. If you have any interest in supernatural/magical/medieval themed books, you will love this one.Published on September 5, 2013 by Jennifer Gunter
I did. It is not my first choice of genres or age group target (I am fifty plus), but I was desperate for something to read on a long plane ride, and found this on my kindle . Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Parts were a bit...I dunno, high school creative writing? (Of course, I just used the word "dunno" in a review so who am I to talk?) Still, I truly do enjoy this book.Published on June 14, 2013 by Skalg
I found this book from the artist who did the cover page on deviant art. I really like the cover and it fits the overall texture of the book. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by David Hepting
Shattergrave Knights appears to me to attempt to present a harshly honest view of the world the Author has built. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Kvothe5234
"The Shattergrave Knights" by David M. Haendler is a nice story for preteen ages. I read just 4 chapters before I realized it was not a story I would enjoy but I think advanced... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Dave H
This book is essentially an original treatment of familiar fantasy elements; magic swords, goblins, giants, dragons, wizardry, and the like are all to be found here. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Kindle Customer