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The Shattergrave Knights [Kindle Edition]

David M. Haendler
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every family has its own traditions. The Merriwether family traditions are dark magic, devil worship and insurrection. Jack and Olive Merriwether thought they were two ordinary teenagers until they learned they were descended from the murderous sorcerer Gorgyaz. Now that the truth about their ancestry is out, the government wants to take their freedom, a witchfinder wants to take their lives and the shadowy leader of the Thirteenth Division wants to take their souls. Jack and Olive didn't intend on following in their infamous forefather's footsteps, but they'll have to learn the family traditions to survive.


Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055F5STS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, excellent in all aspects July 23, 2011
By A Guy
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Shattergrave knights is about two teens on the run with family and friends from the Orwellian Protectorate. Haendler, the author, gets everything right, excels at all aspects of a good fantasy novel.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattergrave Knights gets everything right. June 16, 2011
By Kindled
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If you enjoy the YA fantasy genre, but age and experience have left you cursing the smothering influence of Twilight, or otherwise bored with YA protagonists' inexplicable underuse of magic in life-or-death situations, you'll absolutely relish the fast-paced, intelligent storytelling of Shattergrave Knights. Joined by refreshingly surly misfits, Jack and Olive grapple with their awesome powers and seek to rewrite their ancestor's terrible legacy. They bypass the usual YA protagonist "Why me?" navel-gazing easily: Fight for survival now, moralize later. (Olive's wayward prayer has to be my favorite speech in YA fiction.) And, for those that are wonder why cunning, non-human creatures are depicted as unthinking in their allegiance to dark lords, you will find Jack and Olive's encounters with the tautho satisfying. Best Kindle purchase I've made in a long time... and it was only $1.99. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read June 15, 2011
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This book has all your typical fantasy stereo types; magic sword, crown. There are goblins and witches and so on. The thing that makes it different and worth reading though is the subtle humor throughout the book. The humor adds a dimension I haven't seen in most fantasy books, but this can also take away from it in a sense. While it's a serious story that you will get caught up in and want to keep reading until finished, sometimes the humor (Terry Pratchett like dare I say?) makes you forget something serious is going on. Maybe it's just me though, either way it's a good story and worth reading, especially for the price. I've read hundreds of fantasy books and this easily earned it's self a spot with some of my favorite books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but could have been so much better. September 12, 2011
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This is a good read for the price but it could have been so much better. Like so many fantasy stories this is a quest of self discovery and growth. There are some fabulous ideas in the story such as how goblins are born and the world of the Protectorate is neatly developed. I also enjoyed the way that our heros are not from noble ,true or glorious ancestors but rather from the wrong side. But I do hate it when an emerging new world has references to ours. For example Jack plays poker. Suddenly I am dragged out of this imaginative world into 21st century Earth. Why not just let him play cards.
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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what was promised September 16, 2011
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I downloaded this book after seeing it received 4.5 stars. Now I realize with ebooks with discounted prices the ratings are skewed because I have read my fair share of awful ebooks that everybody raves about.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars half way through didn't finish.
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 4 months ago by Steven T. Voboril
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book
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 10 months ago by Jennifer Gunter
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think I'd like this, but....
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Huh, not perfect but extremely entertaining
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 13 months ago by Skalg
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful Adventure
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 more
Published 17 months ago by David Hepting
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressively Innovative, if incomplete.
Shattergrave Knights appears to me to attempt to present a harshly honest view of the world the Author has built. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kvothe5234
3.0 out of 5 stars DaveH
"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 more
Published 22 months ago by Dave H
5.0 out of 5 stars An original treatment of familiar fantasy elements
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 more
Published 23 months ago by Mike Massie
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Quick Read
Totally worth a dollar

It's a pretty typical fantasy story, but it has enough creativity to be worth a read. Read more
Published 24 months ago by SDinNC
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny and more...
The Shattergrave Knights is one of those rare jems in the $0.99 bin. What makes it so rare? The simple answer is that it's well written from beginning to end. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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