Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Shard: Chronicles of Xax Paperback – March 11, 2015
From timeless classics to new favorites, find children's books for every age and stage. See more
About the Author
Ted Cross is from Arizona and has spent the past two decades traveling the world as a diplomat, all the time dreaming about writing fantasy and science fiction. He's visited nearly forty countries and lived in eight, including the U.S., Russia, China, Croatia, Iceland, Hungary, Azerbaijan, and the Bahamas. He's witnessed coup attempts, mafia and terrorist attacks, played chess with several world champions, and had bit parts in a couple of movies. He is married with two sons and currently lives in Nassau, Bahamas.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 75%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
I found the story based on strong family ties, Midas and his sons and friendships Antos, Alekas and Geldrath; Edo and Orcbait, all whose relationships I value highly. There were enough unusual encounters that I was intrigued and couldn't second guess the outcome. It was a great read.
I am not a lover of fantasy, so that makes these 5 stars especially well-deserved.
One strength of the novel, first of a series, is the convincing and sympathetic character, Midas. He isn't even a king, a fact I liked. He is a father, the vicissitudes of his sons and the dilemmas of his fathering being no mean part of the narrative.
This is a classic fantasy, with a wizard, magic powers, a precious shard to desire and protect, and an on-going desperate conflict. Humans are not the only walking, thinking, speaking species but merely one arm of an earlier form that broke into orcs, dwarves, goblins and the most superior beings - elves. I particularly loved the importance of the trees, essential to elves. At one point they send out their own form of defence. Like other authorly devices, this is imaginable and effective.
This is a long novel, well-written, and divided into chapters from different points of view. The characters are well developed.
The position of the elves heightens the drama. In Alvanaria, Cross has created a character who can stand for the perfect woman: somewhat unattainable, pure, loving, beautiful and subtly powerful. I imagine Alvanaria's actions will colour the later books in this series.
If Lord of the Rings is important to you, you'll love The Shard.
Most recent customer reviews
Gosh, so much goes on with the story, yet it's just enough and not overly complicated for you to keep up with.Read more
This is possibly one of the best fantasy stories I’ve read to date.Read more