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Citadel of Fire

Book Two of The Ronin Saga
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: The Ronin Saga, Book 2
Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
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Seventeen-year old Gray is descended from a legendary hero known as a Ronin and haunted by his forgotten past. He returns home to a wizards' keep, unaware he is now labeled a murderous traitor for killing his best friend.

Now he must cross a dangerous desert full of thieves, mythical beasts, and other magical unknowns, all to return to a home that may be his demise. At the same time, a poisonous evil seeks to convert the world to their dark mantra, "strength is life, weakness death".

Gray may have hero's blood in his veins, but how can one kill a belief?

©2014 Matthew Wolf (P)2020 Matthew Wolf

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-20

An awesome follow up...

Had the opportunity to listen to this book right at launch and I couldn't be happier with the direction this series has taken. Each character feels bigger & better -- there is more at stake and a truly interesting direction for the main cast with more weight on each decision being made. The authors writing continues to impress, reminiscent or Jordan & Sanderson! This was an awesome continuation of this story and I simply can't wait for more!

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  • Jaimi Schmidt
  • 10-06-20

Loved the story!

Loved where this book took us in the Ronin Saga. Enjoyed the development of characters from The Knife's Edge and the introduction of new characters. Looking forward to the journey ahead for Gray, Ava, and Darius.

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  • Elliott
  • 04-06-20

Fun, fast magical romp

There are some books you read and you can’t put down, this one I couldn’t stop listening to.  I was up until the wee hours saying “Just one more chapter” in Gray, Ayva and Darius’ adventure.  I’ll admit, I enjoyed book one, The Knife’s Edge, but I devoured book two.  It’s 25 hours and I think I spent the last 25ish hours listening, however let’s get into the nitty gritty. So the goods and the bads run down:

Goods:
⁃Characters: So much more complexity to the characters. I had a few favorites, but if you enjoyed book one, but felt there were things a little flat, Gray, Ayva, Darius and company are much richer and their arcs felt truly rewarding watching them grow.
⁃Plot: Great pacing.  At times, rich and slow, slowly fleshing out the magic system, characters, world.  But then quick and plenty of action too.
⁃Humor: The story had some serious “laugh out loud” moments, and a plethora of times I gave a sharp exhale through my nose, especially when It came to Faye and her interaction with the others.  E.g. (SPOILER) When a certain character meets them in the inn of Maris’ Luck and her quips directed at Darius. It was one of my favorite scenes in a book ever.
⁃Twists: Some good ones.  Nothing crazy, but mostly every scene with Faye had me “expecting the unexpected” and still being thrown for a loop.
⁃Love the new Ronin, and love Faye.

Bads:
- Not many honestly.  Only one scene when (SPOILER) a character who I won’t say who dies, and I was a little bummed. I felt like, and wish I could have seen their demise.  Though for why that person had to die, I totally understood and it felt a good (if sad) balance to a triumphant final scene
⁃I also wish chapter one and chapter two were swapped.  Starting out with Zane was a little confusing, and I was wondering “Where’s my main character?” But it was a small thing and didn’t interrupt from the flow much.

Comments on other critiques:
- I like inventive curse words and made up places, like Darius’ “Dice” as a curse, its a fun flavor added to the world building for me and makes sense with his gambling nature
- One commenter said Gray is less powerful in book two, and as much as I want Gray showing the full prowess of Kail his predecessor, summoning bridges and bringing down dragons, I read there is 7 more books in the series.  You can’t have him OP. There has to be growth.  And I also disagree, he does some pretty amazing things (JIAN?? Darkwalker battle anyone?). Plus now he’s learning to summon wind on command, and not just out of dire need like book one.  So I don’t agree.

Overall: Great improvement on book one, amazing story. Don’t think twice. If you love high fantasy, dragons, elements, authors like Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, you won’t regret it.

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  • Rose Lam
  • 02-06-20

Addicting!

This was a really enjoyable book. It's been a loooong time since I really got hooked into a book, but I couldn't put this book down. I listened on audio book and the Narrator’s voice is really epic. I love the different dialects / accents. Some of the bad guys voices made my skin crawl.

The book also gave me goose bumps a couple times, usually when a particularly sad part or funny part really hit me. Really good stuff.

The plot continues from the first book.. the same cool world with magic threading, Ronin, and Ki, but with improved character development and a very cohesively connected story line. This made the 2nd book even better than the first. The characters develop their motives and personalities across a wider spectrum, which makes them feel more real and more relatable. It was enjoyable to see some of the characters (don’t want to give spoilers so I’ll keep it brief) connecting with their past world and lives. It was a cool continuation from book 1 to 2.

I also love one of the new characters, Faye who is mysterious, sexy, and may have ulterior motives… but she was a really good addition.

Very good book, can’t wait for Audio book 3!

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  • Hunter
  • 02-06-20

Confused by the second book

The first book saw gray learn of his powers and become stronger and stronger, he even fought dragons and built a bridge of air. This book he can barely use his magic, his sword play all of the sudden becomes horrible and literally everyone is stronger than him. I am just confused because it’s like writer decided he was too strong after the first book and made him weaker in the second one.

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  • George
  • 15-06-20

Gripping Context

This is a great story! I actually read the book prior to getting this audio book. I am pretty hooked! So I enjoyed book on, but book two was a really gripping read. From magical creatures like dark walkers, these cool beings not affected by magic, to corrupted wizards and man other awesome characters! I have played lots of fantasy games in my days and all these characters brought me back to all the most nostalgic characters and places I have immersed myself into in these worlds! Even though my favorite part of the story is the characters, I really enjoyed their interactions. Especially Faye.She sometimes simply steals the show. I also love how the worlds is built/portrayed. Very vivid and to the point. All in all, the story left me excited for what's coming next. If you want to get hooked into great story telling, experience an epic world in fantasy, and follow warriors through their journeys, I highly recommend these books!

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  • Jasalyn
  • 13-06-20

excellent story

a bit fast paced it seemed and personally a bit more detail on how the Flow or The Spark work to manifest ones desired effect would be nice but still a good book. Not sure how many books are Planned for this series but again, just maybe slow the pace down a bit, if that means we end up with a few more books so be it.

on a character note. I'm not very fond of Ayva. she's annoying and just seems to always want her way. really confused on how She's the Sun when the description "pale sun" really makes me think of the Moon. Until just now I swore Omni was Moon it just seemed to fit better.

I love how Gray is regaining his memory piece by piece and he's seems to be getting more acceptable of who they are compared to the others. I'm still trying to determine if there is a spark. for lack of better word, between him and Karil. it didn't seem like they really became that close but then later it seems maybe they had grown closer than was mentioned.

All in All keep up the hard work both Author and Narrator

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  • Nick Champion
  • 11-06-20

Another Epic Adventure in the Ronin Saga!!

Let me just start out by saying Matthew Wolf is one of the greatest fantasy writer's of our time and good friend (I might be a bit biased here haha). I couldn't be happier for him and I'm so glad that not only myself but other fans of his can take pleasure not just reading from the Ronin Saga, but also listening to it from an amazing artist. Mr Tim Gerard Reynolds is truly a master of his craft and does a fantastic job of making us believe in this ever expanding awe inspiring and epic story Matt has crafted in that beautiful mind of his for all of us to share in.

If you are even remotely a fan of fiction do yourself a favor and go give yourself a listen to The Knifes Edge the first book in the Ronin Saga series a fantastic and personally my favorite book of the three so far. Book two Citadel of Fire is an outstanding read that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish in the world of Farhaven. I haven't yet finished the audiobook in my car yet, but I am about 6 hours from finishing and I absolutely love it; even after reading the book multiple times! You get introduced to more of deadly Devari and some fantastically great new characters in this book, Even more Magic is revealed that I personally think is some of the most creative use that's not just elemental magic. Dark Forces are also slowly encroaching upon our heroes and kindling the flames of war. To expand further into the world of The Ronin Saga past Deaths Gate and into the world of Farhaven is an even more dangerous & exhilarating adventure for Gray, Darius, and Ayva. Will the Ronin save the world as was prophesied millennia ago or will they eventually break the world once more, whatever happens I'm glad I can be a part of it.
Will you?

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I wont spoil nothing but there is a great and powerful magical artifact that is used in this book and I have found a stone here in our world that closely resembles it in real life. Look up a rock called Labradorite it shines because there are refracted mirror's in the rock and reminds me of the aurora borealis but the artifact in question is alot more sinister. I only wish rocks in our world could give us magic powers oh what a site to behold that would be haha.

Congratulations Matt I wish you the best of Luck and hurry up with Book Four already haha jk!

Rekdala Forhas,

Nick Champion

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  • Ryan Wilson
  • 10-06-20

5-star follow up to a 5-star debut

Matthew Wolf has himself a series here. The second book in the Ronin Saga is even better than the first. The characters and storyline mature in a way that really sets up the rest of the series (I hope!). I can't wait to hear Tim Gerard Reynolds and his buttery voice lull me with book 3!

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  • Lord Kaiju
  • 04-06-20

Lightning Strikes Twice!

This second chapter of the Ronin Saga is as riveting as the first! With TGR as our Captain, these audiobooks are astoundingly gripping to listen to and the picture painted by author and narrator is a beautiful tapestry. I am on the edge of my seat, ready for the next chapter and the next after that!

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