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The Knife's Edge

The Ronin Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: The Ronin Saga, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

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 to the scene and 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.

©2014 Matthew Wolf (P)2020 Matthew Wolf

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  • 06-07-20

Started well but descended too far into YA

I enjoyed the first half of the book, as it progressed however it seemed to become more childish. Kids beasting impossible odds, protagonist making frustrating decisions and the evil side suddenly becoming much easier to kill than at the start. Overall not for me.

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brilliant

A quest , a young man finding himself. I enjoyed listening and learning about characters. I really enjoying this story. Magic, creatures, dragons, mystical items, warriors.
What more can you ask for.

I recommend this book.


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Great story, fantastic narrator!

The Knife's Edge is a great story and a great start of what has to become a great series. The story is fast paced, thrilling and exciting. In the book something exciting happens on almost every page, so in the audio book this translates to almost every minute. This all without getting tiring, a great job by the author.
I loved reading the book and I loved it again when listening to this version. Having read the earlier version of the book, some parts were new to me, which was a nice surprise. As a non-native English speaker, sometimes the language used was a bit 'difficult' for me, so I was glad to have read the book first, in my own tempo. This helped especially with names of places, people or objects: I could now easily recognize them because I knew them already.
The performance of Tim Gerard Reynolds is superb, as promised by Matthew:) He is able to give the main characters each their unique voice, so they are easy to recognize and come even more to life!
Now on to the next part: Citadel of Fire!

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  • TJ
  • 21-02-20

Good grief...

Honestly, I started to write a list of everything that went wrong in this book, but then I gave up because it grew too extensive... so here's one particularly large gripe: The author contradicted himself Sooooo many times, that it became maddening; and many of those times the contradiction would happen after only a few paragraphs. I wish i could give examples, but it would spoil this ridiculous plot. A plot in which most new characters are introduced simply to provide fodder for the impossible dark army--which, apparently, can arrive anywhere in the world, regardless of time, or the logistics of moving so many creatures from one place to the other. Ugh.... Sooo many things. It makes me want to slap this guy's editor. Just who in the world was checking for continuity in this thing?! Ugh....

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  • David
  • 23-01-20

Interesting story

The story itself was well paced and especially well read by Tim Gerard Reynolds. The only real criticism that I have is that Grey, the main protagonist, constantly gets to the point where he is about to die with no apparent options and something always comes up to save the day. Pretty predictable. That aside, it is fun to see Grey mature and grow into his newly acquired powers. The story ends well and sets up for the next book. Fairly violent but clean otherwise. Overall an enjoyable story.

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  • Amanda M. Grim
  • 05-02-20

Great story

Very entertaining! Interesting story keeping me in the edge of my seat throughout. Great characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-20

Awesome book!

It kept me needing more the entire time. Can’t wait to see where it leads next.

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  • Logan O. Uber
  • 28-01-20

A Fresh Take on Elemental Magic

Matthew brings a new twist to the fantasy trope of elemental magic. Taking a fresh approach by including nine elements and a world lore that is easily, approachable and blended in to the story without making it seem like the reader is stuck in a history class. Tim takes Matthew's words and brings them to life; you can easily experience the story and the imagery it provokes.

All in all, an excellent listen and a series to follow.

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  • Jaimi Schmidt
  • 27-01-20

Great storytelling...

Definitely gets you hooked from the beginning. Looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story in further books.

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  • Will
  • 23-01-20

Darkness creeping

The "darkness creeping" into the main characters body over and over at unpredictable points in the story disrupted the otherwise flawless experience of The Knife's Edge.

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  • CatrinaA
  • 29-01-20

Great story and narrator brings it to life

Easy to get lost in the story and Tim Gerard Reynolds is amazing as always in bringing it to life. Left me caring about the characters and wanting to see their journey through with them. Excited to pick up the next one.

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  • Rose Lam
  • 28-01-20

Very creative world and cool magic mechanisms

I really enjoyed this book. This book has a very cool blend of character development, creative background/world, and really interesting use of magic.

The book started off quickly and jumped right in with a chaotic but intriguing introduction to some important characters and then a surprising gruesome death. The world is very well developed and has tons of history which is developed further as the story continues.

I really like the characters especially Darius who is a rough, gambler rogue but deep down and has a good heart.

The story continues as it weaves deeper explanation of the use of magic, or threading… And also the power of another type of character, the Ronin. The Ronin have a separate power and a clouded history which results in some misconceptions about their nature and purpose for reappearing in the world.

The book is injected with action scenes that are really enjoyable and intense, including fights against villains, dragons, wolves, and other monster types that were created specifically for the series.

It’s a great read and I really enjoyed it.

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  • Ken Murdock
  • 20-01-20

The Knife’s Edge has me on edge for more

Mathew Wolf has his own writing voice and it is only enhance by the narration of Tim Gerard Reynolds. The Ronin Saga starts with great action and life lessons of a pupil that is destined for more in a world of fantasy that will magically transport you balancing your excitement and anxiety on The Knife’s Edge.

Give me MORE!!

K.C. Murdock
@downtheroadahow

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