“The Knife’s Edge” was published in 2014 and was written by Matthew Wolf (http://roninsaga.com). This is the first book of “The Ronin Saga” and Mr. Wolf’s first book.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there is Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in a fantasy world where there is magic. The primary character is Gray, also known as Kirin.
Kirin is a young Devari Warrior. Arbiter Ezrah, Kirin’s grandfather, is forced to block Kirin’s memory and tells him to take the name Gray. This is done to protect Kirin as he is implicated in murder after a mystical incident.
Gray wanders the kingdom and eventually becomes a student of Mura. He lives for two years with Mura, without regaining any of his memory. Suddenly mythical, monstrous creatures, the Verg, attack Gray and Mura, thus thrusting Gray into a quest he had not asked for. Along the way the equally mystical Ronin, powerful warriors thought dead for the last 2000 years, cross paths with Gray. Gray allies with the Ronin and the Elf Queen Karil to confront the Verg and the dark forces that lies behind them.
I enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this story. It seemed a little ragged in places and I feel that the story could have been easily expanded to smooth things out. I liked the plot, and the characters that Mr. Wolf created. The story does remind be a little of the “Wheel of Time” series. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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