Published by Self published on Apr 8, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: eBook from Author
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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 onto the scene, 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…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It’s been a while since I read an epic fantasy that really gripped me. This book did just that with its inventive legends of The Ronin, an almost mythical group of magical heroes.
I loved following Grey as he learned about his past, his talents and his connection to the Ronin. He was an easy character to like. Charming, self-doubting, and fiercely loyal to his friends, he was so easy to root for.
One of the tricky things about epic fantasy sagas is the immense amount of world building needed to create a success story. This book had a great introduction to the world and magic. It was a touch slow in the beginning, and a bit confusing as there were lots of characters being introduced, but things really started to settle down and become clear shortly before the halfway point. It’s well worth getting to that point because it’s smooth sailing after then.
I was really impressed with the story, and really enjoyed it. As a first book in an extended series, it has a few bumps, but it lays out the world and the characters well, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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