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by Matthew Wolf
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?
Faye found herself riding beside Ayva and watching the woods. Butterflies, dragonflies, and songbirds moved about them, fluttering from tree to tree. The soft, lilting song of the Node plied her, but she ignored it, thoughts turning to Farbs and her mission.
She would get the beast, and she would return with it in hand. Then he would listen to her, and give her what she wanted. Iris was waiting for her, she told herself. At the next Node I will find the leader of the phoxes and take her back, unharmed. ‘A hunter never loses its prey’—echoed her old master’s voice.
Faye twisted, looking shocked. Her surprise put a smile on the girl’s face. “Teach you?”
“Did I stutter?” Ayva asked. Faye growled. “That is, unless you think you are a poor teacher and know less than you think you do.”
“I am a poor teacher. Teach yourself.” “Ah, but you just said I will die if I attempt such a thing.” Faye had trouble not biting her own tongue. Fool, she thought, speaking to herself, maneuvering through a last stand of Silveroots. Her horse, Yarish—in the sand tongue it meant long strider—stepped lightly down the grassy hill. She said nothing.
“Let’s start simple, shall we?
Citadel of Fire Review 4/5
Citadel of Fire is the second book in the fantasy series, The Ronin Saga. First, the Ronin are mythical warriors that may or may not existed, but rumors swirl that they may return. Not everyone is overjoyed about such a possibility. In fact, the warring kingdoms are anxious to establish their grasp before it happens.
The central character, Gray, is representative of the central theme, discovery, and its sister theme, potential. Gray’s not sure who he is. He was once another person, possibly a murderer, but he has no memory of this. His internal conflict is knitting the two sides together. Then there is the issue he may be a Ronin too.
Gray isn’t the only one on a voyage of discovery and realizing potential. Ayva is also on the brink of growing beyond her prescribed limits. Not too surprising that their paths intertwine.
Citadel of Fire is a richly detailed novel that transports the reader to the middle of the conflict. Gray’s uncertainty about who he is makes him more interesting than the average hero. The variety of places, races, beings and animals is extensive. I’d suggest reading the first book, The Knife’s Edge, first. That way the reader will be familiar with the terms and the setup of the novel.
Tired of rereading The Fellowship of the Rings, then, maybe The Ronin Saga is your next series.
Matthew Wolf is the author of the Ronin Saga. Or maybe he's a Ronin. Either way, he's involved somehow. Aside from epic fantasy, he enjoys woodcrafting, outdoors, a bit of a health nut (Kale is good!), and trains in Kung Fu.
His childhood of traveling the world and studying Old English and Japanese influenced the schemes of the Saga, and the world of Daerval. He is a graduate from UCSB with a Literature degree with a specialization in Medieval Literature and Japanese.
Book two: http://www.amazon.com/Citadel-Fire-Ronin-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B00MQ5BIAS/
Book one: http://www.amazon.com/The-Knifes-Edge-Ronin-ebook/dp/B00CAWXIPU/