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Publisher's Summary

At just 15 seasons, Prince Ronan Latimer emerges from the Tournament of Knights as its youngest champion in five hundred years. A champion who's earned the right to absorb ancient Meranthian battle magic. Battle magic that places him among the ranks of an elite group of men and women dedicated to preserving Meranthian culture and upholding its law.
But what should be a time of celebration ends in horror as Ronan's mother, Queen Arianne, falls victim to an assassination plot. With his life turned inside out, Ronan's thirst for revenge threatens to destroy the life of his only friend and leave the kingdom in shambles.
Ronan races to unravel the key to an ancient mystery meant to restore the full power of magic before his enemies.
The first part of an epic journey awash in magic, adventure, and romance travels through sprawling cities, giant forests, dangerous snow-capped mountains, and long-forgotten underground ruins.
©2013 Matthew Ballard (P)2014 Matthew Ballard
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3 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 06-29-15

Don't be fooled

To be frank, if it wasn't for the fact that there's a 5 year gap from the assassination to when Ronan makes his play I might have enjoyed this book. But 5 years! The story doesn't make sense with that and it rubbed me raw the entire book.

It's also just too much. It's a two book story smashed into 1 book. All the pieces are there and I couldn't put the book down at times, but at the end of the day it wasn't the worlds best story. It was also very predictable and a less than satisfying end.

Is it worth a credit, yes. But don't pay any more for this.

Narrations was excellent.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By DKH on 05-24-14

Good first book. Excellent Narrating

What did you love best about Shard Knight?

I enjoyed the fight scenes. I was, for the most part, able to have a movie of the action running in my head. The writer paints vivid pictures with words.

Would you recommend Shard Knight to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, It is a beautifully told story.
Matthew Ballard has created a wonderful world and a wonderful story. It is also a story that will carry through future books. The characters are the sort you felt like you could get to know.
My issue with the book is that he rushed through some areas that could have used a little more time. Also there were jarring Time/Plot hops. At first I honestly thought there was something technically wrong with the download. This is what I mean when I say he needs to spend a little more time. Transitions are abrupt and rough. I see this as something that can be fixed. He also needs to work on the dialogue transitions. "He said, She said" are great tools but there are others as well. A little diversity will help a lot.
I will buy more books by this author. I truly enjoyed the story and the world created and I look forward to future adventures.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his voices and accents the most. They carried me away and I was able to forget about the narrator. He helped wrap the listener into the story. There have been narrators who's voices to not mix well with the story. I end up thinking more about the person talking at me than the story. Being able to forget about the narrator as a person and have them be a storyteller is important to me.

The narrator, Greg Tremblay, has become one of my Top 5 Narrators on Audible. He brought the book to life. I was able to forget that the narrator was male. He became gender-less. His interpretation of some of the voices was a surprise when first used but quickly became a tone that worked for the characters. The flow of accent was smooth and made for some lovely listening. I look forward to listening to more of his narrations.

Any additional comments?

I do a lot of driving. The story kept me interested and the narration helped fuel my imagination. It made the hours go by more easily.

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