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The Knife's Edge

(The Ronin Saga #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  401 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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, an
Paperback, 409 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Matthew Wolf (first published March 17th 2013)
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Two stars supposedly means "it was ok", so that's what I'm giving it.
There's nothing really special about The Knife's Edge. It's ok.

It's very heavily influenced by Wheel Of Time, with the addition of a bit more Japanese-ish culture (even with japanese honorifics at some point).
It's definitely not a bad book. But it's current goodreads-rating is too high which gave me unreasonable expectations, ultimately leading to a lesser enjoyment.

The world isn't that original (elves are standard elves, huma
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything any epic fantasy lover is looking for in a book, mesmerizing characters, fantastical creatures, sword fights, magic, mystery and even comedy. For some the beginning of the book might seem to be slow, but the further you read, it gets better on each page. Matthew Wolf does an excellent job describing every scene, every character, every feeling and the consequences the character take to submerge you into this wonderful world he has created. I just can't wait for book 2 to ...more
Brian Ware
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taking from my Amazon review: I just finished the book in a few days and this is my feeling… but I’ll try to break down how I felt about The Knife’s Edge into a few categories, (read the end if you want the overall gist.)



Plot: I’ll start with the best. The plot is fast-paced, full of twists, and most importantly, EPIC. It sets up for what I believe to potentially be one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read, willing to rival WOT (wheel of time), GOT (Game o
I found The Knife's Edge on Kickstarter and figured it sounded good, and I wanted to support a budding author, so I backed it. I can't say I regret backing it, but it doesn't end up anywhere near the top of my list of great fantasy. Unfortunately, there were too many problems with the book for me to ignore.

Kail, Karil, and Kirin - these are three different people. I couldn't keep them straight for the life of me (I'm good now that the book's over, but seriously, all three of these characters' na
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just read The Knifes's Edge and i was expecting it to be just like all the other fantasy books i read(and trust me i have read like 60 of those books)
But this book......Wow
It had everything i ever dreamed in a book and the story and characters were just perfect!
I expect The Ronin Saga to rival the star fantasies and maybe even go further :)
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wolf has created a wonderful world in Daerval with hints of so much more to come in this epic fantasy series. I was delighted by the characters - from the young hero who is torn from his home, to the characters he meets along the way, to the Ronin. I loved the description of the Ronin warriors and their epic qualities, but also their humanity in their actions.
The fight scenes are full of action and written as if Wolf really knows his stuff. And also I am a sucker for humor in books, and there i
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually too into Sci-Fi type books, but Knife's Edge kept me interested from start to finish. With non stop action and tons of interesting characters, I highly recommend it. Can't wait for the next one!
I just obtained this book through a give away from goodreads. I hope in finishing it soon and writing a review.
Matthew Wolf, you had me when you picked a book cover with dragon on it. Luckily, this time, my attraction to anything dragon related turned out to be a good thing because I enjoyed reading The Knife’s Edge, the first book in the The Ronin Saga.

The Knife’s Edge follows Gray, a young man, who has no memory of his previous life. The only clue is the tattoo on his wrist and the sword he owns. Gray’s training with stern mentor is cut short by a surprise attack and that’s how his adventure starts. Th
Sean McGrath
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was a decent read, the writing was acceptable if don't mind hearing the word "flame" repeatedly used awkwardly. Heavily derivative of common fantasy tropes though, especially from Jordan's Wheel of Time, and Tolkien's LotR, with many names and ideas simply switched (often to Japanese). For example:

Protagonist who knows little of their past, is central to prophecy, is able to channel a universally feared power (often via magical sword), must battle power/sword's corrupting taint: Grey/Kirin=Ra
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
For centuries, rumors of a Return have been spoken. There have been many false starts, and no one knows whether the rumors will actually be true. Ronins are legendary warriors who wield elemental powers. Such legends have intrigued Kirin for as long as he can remember. So much so, that he hopes to meet a Ronin some day.

Yet all that changes when he discovers his best friend with a sword stuck deep in her stomach. Kirin's life further changes when he's forced to flee the scene. In his mind, he nee
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I have no clue where this book came from- it literally showed up on my doorstep, in a plain envelope that included, other than my name and address, a return address only. No name. No company. No note. Just this book, whose arrival happened to coincide with my birthday. I put feelers out in an attempt to discern its origin, yet no one claimed it. I never got any emails from Goodreads about winning it as part of the First Reads program- that however, is my best guess. So in the spirit of First Rea ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
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 cr
Yeonho J.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book in the recommended section of my kindle, which led me to reading it.
The character in this book impressed me by the ways he harnessed his power over wind. As Gray slowly mastered his power he goes through the struggle of being power-corrupt. He almost falls victim to corruption but gets through by coincidence. With a kind heart Gray surprises me as he is kind and is still able to be so corrupt. For example in the book it says, “He fought it, railing against the dark pow
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Good Action Adventure combining Japanese mythology, The Last Airbender, Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, Baldur's Gate, Conan the Barbarian & more into one fine tale!
Amber Sumner
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
First of all, I must say that I am extremely excited about this series and book tour! High fantasy holds a very special place in my heart for two reasons. It is definitely the genre I would choose to write should I ever publish a novel, and I was named after a character in the high fantasy series The Sword of Shanara by Terry Brooks. It has always been one of my favorite genres, so when I saw that Matthew Wolf's book was touring I had to be a part of it!

And let me tell you, Wolf did not disappo
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. But more or less, I liked the premise and setting. I liked, the premise of the characters, their roles, the quest and the journey.

But I have some problems with this book. 1 is that, while the general story is good, it really should've been longer. It could have used 200-300 pages more in fact. Not that I mean there should've been more story, but every chapter could've used at least 10 pages more of fleshed out details and dialogue. I wish there was more story though, because
To Read Is Divine
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think the summary of THE KNIFE’S EDGE prepared me for a story that was a bit different than what it actually was. The cover is lovely, and the dragon is very fantasy driven, which suits the genre, even if it doesn’t particularly feature the plot as much as it’s supposed to.

The plot of THE KNIFE’S EDGE is well done. The idea of these ancient warriors with the powers of more than mere men coming back from the supposed grave and basically ending the world is great and exciting! However. The Ronin
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2-goodread_wins
I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway -- The Knife's Edge (The Ronin Saga, #1) by Matthew Wolf -- Ok... three Reader Hints: (1) Glossary in back - USE IT! (2) Remember, this is book ONE in a series. (3) I would place this book in the Older Youth Reader's section and expect future books to evolve and age in complexity as the reader does. ---- An excellent first book! The story line takes a bit to draw one in; it tosses in lots of characters that show development potential, drenches it in scenery, ad ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 Stars

I liked the first part of the story and really enjoyed the last half. The first part was a lot of information, and introducing new characters. I admit I got a little mixed up on the character names.
After the story was done I discovered a Glossary. Lots of names & descriptions. So if you like me get confused you know where to go.

This is a epic story. Has lots going for it. Magic, prophecy, light against dark, epic battles, dragons, heroes, legends coming to life, elves, secret t
John Purvis
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The Knife’s Edge” was published in 2014 and was written by Matthew Wolf ( 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 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, Ki
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of fantasy — especially epic fantasy — this sounded like just the book for me. Elemental powers? The idea kinda reminds me of Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series — a huge favorite of mine. That was a huge pull.

The story is good. Well-imagined and compelling. I hate to say it, but I felt the book could use some good editing — there were times I found pronoun use made it vague and I often had to reread passages to know for sure who we’re talking about; in much of the book there is an ov
Meg Mardian
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kirin experiences a horrific event which forces him to flee his homeland of Farhaven, which is filled with magic, in order to seek refuge in the mortal realm of Daerval. He loses his memories in the process and takes up the name of Gray instead. Gray lives his life in the Lost Woods for two years, not knowing how he came to be there and why he was carrying a bloody sword with him when he arrived. Plagued with wicked thoughts about his former self, Gray trains with Mura and prepares for the day h ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Knife's Edge
by Matthew Wolf
Life is balanced on the Knife’s edge, a way of life, a way of survival. Young Kirin despite his years of training was not prepared for the choices life would give him. His beloved friend is attached, he is forced to attack his mentor, and only by leaving the city, the country, the world he knows will he be able to find a way to survive. Kirin must also leave his name, and his memories to find the answer on the knife’s edge of life. It may have only delayed the ine
Adrienne Woods
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Matthew has crafted an epic fantasy with characters that the readers can relate to. This is one of those books where you pick it up and you get sucked into that ultimate time wrap and suddenly you realize you've not done anything in the last hours and hours and hours and the book is ending and you don't really want it to, but you CAN'T stop reading it!

The characters are great. It doesn't matter if they are good or evil, Matthew has done a good job at his characters.

I would've loved more detail t
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Knife's Edge is an amazing book with a story-line based around medieval times with a hint of a Japanese twist. This book has everything: comedy, action, drama, and a whole lot more. I am not going to say anything about what happened because (spoilers)! The amazing characters and creatures in the book will easily capture the attention of anyone who reads it. Not to mention this story is action packed! Another thing I like that kind of separates this book from any other ordinary book is how ou ...more
Ryan Flake
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Fractured narrative, no pacing to speak of, huge exposition dumps in speech blocks, and seemingly random Japanese words with no particular theme to stick them to (one character uses -sama, no other honorifics, families with split Japanese and fantasy names in them, the Japanese is just... randomly sprinkled in and it's jarring) this book suffers from a lack of editing where it needs it *badly*.

On top of this and more, the women in the book are uniformly described in terms of 'nice' or 'pleasing'
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great fantasy novel! I absolutely loved it. The author obviously has very colorful and creative imagination to be able to write such a story.It will take your imagination on quite a wild ride and in the end, you will feel happy and glad that you bought this book. Matthew Wolf really did a great job with the story line and characters, and brilliantly inserts cliff hangers in key points of the story which really draw you in. If you are a fan of fantasy & suspense themed books, then I th ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Knife’s Edge is a well-written epic fantasy story. It’s the first book in the Ronin Saga series. Set in the fictional realm of Daerval, the author creates a fantastic world of magic and mythical creatures and a good quest plot. The hero of the story is Gray whose memory is lost and must learn about his destiny to save the realm. I enjoyed how the author kept you guessing as to who could be trusted, what their real intentions were, and how it would all end. It's young adult fantasy fiction, b ...more
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