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The Knife's Edge

(The Ronin Saga #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  86 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 :)
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
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! ...more
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
Matthew Wolf
Jul 01, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, I'm Matt Wolf, the Author. Just leaving this blank (no review) and using this as an update for people to follow along! So if you can "like" that'd be awesome <3


- New Audiobook is out Narrated by the Amazing Tim Gerard Reynolds.

Get your copy here:

Stay tuned for book 4 updates :)


Top 5 Kickstarter for Citadel of Fire Audiobook! Woot!
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
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! ...more
Stephen COUBLE
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bought this Book while browsing, not
having read or heard anything about it or author. Well before I'd finished it the second book was definitely on my shopping list. It a very good sword and sorcery fantasy novel. It good discovering a new author, feel like a victory against the hoards of erotic paranormal rubbish that has flooded fantasy&sci/fi sections in recent years
Jennifer Stowers
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a good book. I would have given it 5 stars, but there were some very noticeable grammatical errors in it. I bought the set at FanX in SLC, UT. Matthew is very nice and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. ...more
8/24/2020 Finally finished, review to come! (Man, that took a whole month to listen to!)

   It may have taken me a full month, but I have finally finished listening to the Audible Audio of The Knife’s Edge. I think it’s the longest audiobook I’ve listened to, at 20 hours 3 minutes.
   Therefore, I want to be brief, which also means blunt, and possibly lacking in acknowledging what is positive about this book. This is very much a hero’s journey story, where our chosen one hero, Kirin (shor
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
Antonia Hardcastle
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written. Fast paced and had everything I wanted, magic, dragons and a slight hint of romance. Well balanced and I can’t wait to get to the next book.
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
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Matthew Wolf is a young and ambitious writer whom I consider to be, similar to the legends is his book, the long lost hero of the self-publishing world and dare I say the SFF community. Matthew started writing the Ronin saga when he was in high school and through hard work and determination he created one of the genre’s forgotten beauties. Published primarily through Kickstarter campaigns, Matthew has released 3 books, authorized 2 audio books narrated by the famous Tim Gerard Reynolds, and is c ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2020
Superb! I absolutely loved it. Listened on the edge of my seat without pause, as I listened to this on audible while driving across the country. The characters are loveable, grow and bond, and are people you can relate to. The plot is intriguing, well conceived and leaves you excited for the next one. The writing is good prose… descriptive enough to make you feel like you're there and with moments that touch you enough for a tear or two. I actually enjoyed that it wasn't weighed down by a romanc ...more
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
Sean Skow
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I was lucky enough to meet Matthew a few years back at C2E2 in Chicago. He pitched The Ronin Saga to me and I was very excited to read them. I picked up the first three novels in the series. I finally got around to read the first book and just finished today. Here are my first thoughts and reactions.


Very accessible fantasy. The Knife's Edge is a good start for those that are looking to get into fantasy and it's quite an easy read. The magic in this novel is very simple to understand compar
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 tunne
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
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