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Juggler's Blade

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What if the gift of magic marked you as damned?

Ian is a young juggler apprenticed to his uncle, until he develops powers that brand him Accursed. Hunted by the immortal Heralds, he is taken underground by other Accursed with the ability to manipulate the forces of shadow, motion, cold and even gravity itself. Forced to live as a thief, Ian learns to harness his blasphemous
Published June 2013 by A Few Good Books Publishing
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Noor Jahangir
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
If I was to say that Juggler's Blade is like Push (movie starring Chris Evans)crossed with The Lies of Locke Lamora, I would mean only that the plot resonates with those two works. Ross's Juggler's Blade features a bunch of people who have ESP (extra-sensory perception), that have been graced with simple tags such as Prod, Press, Chill and Shade to describe their powers, who have gone underground and live in groups of 4 (each person in the group possessing one of the above powers), because they ...more
Natasja Hellenthal
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy

Great read with the potential to become an Epic Fantasy!

I can seen this becoming a film as well, it was that visual with very well fleshed out characters, each with their own background stories and motives and good flowing dialogue.
The cover, however not the author's fault, didn't do much for me personally and especially after finishing the book think it lets the novel down. It doesn't make people interested and does not capture or justify the inside; the excellent story.
This book is about so m
P.J. Wetzel
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ian is a young showman with a special gift. Yes, he is an accomplished juggler, but that's not the gift to which I refer. The gift that makes him special is telekinesis--the ability to use his mind to make things move. Ian is not yet aware of his gift, but it puts him in grave danger. It makes him `D'Natai'--Accursed--a target of the Heralds, immortals who are able to fly and wield enormous power through the use of a mineral known as dianthium. The Heralds want nothing more than to suppress and ...more
Lauren S.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of fantasy, but this book held - no, gripped - my attention from start to finish. I found it easy to be transported to this other world, even with its complex mythology and ranging environments. I enjoyed the characters - even the unlikeable villains were still mesmerizing and charismatic. The plot played out like a movie, and I could see this adapted to the big screen.

The book was a quick read. It is one of a trilogy. My only complaint is that given the length of the book, a
Doug Norton
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi/Fantasy fans
I don’t often read fantasy novels but I’m glad I read this one. The opening chapter pulled me in with its action and hints of more ahead, and the plot raced along, spiced by several sub-plots. But the book offers more than plot: Rob Ross has given his readers interesting characters on both sides of the Good/Evil divide that he creates. I hope to learn something new about the real world from each novel I read, and as it sped along Juggler’s Blade gave me fascinating glimpses into the juggler’s ar ...more
Newton Love
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Juggler's Blade is a strong coming-of-age tale of honor against all odds. A young boy/man, Ian, has lost his parents, so his uncle took him under wing, teaching Ian to be a master juggler and showman. Ian and his uncle discover that Ian is also the one of The Accursed, people with the ability to manipulate the forces of shadow, motion, cold and even gravity itself.

The Uncle dies protecting Ian from the immortal Heralds, a small group of Accursed who discovered centuries earlier that they can col
Terra Snider
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This fantasy adventure, the first in a trilogy, follows a “pack” of “Accursed” teenagers as they thieve and connive their way through streets and sewers to save themselves from immortal rulers intent on controlling them. The book’s hero, young Ian, has joined this pack, after spending his youth apprenticed to his magician uncle as a juggler. Much like Harry Potter, Ian has his life suddenly overturned when he discovers that he has magical powers and is whisked into a hitherto hidden world to be ...more
Cindy Young-Turner
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Juggler’s Blade had me hooked from beginning to end. When young juggler and showman Ian discovers he is one of the Accursed, the name for those who possess magical powers, everything he believes about himself and the world he lives in changes in an instant. Rob Ross has written a richly detailed coming of age fantasy that has some humor, adventure, and some very poignant scenes as well. The characters are well drawn, especially Ian and a couple of the other members of his Pack, a small group of ...more
Camille Carter
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Juggler’s Blade is a fantastic fantasy novel. It is filled with intrigue, adventure, and page-turning events. I was transported to this other world easily and happily. It has a multifaceted mythos and environments, but that just added to the reading pleasure for me.

The characters are complex and really in depth. I really felt for the main character, as well for the other characters in the world. Even the villains were interesting and unique.

This is a really quick and easy read, and the firs
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