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The Iron Ring

(Saga of the Redeemed #1.1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Tyvian Reldamar—criminal mastermind, rogue mage, and smuggler of sorcerous goods—has just been betrayed by his longtime partner and left for dead in a freezing river. To add insult to injury, his mysterious rescuer took it upon himself to affix Tyvian with an iron ring that prevents the wearer from any evildoing.

Revenge just got complicated.

On his quest to get even, Tyvian
ebook, 192 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Harper Voyager Impulse
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Auston Habershaw The sequel, BLOOD AND IRON, will be released in early June this year (June 3rd, to be precise). One of the reasons for the abrupt ending is that the t…moreThe sequel, BLOOD AND IRON, will be released in early June this year (June 3rd, to be precise). One of the reasons for the abrupt ending is that the two books were originally one book, but the publisher wanted to split them up due to length concerns. So, the second book will conclude the plot arc begun in THE IRON RING and the third book, ALL THAT GLITTERS (working title), will have a complete story arc unto itself dealing with Tyvian's further adventures. (less)

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Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I bought the Graphic Audio version of this on a whim because the premise made it sound like a light and fun fantasy read. It ended up being a good choice as this was a fun read. It had plenty of humour but turned out to have a bit more dark and gritty than I anticipated. Luckily that did not hurt the story. This was a tale packed with humour, action, and adventure.

The premise was great. Tyvian Reldamar, criminal mastermind, rogue mage, and smuggler of sorcerous goods, has just been betrayed by
Michelle Hauck
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the chapters with Tyvian. He's truly a complicated character--not necessarily likable, full of surprises, humorous, and just plain interesting. The addition of the iron ring threw in a new level of depth. I'm loving how Tyvian is fighting the decent side of himself. This isn't one of those books where characters make an instant and totally unbelievable transformation. Whether or not there is a permanent change in Tyvian is yet to be shown, and the curiosity to find out will surely make ...more
Christine Boermeester
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and devoured it in one sitting. The highest compliment I can give this book is that I didn't want it to end. I was really swept away by the world and the storyline. The characters are extremely well-developed, the world is meticulously designed, and the pace of the story was perfect. I even laughed out loud at a few points. I love that Tyvian isn't the typical hero and I can see that redemption is possible for him. I'm very intrigued by the backstory that's been sh ...more
Brooke Johnson
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
An engaging high fantasy with rich characters and action packed plot. I look forward to the rest of the story in Part II.
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
TL;DR. Niggling problems erode one's motivation to continue the series. DNF @ Book 2 (No good deed) 70%.

Unrepentant protagonist. The premise is simple, take an extraordinary criminal, place a restriction on them and through the course of the novel have the character grow through adversity. The problem? Tyvian, the main character, does not outgrow the ring. He remains the same bastard at the end of the book as he was at the start, the only difference being that he now has a Pavlovian heroic resp
Dan McClure
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent debut novel by a talented writer, I enjoyed this tale of magic, intrigue and adventure and look forward to reading more from this author.

Mr. Habershaw has created a detailed and vibrant world that he very lovingly describes to the reader. Even though it is a world dominated by magic, or perhaps because of it, the people inhabiting it are all quite human and vulnerable and often suspicious of each other and their environment. Enter the main protagonist, Tyvian Reldamar, a resourceful
Nathan Garrison
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Auston Habershaw's The Iron Ring is an explosive debut by a talented new voice in fantasy. It is remarkably well-written, fast-paced, and highly entertaining. The main character evokes images of Scott Lynch's Locke Lamora, quick-witted, charming, and rogue-like, while the worldbuilding is as deep and complex - yet logical - as any Brandon Sanderson book. Fans of either of these authors won't be disappointed in The Iron Ring.

The only problem I have with it is that it really only feels like half a
Carrie Mansfield
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, dnf-not-my-thing
This book just feels underbaked - the world building is shallow, the character development is weak and it takes over half the book to introduce the main antagonist. And that ring barely makes its presence felt by this point.

Ultimately this book reminds me of the far, far superior The Spirit Thief - another book about a mage/thief being chased by a female mage. Eli was a charming rogue. Tyvian is just kind of a jerk. And where you saw Eli literally talk a door into giving up the nails that held i
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Iron Ring is a very well written, engrossing, and highly witty first part in a series that I hope will continue for quite a while. Habershaw draws the reader into a very different world without boring exposition--phrases casually added in (love the demon engines and courier djinns) make for a vivid experience. The characters are diverse and believable, even Hool the gnoll, who is my favorite. The action is well paced, and the plot promises to have some challenging twists as the series progre ...more
A. David Lewis
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific start!

With the exception of its abrupt ending -- likely due to publisher dictates, not the author's preferences -- the Saga of the Iron Ring is off to a breathless (and quite wry) start. Fun and diabolical.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
An epic fantasy rollick in the style of Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch. My only disappointment is that this first installment ended too soon.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled across this gem of a novel whist spot-reading through, and discarding, a bunch of other works by more experienced authors.

Clever, complex and filled with gentle humour, the basis of the story is about a young nobleman who, having eschewed his privileged upbringing in favour of less salubrious dealings, finds himself faced with the peculiar prospect of being constantly challenged by his core principles (which have a great deal of impact in defining who and what we are as humans). This
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Not the best-written or most original, but still entertaining. Good world-building and magic system, good immersive details. Characters felt like they'd come from the world of Lies of Locke Lamora.
Cliffhanger-ending rather than a standalone.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It was OK. No major complaints or anything just wasn’t really swept away by the story either.
Shawna Corner
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet and lots of humour. Just how I like it. On to book II
James F
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Rather good book; very easy to get caught up in the plot. Looking forward to reading the others on the series.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Careful. Read it and you'll be hooked. ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Tyvian Reldamar has big plans for his latest scam. But when his partner betrays him, leaving him high and not so dry, pursued by a vengeful Mage Defender, Tyvian vows revenge. Unfortunately, a run in with a mysterious character and an iron ring that punishes him for bad behavior puts a real wrench in the thief's plans.

Saddled with a young admirer and a monster who is also seeking his former partner, Tyvian and his entourage make their way to Freegate - a city free of the Mage Defenders' rules a
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, drama, fantasy, magic
The Iron Ring
Part I of the Saga of the Redeemed
By Auston Habershaw

Tyvian Reldamar has just been betrayed and is about to be seized, forced to answer for his crimes. But Tyvian isn't about to just give up. But his escape from the authorities comes with a cost.

The cost - an iron ring that cannot be removed. A ring that compels him to forego his usual deeds of evil. But Tyvian isn't about to let a ring keep him from extracting revenge on the man who betrayed him.

Adding to his troubles Tyvian is b
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I actually received an egalley of this about 6 or 7 months ago (I'm part of the HarperVoyager Super Reader ARCs/ebooks for honest reviews...yeah, I didn't realize something this sweet could be true, either!) and started it within a couple weeks, but it just never quite grabbed me. I got sidetracked by other books for review, then new stuff came out, then I wanted to reread some of my old favorites, then I bought a bunch of stuff at my favorite used bookstore (The Fine Book in Prom ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Whip smart and clever is how I would describe the main character Tyvian. It helps that the author has built a great supporting cast of characters to emphasize these points for Tyvian. Also, an inventive and exciting world gives the characters a playground to maneuver within.

This story sees our anti-hero Tyvian get saddled with a magical item that ensures that Tyvian will do the right thing. Tyvian then spends the rest of the story trying to get the accursed item off and inadvertently finds hims
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book tells an interesting story at a great pace. You always will want to read the next chapter to know what happens to the protagonist. He's a witty con-man and a regular anti-hero that's made to behave like a hero (but he can still be sarcastic).

The magic system developed in the series (at least as far as the first book) is not too complex but has the right amount of information dispensed to the reader at the right times. Overall I think that the world the book portrays is one where the cha
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I may have just found a new favorite Thief.

Took me a bit to get into the world here; magic system is a little complex, what with the various species, gems and items that we get thrown at us in the first few chapters.

But once were past that and you start to get a feel for the world, well - Tyvian Reldamar becomes one of the best characters to read about. He's no hero, he doesn't want to be, he comes from a famous family - he's the rebel. The black sheep. And he's a criminal mastermind.

Tyvian remi
Danielle Brusco
Feb 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: abandoned
Wasn't my cup of tea.
abandoned 70% of the way through,
Pratik Amin
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed reading this book. The writing was great and very witty, more than once I laughed out loud at a one liner in the book. The plot wasn't extravagant but it kept my interest throughout the book, and I didn't really feel like any of the PoV's were dragging the book down.

My problem with this book is that it feels like there is final act missing. The book kinda just ends on a lot of cliff hangers and looking back you realize that NONE of the plots started by the book are resolved. Th
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book One of Two

The hero is quite a selfish scoundrel, smuggler and con artist. He is wanted by the Mage Defenders and is both on the run and out for vengeance against his former partner who betrayed him. He is absolutely brilliant and always has a plan or five going which is fun to see. Unfortunately for him, he is fitted with a iron ring which causes great pain when he wants to do anything unethical. Not very good when you are in the scoundrel business. Action, magic, sword fights, and plotting
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So, I'm a sucker for scoundrels (and when I run across a new author that does things I like...I try to helpfully boost their numbers then via ratings and by writing reviews).

I picked this up at random and was completely captured until I read through this book, and the sequel, and checked to see when the third would be available. *Pout* not for a while.

Regarding the book, I will leave it to a pleasant surprise. Any Scott Lynch fans would probably like this one.

Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really more 3.5 stars. An enjoyable fantasy set in an interesting world with an original magic system. The characters were quite good as well as the story itself. Only real gripe was the ending - not a cliffhanger just a dead stop. This book and it's squeal really should have bee published as one big book not two. Luckily for me I was able to read them back to back without having to wait...which would have driven me insane. Definitely would recommend. A Book Bub offer. ...more
LJ Waguespack
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing, all encompassing work, strong writing, character development, overall great action series start.

A thrill ride full of twists, turns and surprising shocks! I enjoyed reading book 1 of the iron ring. I see infinite possibilities in this series and I can appreciate that. Great start on a very promising series. I am pumped about reading book 2, and so on as quickly as possible. Good, strong work, Auston Habershaw, thank you!
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On the day Auston Habershaw was born, Skylab fell from space. When he learned of this as a small boy, it pretty much sealed his authorial fate.

After over a decade's worth of odd jobs, part-time passions, and pointless diversions, Auston now teaches English at a university and writes novels and stories all the rest of the time. He lives in the city of his birth, Boston, Massachusetts, with his wif

Other books in the series

Saga of the Redeemed (5 books)
  • Iron and Blood (Saga of the Redeemed Book I Part II)
  • No Good Deed (Saga of the Redeemed Book II)
  • Dead But Once: Saga of the Redeemed: Book III
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