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Tears of a Heart

(Kan Savasci Cycle #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A continent on the verge of war.
A boy who is destined to become a legend.
A truth waiting to be uncovered.

A powerful coming-of-age tale of a young man destined to become one of the most powerful men Verold has ever known.
It’s a unique tale of adventure, adversity, and strength. Written with the hand of a poet and the heart of a warrior. The book’s action and depth will
Paperback, 470 pages
Published September 7th 2014 by Create Space
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Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Warrior Poet – A review of the novel ‘Tears of a Heart’

“Patience is the virtue that forges great men” - Chris Vincent

Something that’s common and significant amongst all life forms in this world is that period when you shed all the bonds that tie you to your childhood and stand within the cusp of adulthood. The changes are same everywhere, the loss of innocence, gaining a deeper understanding and discovering newer truths about ourselves, physically, emotionally and intellectually. You will experi
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished this book this morning and I really, really enjoyed it. I would have to say that fantasy is one of my favorite genres and this fits in well with some of my favorite books. This has the makings of a great epic fantasy series based on this first book.

This is the story of a young boy, his name is Kirin when we first meet him close to the age of 13, but he does seem to be older than we know him to be. He is the Kovor's son, in line to be the next kovor of his village, but before he c
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tears of a Heart by Chase Blackwood starts with Kirin, an adolescent about to go through his peoples coming of age rituals. It’s quite a slow start and seems a bit of an information dump at times but it gives you a good insight into who the main character is at the time. Kirin, is given his new name, Aeden, just before he leaves for his third and final trial and that’s the name he goes by for the rest of the book. Aeden returns to his home after completing his third trial to find that his whole ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
When I started reading this story, I immediately felt that sense of “legend”. I had that feeling that whoever this story is about, that character will be that “once in a millennia” kind of being. And throughout his journey to legendary status, he draws in other characters the way gravity draws us to the earth. That’s what makes the anticipation of the read so great. That is what hooked me to the story. I enjoy how the beginning of each part of the book tells the story of the annalist, searching ...more
 Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed
TEARS OF A HEART is lyrical literary fantasy, excellently-written by an accomplished author. A tale of myths and legends given life, it is couched in the framework of an annalist-a scribe-seeking knowledge of the past in lost lineages and concealed parchments. The story is of a young mountain boy, Kirin, only son of the village kovor (similar to a chieftain or mayor). At thirteen Kirin undergoes the requisite coming-of-age trials, which are both lengthy and extensive. (Surprisingly, in this cult ...more
Theresa Wade
I won the second book in the series and the story came across as an interesting series. I felt it would be best to start with the first book of the story which is the Tears of a Heart. I found this to be a very interesting story with many characters but not all at the same time. :) The writer is telling the story from Aeden's point of view and you can feel all of the emotions he is going through during the different parts of the story. Most chapters end with wanting to continue on to the next on ...more
Carolyn Bridges
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, engaging read.

If you enjoy character-driven fantasy within a developed world, this is a fun, engaging read. Just finished and am starting the next one right now!
Kelsie Beaudoin (The Bookworm)
I was given this book in exchange for review, which you can see in full here

The prologue piqued my interested and by the first chapter I was sold. The language is expressive and at times achingly beautiful and almost bardic. A previous reviewer remarked that the style is similar to Tolkien. I have to disagree. I think the style is more reminiscent of Patrick Rothfuss. Fans of Rothfuss will love this book.

The sense of world in Tears of a Heart is just fantastic. In some books it is easy to prete
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway

4.6 stars

This book started as a slow burn for me, but before I knew it, I was completely immersed in this world. Chase Blackwood has a beautiful way with words. It took me a little while to adjust to the style, but it was well worth it.

The story itself is very interesting as well. It's mostly told by following one character, but each section starts with the POV of an annalist. I liked the twist this added! The main character is sympathetic and very easy to
Jodi Woody
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of "Tears of a Heart" by the author, Chase Blackwood, in exchange for an honest review. This is the first of a series that will be a great epic fantasy. Not a quick or short read, but involved with many characters and places. The characters are not shallow, but very "fleshed out." The story line is endearing and you can't help rooting for the main character. He is a teen who faced insurmountable obstacles in his young life, but manages to make friends and form bonds along the ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Given To Me For An Honest Review

Chase Blackwood's book Tears of a Heart (Kan Savasci Cycle Book 1) isn't a must read it's a HAVE to read it's that good. It is a fantasy tale of myths and legends. There has been an extensive world built in this story. Throughout this world there is a lot of diversity and the ability to journey throughout this world. There is very clear attention to the world created, characters and their growth in the story. The writing style is very unique and quite entertaining
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Description really doesn't tell you much of the story and that's the way it should be! I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is written in a really nice poetic way with tons of imagery in my opinion. It felt a little slow at times but all in all a great fantasy story. It's not a short read , but you'll definitely not want to put it down. I haven't read a book like this before and I'm really glad I have. Yeah, it's that good!
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Received from Netgalley for review.

Wow Tears of a Heart was so intriguing it hooked me straight away.

I loved the characters and the story was brilliantly put together of a young boy coming of age through heartache and disaster.

Thoroughly well written and I hope Chase Blackwood writes another soon as I hope to once again travel to this land.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent fantasy read! The author paints pictures with his words, the descriptions of the scenery and incredible detail remind you of Rothfuss's work! I read this book in one sitting and loved every bit of it, though it did end abruptly. I hope the sequel is out soon!
I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a free copy!
Chase Blackwood
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a great book, one of the best in fantasy, but I am a little biased.
Denise Dawson
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Giving this a four only because I thought the time in the monastery and on the pilgrimage a little long.....thought it could have been tightened up a little.
Kristin Bowker
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Will definitely read the rest of the series!
Bill Tillman
Tears of a Heart

A very interesting tale, yet with a big hole in the middle. Is the another book in the future? I hope so.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguing start to a new series, shame the rest is so far away!
Aimee Ann
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tears of a Heart is book 0 in the Kan Savasci Cycle written by the talented Chase Blackwood and wow, what a great start to the series! Tears of a Heart is a novel I was desperate to read ever since discovering it and caught my attention right away thanks to its description which alludes to a troubling war and a mysterious character which intrigued me. Now and then a reader will come across that one book that blows them away, it is a somewhat generic term, but that is what Tears of a Heart did to ...more
Lisa Humphrey
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.
I got this book for free about 4 years ago, read about 150 pages into it, and put it back down until a few weeks ago. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t what I got. I’m not complaining, I was just surprised. And what exactly is this story? A young budding boy who goes through his warrior people’s coming of age trials, only to be thrust into a completely different life of monkhood, and then goes on a monk pilgrimage that just e
Robert Reid
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was introduced to “Tears of a Heart” in an email exchange on historical fantasy with the author, Chase Blackwood. I purchased and read the revised and expanded edition from 2016.

The story starts with the early years of Kirin D’Velt, son of the Kovor of Thane Sagan. In the early chapters we follow Kirin’s journey toward adulthood. On starting the final trial of his coming of age passage Kirin is gifted a Templas sword. Kirin succeeds in killing a shroud cat and with his right of passage complet
Edwin Datiz
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By far one of the most engaging books I've read in a long time. Beautiful prose describes a very realistic, action-packed world overflowing with human emotion. Excellent dialogue allows the reader to love and passionately hate some the very well developed characters. I still miss some of the characters in the book but to avoid spoilers I won't get into details. Prepare to be shocked as I was never able to predict anything in this book correctly. Readers be warned that Tears of a Heart will not b ...more
George M
Dec 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, just no. Tepid. "Tepid" as the author uses the word. As in incorrectly. First it starts off with a weird POV from that of a scribe, and I was was thinking "maybe he's using these words incorrectly to establish that the scribe is nearly illiterate?" Maybe is a literary device?

So, then we switch POVs to the hero character, fading to the hero's tale from the scribes research apparently. The tale remains clumsy. Words are still used incorrectly. That isn't what tepid means! The scribes clueless
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel that leaves you wanting more, I’m delighted this is just the first part of a series I can keep reading.

The progression of the lead character Aeden is fascinating as he deals with the misfortunes and challenges he faces.
I really love how much time is spent on expanding on each phase of the story, the reader is not rushed along and can become truly immersed in the world that is being unfolded. A world full of rich potential to uncover.
There are some really interesting twists in
Darren McGowan

I was sucked in by the first few chapters,everything was very exciting. Then there was the dreaded ( in my opinion) coming of age. The story was solid, interesting characters and a general overview of the kingdom's and religions. This was all good backstory to learning the ins and outs to society. I see pretty good potential to this story,and judging by the ending, I'm excited to read the next.
A good storyline with well thought out characters and places. Overall it was a good read, a little over descriptive at times but a good basis for setting the scene for sequels.

Throughout the book the author develops the main character in a great way. By the end you know the character will definitely go down a dark route but you are left sympathizing with him too. If you enjoy fantasy genre novels I would definitely recommend this book.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read.

This was a fantastic book that hints at something far bigger. If you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson, Jordan, or Rothfuss, maybe especially Rothfuss you will enjoy this book. I can’t wait to read through the next one.
Mrs Elizabeth J Potts
Sadly this is not like Patrick Rothfuss ...

... as someone reviewed ... however it is ok and worth four stars but I will not be reading the others in the series for a while. It's very good indeed in parts though and perhaps better to read once you've read the others!!
Angela Flowers
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Tears of the Heart was everything I expected as the first in a fantasy series. While there was little action, the story did a great job setting up the background for Aeden's upcoming journey. I can't wait to read the next installment.
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