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Valguard: Knight of Coins (Valguard, #1)

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A woman kidnapped by bandits.
A mercenary sent alone to rescue her.
Time is running out, the odds are against him
and he must play a dangerous game to survive...

High up in the fells, a mercenary called Valguard pits himself against a band of vicious thieves and seemingly impossible odds on a daring night-time raid on a remote, fortified stronghold to rescue a hostage. Mea
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Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Published January 28th 2015 by Function9.com (first published December 1st 2014)
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Dianne
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The title of the first chapter,“His job was death,” and I am all in, waiting for those next words to thrill me or chill me. By the end, I’m hooked on the tale of Valguard, a mercenary on a mission. Valguard: Knight of Coins by David N. Humphrey at first glance looks to be the perfect dark prologue to the novel Ten of Swords. Will Valguard be all he is promised to be? I want to say yes, larger than life, confident and able to take on a band of brigands single-handedly. A little over the top? Not ...more
Julia Ash
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
VALGUARD: KNIGHT OF COINS is a prelude to TEN OF SWORDS, a work-in-progress and the start of a series for author David N. Humphrey. I gave this short and action-packed introduction five-stars. Here’s why:

PLOT: Valguard, a skilled swordsman and mercenary, is tasked with freeing a kidnapped woman from the clutches of the notorious and vicious medieval-gang known as The Cutters. The woman is being held in a farm outpost teeming with armed sentries, all wearing The Cutters' telltale red sash. The od
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Cora Pop
Plenty of medieval violence and a touch of magic make this short story a great introduction to a new fantasy series with Valguard,the mercenary, as the hero. Looking forward to reading more...
David Humphrey
Feb 02, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: valguard-books, 2015
As the author of KNIGHT OF COINS, the first book in the Valguard series and my first published work, I won't be posting a review or rating, but I can offer some background. Originally this story was to the beginning of the next book, Ten of Swords and served as an introduction to the eponymous medieval mercenary Valguard in the same way you have a mini adventure before the credits roll on a James Bond or Indiana Jones film. It was set 6 months before the main story and contained no recurring cha ...more
J.T. Williams
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bloody Fun!

A silent specter moving unseen in the night comes upon a farmhouse with a bit more of a secret to hide... but this is no chance happening, Valguard works for coin and this black night is no different.

Mr. Humphrey does a fine job thrusting the reader into the bloody dealings of a hired killer. Vivid descriptions and fast pacing move this story right along. I liked that the author not only gave detailed accounts of fighting but also gave correct descriptions to the actual injuries addi
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Philip Stephens
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gritty and dark, Valguard: Knight of Coins introduces the titular character, Valguard - a mercenary with telekinetic powers - as he attempts to rescue a kidnapped girl from a band of brigands. A prologue to the author's coming work, Ten of Swords, Valguard was short and sweet, with depraved villains and gruesome deaths set in a well-constructed medieval world. The writing was atmospheric and nicely developed, with some memorable characters (considering the short length of the tale),and I'll defi ...more
A.S. Arnett
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves gritty fantasies
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
The Knight of Coins is an apropos name for this gem of a novella recounting our first encounter with the mercenary known as Valguard. The writing is fast paced and satisfying, and despite its dark nature, it provides a number of laughs within its pages. Mister Humphrey delivers a story that has us asking questions and leaves us begging for more.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast-paced, gritty fantasy. It is difficult not to love that mercenary’s charm. I look forward to readi
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Graham Watkins
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The mercenary Valguard is on a quest where cold steel and alchemy are his weapons of choice. Humphrey's medieval story is a tightly written, easy read, sure to be enjoyed by those who like sword and sorcery tales. One thing is certain, I wouldn't want to meet Valguard on a dark night.
David Humphrey
Apr 27, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This was the Limited Edition 'Black label' prototype paperback of Valguard; Knight of Coins. Only available from Blurb books http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/5871199-valg...
Stacy Bennett
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this based on a recommendation from someone else and I can see why they liked it. They mentioned in particular the dark grittiness of it, and rest assured there is plenty of that in this story. The pretty people are all but absent. But isn't there some truth in that? However, I was a bit disappointed. In my opinion, this story could have used more polishing, mostly on a technical level. I was frustrated by the bits of head-hopping and the awkwardness of the present tense. Plus, one fight ...more
Drew
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
A good short read, perfect for those of us who like a little fantasy violence and need to kill an hour or so (no pun intended).

I did enjoy this. The story involves the main character, a mercenary named Valguard, and his current mission; the rescue of a young woman from a band of brigands. There is plenty of detail in the setting, the people and the action, which is nicely done. It may be brutal in places, but it keeps the story moving along well. And, acting as a prequel/prologue to the first fu
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Paul Lavender
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
They say honesty is the best policy, and so we will begin with the fact that i know the author of Valguard: Knight of Coins really quite well. In fact the first copy i read was the Blurb black cover paperback version. However this short tale about the medieval mercenary is an excellent stepping stone towards the full book when it is available! I for one really want to know what Valguard will get up when given the freedom of a large book. The bleak setting for the tale is well described as are al ...more
T.A. Uner
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-a-uner-s-shelf
Solid debut story from a new voice in Independent Publishing. Great detail and suspense in the storyline keeps the reader hooked. My only qualm with the book was sometimes Mr. Humphrey would drop in a fact about a character without any build-up. But in no way does this diminish the fine writing or ambitious plot. Four Solid Stars!
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Hello! I write adventures featuring a medieval mercenary called Valguard and self publish them to as many outlets as I can. Once described as ‘medieval violence with a touch of magic’ and in many ways feel like a kind of ‘medieval Western’ (or Northern as its cold, not sunny). In the Venn diagram of Historical Fiction and Fantasy, my stories sit in the area where the two genres overlap -- I like t ...more
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