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The Sane King

(Iron Nails #1)

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Heroes are not born, but forged.

A lone warrior takes up the cause of a hunted boy. A desperate nation seeks to bolster its fragile army. A malevolent god feasts on the nightmares of men and seeks to bring ruin to all.

The wanderer, Rayle stands against the preternatural forces lurking on the edges of civilization and sanity. In the bleak lands of the Wrack, he rescues B
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Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published August 27th 2015 by Warrior's Oath Publishing
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Along my reading journey, I’ve made a conscious decision to not only read the "professionally" published novels, but to also try self-published, or indie, works as often as I can.

Now, I know several of you are snickering in the background or rolling your eyes at my idiot crusade to bring a few good indie works to light. And, believe me, I understand why you’d do that. Several years into this, I have to admit that I’ve probably stopped reading more indie faire
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Berry
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I finished this book in 3 days. "Is it that short?" you may wonder. At 400 pages not particularly. The reason why I read this at break-neck speed is that I just couldn't put this book down. The whole read felt like a big adrenalin rush. Never a dull moment as they say.

I was also pleasantly surprised with the quality of this book. I read some Indie released books some time ago and got exasparated by them because of the fact that these books are generally not as good as published books
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Griffin
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This first book by Matt Knot is my first acquaintance with indie authorship. It firmly proves there are gems sitting between the knock-offs.

At the beginning we meet our characters int two separate acts, both hooking us more than sufficiently. The first act features grim tidings and
the lucky run-in while the second act displays an unusual trial setup. Both plotlines come together naturally though not without some major
consequences. The story systematically spirals a grim, dark and lugubrious t
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Carl Phillips
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
A very hard one to rate.

Firstly this book is so gritty you could use it as sandpaper. There is barely a hint of ordinary human joy or happiness after the the first 50 pages and when it does appear the author then stamps on it with a bloody iron boot. Instead the overriding emotions are of anger and despair, both channeled into violence and desperate travel. The problem, as a reader, is that the emotional tone of the book is fairly one dimensional which, after a while, becomes wearying. To truly
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Allan Batchelder
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As others have noted, this book latches on from the first sentence and doesn't let go...ever. You'll definitely want the promised sequels. It is also true that the story takes a wild, risky departure from its main plot about halfway through, but I'll be damned if it doesn't work! Knott's story is full of vividly imagined characters (all flawed) and landscapes (most creepy). I even had a nightmare about the Limb. Finally, a couple of others have mentioned Knott's prose, which is at times whimsica ...more
Khurram
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finished The Sane King. I am in love with James, Birch and Rayle. Good world building. I like a world being define on need to basis. This style leaves more leeway I think. And those stories (Arten one) between which harkens to past.


Looking forward to Arra's back story in sequel.
James Barrie
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good book with interesting characters. The antagonist was interesting as well. It started off great. Part one of the book was really good. Part two lost it a bit for me. I think this book may have benefited with fewer characters. The characters in part two kinda blended together. Maybe that's because Rayle was so cool I wanted more of his story. As far as this being an independent publication, if that fact is scaring any of you away from reading this, reconsider. This is just as good ...more
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Matt Knott believes in momentum. Heroic Fantasy should be a kinetic experience where the tablet drags you on an adventure.

You should be squeezing so hard the screen cracks.

Working in the video game industry for close to a decade, with a background in social science and carousing, Matt Knott's deepest passion is for the epic. With his first book, The Sane King, he aimed to c
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