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The Emerald Blade

(The Landkist Saga #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The Dark Months have faded, but the light cannot last.

For Kole, Linn and the newly-minted heroes of the Valley, their recent victory is short-lived.

The King of Ember is alive. But the man who once led his people against the forces of darkness is changed. His mysterious path seems to be leading him to the middle of a war between two would-be gods.

Linn too, is no longer what
Kindle Edition, 636 pages
Published June 1st 2017 (first published May 30th 2017)
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Laura Hughes
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Emerald Blade is the second book in the Landkist Saga, and follows on directly from Valley of Embers. The flame-wielding warriors known as Embers are struggling to move forward in the aftermath of the previous book’s dramatic climax, and must now embark on an epic journey to the legendary Emerald Road.

The writing here is a real step up from Valley of Embers. The descriptions of settings are particularly evocative; the atmosphere upon entering the Emerald Road reminded me of Dombâng in Brian
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2017
Kole Reyna and his battle-seasoned friends have left their sheltered Valley and made their way into the World. The Sages have amassed vast amounts of power in an attempt to defeat each other, yet the consequences fall upon people who only mean to preserve their way of life. The Landkist of the Valley mean to right the wrongs inflicted upon the World by the Sages, and to seek out their once-sovereign, the Ember King. His alliances have shifted over the long years of his life, and Kole believes he ...more
Anindita,  A Bohemian Mind at Work
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, indie
The Emerald Blade boasts a cover so stunning, gorgeous, mindboggling, eye-goggling, I am running out of adjectives here. Mr. Kelliher's imagery and lyrical prose add to the overall presentation. I see a marked improvement in The Emerald Blade compared to the Valley of Embers regarding consistency and exposition. The characters are many, but each major player has a significant and more or less well-rounded presence. The dialogs addressed characters by the last name, and the narration mentioned th ...more
J.P. Ashman
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Action! Adventure! Quests! Magic! Monsters! IT HAS IT ALL!

I listened to the first and second books in this series on Audible. I'm very particular about narrators and this one didn't grab me by the short and curleys, but he wasn't at all bad (I'm just really picky about my listening). That being said, I still fell into the story and the characters and their frikkin' awesome powers and abilities!

BOOM! POW! This is super heroes meets magicians, super villains meets monsters... but it's also so much
Montzalee Wittmann
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The Emerald Blade (The Landkist Saga #2) by Steven Kelliher is a fantasy adventure novel given to me to read by the author. It is book two and really should be read after book one. Book one is really awesome and recommend book one but found book two not to live up to book one. I liked it but found it a little wordy in places. I liked the plot and characters but found a good editing would have made it flow smoother and would have held my interest better like it did in book one. It is worth the r ...more
Dyrk Ashton
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wrote an extensive review of The Valley of Embers, Book 1 in this series, so I won't go into lot of detail why I love this book. Suffice it to say I was enamored with Kelliher's prose style, lyrical plotting and dreamlike description in the first book - and I think this one does it even better. It's bizarre, sometimes unsettling, and always mesmerizing. An amazing follow up, and if Kelliher isn't careful, this could end up being one of my favorite fantasy series ever. I'm watching you, Mr. Kel ...more
Marc Morris
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Started slower than first but hey first had battle form first few words which was wicked as never seen this from a debut. As I said in my review of first that I marked it down due to my views of debuts due to fact most authors have had this book in front of them for few years playing and tweaking also world building and background on characters. This book showed me more about Steven and his style and I must say it pleasantly surprised me and showed skills of a wordsmith extraordinary .... pace w ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review is here, on my blog :)

It took me a few chapters to reorient myself into this world. A lot happened at the end of the last book and it's been a couple of months since I read it. I couldn't remember who was who for a bit... that sorta thing. Worry not, however, as my brain eventually got comfy in the world. Snuggled into some nice Ember heat and off we went! The first few chapters or so did a good job of bringing me back into the world. This one was an easier read for me than volume on
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-star
Last year I read Valley of Embers, the first book in a promising fantasy series called The Landkist Saga. This book continues us on with the journey of Kole, Linn and Iyana. And I ended up being quite taken with this book. It certainly was a big step up from the first book I feel.

The world of the Landkist saga has created its own magical system and world surrounding it. Where in the first book it takes place in the valley, this book takes them out of the valley to a place called Centre with more
Searing blades, heated blood, epic battles, powerful forces long lost have returned, but are they the warriors they once were or is the man known as the King of Embers now fighting for an agenda of his own?

THE EMERALD BLADE wields the magic and power of his namesake. Witches, Sages, Willows, dark forces, forces of light, foes worthy of battle, the powers of the Emberfolk, powers of ice and cold, the land has become a battlefield from the South to the Center lands to the North. It is time for the
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This is a wonderful continuation of a fantastic story. I love the world that the author creates, the characters are wonderful and it is a well crafted story. This is an author to watch out for in the future in my humble opinion, a full review will be on my blog when the book releases officially. Thank you Steven for providing with me with the EARC, reading this story has been a real pleasure.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow another great, the second in the series. Loved this one as much as the first. Just kept me reading until I was finished. Definitely can’t wait for more. Received an ARC.
Jeremy Spring
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and found that I was very quickly drawn into the world of the characters, and was so hopeful the author would let everyone find bliss and happiness, but alas this is a series and this
answers some questions, while leaving loads of room for further escapades. I am looking forward with great eagerness to the next installment. The characters are complex, with flaws and strengths dependant on their own story, and are very believable.
Well worth getting and reading.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
So I loved this book. Somehow the author made it even better than the first book, which I also enjoyed. The writing is incredible and there were times where I was unable to stop reading. The battle scenes are particularly engrossing, though if you do not like very descriptive fight scenes this may not be the book for you. Overall this story had a lot more character growth and development. The new characters added a lot of nuance and depth to the plot. The story of the Sages and Landkist was adva ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting, action packed read. I felt like the writing improved over book 1 and the characters became more fleshed out, along with the world they inhabit. Really enjoyed getting the antagonists perspective as well. Nice to meet a few other Landkist along the way, with their own cool little abilities. An intriguing ending left me excited and interested to see where the series will go next.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy from the author.

Rocky start: The first 40-50 pages were slow going, could have been made tighter with no loss in information imparted. I guess this was more evident because the first book opened with a bang. Not that an action-packed opening is necessary or even desired, but the slowness and repetition of the first 10% made for a rocky and noticeably contrasting start.

The first book, VALLEY OF EMBERS, introduced the characters and the world—including the beliefs and h
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Massive thanks to Steven Kelliher for hooking me up with a ARC of this book.

Excellent pick up and return to the Landkist Saga, I felt that this book was written much better than Book 1, Valley of Embers. Steven Kelliher is one indie author to watch out for, especially if his books keep getting better and better. He listens to his readers (whether praise or criticism), and improves upon his writing!

James (ObservantRaven)
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Firstly a big thank you to Steven Kelliher for sending me a arc copy of this book for review.

In August of 2017 I reviewed the first book in The Landkist Saga, "Valley Of Embers" (review can be found here). Now here we are 10 months later and as of 1st June Steven Kelliher has released the second book in The Landkist Saga, "The Emerald Blade".

The Emerald Blade picks up straight after the climactic ending of Valley of Embers and we quickly get to see how everyone is dealing with their actions and
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author for a review.

The Emerald Blade more than lives up to the standards set by its predecessor. The World of the Landkist is explored further as our characters leave their secluded Valley in pursuit of the King of Embers, where they are caught up in a fight between two warring factions and those pulling the strings behind the scenes.

Once again, the novel starts off a little slow, but the pace picks up soon after the party leaves the Valley and continues o
Kid Book Reviewer
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts: I thought the first book blew me away, but book 2 was astounding. The comparison between the two books is like a river to an ocean. I loved how Steven Kelliher added a twist about the Sage of Balon Rael's powers. I also loved the relationship between Linn and Kole, some of the main characters. I also thought Linn's powers - which weren't described as much in the first book - are super super super cool. I adored the battles between The Emerald Blade and Kole, Linn, and the Sage of Balon ...more
Hector Santiago
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Get the landkist saga if you love fantasy and all things magic love this book
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the first book in this series and though I enjoyed reading this, the second book as well, I must admit I did find it dragging at times and there were too many battle scenes. The battle scenes are epic, so don't get me wrong I loved the battle scenes but even the best can get a bit boring if we get too much of it and I feel that we did get too much in this book! The heroes are terrific, they seem to all be getting stronger in their Landkist powers and are working really well as ...more
Maja Helena
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don’t know what it is with this series.. The first one didn’t really click with me, and at the time, I thought that was because I wasn’t really able to delve into the story because of life and stupid stuff getting in the way, but I found myself struggling with this one as well and without an excuse. Maybe, it was the book and not me…

I liked how we got a lot more world-building in this one and I enjoyed seeing how Kelliher has improved as a writer – this book is simply much better written than
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. This is a great follow up to book 1, taking our young heroes out into the world they know next to nothing about. There is a lot of character development in this novel making each character more rounded and interesting. The new characters we meet also quickly develop a fullness to them that grabs you, but never fear if it is action you want this one has it and the fight scenes are well described without crossing the line. The landkist and their various powers give these fights ...more
Alex Denby
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping and unique fantasy

This series has the high stakes you'd expect from Epic Fantasy, but the author doesn't skimp on in depth character interactions, and does an excellent job creating a unique world for the story.
Greg Garguilo
Finished last night. At times, it was a slog, at times, it was rather good. If you look below, you'll see it took me two weeks to read this, where I would normally consume a book this size in an evening. Partially that's me and the status of my life, partially, its the book - I could but it down, and did. Many times.

It wasn't bad, but it was never great. Standard fantasy fare, mostly - the various tropes were there there, and handled appropriately, but after the first book, there wasn't much new
Darren McGowan
Three and a half stars

I really enjoyed the first novel. Lots of action, decent characters and the plot caught my attention. This book was sort of the same. What I wasn't expecting was a lot more word building. The pace seemed to really drag. The writing was fine and the story was good just wasn't expecting this kind of change in writing style. I will definitely read the next installment.
Chris Jackson
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing installment from Steven

I once again loved every word from this amazing author, I would recommend this to everyone. Kole is shown to change in a great way and seeing Linn get control of her powers is very satisfying. I cannot wait to read book 3, and if 3 is like its prequels, 4 whenever it is released.
Beba Andric
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very impressed with the second book in this series. Lots of adventure as Kole once again sets of on another journey. Loads if action, set in an amazing world, as Kole and his Landkist's continue in this epic saga. Having read the original series before, I must say that I enjoyed reading the re-release and getting to grips once again with these great characters ...more
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Steven is a fighter-turned-writer who resides in the Boston area. A former sports and entertainment writer, he now focuses exclusively on his true passion: epic action fantasy and sci-fi. He wishes all disputes were still settled with a friendly game of hand-to-hand combat, is a fan of awesome things, and tries to write books he’d want to read.

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