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Australian horror author and Aurealis Award Nominee Christopher Ruz makes his epic fantasy debut.

After decades of loyal military service, Richard has discovered that the Magician he serves is more monster than man--and young women have been disappearing into the Magician's dungeons.

To keep his own daughter safe, Richard flees into the desert wastes where magic boils beneat
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Parvus Press LLC
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Nigel
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In brief - High quality fantasy and largely unputdownable. I want the next book NOW!! :-)

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Richard, who has been a loyal fighter and executioner for years, starts to realise that his master, the Magician, is more evil than people he has been killing on his behalf. After the death of his wife some years ago he gave his baby daughter into the care of the Magician. He rescues her and escapes. They are both in grave danger as Richard has also taken a precious artefact which the Magician treasu
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Ryan
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got to read an advanced copy. The best thing I can say about a book is that in its quietest and smallest moments, it still feels tense and rich and exciting. The Ragged Blade does this impressively, thanks in no small part to the author's gorgeous use of language--sentences that feel carved from marble. It is a quiet father-daughter story of survival set against the weight of a sprawling and epic magical and barren and dystopian medieval world closing in as a backdrop. The characters are believa ...more
Rekka
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ruz has crafted a heartfelt story about a man with enough regrets to fill several lives, trying to do right by the one person he has left in a world overrun with threats in equal parts mundane and fantastic.

At every step toward what Richard hopes will be safety for himself and his daughter Ana, the environment, the peoples, even a pantheon of demons and gods seems to rise up to slow their escape from the possessive Magician who diverts armies, sends undead hunting dogs, and torments their dreams
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Jo Ladzinski
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Read an eARC from NetGalley

If anyone is familiar with my reading/media tastes, then you know that Berserk is one of my favorite things. And if that tickles your fancy, definitely check this book out.

Richard and his daughter, Ana, are roaming the desert on the run from The Magician, Richard's ex-boyfriend who really wants a demon's heart for reasons. The way Ruz captures the loneliness of the desert is truly outstanding, even though Richard has the company of his daughter and his regrets. The int
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Juliet
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The worldbuilding of this epic fantasy novel is excellent -- the landscape, political setup, people, customs, all felt really believable and well-established. The characters and their struggles are also believable.

I found myself wincing at some of Richard's interactions with his daughter Ana, but it felt very believable that he might be struggling with how to be a father and how to accept his daughter as she is, given their circumstances and his history and guilt. It was portrayed very well, as
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Munch
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was sent a arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

3.5

Warnings: Violence and gore

I have opposing feelings about this book, it is part journey and part flashback of a journey. While I did enjoy it for the writing and characters I thought the plot was a bit slow in places. I liked the relationship between Richard and his daughter. His protectiveness but also not really knowing how to be a father to a small traumatised girl who he hasn't seen since she was a baby was a inte
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Christopher "Ruz" Hayes-Kossmann was born in Hong Kong, raised in Vienna, and is now settled in Melbourne, Australia. Although he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Industrial Design, his first love has always been writing.

He's been published by Weaponizer, Labyrinth Inhabitant's Magazine and Birdville Magazine, and has won both the first Ergofiction Search Term Challenge and the first Birdville
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