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Along the Razor's Edge

(The War Eternal #1)

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No one escapes the Pit.

At just fifteen Eskara Helsene fought in the greatest war mankind has ever known. Fought and lost. There is only one place her enemies would send a Sourcerer as powerful as her, the Pit, a prison sunk so deep into the earth the sun is a distant memory. Now she finds herself stripped of her magic; a young girl surrounded by thieves, murderers, and
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Expected publication: March 30th 2020 by Rob J. Hayes (first published February 2020)
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Hamad
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“Are we all just monsters waiting for the opportunity to show it?”


Late in 2018, I saw the cover of Never Die on Twitter as the author wanted some readers for the ARC, I did not know who the author is, what is the book about, I just had a feeling that I would love it and I did. It ended up being my last five stars book of 2018. Last month, when Rob was asking again for people to read the ARC of this book, I jumped again for the opportunity and to be
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Nick T. Borrelli
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading Rob J. Hayes' books for a couple of years now. Whether it was his Ties That Bind series, Best Laid Plans series, It Takes a Thief series, or his stand-alone gems like City of Kings and Never Die, there seems to be one consistent theme. I pretty much universally enjoy everything he writes, which is a testament to how talented he is as a storyteller. So when I heard that he was releasing a brand new series called The War Eternal, and that the entire series will be published in ...more
Lukasz
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5

Along the Razor’s Edge, a darkly engrossing opening of Hayes’ The War Eternal series, sets the tone for the entire novel in the first few pages. It likely won’t be for everyone: it’s bleak, brutal, and focused on the loathsome, self-centered protagonist. If you stick with it—and you should—Along the Razor’s Edgeoffers smart, streamlined storytelling, and no shortage of genuinely thrilling moments.

It’s hard to describe the plot ofthe novelwithout giving away too many of the story’s twists
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Sarah
Hi.

So I edited this book and it was... well, it was AMAZING. Far different than whatever I'd been expecting. The world is dark, and our protagonist and secondary characters are just as dark and brutal as the world they inhabit. The plot is relentless and unforgiving. Hayes starts things out with a bang, and he doesn't let up. Everything in this book is supposed to be there, from all the aspects of the world, to the conflicts, character development and more. I never felt like there was a wasted
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Adam
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Are we all just monsters waiting for the opportunity to show it?"

This book is going to make you mad. And that’s a good thing.

Meet Eskara Helsene. Ripped from her family as a toddler, educated through torture, conscripted for war, and forced to murder, all before the age of fifteen. And then the real horrors begin. Because Eska becomes a prisoner of war when her kingdom ends up on the losing side of a battle, and so is sent into The Pit, an underground mining prison, buried under thousands of
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Rob Hayes
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Release date is set... 30th March 2020. Cover is revealed (so pretty!). And the pre-order is up (http://mybook.to/AtRE). Book release is a go!
BookEnds&BagEnds
Pre-Review

Never Die by Rob J. Hayes is one of my favourite books of both 2019 and 2020 - given I started it last year and finished this year I feel well within my rights to count it twice.

When I saw the news that he was releasing a new series, The War Eternal Trilogy, it shot straight to the top of my most anticipated list. As more details were teased - the synopsis, the cover, the bi-monthly release schedule … I was ready to explode.

So when Rob asked on Twitter if there were any bloggers who
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S. D. Howarth
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Miriam Michalak
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an objective review.

4 stars for this first book in The War Eternal series - a great start.

In “Along the Razor’s Edge” we meet fifteen year old Eskara on the losing side of a war. She maybe only fifteen but is a powerful Sourcerer with an attitude to match. With the war lost her magic is stripped from her and she is sent to the Pit. In the Pit, surrounded by killers, criminals, a sadistic foreman and twisted overseer, our protagonist must
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Frank Dorrian
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been meaning to try some of Rob Hayes' books for a few years, but as I'm both extremely busy with work/gym/home and my own writing, and also a very very slow reader, I've only just got round to it with Along the Razor’s Edge.

I have to say, I'm not disappointed, and also pleasantly surprised. I have a thing for gritty, 1st person narratives, but I'm extremely picky with them, and at first I thought this wasn't going to be for me. I was swiftly proven wrong on that.

Along the Razor’s Edge is
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Martin Owton
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Martin Ashwood
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. It belongs in that category of fantasy books you'd recommend even to people who say they hate fantasy "because it's just elves and sh*t." If you have one of those at work, or in your family or anywhere else where they snicker at your bookshelf or Kindle list, you just give 'em one of these. Because for the life of me I cannot think of the last book where fantasy themes and raw, human emotional drama were this intertwined. You simply couldn't tell a story with characters ...more
Sue Tingey
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent Along the Razor’s Edge by the author for an honest review.

As young child a Eskara is plucked from her family and home to be taken to the empire’s sourcerers’ academy to be trained as a weapon against the empire’s enemies using her, perhaps unenviable, ability to conjure fantastical powers through ingesting magical “sources”.

This novel is written from the introspective point of view of the main character Eskara and she begins with the fall of the empire she and her friend Josef have
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Rhian
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an alpha reader I’ve been waiting With great anticipation for this to land for some time.

Along The Razor’s Edge is a full of very interesting likeable characters but, in typical Hayes fashion, they range from shades of grey to very dark. You’ll certainly meet some intriguing people along the way and Hayes’ development of the characters is excellent.

The plot was not all what I might have expected, set in a very limited space with just hints at the wider world beyond, so this story is really
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Ben Brown
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arc supplied in exchange for an honest review.
Yep absolutely loved this.

Welcome to the pit, a horrifying labour mine deep underground where inmates are just as likely to be killed by fellow prisoners as their foreman.

The fully fleshed out and thoughtful magic system works really well and flashbacks offer interesting back story which help cement character relationships. The characters are very human and easy to empathise with, even if their decisions are often morally suspect.

It is exciting,
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Arthur Fortune
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Mistborn meets Prison Break if Mark Lawrence were to write it.”

That would definitely be the elevator pitch I would use if I only had 30 seconds to convince someone to read this book. Fortunately if you’re on Goodreads you probably have more than 30 seconds and it would be redundant of me to repeat what the other 5 star reviews have already said. It would keep me from my next great read (hopefully the ARC of book 2) and you from getting started on reading book 1.

*I was given an advanced ebook
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Maxine Robinson
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so good. Will get a review up soon.
Stephen Mitchell
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a ARC copy of this book, but my review is honest as I can be.

Rob J. Hayes has become one of my favourite independent authors out there, this book continued to amaze me.

I enjoyed the characters that we met and the story was intriguing, I enjoyed the fact that lots of information was dropped in but left up to our imaginations, hopefully more will come in later books explaining everything. I womt say too much in case of spoilers but I want to read more about sourcerers and their magic.
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Paul
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the setup and it was one of the quickest second half reads I’ve had in awhile. Hayes does a great job breaking up the worldbuilding into a series of flashbacks at the beginning of most of the chapters. It’s spread out so it adds to the mystery and depth of the magic system and this badass character.

Read Along the Razor’s Edge for a sinister tale of revenge in a deep hole where the inmates are supposed to be forgotten.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Rob J. Hayes was born somewhere south of the cockney wastelands in a small town called Basingstoke. He grew up with all the usual boy toys including Lego, Star Wars figures (complete with working lightsaber action) and plenty of Transformers. Playing with these toys inspired his imagination and as soon as
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