When a series of gruesome rituals are discovered in the icy hinterlands of Albyn, three of the realm's most storied guardians are sent to track down and bring those responsible to justice.
Lord Bradon, veteran commander and warrior, driven by his unabating love for a woman forever beyond his reach. Sir Killock, a Templar knight more at home in the endless wilderness than in any castle or court. The paragon Danielle d'Lavandou, heir to the Martyr's Blade, a legendary weapon guarded by her ancestors for generations.
What they uncover is far more than simple murder: a terrifying threat to all the realms of mankind, thought sealed away so long ago that it now exists only as legend.
The fate of her friends, and of the entire kingdom, rests in Danielle's hands. Will she be able to wield the Martyr's Blade when it is most needed, and what sacrifice will it demand, this time?
As crown and temple clash over control of the Blade, Danielle must decide if she will sacrifice life, friendship, and even love, to defy the coming darkness.
A tale of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice, The Martyr's Blade has earned critical praise for its epic story of enduring characters and the stunning world in which they live.
Manners fashions a tasty fantasy. ~Publishers Weekly
This is a book I want to hand to everyone I love and say, "Here, read this. Don't ask me any questions. Just do it." If you are a fantasy/sci-fi lover with a healthy love of adventure and romance of the best kind, you will not regret this investment. ~San Francisco Book Review
The Martyr's Blade welcomes readers into an incredibly dense and meticulously crafted world that becomes more enrapturing with every chapter. ~SPR
It is an exceptional debut novel, and a great fantasy novel in general. Definitely worth a read. ~Portland Book Review
Manners' writing style is impeccable. His descriptions were vivid, his characters were colorful and engaging, and his plot was captivating, suspenseful and filled with action. ~Readerviews
Manners takes his time to craft the intricacies of every player, not leaving any character unfinished. That attention to detail also carries on to the descriptions, with his prose rivaling the beauty of poetry in certain moments, transporting readers to the stunning world that he has created. One can almost hear the whistle of swinging swords, and feel the icy chill of the barren landscapes. ~SPR
This is fantasy fiction you can sink your teeth into. ~San Francisco Book Review
Author Joel Manners creates an amazing world here, vivid and believable, based in our reality but just different enough to tease and excite the senses. He serves up a full sensory experience, providing detailed scenery, sounds and smells to bring us right into his magical realm. He populates this world with diverse people who look and sound different; and he uses this diversity to great effect, providing heroes and heroines that make and break the molds. ~San Francisco Book Review
An epic fantasy in the style of J.R.R. Tolkien, with a dash of George R.R. Martin's brutal realism. ~Portland Book Review
The scale of the novel, which includes countless side plots, character tangles and betrayals, is undeniably ambitious. Even so, Manners pulls it off with impressive flair and sensitivity, balancing the swordplay and action with edge-of-your-seat suspense and meaningful dialogue. ~SPR
An epic fantasy read that the audience will find very difficult to put down. ~Readerviews
The story is distinctly new, and boldly pushes on certain boundaries of the genre that should make dedicated fantasy readers perk up and pay attention. ~SPR
Joel Manners does an excellent job of perpetuating excitement for his readers, and not being afraid of putting his characters in real danger, making for a visceral and emotionally wrenching read. Capturing readers' hearts so quickly is no easy feat in the fickle world of fantasy fans, but The Martyr's Blade should appeal to all lovers of this genre, both old and new. ~SPR
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Joel Manners has created rich worlds and memorable characters in video games for more than 30 years. He brings his talent for storytelling to the epic fantasy genre in his debut novel, The Martyr’s Blade. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife and two boys. And this dog his wife made them get, but honestly, she’s pretty sweet. The dog. His wife too. Although he suspects that might change if she sees this.Review:
"Manners fashions a tasty fantasy." ~Publishers Weekly
"4.5 out of 5 stars. This is fantasy fiction you can sink your teeth into ... a book I want to hand to everyone I love and say, 'Here, read this. Don't ask me any questions. Just do it.' If you are a fantasy/sci-fi lover with a healthy love of adventure and romance of the best kind, you will not regret this investment." ~San Francisco Book Review
"4 out of 5 stars. ... an epic fantasy in the style of JRR Tolkien, with a dash of George R. R. Martin's brutal realism ... an exceptional debut novel, and a great fantasy novel in general. Definitely worth a read." ~Portland Book Review
"5 out of 5 Stars. The Martyr's Blade welcomes readers into an incredibly dense and meticulously crafted world that becomes more enrapturing with every chapter. The world-crafting on display in this novel, particularly in the complexity of the plot and the thorough development of each character, makes this an epic tale from the very start, and something very special in the genre. The only real problem is the difficulty one will have trying to put the book down." ~Self-Publishing Review
"4 out of 5 stars. THE MARTYR'S BLADE is a cohesive and exciting debut novel in the classic sword and sorcery style that starts this promising series. ... With plenty of swordplay and magic, THE MARTYR'S BLADE is an enjoyable read that follows many of the genre's conventions, but still keeps the characters at the center of the story." ~ IndieReader
"5 out of 5 stars. Manners' writing style is impeccable. His descriptions were vivid, his characters were colorful and engaging, and his plot was captivating, suspenseful and filled with action. ... an impressive first novel worthy of five out of five stars as an epic fantasy read that the audience will find very difficult to put down. Manners has definitely won me over personally, as a fan that will wait impatiently for the next book in this series." ~Reader Views
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Book Description Colquhoun Books, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M099725940X
Book Description Colquhoun Books, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 598 pages. 8.43x5.85x0.73 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk099725940X