- Title: The Shard
- Author: Ted Cross
- ISBN: 9780990987734
- Page: 345
- Format: Paperback
A dying king A mysterious invader The seer s vision was clear find the lost shard from the Spire of Peace or the realm would drown in blood.The problem eight hundred years ago the elven hero Kathkalan took the shard with him into the lair of the most vicious dragon ever known to mankindd he never returned.Reluctantly drafted to lead the quest is the minor noble MiA dying king A mysterious invader The seer s vision was clear find the lost shard from the Spire of Peace or the realm would drown in blood.The problem eight hundred years ago the elven hero Kathkalan took the shard with him into the lair of the most vicious dragon ever known to mankindd he never returned.Reluctantly drafted to lead the quest is the minor noble Midas, torn between his duty to the realm and the desire to protect his sons With an unlikely band of heroes, including two elderly rangers and a young tinker s son, Midas must risk losing everything he loves if he is to locate the shard and save the Known Lands.
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I read a lot of epic fantasy and it’s hard for me to be impressed with what I read, but The Shard took me by surprise on many levels. It’s not the first novel by Ted Cross that I’ve read (the first was The Immortality Game, a cyberpunk technothriller, a terrific read, by the way), and I thought The Shard just couldn’t be better than TIG. Well, now I don’t know which one I love more, because while TIG is full of action, The Shard has both action and a lot more. Let’s start with Midas, [...]
Just wanted to say up front to anyone who reads this that this book was my personal homage to my old D&D days. Don't read this book if you are one who never wishes to read another derivative fantasy again. I'm all for great new twists, but I purposely wrote this book in a D&D-style world because it was always my dream to do so, since no one was writing D&D books the way I wanted them to be--gritty and realistic, as if someone like George RR Martin were writing them.So this book is fo [...]
This review was part of Mark Lawrence's Great Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off.Like the previous book, there was a lot of love poured into the editing and formatting of this one, which really made it shine. It also reads like a homage to D&D. It’s an epic fantasy quest, complete with goblins and elves and wizards and all that. Maybe it’ll feel a little done before, and yeah, it is, but Cross really puts his own spin on things.The writing is tight and flowing, the world is well realized, a [...]
Stunning fantasy. Cross is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. He weaves such a well thought out and fantastical novel that I struggle to put his books down. My favorite character here is Midas, a nobleman with a strong and caring heart, who struggles like all mortal men and who sees the world before him with persevering clarity. The hardships he endures strengthen him as a man, a father and as a character we consistently root for. The reader finds themselves more and more invested in him [...]
Epic fantasy full of adventure, fights, blood and gore, love, friendship, hope and desperation.Meet elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, dragons, wizards and humans.As soon as I find time, I will write a review.
I received a copy of this E-Book from the author for an honest review This is possibly one of the best fantasy stories I’ve read to date.The story that the author created was put together so creatively and it moved so smoothly that I don’t really have any negative judgment about it.Normally when I read a fantasy book, I notice elements of external media influences and other types of influences, be that a video game, film, etc, that normally kicks my review or my enjoyment of the book down a [...]
This was an impulse download. I had just given His Dark Materials to a youngster and other-worldliness was in my mind.I am not a lover of fantasy, so that makes these 5 stars especially well-deserved.One strength of the novel, first of a series, is the convincing and sympathetic character, Midas. He isn't even a king, a fact I liked. He is a father, the vicissitudes of his sons and the dilemmas of his fathering being no mean part of the narrative.This is a classic fantasy, with a wizard, magic p [...]
Overall, this is a great book. Set in a fully fleshed out world and sprinkled with believable characters. The Shard is perfect for someone who just wants to sit down and lose themselves in a story. Even though this book is a quick read (I received an advance copy and have already read it three times), it is packed with action, adventure, and other tidbits for nearly any reader. The world of The Shard brings to mind similarities to Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series or the Shannara ser [...]
5/5Can I just say this is epic, beyond epic!Gosh, so much goes on with the story, yet it's just enough and not overly complicated for you to keep up with. The pace was set accordingly and I didn't feel lost while reading through the various narratives. What I loved most about this epic fantasy is that it brought a sense of adventure and suspense--it was a quest. I may have been blindsided with the twists and turns, but I did catch on to some of them! (Trying not to spoil this gem at all!)The sto [...]
This book definitely is your classic epic fantasy tale. It could hold its own next to Tolkien, and not only hold its own, but, I'm getting ahead of myself.Extensive world building, detailed descriptions of landscape and people, even horses (who even have names.) The dwarves refuse to ride on horseback and are the best weaponsmiths, rivaled only by the elves, who are ethereal and beautiful and hide away in their woods not wanting to interfere in mortal matters. So far, familiar epic fantasy groun [...]
A book with a lot of details and equally good action.Great story. A bit slow to start, but definitely picked up pace later.A few thoughts, the repeated change of perspective lead to a lot of frustration at the start, before every character was at the same place.Also, even though the action was good, it felt a little stretched. Although it is understandable, that to set the background and foundation of a novel, some amount of pages must go in building up the settings. In this book, however, that [...]
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