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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 bloodThe 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 mankindand he never returnedReluctantly 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 [Ebook] ➨ I Blame The Scapegoats Author John O& – Lavons.co.uk torn between his duty to the realm and the desire to protect his sons With an unlikely band of heroes [Reading] ➾ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne – Lavons.co.uk including two elderly rangers and a young tinker s son [Download] ➵ Gagged Author Richard Asplin – Lavons.co.uk Midas must risk losing everything he loves if he is to locate the shard and save the Known Lands The Shard


About the Author: Ted Cross

Ted Cross is from Arizona and has spent the past two decades traveling the world as a diplomat, all the time dreaming about writing fantasy and science fiction He s visited nearly forty countries and lived in nine, including the U.S., Russia, China, Croatia, Iceland, Hungary, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, and Italy He s witnessed coup attempts, mafia and terrorist attacks, played chess with several world champions, and had bit parts in a couple of movies He is married with two sons and currently lives in Rome, Italy.



10 thoughts on “The Shard

  1. says:

    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 , because while TIG is full of action, The Shard has both act


  2. says:

    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


  3. says:

    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 tig


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    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.


  6. says:

    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


  7. says:

    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


  8. says:

    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 a


  9. says:

    I just finished this book, having read The Immortality Game and loving that too Ted Cross tells us on the book s home page that it is a Dungeons and Dragons story and derivative fantasy and yet the story is so muchHe breathes life into a well imagined world, a world he unveils as the characters experience it and he adds twists to some common themes with the same breathtaking creativity that was in evidence in the Immortality Game As the cast of characters an


  10. says:

    audiobook A beautiful day marred by an argument with the wife, followed by a slaughter in the woods, and then things really get exciting This story is told from the POV of three very different characters following their normal paths until the lives of all are threatened Ted Cross character development, plot and world building are well done Sadly, the narration threw me off for the first few chapters Her rhythm seemed off, one minute too slow and the next too fa


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