{Free Audible} The ShardAuthor Ted Cross – Albawater.co

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


10 thoughts on “The Shard

  1. Ivan Amberlake Ivan Amberlake 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 action and a lotLet s start with Midas, such a comp 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 action and a lotLet s start with Midas, such a complex character A few years prior to the events described in the book, he suffered a terrible loss when his son was killed by a troll When a few people are found dead andbad news comes that there s might be a war between men and elves, Midas has to decide whether to take his other two teenage sons with him to war, or what his wife Rina wants leave them behind Midas is a strong character, and takes decisions even though he knows he may regret them later His two sons, Alekas and Antos, well, I loved reading about them especially, when Geldrath joined them Both of them take after his father, fearless and ready to take action Not for a moment do they retreat when they find themselves in danger Geldrath is another of my favorite characters Leaving his home to serve a two year duty was hard for him He looked forward to seeing his brother who had left his home some time before, but not everything happens in life as you hope it would Helped by a company of dwarves, Geldrath becomesmature and experienced in fighting, something that would help him in the near future Oh, I think I can go on and on, but there are so many other great characters out there Edo and Orcbait, two rangers, also play a significant part in the story They travel far to find allies to fight against an army that unleashed havoc in the nearby territories, an army that is so relentless that only if men, elves and dwarves unite and find the lost shard from the Spire of Peace, the Known Lands may be saved When I said that The Shard is full of action and a lot , I meant there s love, love of a father who never knows if he s made the right decision by taking his two sons to war, love of two sons who always follow their father and are proud of him The Shard is a thrilling unpredictable adventure that takes you to lots of places and makes you guess as to what is going to happen next The imagery is brilliant I think it would make a terrific movie Oh, I d love to see that dragon I d like to thank the author for such a thrilling journey I rarely write long reviews, but this time I thought I needed to share my thoughts By the way, The Shard will appeal both to young adult and adult readers, and most certainly to fans of epic fantasy


  2. Ted Cross Ted Cross 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 Martin were writing them.So this book is for a niche au Just wanted to say up front to anyone who reads this that this book was my personal homage to my old DD 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 DD style world because it was always my dream to do so, since no one was writing DD 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 for a niche audience, and there is no need to come bash it for being exactly what I wanted it to be Thank you.Note You have my permission to print out the map in order to be able toeasily follow the story You can find it here click on it to enlarge


  3. Sarah Sarah 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 tight and flowing, the world is well realized, and the q 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 DD 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, and the quest is absolutely addicting The central cast of characters is fantastic to follow Occasionally personalities kind of merge together, but not often This is one of those novels that will bring you back to those days where you sat around the kitchen table library table, in my case and played DD with a bunch of friends.The Shard is addicting and fun in its own right, but it really is a homagethan something that will absolutely blow your mind Is that a bad thing No, but it s probably something you ll want to be in the mood for if that makes sense There s a lot of passion and heart here In the end, there really is something to say about a book that you can just sit down and enjoy without really having to pick it apart.http www.bookwormblues.net 2015 04


  4. Scott Toney Scott Toney 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 finds themselvesandinvested in him 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 themselvesandinvested in him and the world around him The other characters in this book are equally as engrossing and entertaining I finish the read wanting to know where Cross will go next and hoping that he revisits this realm The best part of The Shard is towards the end I want to give it away so badly, but I will refrain It shows the brilliance of Cross mind I am a reader and fan for life


  5. edifanob edifanob 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. Joseph Joseph 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 review or my enjoyment of the book down a not 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 notch, because I start thinking about characters or scenery and lose creative imaginational pleasure from the book.In this story everything felt so fresh I mean, yes it was your High Epic Fantasy that involved wizards and dragons, Long journeys into lush forests and castles, but even then the author added extra elements, which made the journey fun and thrilling to a person who enjoys Fantasy books and stories.I think I have stated on the blog before that I am a huge fan of Tolkien s work, I also really enjoyed the LOTR films that Peter Jackson created The Shard has honestly topped The Fellowship of the Ring for me in terms of detail and the character development within the book.The stories are on par with each other to me though haha.Just to add in Yes it did remind me a little of a mash between LOTR and The Hobbit, but I was able to push those pieces back and imagine this story without falter The story itself is full of so many different settings and feelings Action is a huge substance within this book, of course, but it is sweetly and superbly counter acted with doses of reality and honest love from each character.As the book was separated into three or four of the main characters POV s, I felt very aware of the surroundings and the actual pace of the story so for example instead of it jumping wildly to night or day between characters, the transitions would be scripted and allowing for the time to pass if a character who hasn t been relevant for a few chapters to still exist properly in the same time zones instead of doing silly flashback sequences and 2 days prior situations.Which increased the realistic values of this story dramatically How the author wrote and chose his words really helped impact this book to a five star review.The entire book was beautifully described and awesomely paced, it was a definite quick read, though I do have to add here that during the time I read it I was super ill so it took me stupidly long to read it Bright lights and headaches apparently don t go together, who d of thunk it Another thing that helped a lot with the story was the map that the author sent me a copy of As many Fantasy books, The Shard had a bunch of cities, areas, forests with sometimes complicated names to remember.The map was an amazing help and such a fun add on More books should come with a downloadable code on the back or a fold out map that allows you to follow the journey of the companions you re reading about this added a ton of fun while reading, it generally made me feelimmersed and attached to these characters Thank you to the author for sending me a file for that To quickly add in.That Intro The intro for this book was possibly the first time I ve had to re read an intro to fully understand what had happened because it happened so quickly that I had no time to process it.Kudos to the author.Now for the characters I won t go into detail about all the characters, as there were quite a few.So Instead I m going to write a short paragraph about three of them First off we have Midas the Lord of Welby even though he may be a small time lord, Midas has connections towards the highest nobles in the Known Lands.Midas to me is the ultimate father figure caring, smart, strong, emotional and understanding.His compassion towards his sons, the people who lived on and around his lands and external people such as the elves, dwarves and other lords was unquestioned and powerful.The next character I want to discuss is Alvanaria.I really liked her Alvanaria is an Elf who joins Midas s companions on their journey to find The Shard she slowly became one of my favourite characters in this book.She had a awesome sense of humour, deep compassion, respect and understanding of situations that sometimes other Fantasy books fail to capture for example there was a scene which followed the company travelling through Battle Wood, which was a Dwarven, Elven and Orc battlefield, now a burial ground, while walking through Alvanaria and Geldrath discuss how she knows some of the deceased in this woods I really did like this scene as it showed how someone who is a skilled warrior and has a strong willed heart can be easily hurt and holds deep pain.I did enjoy her relationship with Midas, especially the way that they spoke to each other, making it aintellectual friendship then just having fun.She is also pretty damn Badass The last character I am going to talk about is Edo Edo is a ranger from the East Gate, it doesn t really discuss how old he is, but I would guess he s around his late 40 s or early 50 s, as he is older than other rangers but younger than Orcbait His best friend.Edo s character to me was a tricky one to figure out honestly I thought he was going to be a bit mischievous and trickster like, but as his chapters went on he became this loyal, honest, gripping character who I was rooting for till the end He And Orcbait, you can t have one without the other became my favourite character s just because on how interesting their stories were.Overall,This story was one of the best Fantasies I ve opened in a long long time The story was strong, driven and to the point The characters were believable, loveable, fun and gripping I liked this book, if you didn t guess already.I m hoping there s going to be some sort of continuation to this book, as I wantAlvanaria and Geldrath and Midas and the rest DIf you are into Fantasy books with Wizards, Elves, Dragons andcheck this book out because you will not be disappointed A massive thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this E Book And a huge thanks to you for reading this See ya on the flip side guys Joe


  7. Rosalind Minett Rosalind Minett 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 a classic fantasy, with a wizard, magic p 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 powers, a precious shard to desire and protect, and an on going desperate conflict Humans are not the only walking, thinking, speaking species but merely one arm of an earlier form that broke into orcs, dwarves, goblins and the most superior beings elves I particularly loved the importance of the trees, essential to elves At one point they send out their own form of defence Like other authorly devices, this is imaginable and effective.This is a long novel, well written, and divided into chapters from different points of view The characters are well developed.The position of the elves heightens the drama In Alvanaria, Cross has created a character who can stand for the perfect woman somewhat unattainable, pure, loving, beautiful and subtly powerful I imagine Alvanaria s actions will colour the later books in this series.If Lord of the Rings is important to you, you ll love The Shard


  8. Alex Alex 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 and Thorn series or the Shannara ser 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 series by Terry Brooks I m a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons,and this story was like a perfect gaming adventure Rare for a new author, Ted Cross also managed to bring out the personalities and emotions of both his main and side characters This is a fantasy novel which I truly enjoyed reading I think it would feel right at home beside classics like Tolkien, Martin, or McKiernan


  9. Rob Andrews Rob Andrews 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 and their world become familiar 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 and their world become familiar to the reader, you are swept along on an epic collision course between two ancient adversaries with a shared and completely unexpected origin Little is as it first appears and Ted Cross builds upon an existing genre in ways that make it better and bring a strong sense of a balance and order of the universe to the proceedings within his fantasy realm This is no simple good vs evil story and the characters are emotional and unmistakably human in their traverse of the challenges that are laid before them Ted writes with a fine eye for detail and I was able to conjure vivid imagery of the scenes he artfully crafts and invites us to experience alongside his enjoyable cast of characters If you ever wanted to know what life might be like in a D D world, this book will take you along for the ride Off to read Lord Fish


  10. Terri Terri 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 fast BUT then narrator Rosa B 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 fast BUT then narrator Rosa B Watkinson settled into a good rhythm and after that and I was able to enjoy her lovely vocal representations and this wonderful story.I will be definitely checking out the next book in the series