Thursday, November 27, 2014

Straight Reading from the Library: Citadel of Fire by Matthew Wolf

We love fantasy at The Library, so were pleased to have the chance to review CITADELS OF FIRE by Matthew Wolf as part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Matthew will be awarding a swag pack consisting of a high-quality mousepad with cover art for Ronin Saga, an R/S T-shirt, and a R/S baseball cap to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a GRAND PRIZE of a autographed hardcover of The Knife's Edge as well as a swag pack consisting of a high-quality mousepad with cover art for Ronin Saga, an R/S T-shirt, and a R/S baseball cap to a randomly drawn winner also via rafflcopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Seventeen-year old Gray is descended from a legendary hero known as a Ronin and haunted by his forgotten past. He returns home to a wizards' keep, unaware he is now labeled a murderous traitor for killing his best friend.

Now he must cross a dangerous desert full of thieves, mythical beasts, and other magical unknowns, all to return to a home that may be his demise. At the same time, a poisonous evil seeks to convert the world to their dark mantra, "strength is life, weakness death."

Gray may have hero's blood in his veins, but how can one kill a belief?


If you are a fan of sweeping epic fantasy, then this is a series you definitely need to check out. CITADEL OF FIRE is the second book in the series, but it is not necessary that you read the first one to enjoy this one. The reader did not read the first, and I enjoyed this book very much... so much I have already bought the first book so I can read the backstory.

The characters (and there are many) are well-drawn, and the action sequences are spot on--even though it's a long book (500+ pages), it's a quick read and Mr. Wolf really pulled this reader into the story--so much I stayed up way too late reading it!

It's a classic story of good vs. evil, dark vs. light--with enough characters who are shades of grey to keep you not completely sure where they stood in the story. I enjoy characters who keep you guessing which way they will go.

This is a projected 9 part saga--I'm looking forward to reading more of this series-- it reminds me of LOTR combined with Wheel of Time... not a bad combination at all! 4 stars.


Matthew Wolf is the author of the Ronin Saga. Or maybe he's a Ronin. Either way, he's involved somehow. Aside from epic fantasy, he enjoys woodcrafting, outdoors, a bit of a health nut (Kale is good!), and trains in Kung Fu.

His childhood of traveling the world and studying Old English and Japanese influenced the schemes of the Saga, and the world of Daerval. He is a graduate from UCSB with a Literature degree with a specialization in Medieval Literature and Japanese.


Buy Citadel of Fire, Book two at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Buy the first book, The Knife's Edge, at Amazon or Barnes and Noble


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  1. Matt...Old English? That was like my WORST subject in graduate school. I had so much trouble with it...about as much as I would have with Japanese! LOL.

  2. Thanks all, hope you enjoy! @Cathy Yes indeed, OE was just as tough for me. In fact, I got a B in my first class, (the bare minimum to qualify for my upper division OE classes), and I remember wiping the sweat from my brow with satisfaction, thinking "thank goodness I got out of that alive." But after class, my professor approached me and insisted I try 201, saying "you passed with flying colors!" Firstly, I wasn't aware a B was flying colors, but encouraged by compliments, I signed up. Yet as I walked into class that day, I saw there were only 8 other students in the small oval room, all grad students and most of which who were writing their thesis on languages. I guess in the end, however, perseverance paid off--I pilfered as much as I could, Japanese included, and found a pretty cool story along the way.