Eternal Knight [NOOK Book]

Overview

Trees die, crops wither, wombs are barren--the Wasting is devastating the world. And now, cannibal raiders have struck the forest refuge of Long Meadow. A huntress, Hadde of Landomere, bears the impossible burden of protecting and providing for her people. With no hope remaining for the survival of Long Meadow, Hadde sets off to seek aid from the distant kingdom of Salador.

Unlike Hadde's egalitarian homeland, Salador is a highly stratified, male-dominated world of politics, ...

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Eternal Knight

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Overview

Trees die, crops wither, wombs are barren--the Wasting is devastating the world. And now, cannibal raiders have struck the forest refuge of Long Meadow. A huntress, Hadde of Landomere, bears the impossible burden of protecting and providing for her people. With no hope remaining for the survival of Long Meadow, Hadde sets off to seek aid from the distant kingdom of Salador.

Unlike Hadde's egalitarian homeland, Salador is a highly stratified, male-dominated world of politics, war, and deceit, teeming with its own problems. When King Boradin comes to believe Hadde is part of a prophecy that will end the Wasting, he refuses her request for aid and bars her from returning home. Hadde’s only ally is the king’s brother and political rival, Morin.

When scheming turns to violence, Hadde and Morin flee the king in a desperate quest to end the Wasting before it is too late.

Eternal Knight is the first book in The Orb series.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011288845
  • Publisher: Matt Heppe
  • Publication date: 4/17/2011
  • Series: Orb , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 53,583
  • File size: 661 KB

Meet the Author

Matt Heppe lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and daughter. He teaches economics and military history, and in his free time makes traditional longbows. He is a United States Army veteran, having served in Germany and the Middle East as a UH-60 pilot. He is currently writing the sequel to Child of the Knight.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Avidfantasyreader

    827 nook pages. Gripping story of an outsider and a women at that who is out to save the world. Old theme. Exceptional take on this theme though. Magic, swordfights, immortals, and a huge war to conclude it, before a suprise twist to end the book. I highly recommend

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    For Fans of The Hunger Games Trilogy

    From the first page, Eternal Knight grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. Heppe's first effort is captivating, complex, and intelligent. Unlike many fantasy novels, Heppe sticks to the rules he puts in place for his universe and fully develops its vast cast. The battles are epic, the creatures intriguing and the love storyline doesn't steal the show.

    A must read. Now only if the second and third books in this planned trilogy were already written and published!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Realistic Fantasy

    One of my favorite things about George R.R. Martin's Fire and Ice series is the high degree of realism for a traditional fantasy. It seems to be a new buzzword; more and more fantasy book jackets are bragging about "gritty realism". Well, I'm not sure that most of them accomplish it, but Eternal Knight does. Seldom do you find a female protagonist who doesn't kick everyone's butt like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Xena the Warrior Princess--and yet she's still a compelling character. Seldom do you find a system of magic in a fantasy novel that doesn't quickly devolve into super-wizards hurling around mountains (read: Wheel of Time). In Eternal Knight, the magic matters, but it's not the cure-all and might even cause more harm than good. If you like dark, intriguing fantasy, good clean plotting, and the cold bite of realism, then Eternal Knight is for you!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Unbelievable... and not just because I know him!

    Knowing the author made this book even more incredible than it already is; when I purchased the book, I expected the more or less a fantastic adventure (as a genre not adjective) with a twist or two that is to be expected with any author. However, Eternal Knight is more than that. The entire book takes on a life that too many books fail to create, with everything from characterization to setting and more minor details like pacing, style, etc.
    I was really really impressed (to the point I'm writing a review, without any incentive other than to get people to read this) and personally it's one of my new favorite books. I think some the greatest aspects of this book are a credit to the author: a man who understands combat, loves military and non-military history, and understands the most dismal of sciences (in a good way). His depictions of combat rival that of military historians while his ability to convey the "real" world through words puts Adam Smith to shame.
    This book isn't perfect. That's true, but nothing ever is, and while I would have liked more description at some points and a longer build to the climax (not to mention a longer resolution) most of the criticism stems from my disappointment that I already finished the book and have to wait until the next one is written.
    All in all, read the book! Matt Heppe is a fantastic author who needs the support to continue to writing books like this and hopefully this review gets at least one person to buy it, read it, and pass on the word, because then I'd have done my part.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    An action packed book that keeps you enthralled!

    I actually had the pleasure of proofing this novel for Matt Heppe and even with my classes and job, I found that I was putting off my work load to sit and read this book. The beginning of the book starts out with an action packed fighting scene and the author brings you into the forest with his incredible imagery. Hadde goes through the most fascinating journeys and comes against so many twists and turns that I promise you will be sitting on the edge of you seat, not willing to put the book down until the end.
    The great thing about this novel is that it is original, so I found that I was not hearing things from other books and authors. It is a completely original novel so if your looking for something that will keep you guessing and enthralled, then I highly recommend that you buy this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Meh

    For starters there was a lot of termonology that wasn't explained such as vedan, elementars, spiridris and things like that. Basically the hunger games with magic. Ivfound it was hard to follow and harder to understand what was going on and who was talking. Personaly I didn't find that it was all that great and didn't bother finishing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Really liked

    Read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Awesome read

    Loved it......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Good read!

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Could not put the book down

    Well written, action, story held my interest from beginning to end. Cannot wait for sequel.
    The main character is a Strong, intelligent, self assured woman, who isn' t afraid of a fight and protects the innocent, and weak.
    Recommend this book & looking forward to book 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Very good

    Really enjoyed this story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    To hunger games

    #team Kattniss

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Worth reading

    Good story, with an unexpected ending...can't wait to see more from this writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Excellent

    I really enjoyed this adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    Captivating!

    I could not put this book down! Can't wait for the sequel and hopefully more reads after!

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Loved this Book!

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It is hard to believe that such well developed characters and original plot are from the imagination of a previously unpublished author. I sincerely hope Matt Heppe is working on the sequel, I want to spend more time with Hadde!

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    A Good Book Alert Review

    One of my favorite things about this book is that it starts with action, allowing the reader to experience the rich, dynamic world the author has created while learning about the characters and their history as the story unfolds. Hadde is a willful and charming main character who stays true to herself throughout the story. She's not the type to sit back and let others take care of things. On occasion, her stubbornness and naivety of life outside the forest get her into trouble, but her instincts and skill with a bow make her a formidable opponent to any who challenge her. As a huntress, Hadde must provide for the people of her village-a task that has become near impossible as the wasting spreads leaving nothing left to hunt. A mysterious discovery sparks in her a glimmer of hope that it may not be too late for the people of Long Meadow. Determined to find a way to protect them, she sets out on a journey to seek aid from King Boradin of Salador. The story became a real page-turner early on when she encounters Earl Waltas and Sir Nidon, assisting them in a fight against a shared enemy. "No good deed goes unpunished" is a lesson Hadde soon learns while in their company. Seen by the nobles as a wild woman who doesn't know her place, and treated as such, exposes her vulnerability and sets the tone for upcoming obstacles she will face while traveling in harsh foreign lands ravaged by the wasting. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, the plot would twist and turn in ways I never saw coming. I empathized with Hadde's struggles, cheered for her victories, and felt the anguish of her failures. Eternal Knight has none of your typical fantasy creatures, such as elves, dwarves, and the like, however if you enjoy vibrant fantasy settings, strong, sympathetic characters, and a hint of magic, then I recommend you give this book a try.

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    Posted March 14, 2013

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