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Juggler's Blade
     

Juggler's Blade

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by Rob Ross
 

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What if the gift of magic marked you as damned?
Ian is a young juggler apprenticed to his uncle, until he develops powers that brand him Accursed.
Hunted by the immortal Heralds, he is taken underground by other Accursed with the ability to manipulate the forces of shadow, motion, cold and even gravity itself. Forced to live like a thief, Ian learns to harness

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What if the gift of magic marked you as damned?
Ian is a young juggler apprenticed to his uncle, until he develops powers that brand him Accursed.
Hunted by the immortal Heralds, he is taken underground by other Accursed with the ability to manipulate the forces of shadow, motion, cold and even gravity itself. Forced to live like a thief, Ian learns to harness his blasphemous power, waiting for the chance to strike back at his oppressors.
And, perhaps, to expose their thousand year old lie.
Juggler�s Blade is a fast-paced fantasy adventure, and the first book in the Juggler�s trilogy.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016768700
Publisher:
A Few Good Books Publishing
Publication date:
06/19/2013
Series:
The Juggler Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
194 KB

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Juggler's Blade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Juggler's Blade is a gripping and superbly written fantasy. It is also the  first book in the Juggler’s Trilogy. The book starts out with Ian, a young showman, juggling before an audience. He was about to be hit by one of his juggling objects when it suddenly righted itself. The young juggler couldn’t understand how this could have possibly have happened, but his Uncle Farley, his guardian, did.  Ian was a D’Natai, and he inadvertently released his magic. The D’Natai  were people of magic; they were also the people hunted by the Immortals. Ian’s life was now in danger. The rulers of the land strictly forbade any use of D'Natai magic. Once it was released, those accursed people were hunted, stripped of their powers and made into slaves for the Immortal Heralds. Ian didn't know that he was a D’natai, but that sobering fact became crystal clear when Herald Isidore burned his Uncle to death because his Uncle refused to give up his whereabouts. Jolland, a D'Natai and a friend of  Ian's Uncle, took the young man under  her care knowing that he had no one else to protect him. She led him down into the sewers where his new home would be and introduced him to the pact, his new family. Jolland's mission was to save and gather as many D'Natai as she could; making up and scattering packs around the world. Della, the pack leader, had a different mission in mind. She wanted revenge. And as soon as Ian and her pact were trained she was declaring war on the Immortals. This story gripped me from the very first page. Juggler’s Blade is a meticulously plotted and expertly written, complex fantasy. The story ends, however, with questions; so if you don't mind waiting until book two is released, then the Juggler's Blade is for you.  I would highly recommend giving this intriguing fantasy a read. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don’t often read fantasy novels but I’m glad I read this one. The opening chapter pulled me in with its action and hints of more ahead, and the plot raced along, spiced by several sub-plots. But the book offers more than plot: Rob Ross has given his readers interesting characters on both sides of the Good/Evil divide that he creates. I hope to learn something new about the real world from each novel I read, and as it sped along Juggler’s Blade gave me fascinating glimpses into the juggler’s art. (Is Rob Ross a juggler himself?) In this coming-of-age story set in a grim world, fifteen-year old Ian lives in a nation, Lodric, dominated by evil. In the legend-shrouded past Lodric’s citizens saved themselves from physical annihilation by making a bargain that begat spiritual annihilation. Ian faces a choice that would be familiar to anyone living under a brutal dictatorship in our own world: Whether to hide from evil, putting preservation of self and family first or to risk everything by attacking evil head-on. I didn’t discover the book’s glossary until I found it after reading the epilogue. That led me to realize what a skilful job Ross does of building his fantasy world, brick by brick, as he tells the tale. Since fantasy is not familiar territory to me, I attribute my effortless comprehension to Ross’ writing craftsmanship. Another strength of Juggler’s Blade is that Ross produces a compelling read without salting the plot with random sexual escapades or violence for its own sake, crutches that too many genre writers use to keep readers turning the pages. Speaking of page-turning, I’m anxious to get the second volume. Hurry up, Rob Ross! Posted by Doug Norton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Juggler’s Blade had me hooked from beginning to end. When young juggler and showman Ian discovers he is one of the Accursed, the name for those who possess magical powers, everything he believes about himself and the world he lives in changes in an instant. Rob Ross has written a richly detailed coming of age fantasy that has some humor, adventure, and some very poignant scenes as well. The characters are well drawn, especially Ian and a couple of the other members of his Pack, a small group of Accursed operating together who become Ian’s trainers and his friends. They hide in the sewers of the capital city, surviving by their wits and thieving skills, always avoiding the attention of the Heralds, the immortals who rule their world and have sworn to hunt down and control all of the Accursed. Ian is soon faced with a choice: to live in fear and hide in the shadows, or to take a stand and fight. His choice has consequences, for himself and those he cares about. This was a fun, action-packed read. Fantasy fans looking for great world building and memorable characters will want to check it out. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
NewtLove More than 1 year ago
Juggler's Blade is a strong coming-of-age tale of honor against all odds. A young boy/man, Ian, has lost his parents, so his uncle took him under wing, teaching Ian to be a master juggler and showman. Ian and his uncle discover that Ian is also the one of The Accursed, people with the ability to manipulate the forces of shadow, motion, cold and even gravity itself. The Uncle dies protecting Ian from the immortal Heralds, a small group of Accursed who discovered centuries earlier that they can collect and channel the powers of The Accursed and use them for their own purposes, including being immortal. Against all odds, Ian and his small cell of Accursed declare war on The Heralds. In this first book of this trilogy, Ian and his compatriots are able to strike a master stroke against the reigning Heralds. While exciting, it actually served to draw the attention of entire band of Heralds. Ian and his friends are now in trouble... big trouble. This is not a nice and easy fantasy. This is a tale of true grit. People take chances for good causes. Some people live to tell their tale. Others do not. If it weren't important to live free, then nobody would challenge the powers that be that have enslaved The Accursed to get the power to rule the earth, including those innocent bystanders who are kin to The Accursed. Too much power has been concentrated in the hands of The immortal Heralds, and it has to change, or Ian and his comrades will die trying.