Eternal Knight

Eternal Knight

by Matt Heppe


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461009832
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2011
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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 Eternal Knight. You can visit him on the web at:

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Eternal Knight 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
someotherbetty More than 1 year ago
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!
MikeShultz More than 1 year ago
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!
MightierthantheSword More than 1 year ago
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.
kookiimonster More than 1 year ago
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!
CherylAnne_GBA More than 1 year ago
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.
wrighton-time on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Article first published as Book Review Eternal Knight by Matt Heppe on Blogcritics.Times of great trouble seem to be tantamount in every time and place, a time of great peace often followed by a time of peril and so it goes, time after time, in place after place. In Eternal Knight by Matt Heppe, we meet a young huntress of Landomere. Sworn to protect her people and her land, Hadde holds little hope due to the wasting. Many are ill and dying, the land is parched and food is hard to find. There is bitterness and despair. After finding herself in a strange dream state during one of her hunts, she stumbles upon a magic pendant. Is this a gift from the gods? Can she sell the golden pendent and feed her people for a time? With the wasting continuing to create havoc with the land and its people, Hadde sets out with Belor another of the hunters, to seek help from the Kingdom of Salador.Attacked not long after they leave their land by strange silver-eyed warriors they are wary yet resolute. To save their people and their way of life they must reach Salador. The attack is silent and deadly, Hadde and Belor fight their way free, but not for long. Belor is mortally injured and Hadde is near capture when rescue appears, in the form of Knights of Salador. She is not sure how to react to these men, women in their kingdom are not allowed to wear armor and she appears to be an embarrassment to them. She is extremely agile with a bow, better than her rescuers, yet her weapons are removed. One knight, Earl Waltas, takes delight in belittling her.When they reach Salador, she is treated a bit unkindly. No one seems to understand her or her people. She is a huntress, a protector and yet not given the respect of her position. She tries desperately to fit in so that she can get the help of the king. Befriended by the king¿s brother, Morin he understands her confusion. Even in her short time Salador, she has made enemies. When Morin is sent on a quest to retrieve the Orb of Creation, she is along for the ride. There is fear that she could bring about the end of the kingdom and it is in her best interest to depart the kingdom and its people. The quest if fraught with danger and the silver-eyed warriors appear to be increasing. The Orb of creation is the only way to salvation of their lands. Can Hadde and Prince Morin find the Orb in time? Is it really the salvation of their times? The wasting is growing and yet it appears that there could be a correlation between that horror and the Orb. Heppe has done a great job of building a world on the edge. The wasting is a plague on the place and its people and he makes you feel the despair and hopelessness of the people. The differences in their cultures are well written and interesting. There is a great distance between the areas, and the Saladorans seem quite unaware of the culture of the clan of people from Landomere. They were not aware that a woman could be a Huntress as well and a protector, it is so very different from their own beliefs of what women should be. While some of the cruelness is from ignorance, Heppe does a great job of fleshing out the villains. Hadde is a wonderful protagonist and both brave and a bit ingenuous. The story is full of action and adventure, and some very interesting bits of magic. If you enjoy epic stories of warriors and adventure, you will certainly find your fill here. The story is quick and energetic, full of bold and courageous characters. I would recommend this for those that enjoy this genre and I look forward to more from this author.This book was received free from the author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MY e-copy has numerous blank spots in the text, enough to disrupt any enjoyment of the story!
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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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Read it
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Loved it......
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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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Really enjoyed this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, with an unexpected ending...can't wait to see more from this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this adventure.
Leslie Bergeron More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Can't wait for the sequel and hopefully more reads after!
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JMMac More than 1 year ago
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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