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The sequel to the bestselling epic fantasy series The Ronin Saga.
The sequel to the bestselling epic fantasy series The Ronin Saga.
The sequel to the bestselling epic fantasy series The Ronin Saga.
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Bastion of Sun - An Epic Fantasy Novel

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The Ronin Saga Meeting Roninites!
The Ronin Saga Meeting Roninites!

 

SDCC!
SDCC!

AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON selling books! Live feed tomorrow! Tune in time and link to come! Last few big rewards still left! Let's hit amazing goals because you're amazing. Thanks for making this dream of mine come true.

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The Ronin Saga is an Amazon Bestselling epic fantasy series. Think Lord of the Rings, meets Knights of the Roundtable, but with a Japanese twist - so an undertone of Samurai as the nine "Ronin."  

Then insert dragons, new languages, fallen elemental heroes, elves, dryads, a whole bevy of distinct magical creatures, its own unique magic system where it's not all "fireballs" and "earth upheavals", and much much more... and you have the beginning broth of The Ronin Saga.

 

In Short:

Two and a half years ago, book one, The Knife's Edge, came out on Kickstarter.  You all made it a success. Then book came two, Citadel of Fire. Your support grew.  It was amazing, surprising, and humbling.  Now I'm back again with book three, Bastion of Sun.  With your help, I hope to make this a nine book series that'll only grow and reach many more new epic fantasy readers.  (And also give you all an early-release of Bastion of Sun and some cool, unique rewards!) 

I am forever grateful for your support.  

-Matt

p.s. You're awesome.

THE KNIFE'S EDGE - BOOK ONE 

When legends come to life the world trembles from a single name. Ronin. Once-heroes from a different age who thread elemental powers… wind, water, fire, stone, forest, sun, moon, flesh, and metal.

At the same time, a young man finds his best friend with a sword in her stomach and dark wings sprouting from her back.  Guards rush in, accuse him of the act and Gray is forced to flee.  

In a new world without his memories, Gray must find his way amid legends and darkness, as he wrestles with an elemental power inside himself.

A power all too similar to the infamous Ronin…

Daerval, Map of Book One
Daerval, Map of Book One

 CITADEL OF FIRE - BOOK TWO

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."

Yet with an affable scoundrel and a clever innkeeper’s daughter at his side, Gray discovers the world’s greatest secret… He is not the only one with hero’s blood, and the legend of the Ronin walk the world once again.

Reviews for The Ronin Saga:

"Wolf has created a richly detailed, complex fantasy universe populated by intriguing characters who will continually surprise readers throughout the briskly paced tale... This is a strong, confident fantasy novel, [and] an impressive, page-turning adventure for fans of the series." - KIRKUS REVIEWS 

"A truly engaging story!" - Tracy Hickman, NY Times Bestselling Author and Creator of the Dragonlance Series 

"Wolf has done a good job of bringing his world into its own..." - Cat Fitzpatrick, FANTASY BOOK REVIEW (Book one, THE KNIFE'S EDGE) 

★★★★★ - Amazing, I am so happy when I find books that keep me up all night. This is a tome of light among darkness. - Tor Ole-Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer 

Nine Elements of The Ronin (Plus 3 Bonus)
Nine Elements of The Ronin (Plus 3 Bonus)

 

Great Kingdoms of Farhaven
Great Kingdoms of Farhaven

  

Farhaven - The World of Magic - Map of the Saga
Farhaven - The World of Magic - Map of the Saga

WHAT IS BASTION OF SUN?

Bastion of Sun, Book Three
Bastion of Sun, Book Three
Bastion of Sun is currently a 900-page tome of light amid darkness (and that's vastly, ruthlessly edited).  In the third in the series, we dive back into the world of Farhaven, and find Gray, Ayva, Darius, and Zane, on the cusp of banding together the Ronin and proving to the world (that believes the name Ronin synonymous with death and destruction), that they are different, only to be torn apart by an insidious evil.

Will they find a way to reunite and stave the rising evil?  Or will the darkness within the City of Sun only tear them apart? 


 
*Everything that was amazing in book one and book two is brought to bare in book three as the saga grows.  I've always put my all into every book, but I've poured my heart and nearly my sanity into book three - thus the two years in the making.  I've encountered writer's block, I've encountered (many) frustrations, but I can unequivocally say, Bastion of Sun is the best book I've ever written (to-date).  But enough ranting, here's a chapter!

 


FUNDS

I'm currently asking for is partial funds to pay the artists, editors (900 pages is a lot to edit), and for the printing of the book (including your copies). Printing is always the biggest cost hands down.

Also, if you are looking for something special to start reading on Christmas Day, this is just the thing! 

But wait! There's more. If we can exceed our base goal, we’re going to start adding value to the book in some exciting ways. And the best part is that everyone will able to benefit from these awesome additions.

What kind of added value?

Stretch Goal #1 - Bookmarks: When we reach over $5,500 I've collected all the amazing art of the very talented Flavio Bolla over the series and will be issuing high-quality bookmarks for your reading pleasure, shipped free of charge to all Stretch Goal backers.

Stretch Goal #2 - Rare Short Story: The second stretch goal will take effect if we reach $7,000. That means everyone who contributes (at REAVER level or above) will automatically get a rare short story of The Ronin Saga world about some of your favorite characters. Best part? You get to choose. The short tale of Faye after the battle on the sands? Kail? Gray? Ezrah's backstory as a young Reaver? You choose! We'll provide a poll after $7,000. (PDF. Kindle, or Nook copies will be available for everyone!)

 

PLEDGE REWARDS

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--includes all stretch goals we reach

  

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--includes all stretch goals we reach

 

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--includes all stretch goals we reach

 

Your support means everything.  You've already done so much, and I can't wait to continue this journey with you -- thank you for helping make Bastion of Sun become a reality.

 

Risks and challenges

Once funded, I'll work diligently to have Bastion of Sun and all other rewards in your hands ASAP, just like Citadel of Fire, and The Knife's Edge.

That said, the release deadline is a very safe one, and if all goes to plan books and rewards should arrive much earlier.

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    YOUNG NEOPHYTE

    You are awesome, but very new to the spark and the Saga... (*The Late to the Party Package*)

    Get a digital copy of The Knife's Edge - Book One of The Ronin Saga (PDF, Kindle, Epub.) Thank you for your support.

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    NEOPHYTE

    You dabble in the spark...

    Get a digital copy of Bastion of Sun. Read it anywhere, on your iPad, Kindle, a digital Napkin, or Phone.* (Epub, .Mobi, PDF or all three.)

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    You're a spearmaster of the desert, normadic warriors banished from the city of sun…

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    A trained threader of the spark, you thread the elements of wind, water, fire, and more against the rising darkness...

    Get a signed HARDCOVER of Book Three, BASTION OF SUN, by the Author.

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    REAVER

    A trained threader of the spark, you thread the elements of wind, water, fire, and more against the rising darkness...

    Get a signed HARDCOVER of Book Three, BASTION OF SUN, by the Author.

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    HERO PACKAGE

    You're collecting the heroic Ronin and catching up on the Saga...

    *Get the WHOLE series to date!*
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    +Hardcover signed Book Three
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    REAVER - ONE STRIPE

    You're a new, but talented Reaver. *Signature Package*

    A Ronin Saga T-Shirt (Signed)
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    REAVER - TWO STRIPE

    You're a very talented Reaver, refining your skills with the spark.

    You're awesome. As such, you get a personal note of thank you, hand signed on parchment, AND a place in the 'Acknowledgment' page of book three.

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    REAVER - THREE STRIPE

    You're a brilliant Reaver, highly experienced with the spark.

    Ever wonder what happened to the Ronin in their final days of the Lieon? Curious about their downfall and Kail's descent into madness? "LEGENDS" is a rare short story set in The Ronin Saga world, involving the downfall of Kail and the Ronin in the last dire meeting set in the Hall of Winds. (Reward includes Print AND Digital copies.)

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    ARBITER

    You're one of three Arbiters, near-gods of the spark - as ancient as the Great Kingdoms themselves and nigh immortal. *THE SWAG PACK*

    You get a 48" by 64" Laminated Poster of Farhaven or Daerval. Printed in stunningly huge resolution so you can meticulously map out the path of Gray, Ayva, Darius and the others as they continue on their quests, show off your Ronin pride, or simply deck out your room in a sweet fantasy map. Because who doesn't love an epic, old-world fantasy map? No one, that's who.

    Plus a high-quality mousepad (Choice of The Knifes, Edge, Citadel of Fire, Farhaven or Daerval).

    PLUS the saga to date - The Knife's Edge, Citadel of Fire, and Bastion of Sun Hardcovers, Signed and Personalized.

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    OMNI PACKAGE

    The second greatest Ronin, the voice of all reason, and threader of Sun.

    Ever wanted to be a part of the book? Well now you can... Become a character in The Ronin Saga. Your name will be included in book four (and potentially beyond), with a possible minor fantasy adaptation. You might have a bit part to play as a thief, beggar, or a horse-merchant, or even star as dragon, or best of all, a friend of Gray and the main cast! Either way, I promise your mention will be interesting, and if you have to be killed off, it'll be in a oh-so-glorious fashion. And who knows, I take all characters seriously and with nine more books so you might have a reoccurring role.

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    KAIL PACKAGE

    The greatest Ronin, wielder of wind and leader of all Devari... [This is for the true Roninite and Beloved Fan of the Saga.]

    You get a personal Skype or Google Hangout with me, the author. We can chat away about whatever strikes your fancy. You can chat about the book, or what makes great fantasy, or what falls short of the mark, chat about a book you want or ARE writing... or even just chat about the weather.

    Also you get THREE Signed Copies of *EACH* book. Give them to friends, horde them for your own, use them to make a small mountain, or a sweet book fortress. All signed with a special dedication.

    Last, but not least, you get to be on the ALPHA Reader list - a select handful of my favorite people. That means all first edition versions of book four and onward, you get to read first, FAR before publication, and best of all... you get to contribute to the final product (if you so desire). In essence, you are a part of the ground floor of The Ronin Saga.

    Very limited spots.

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    YOUR STORY + MY WORDS

    First off, <3. I know this is a crazy number, but for all the time and energy I'll spend on it it'll be worth it. And inspired by a friend for this one, and I couldn't be more excited about it... I will take your ideas and bring them to life.

    Whether it's only a sentence, a word, or even just the vague idea of a story, I will spin a tale. It can be your own creation, an idea brewing in your head for years, or the last two minutes. Or it can be tale of The Ronin Saga. Want to hear about Faye's mysterious past? Darius' upbringing as a rogue of Lakewood? A tale of Mura or even Kail before the Lieon broke the world and shattered his sanity? This is your chance, and perhaps the only one. (Small addendum: I can't do anything that will giveaway the saga's plot or be too spoiler heavy, but we can work together with it.)

    Whatever it is, I'll toil away for weeks to make this story the very best possible, as if it were my own and I was preparing it for publication.

    Once I'm finished writing the piece, I'll have editors, proofreaders and more polish it, and then it's yours. Anything you want to do with it, you can. Publish it, frame it, use it as a hat, or just have it. I'll print it out for you as well so you can have a mocked up hardcopy.

    Then if you can make it out to San Diego, we'll get dinner at The Prado in Balboa Park, and have an awesome time.

    +EVERYTHING ABOVE (KAIL PACKAGE - books, alpha reader list, ss, name in the book, swag, and ebook.)
    +My Eternal, Ceaseless Gratitude, Love and Appreciation

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