The Shard by Ted Cross

Doing his duty to the realm may mean that the minor noble Midas must sacrifice everything he loves most.

A dying king. A mysterious invader. The vision the seer saw was clear--find the lost shard from the Spire of Peace or the realm would drown in blood.

The problem--eight hundred years ago the elven hero Kathkalan took the shard with him into the lair of the most vicious dragon ever known to mankind...and he never returned.

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  • First submitted April 20, 2010
  • Last updated Aug. 15, 2014
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  • Pam B's avatar
    Pam B wrote 1 year, 6 months ago
    I read the first 3 chapters & whilst I was intrigued to read more I soon got bored. I don't see the point of introducing Miros in the prologue just to kill him off, perhaps the incident would have been better dealt with from Midas's point of view since you us him later. Then you introduce a wizard with no explanation before returning to Midas, all very confusing. There is no real scene setting and no sympathetic character building. I ...
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    hockgtjoa wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    The author has an imagination for characters and "types"--men, barbarians, tribes, various kings and princes. One get lost easily in them. Presumably a story line will emerge, but it is to my mind paced too slowly. The writing is sound.

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    Wanderingspirit wrote 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    The back-and-forth between bits of action is something I'm used to, and overall, I like what I read. The one thing I find a bit unsettling is that the pace is as jumpy as the character switch. It's good so far, so I might end up reading more soon.

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    Soulfire wrote 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Strangely, when scrolling down through the comments, Pam B wrote exactly what I am thinking. I really don't know how I can better her comments. I stopped at around the Chapter 3 mark, exactly as she did. It seems to have all of the fantasy elements, however, I didn't find myself pulled into the story, rather just jumping around, looking for a plot-line to grab onto. I'm guessing I haven't given it enough of a go and I should read ...
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    AshNau wrote 10 months, 1 week ago
    I read through your first ten chapters, and was very pleased. I only spotted few minor typos, but it is very well written. Your opening is very fast paced, spanning across this fantasy kingdom and following several different characters. It is a method I don't usually enjoy, but it works well for you to show to span of the oncoming threat. There is a great sense of the fear creeping in at the edges. I was especially drawn in by ...
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  • Mattew J.L.'s avatar
    Mattew J.L. wrote 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    I enjoyed the first chapter. I think this book deserves to reach the editors' desk. Five stars and backed.

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    Daniel J W [Retired] wrote 1 year ago

    I read the first 7 chapters, I'm surprised this hasn't hit the HC after all this time considering the quality. One thing I would say is that I feel the opener should be longer or from Midas' perspective, I didn't really feel the weight of Miras' death because I didn't know him well enough, I couldn't help but feel a little ambivalent towards it.
    Anyway, I'll back this after I've figured out what to remove from my shelf.

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  • Beverly W.'s avatar
    Beverly W. wrote 1 year ago

    Your pitches caught my attention. I will read more and comment later. Very well written.

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  • Faceache's avatar
    Faceache wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    Certainly very intriguing. I have added this to my watch list to read more later. Good luck

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  • R.E. Ader's avatar
    R.E. Ader wrote 1 year, 6 months ago

    This is very well written.

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    Sharahzade wrote 1 year, 7 months ago

    Read my previous comments and then do yourself a favor and read this story. It will stick to you like glue so you will be unable to lay it on your nightstand and go to sleep.

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  • Jaclyn Aurore's avatar
    Jaclyn Aurore wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    Hi Ted, just getting to this now :) first thing i see is "complete at 140k words" - crazy! can you not split this into two books? though that would screw up the "every book in the series can be read as a stand alone" theory. i had this issue too, with my saga... i wanted to have three books in the series, told from three different perspectives, but books 1 and 3 were too long so i chopped them ...
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    Bill Scott wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    Well done, Ted. You're beyond any advice I could give.

    Bill

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  • April Delphinium's avatar
    April Delphinium wrote 2 years ago
    Dear Ted, I read through chapter 4, and it is a very exciting read. Is the name Midas meant to make us think about the mythical character? It seems appropriate, since his values are misplaced - a stronger man would tell his wife no to leaving and woo her back to himself...or would have done so years ago. Also, I think (assuming this is a medieval setting) that allowing her to live at her father's permanently would show weakness to ...
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    tojo wrote 2 years ago
    I have reached chapter 22 and decided to comment now before I continue reading on to the last chapter and last word in the next few days. First I will do my best not to be bias, because this genre is my favourite, especially when well written as this is. Tolkien purist as myself can always find small parity in books like this, but it would be impossible to write about Elves and Trolls without the odd small parity, so ...
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    jessicaminor wrote 2 years ago

    I love the opening to this, i hope to be able to read more of it soon, it looks to be a good read.

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    evermoore [Retired] wrote 2 years ago
    Ted...I haven't read your complete posts, but am blown away by what I have. Midas is a figment of your creative imagination that stands out so clearly. He's lost his son in the first chapter, his want to only keep him safe. It was vivid...both his reaction as well as the last thoughts of his son. What's more, I can visualize the time and place because of your way of clear description and it is picture perfect. That his wife ...
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  • JennyWren's avatar
    JennyWren wrote 2 years, 1 month ago
    Ted - I normally don’t read fantasy or science fiction, but I found this to be the product of a truly top-shelf mind. You have created an action packed story with wonderful characters. It was well worth every minute it took to read it. I am a very picky reader but loved the story. Fans of fantasy and this genre couldn't ask for better writing than this. A fantastic story that brings you right there where you can feel like ...
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  • Seringapatam's avatar
    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Ted. Wow, this is really brilliant. I cant even begin to think how you would plan this, let alone start writing it. It really is fantastic and other than the tiny issues already identified there is not much other than congratulations I could offer. I loved the flow, the characters, the story and everything else about it. its a massive score for me. Sean Connolly. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R) Please consider me for a read or Watch list ...
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  • Software's avatar
    Software wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    Read up to chapter 10 of The Shard. Very imaginative and inventive approach to a fantasy filled with all manner of mythical creatures. At 140,872 words, this is a genuine novel length story which is certainly very engaging in its opening chapters. Highly starred.

    Clive Radford
    Doghouse Blues

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