The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne, #1) by Myke Cole

The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne, #1)

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.

Details The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne, #1)

TitleThe Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne, #1)
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne, #1)

  • Petrik
    ARC provided by the publisher——in exchange for an honest review.Constantly pulse-pounding, The Armored Saint is a poignant, tension-packed grimdark fantasy and a glorious beginning to a trilogy.I started The Armored Saint with zero knowledge about the book; I didn’t know what it was about, and I had never even heard of the name Myke Cole. What captured my attention was Robin Hobb’s blurb and its stunning cover art by Tommy Arnold. ...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review. “Love is worth it. It is worth any hardship, it is worth illness. It is worth injury. It is worth isolation. It is even worth death. For life without love is only a shadow of life.” Well, I think it’s safe for me to yell from the rooftops: pre-order The Armored Saint now, guys! What an amazing ride, even though I wasn’t ready for it to be over. This is easily one of the best things I...
  • Mark Lawrence
    I loved this book. Read it in two days, which is always a good sign. Though sometimes I do savour books I'm really into too...This isn't a book for savouring, it's a hard hitting tale that doesn't let up until it's done. The punches come both emotionally and, in the actions scenes, literally. The title girl is the main character and we see events unfold through her eyes. Cole does a great job portraying her inner life along with her often poor de...
  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    via GIPHY “See the portal? I’m a gateway! Hell comes through me! The devils will soon be here!”I received this book courtesy of Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review.This gem of a book proved to me that you don’t have to write a massive book containing over a thousand pages to tell a good story, this novel clocks in at a mere 208 pages, some would say a short story, but I can tell you now this was one of the most intense b...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    I'm an outlier here, but I wasn't as enthralled by this bleak, medieval-type magical fantasy as others seem to be. The Emperor's brutally cruel and oppressive government and Inquisition-like agents were distasteful and play into anti-religious stereotypes ("Suffer no wizard to live"). And the sixteen year old main character, Heloise, makes several questionable choices due to her strong feelings about, well, lots of things, and endangers her famil...
  • Becky
    I received this book from a NetGalley wish Reading Gemini Cell sent me on a bit of a reading frenzy towards the end of this year. It was fresh and different and I queued the entire series on my Kindle and then thrilled to see that Cole had started his next series. Armored Saint is a medieval, grimdark fantasy and a fresh and exciting addition to the genre. It was also my favorite book of 2017 The Armored Saint is action in concert with tension an...
  • Adrian Collins
    The Armored Saint is the new novella from Myke Cole (Shadow Ops) and the beginning of a new fantasy trilogy, The Sacred Throne. The publication seems to be part of Tor’s novella series, but at 208 pages, it reads more like a short novel than a novella. No matter what you call it, though, Cole makes the format work exceptionally well with tight prose, a close third-person single narrative, a condensed story world, and intense conflicts all stuff...
  • Kristen
    Review closer to release date."Fear's a deadly thing, Heloise. It can drain a person of all their strength, make them weak before their enemies. That's how we were until you showed us different. But we see now, and we are not afraid anymore..."
  • Marielle Ooms-Voges
    Very much enjoyed this book and I will definitly read the next.
  • ~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
    Read this review and more at Book Geeks This book is just a hair over 200 pages long and it hit me hard.The people in Heloise's world live under constant fear of wizards, who they have been told just by doing the smallest bit of magic can inadvertently tear open a portal to hell. Because of this, their Empire quickly strikes wherever there is even the barest whisper of magic and they do so in a horrific manner. "Her father...
  • Janet Martin
    I wanted to like this book, as there is a lot going for it. I wasn't able to overcome the extraordinary stupidity of the main viewpoint character--16, going on 6. Every single bad thing that happened in the story was the result of Heloise's stupidity and headstrong selfishness. I, and most of the girls and women I have known in my life, are smart enough to know when to fight and when to shut up. Heloise destroyed the lives of everyone who ever tr...
  • Rachel
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a review.The Armored Saint is a love story. It’s a tale of transforming power wherein time and again, people hazard everything for love.If you think you know where the story is going read on. The narrative travels in a direction that is more fantastic than the theocracy we are initially introduced to by our heroine, Heloise Factor. The driving force in Heloise’s life is the love she ...
  • Nathan
    I want to thank NetGalley and for letting me read an advance copy of this title. The only downside is that now I have to wait that much longer for the sequel, because this book definitely deserves one.I want to highlight two of my favorite aspects of this story. The first is the main character, Heloise. Heloise isn't some chosen one, a prophesied hero. She's a young woman who stands up for the ones she loves, even when threatened by impos...
  • Kdawg91
    Well, I walk into 2018 and get proven wrong, RIGHT out the gate. First of all, spoilers, I am a huge fan of Myke Cole. However, I didn't figure he could top my beloved Shadow Ops universe. I apologize Mr. Cole.The Armored Saint knocks it out of the park, Myke's move in dark epic fantasy is a punch in the mouth and after he smiles at you and you ask for another. The only way to describe this book is terrific top to bottom. I want more, I want the ...
  • Lynette
    FTC Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the publisher. That in no way influences my opinion or feelings on this book. My opinions are my own. The Armored Saint takes you by the shoulders and yanks you through a world of religious tension and the idea of right and wrong and how it isn't always easy to tell the difference. Full review to come closer to release date but you definitely need to pick this up if you love grimdark fantasy that keeps you ...
  • Matt
    A thankfully short read (really, after reading so many huge fantasy tomes, I am grateful for a shorter book) that sets up an interesting world with interesting characters. There is a pervading sense of dread practically from the first page through to the end. It feels a little like "fantasy 1984" with some interesting twists that keep things fresh and interesting.
  • Patrick St-Denis
    If you've been following the Hotlist for a while, you have heard me complain that it often feels as though Myke Cole remains one of the genre's best-kept secrets. Not everyone is a military fantasy fan, yet his two series are as accessible as they are captivating. It's been years since I last encountered a fantasy series with so much mass appeal and there's nothing I would like more than to see these books get more widely read and enjoyed. Both t...
  • malrubius
    Please see my review in Grimdark Magazine #13, coming Jan 1, 2018.
  • Kam
    And then there is Heloise. On one hand, I find her mildly irritating, but on the other hand I also understand that my irritation comes from the fact that Heloise is still sixteen – a teenager. She reacts to things the way any young woman of that age would: on impulse, and according to her feelings, not her head. This leads her to do and say things that, in more ways than one, help to precipitate the events in the story’s climax. Those events ...
  • Heather
    I read the advanced reading copy of this novel. I haven't read any of Myke Cole's other works, so I did not know what to expect. This story drew me in from the beginning and it continued to hold my attention to the end. While it took me a little bit of time to understand world he had created (with the Writ, an Emperor, the Order, wizardry, etc), it didn't hinder my overall enjoyment. Each time I sat down to read more of the story, I became more i...
  • Jacey
    Not due for publication until March 2018. I had this short novel (maybe a novella) for review as an advance reading copy from Netgalley. This is a fantasy setting in which, following some kind of religious war, bands of holy warriors—the Order—have the power to root out and kill wizards without trial, often cruelly. If they decide a village is sheltering a wizard, there’s no mercy. Supposedly wizardry opens up the way for hell’s demons to...
  • Rags
    Well written but annoying. The story is told through the main character's eyes, a young girl of sixteen, who lives in a world where anyone doing magic is consumed by devils who are then released into the world. So groups of pilgrims go around killing anyone suspected of doing magic. The heroine talks back to one of the pilgrims who comes after her and her father. She is saved by her friend who does magic to save her, becomes a monster, and she ki...
  • Jon
    Super short book, I think my total read time was something like five hours. Steady and solid for the first two-thirds of the book, and then Myke opens up a fifty gallon drum of whoopass and inundates the final third. Some very interesting twists that I was pleased to see, and I'll be impatiently biding my time until the next installment arrives. Bravo, sir. Keep up the good work.