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 DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherTom Doherty Associates
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Young Adult, Science 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. ...
  • Mark Lawrence
    Out today!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 oft...
  • 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...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    On sale now! Unfortunately it's a weak 3 stars for me, maybe 2.5. I'm an outlier here, so if you love the idea of a young, idealistic, and passionately impulsive gay character fighting against evil religious oppression in a medieval setting, this book will be right up your alley. Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: In Heloise’s land, the foremost rule of the Order is clear: “Suffer no wizard to live.” For the exercise of magica...
  • Orient
    Million 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜After seeing wonderful reviews for this book on GR, had to try it! Special thanks to Petrik who got me infected with "Armored Saint".What an amaztastic short read. Loved it, all of it! The characters, the pace, the worldbuilding and of course theand the juicyCan't wait for the next book to come out!P.S.WARNING: LGBT traces.
  • TS Chan
    I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars.A superbly well-crafted gritty story with memorable characters, tight pacing and vivid prose in just over 200 pages, The Armored Saint is one of the best novellas I've ever read.200 pages are not exactly short by any standard for literary fiction. In fantasy, however, where stories are told in a secondary world complete with its own lore and history, social and politic...
  • Becky
    RELEASE DAY 02/20/2018 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...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    The most important question on whether or not I can enjoy high fantasy, at least for now as I’m still a newby, is whether or not I can engage in the narrative. High fantasy is an enjoyable genre, but sometimes, the longer and slower of the genre make me forget. Or my mood will. And this novella-length fantasy novel with an incredibly engaging story is the perfect example of entertaining and fast-paced high fantasy.Okay, let’s break down why t...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 4.9* of fiveI have a confession to make right off the bat: I didn't request this book. My Publishing contact, knowing I am big on books with queer representation, figured I'd like this and sent it along. I looked at it in some surprise because it's by Myke Cole, The Shadow Ops-superhero-y military SF guy. If you've paid me the smallest bit of attention before now, you know I detest superhero-y crap and am only enjoying milSF from ...
  • Daniel
    Short and at times brutal. Ending with a cliffhanger :(Ovde nema šta puno da se kaže. Grim dark fantazija koja u relativno malo scena uspeva da prikaže ovaj svet, klase i sistem funkcionisanja, mitologiju i relatvno velik broj likaova a da ni u jednom momentu ne smara. Tempo je dobar, akcije ima na kašičicu ali bude odlično opisana i vrlo bolna.Jedina dva minusa su kraj koji završava prva ark knjige ali sama priča je daleko od gotovog a d...
  • Nicholas Eames
    I loved this book. It was my first novella, and I feared I'd feel like I only read half a book, but Myke tells a wonderful story here, with beautifully realized characters and effortless worldbuilding. To paraphrase Luke Skywalker: "This is not going to go the way you think it will," since there's a twist or two in here as well.All in all, fantastic--I eagerly await the next!
  • Kristen
    A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you."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..."Heloise, a young village girl, is just that at first; fearful. In the first few pages, Heloise is privy to the horrors of the Order. The Order, an organization bent on main...
  • Anton
    Hmm... I was really looking forward to this release. I had no luck with ARCs so waited patiently for the publication date and read it on my Kindle as soon as it came out.In summary, I would score it 3.5|5.0. I enjoyed it enough to finish but wasn't charmed away and unlikely to pick up the sequel(s).The strongest parts of this book for me were:(1) Format. It is nice and brief - 200 pages or so. Either a long novella or short novel. I have a partic...
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    Safe to say I’ll be following this new series to the depths of the earth! EPIC read! Full RTC on Lair Of Books (Link is in the bio). Pre-ordering my finished copy, The Armored Saint hits shelves 2/20/18 🔥UPDATE: FULL REVIEW MAY ALSO BE VIEWED ON LAIR OF BOOKS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 STARS!!!MY REVIEW...I’m singing this books praises to you all today cause it is well worth it & so much more! coming in at 208pgs, The Armored Saint has to be one of...
  • Lindsay
    Heloise is the daughter of a scribe in a dark medieval world rigidly ruled over by an Emperor and his religious Order. Society is rigidly proscribed under the Emperor because of the threat from wizards; people who can access magic are said to become portals through which terrifying devils can come into the world. But in Heloise's quiet village both wizards and devils are a long way off and all that really affects her are the draconian Writ and th...
  • 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...
  • ~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...
  • Jon Adams
    4.7 I'm taking off .3 stars because I needed a longer book. I want more!Damn, that was a helluva ride. This is almost a completely different book than what Cole usually writes. I say almost because the only similarity is the damn good writing. Set aside some time. You'll want to finish it in one sitting. I really feel like I should more to this, but I'm still in awe. Read it.
  • Marielle Ooms-Voges
    Very much enjoyed this book and I will definitly read the next.
  • Lukasz
    It’s the first Mike Cole book I’ve read and I’m not sure if it’s representative of his style and themes he touches in his books. The Armored Saint gest good reviews and I can agree with many reviewers that there’s a lot to like in this book. The world painted in the book isn’t particularly happy. The Empire lives in the fear of devils who can come through the portal opened by the use of magic. Such portals can be placed in the eye of ...
  • 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...
  • Rob
    Executive Summary: I've been a fan of Myke Cole for awhile, but this is the first book of his I've really enjoyed. I prefer a single novel to a trilogy of novellas, but I'm enjoying things so far. Full Review Myke Cole came on my radar a few years back thanks to Sword & Laser. Eventually I picked up his first book Control Point. I liked it enough to finish that trilogy and read the first book Gemini Cell of his prequel series. Eventually I stalle...
  • Roy
    Pretty interesting grimdark fantasy with a twist. Cool action and fantasy, very character driven without much of a pacey plot. Sometimes I have found these TOR novellas a little thin on world building but this didnt seem to suffer from this issue. The pace was my biggest issue. It was just up and down. The ending was a little annoying, cool twist but suffers from a simple type solution in a way. Will be inetersting to see where Cole takes this in...
  • Mia
    I rarely write reviews much lately. Not because the books I read aren't good because many are. Not because I'm not moved by the stories because I often am. I rarely write reviews anymore because what I mostly feel of late is rage, despair, distrust, angst, emotions that do not easily lend themselves to writing coherent reviews. I don't feel clever, thoughtful, insightful. Regardless of what anyone else might think of my reviews, I need to at leas...
  • kartik narayanan
    The Armored Saint is disappointing. Considering the hype around it as well as the current goodreads ratings (4+ stars), the reality of the book is very different. For one, the story is superficial as well as trite. The second (and bigger issue) is how the writing never seems to draw the reader in. When I was reading it, I never once felt anything for any of the characters. In fact, Heloise, the main character, turns out to be a whiny spoilt brat ...
  • Rina
    I would like to thank Netgalley for an ARC of The Armored Saint by Myke Cole. This book is available for purchase starting today, February 20, 2018.Overall, I liked the concept of The Armored Saint, wizards opening a portal to hell. For the first part of the book though, I started to think that the wizards were the good guys that received a bad rap from the Order. And I was starting to get a little annoyed with the plot. Halfway through things st...
  • Brittany
    "Because I am not like these Pilgrims with pious words in my mouth and murder in my heart." Heloise lives in a world where wizardry is feared beyond all else. Wizardry, of any kind, is said to open a portal into hell releasing the devils within. In order to protect the world from this ever happening again, the Order was established to enforce the Writ. "Suffer no wizard to live." Unfortunately, for everyone in this world, the power the Order was...
  • Reggie Kray
    Innovative and engrossing! Fucking brilliant! Favourite read of the year thus far.
  • Sean Little
    This is the first book of Myke Cole's I've read. I have a couple others of his on my to-be-read pile, but I just haven't gotten around to them. When he first started promoting this book months ago on Twitter, I couldn't wait.The story concerns Heloise, a young girl who lives in a small village in a semi-medieval-ish world. There are some steampunk elements in the world-building, and they only serve to enhance the flavor. Anyhow, the land in which...
  • Matthew
    Man, this shit was good. Really good. As you can tell from the page count, it's a tight novel. A quick pace that still allows for character growth and attachment. The plot is straightforward, and went in a direction I wasn't expecting, then it did, then it didn't again. Kept me on my toes. Heloise lives with her family in a small town. The Order are a bunch of religious zealots who hunt wizards. One day the town nut starts raving he's a wizard wh...