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, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Novella

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
    I really liked 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    3 1/2 stars. 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 bre...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Terence
    "Suffer no wizard to live." The Order ensures no wizards, wizard sympathizers, or wizard harborers are allowed to live lest hell's dark maw opens once again allowing demons to walk among man. When Heloise and the villagers of Lutet are gathered to assist the Order by razing a nearby town and all of it's inhabitants, Heloise and her father defy instructions and bring the Orders' wrath to Lutet.The Armored Saint was a mixed bag for me. I was immedi...
  • 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...
  • Jack +Books & Bourbon+
    Well that was short, sweet, and to the point! And what a change of pace for me, as my epic Fantasy picks tend to be, you know, EPIC. Like, as in size, as well as in content. And while this story is a single POV tale that is set in only one main location, and with maybe a 4th of the page count of my traditional fantasy reads, it still seemed pretty epic to me. I’ve not read anything else by Myke Cole, but I plan to remedy that as soon as possibl...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ~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...
  • 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...
  • Scott Sigler
    I was at Seattle ComicCon, shooting the breeze before my signing. I started talking with the bookstore owner about — what else — books. She asked what kind of things I would like to write that I hadn't already done. I said something to the effect of: "Well, I've always had this cool idea about medieval mechs, like some kind of wandering knight errant that travels from town to town, except instead of wearing a suit of armor, he's in some kind ...
  • 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...
  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    "Being brave isn't not being frightened, it's doing a thing even though you are."My eyes are literal waterfalls.. These kinds of books make me rethink ALL of my previous recent ratings. HOW can a 200 paged grimdark epic fantasy do that?! I haven't got a clue. Also I need to mention this is the most pro LGBTQ+ book I have ever read in my life so if you are looking for a female main character finding herself in a brutal world that wants to draw the...
  • Marielle
    Very much enjoyed this book and I will definitly read the next.
  • Geek Furioso
    Esperaba más.Siendo como es mi primera lectura de Myke Cole, creo que me esperaba más contenido militar y si acaso un poco más de acción. No puedo ser especialmente duro, ya que doscientas páginas dan para lo que dan. Así a bote pronto, no puedo evitar pensar que es un fanfic de Warhammer (servoarmadura de Marine Espacial incluida) con más personajes LGBT, que sería ya de por si lo suficientemente alucinante si no fuera por (view spoiler)...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...