Ebon Blade by Rebecca Shelley
Approx. 90,770 words.
Published on October 7, 2011 by
Wonder Realms Books.
A ragged street boy named Brian snatches a cursed blade that thrusts him into a bloody war of succession. The blade carries a dark magic that makes Brian a dangerous fighter, but in the process it takes control of his mind and spirit. He finds he must choose between his own freedom and the power to save his friends.