Matt Heppe lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and daughter. He teaches economics and military history, and in his free time does mixed martial arts. He is a United States Army veteran, having served in Germany and the Middle East as a UH-60 pilot. He is currently writing the sequel to Eternal Knight.
on Dec. 18, 2013 :
good book and worth the read. The ending could have used a bit more development.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 12, 2013 :
This book was fantastic! I don't think I can add anything that hasn't been said already , but wanted to give five stars to this terrific author.
(review of free book)
on April 26, 2012 :
I must say that as I started reading the book, I thought "oh, another one of those" referencing "those" as a book which covers the path of a warrior struggling to survive against all odds.
I was very pleasantly surprised however when my initial thought was proven wrong. As I read the book through, page by page I became more intrigued and engrossed with the style of writing and the story being told.
This is a book I would easily buy off the shelf, on seeing the Author's name. Problem for me now is I have to wait for his next book. I shall do so patiently and expectantly. Excellent reading, Kudos to you Matt Heppe. You have a fan in Thorn Galen. o/
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on Sep. 21, 2011 :
Hadde is a very unique and intriguing woman. She isn't afraid to be herself, even if she is different from those around her. She is proud of who she is, with good reason. Hadde is an awesome heroine you can easily root for. I was a bit disappointed that she seemed to become a little less unique after being in Salador for a while, but I guess it is to be expected. Put a person in a stranger land and they will eventually begin to assimilate.
Morin was also a great character. I'm not sure if he was a good guy or bad guy though. He made me both smile in happiness and growl in frustration. Either way, he was a great complement to Hadde.
The world building in the story was extraordinary. Everything was very well thought out and complete down to the tiniest detail. But all without hitting you over the head or taking away from the story. It is very easy to tell that Matt put a lot of work into not just writing, but also editting.
Overall, this was an amazing epic fantasy story. One of the best I've read in a long while, possibly ever. If you can't tell, I loved this book. Everyone should definitely check it out.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Sift Book Reviews
on Aug. 08, 2011 :
Hadde is our heroine; a bold and nearly fearless young girl who provides for her village as a huntress. Hadde is kind and beautiful, yet deadly with a bow.
Morin, the Prince of Salador, is our cliched tall, dark, and mysterious leading man. Because the prince is one of the only people in Salador who is kind to Hadde, she quickly falls for his charm and charisma.
King Boradin is at his core a good man who wants healing for his kingdom, but may not be taking the moral path to find it. Compassionate yet cruel, Boradin is a complex man.
When I began this book I must say I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it. Though the story does open with a exciting fight scene, I was still a bit skeptical if the storyline itself. I've read many thrown-together indie fantasies in which nothing really connects and the author tends to throw in irrelevant things. Fortunately, this was not the case at all with this enthralling novel! Small happenings in the story that we as readers might think inconsequential come back to surprise us at unexpected times. Each part of the story connects and intertwines with the rest of the story so incredibly well that I was blown away at the cleverness of it. This storyline could have easily been confusing and annoying if done by a less skilled writer, yet Heppe pleased me immensely in keeping me surprised at every twist and turn. This is not your typical indie fantasy novel.
Heppe's writing is nearly perfect. There were two instances in the book in which the main character clenched her "jaws" instead of her "jaw" but otherwise I found very few typos, and no major hiccups in sentence or paragraph structure throughout the novel.
Out of all the indie novels I have read, this is the one that most closely reminds me of a well-written published book. To understate it, I was pleasantly surprised by a story that I wasn't expecting to enjoy. I highly recommend fantasy lovers read this story, it's well worth it!
4.5 out of 5 stars
Review by: Kayelee of Sift Book Reviews
Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 03, 2011 :
One of my favorite things about this book is that it starts with action, allowing the reader to experience the rich, dynamic world the author has created while learning about the characters and their history as the story unfolds.
Hadde is a willful and charming main character who stays true to herself throughout the story. She’s not the type to sit back and let others take care of things. On occasion, her stubbornness and naivety of life outside the forest get her into trouble, but her instincts and skill with a bow make her a formidable opponent to any who challenge her.
As a huntress, Hadde must provide for the people of her village—a task that has become near impossible as the wasting spreads leaving nothing left to hunt. A mysterious discovery sparks in her a glimmer of hope that it may not be too late for the people of Long Meadow. Determined to find a way to protect them, she sets out on a journey to seek aid from King Boradin of Salador.
The story became a real page-turner early on when she encounters Earl Waltas and Sir Nidon, assisting them in a fight against a shared enemy. “No good deed goes unpunished” is a lesson Hadde soon learns while in their company. Seen by the nobles as a wild woman who doesn’t know her place, and treated as such, exposes her vulnerability and sets the tone for upcoming obstacles she will face while traveling in harsh foreign lands ravaged by the wasting.
Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, the plot would twist and turn in ways I never saw coming. I empathized with Hadde’s struggles, cheered for her victories, and felt the anguish of her failures.
Eternal Knight has none of your typical fantasy creatures, such as elves, dwarves, and the like, however if you enjoy vibrant fantasy settings, strong, sympathetic characters, and a hint of magic, then I recommend you give this book a try.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)