ReaderViews gives The Martyr's Blade 5 Stars
Here's an excerpt from the review:
"Manners’ writing style is impeccable. His descriptions were vivid, his characters were colorful and engaging, and his plot was captivating, suspenseful and filled with action. ... an impressive first novel worthy of five out of five stars as an epic fantasy read that the audience will find very difficult to put down. Manners has definitely won me over personally, as a fan that will wait impatiently for the next book in this series."
You can see the full review at http://readerviews.com/reviewmannersthemartyrsblade, and it is also posted on Blogcritics at http://blogcritics.org/book-review-the-martyrs-blade-by-joel-manners/.