Spirit of the Ronin

I read the whole Ronin trilogy one after another so this review is really of the whole thing I liked these books a lot and they definitely kept me interested the whole way through Great stuff if yo

I read the whole Ronin trilogy one after another so this review is really of the whole thing. I liked these books a lot, and they definitely kept me interested the whole way through. Great stuff if you like Japanese folklore, samurai movies, and/or straightforward epic fantasy that comes in a flavor other than generic medieval European. High points: good characters that grow over the course of the series, a smattering of interesting magic, and classic themes of honor, love, duty, and good vs. evil. Low points: there were some torture and war scenes I had a hard time with, but at least they were there for a good reason and not gratuitous (I just get squeamish sometimes.) A very satisfying series overall.Popular Spirit of the Ronin Creat Travis Heermann Alan Clark Viral Ebook A CLASH OF HONOR, LOVE, AND AMBITION In thirteenth century Japan, the ronin Ken ishi s fondest wish has been granted he has found service with a powerful samurai lord But the underworld crime boss known as Green Tiger lurks in the shadows of Lord Tsunetomo s retinue, and Ken ishi s honor is tested when learns his new master is married to Kazuko, the only woman he has everA CLASH OF HONOR, LOVE, AND AMBITION In thirteenth century Japan, the ronin Ken ishi s fondest wish has been granted he has found service with a powerful samurai lord But the underworld crime boss known as Green Tiger lurks in the shadows of Lord Tsunetomo s retinue, and Ken ishi s honor is tested when learns his new master is married to Kazuko, the only woman he has ever loved His unknown lineage holds dangerous secrets that could destroy him, and only his sword, the magical relic called Silver Crane, holds the key to his past and his future With enemies, temptation, and strife assailing him on all sides, Ken ishi s very soul falls into jeopardy even as Khubilai Khan s Mongol hordes plot their next attack Can Ken ishi defeat Green Tiger, defend his homeland from the barbarian invaders, and remain true to his heart, his lord, and his honor If you love romance, intrigue, and action on an epic scale, don t miss this stunning climax to the Ronin Trilogy When you actively watch out for new writers with potential, every so often you re pleasantly surprised by one who has simply Got It, whose work is ready to push up to the next level Travis Heermann has simply Got It James A Owen, author of HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS Lovely details, an honorable character, and great action Travis Heermann s Spirit of the Ronin is a rich and entertaining story Kevin J Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of BLOOD OF THE COSMOS, the JEDI ACADEMY TRILOGY, and THE LAST DAYS OF KRYPTON. Freelance writer, English instructor, poker player, biker, and roustabout, Travis Heermann is the author of two published novels, a metric ton of role playing game work both in print and online, and has sold short fiction pieces to several anthologies and magazines He taught English in Japan for three years, where he stood out like a space alien with his head on fire He now lives in a much larger world than before, and has two long cherished dreams a NYT bestseller and a seat in the World Series of Poker.. Popular Ebook Spirit of the Ronin My original Spirit of the Ronin audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Ken’ishi is forced to face his past: his love of Kazuko, the dark secret of his Ronin past and the evil Green Tiger who haunts him still.  He is able to join the ranks of Lord Tsunetomo’s warier, where he rises quickly to samurai and trusted officer.  He is caught in a battle of inner honor between his loyalty to his master and the love of Kazuko, his master’s wife.  Ken’ishi proves his bravery and honor over and over, but still the guilt and doubt remain.  Silver Crane, the magical sword that gives him unmatched strength and skill in battle is slowly claiming his soul, and if he isn’t extremely careful, its blood lust will overwhelm him.Based in ancient Japan, Spirit of the Ronin, mixes myth and history into a historical fantasy novel.  There is plenty of explanation of the ancient Japanese traditions to keep the listener informed.  War, magic, a love triangle, an evil villain, monsters and much more keep the story moving at a brisk pace.  It is thoroughly entertaining.David Doersch performs the story with his excellent voice.  Characters are easily discerned and the Japanese pronunciations sound fine to this listener.  He keep the story moving along without getting in the way.  An excellent performance.If you are interested in ancient Japan, or just enjoy good fantasy, you will likely enjoy this one.  Though it is book three in a trilogy, it can be listened to on its own.  It appears to wrap up the drama at the end, but leaves a sliver of possibility for further sequels.  This listener did not listen to the other books in the series and was not lost in the explanations of past events.  It stands alone.  If you have listened to or read the previous novels, it seems you would definitely want to listen to this one.  Recommended.Audiobook was purchased for review by the author.

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  1. My original Spirit of the Ronin audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Ken ishi is forced to face his past his love of Kazuko, the dark secret of his Ronin past and the evil Green Tiger who haunts him still He is able to join the ranks of Lord Tsunetomo s warier, where he rises quickly to samurai and trusted officer He is caught in a battle of inner honor between his loyalty to his master and the love of Kazuko, his master s wife Ken ishi proves his bravery and honor [...]


  2. I stumbled across this one when I was looking for some martial arts books for study, and it looked interesting Since the first volume was available for free on my Kindle Unlimited account, I gave it a spin, and rapidly went on to the sequels Although set in feudal Japan, and following the story of a ronin, a masterless samurai, the writing style is very western in its approach, which gave them an interesting flavor sort of like watching a completely foreign culture and concept develop from an ou [...]


  3. I read the whole Ronin trilogy one after another so this review is really of the whole thing I liked these books a lot, and they definitely kept me interested the whole way through Great stuff if you like Japanese folklore, samurai movies, and or straightforward epic fantasy that comes in a flavor other than generic medieval European High points good characters that grow over the course of the series, a smattering of interesting magic, and classic themes of honor, love, duty, and good vs evil Lo [...]



  4. I was a little disappointed with the ending It wasn t bad in fact it was rather poignant It just wasnt what I expected I m not sure what I expected, but this was not it I do highly recommend the series The quotes from Japanese historical texts definitely make the series worth reading.




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