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Sword of the Ronin (The Ronin Trilogy Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Travis Heermann , Alan M. Clark , Drew Baker

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In 13th-Century Japan, a land of ancient spirits, shapeshifting animals,and demons, Ken'ishi is a warrior without a master. Orphaned in infancy, he has only one link to his past - Silver Crane, his father's sword.

When Silver Crane is stolen, Ken'ishi must go on a quest to recover his very identity. The crime lord known as Green Tiger holds the key to Ken'ishi's past. With intrigues stretching to China, where the Mongol emperor Khubiliai Khan builds an invasion fleet, Green Tiger knows of Silver Crane and dreams of the day when he can destroy the shogunate and restore his shattered clan.

With a wooden sword as his only weapon, Ken'ishi descends into the shadowy world of flesh houses, Chinese smugglers, and Mongol spies.

To succeed and unleash Silver Crane's power, he must face the darkness in his own soul.

"From the first sentence, Travis Heermann weaves a tale that sucked this reader into a rich Japanese tapestry full of ronin, samurai, and magic. It was hard to put this book down to sleep." - Patrick Hester, Hugo-Award Winning and the Functional Nerds Podcast

"Travis Heermann takes everything I loved about Heart of the Ronin (adventure, intrigue, sympathetic characters), puts it in a pressure cooker and serves it with a side of Awesome. Sword of the Ronin is his best novel yet and won't disappoint." - Shaun Farrell, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing

"Sword of the Ronin is a raw and energetic adventure that explores deep and eternal themes such as honor, love, and betrayal while maintaining a engaging, humorous, living world. It also has an awesome ronin hero who hacks lots of bad people to bits, if you're into that sort of thing. Which you definitely should be." - Rich Wulf, author of The Heirs of Ash Trilogy.

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Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of the Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Weird Tales, Historical Lovecraft, and Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online. He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and zombies. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A rich fusion of cultural historical fiction and fantasy that's complex and engaging 27 octobre 2013
Par Lucinda - Publié sur
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Deeply embedded in Japanese culture this multilayered masterpiece merges past history together with present-day undertones, for a totally unique and imaginative read. This intricately detailed historical fantasy explores morality and ethics, through the well-developed characters and those events that ensue. Young Ronin Ken'ishi makes his own choices in life, regarding his family and how he regards them. His attitude could be considered unsettling if you were not able to understand this character in more depth, and the foundations upon which he bases his beliefs and actions. Japanese mythology (rather than expected western philosophy) is drawn upon, making this unexpected fantasy less straightforward and more unusual in its composition. Visceral battle scenes and intense drama form the gritty backdrop of this ambitious read, which highlights war legends and the harshness of conflict (including those inner battles that we have with ourselves). As a reader you begin to question yourself, as too does the hero in regards to the way forward, as a result comprehending what the right or wrong path may be. Intimate drama and thrilling action transpire within the second instalment of a satisfying series that reads like a direct Japanese translation and interesting narrative.

In 13th Century Japan; a land of ancient spirits, you will find Demons and shape shifting animals alongside dark magic. Ken'ishi's quest to recover the sword bestowed upon him by his father; Silver Crane, is one that ultimately expose his true identity and chosen path. In a deadly world with Chinese smugglers, Mongol spies and ambitious Emperor's Ken'ishi is led to his enemy (Green Tiger) who surprisingly holds the key to his past.
It is not always the darkness surrounding us that need defeating but the darkness that lies within us...within our own soul.

Those interested in Japan's culture and history, including ancient mythology will find this book an extraordinary read. It is certainly not a story for the fainthearted, but which touches you with its truth-drawing and starkly poignant meaning. As a work of fantasy I enjoyed it very much, although at times it did cause shivers to run down my spine and turned my blood cold.

*I won a copy of "The sword of the Ronin" (#2) by Travis Heermann through a Goodreads, first-read giveaway*
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent second installment 1 mars 2014
Par J. Campbell - Publié sur
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Second books in a trilogy are difficult. Heermann manages a well-paced and engrossing follow up to the first book, deepening various characters and adding a cast of new ones. Definitely worth your time if you enjoyed the first.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 truly awesome!!!! 23 août 2013
Par Paul duncan III - Publié sur
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This is an awesome series thus far. the second book topped the first and I can't wait for the third book! Travis' writing is fun easy to grasp and the story truly pulls you into the book. This is a diamond in the ruff and a read for anyone who enjoys great story telling!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 a dark turn for Ken'ishi 22 août 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads program, and it was very nicely signed and personalized by the author, which was really kind and unexpected. Of course, this is the second book in the trilogy, so I was obliged to read the first book as well, the review of which can found on Goodreads or Amazon. While I may have booked up that book out of pseudo necessity so I could read this one, I really enjoyed book 1 and was anxious to follow the story of Ken'ishi.

This book picks up after a couple years have passed. Ken'ishi is still the tenuous constable of his village, enjoying the settled life that he had yet to experience as a ronin. He is still dealing with the his separation from his first love, Kazuko, and trying to sort out his feelings for Kiose and his son by her. However, he also feels somewhat stuck in a rut, somehow feeling like his life was meant for more than that of a simple constable. Finally, Green Tiger lurks, hunting for Ken'ishi's sword, Silver Crane, and plotting with the Mongols to prepare for their invasion of the islands. He manages to steal Silver Crane, propelling Ken'ishi to leave his village to reclaim it.

I thought this book was a lot darker than the first. Things are bleak for Ken'ishi's personal life with an overall sense of teenaged angst and hopelessness in this regard throughout the book. There are some brutal torture scenes as well, and with a war brewing, a lot of fighting. I don't think the dark turn detracted from my enjoyment, but it did seem a bit much at times.

In the first book, it seemed like Ken'ishi's own concerns were the main thrust of the story, but that the Green Tiger's scheming with the Mongols seemed destined to be the over arcing story throughout the trilogy. That continues in this book, with Ken'ishi's story intersecting with the Mongols, but also now the quest to discover more of Ken'ishi's familial background and the secrets of Silver Crane have been emphasized.

It will be interesting to see where Heermann goes from here; will it be all about Ken'ishi trying to find his place in the world and peace in his heart? Will the sword and his heritage be the main plotline going forward? Hopefully it doesn't take two and a half years for the third book to come out.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than the first in the series, which was excellent in its own right. 15 juin 2015
Par Karasu - Publié sur
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For a change, I'm first going to say I don't care for the way the book ends; even when part of a series, I like stand-alones, not books that leave me hanging until the next one comes out. That said, this is about the only way I can fault this second of three books. I was wary of the first book, thinking it might be another YA fantasy, but quickly discovered I was wrong about that; Heart of the Ronin was a mature and interesting read. I hardly expected the sequel to be even better, but it is; it injects a spiritual element into the equation, which makes Ken'ishi's evolution even more interesting. I can hardly wait for the final book to be released, and I'm grateful this isn't the Fire and Ice series; the next book is due out this summer. The only thing that would please me more would be to discover that a new book or series is on the way so I can continue in this genre.
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