RELEASE DATE: August 3, 2015
AUTHOR: Ryan Kirk
PUBLISHER: Waterstone Media
SUMMARY: Ryuu is a boy orphaned by violence at a young age. Found by a wandering warrior, he learns he may have more strength than he ever imagined possible.
A quiet child, Moriko is forced into a monastic system she despises. Torn from her family and the forest she grew up in, she must fight to learn the skills she’ll need to survive her tutelage under the realm’s most dangerous assassin.
Young, beautiful, and broke, Takako is sold to pay for her father’s debts. Thrust into a world she doesn’t understand and battles she didn’t ask for, she must decide where her loyalties lie.
When their lives crash together in a Kingdom on the brink of war, the decisions they make will change both their lives and their Kingdom forever.
If they can stay alive.
This book was surprisingly good and I quite enjoyed reading it. I picked this out because the synopsis sounded intriguing and I like reading about samurai’s with blades and stuff like that. Apart from comics, I’ve never read books with samurai themes before so I thought why don’t I give this a try. I really liked the plot, the setting, the characters and also the unique concept of dayblades and nightblades. The pacing might be slow at start but it has engaging plot that might surprise you at every turn.
Ryuu’s parent’s were killed by a group of bandits when he was just a little boy. He is rescued by a wandering stranger who is also a nightblade. The stranger finds a special gift hidden inside the boy and offers him to become his apprentice and train under him which he easily takes. Moriko is forced to leave her parents when a monk finds that she has been gifted and takes her to a monestry filled with many young people gifted with powers like her who calls themselves whiteblades. Moriko didn’t like the way they are living and starts to rebell and soon she was given a death sentence but she was very special so instead of getting killed, she was trained under a dangerous assassin who is also a nightblade. Lastly, we have beautiful Takako. When she was only ten years old, her father sold her to a brothel which is run by a woman who calls herself Madame. During her time as a house assistant in the brothel, she captures the attention of a general who wants her to be his son’s consort. Her life changes forever when she meets Ryuu who seems to have so many secrets. When these three collides together their lives changes forever.
The characters are the strongest part of this book and I liked all the characters including the supporting characters. The three MC’s Ryuu, Moriko and Takako are strong characters and each of them has their own unique personality. Ryuu is strong headed who wants to help others in need without caring about the consequences. Moriko is stubborn and kickass character who wants to live her life the way she wants. Takako is quite an innocent character who wants to lead a normal life without violence. Besides these interesting characters, I really enjoyed Ryuu and his relationship with his mentor Shigeru and how their bond developed.
Despite dragging a little bit at some places, the plot was quite interesting and well written. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that made it unputdownable. It has great world building. The world the author has build reflects the japanese culture which is divided into three kingdoms. I liked the writing which was very descriptive especially the fighting scenes. The characters are all well built and they are developed quite nicely. This book was written in multiple POV so that we could understand the characters better.
Overall, it was incredible and I loved it. The book concluded with a bittersweet ending and a twist, so I’m definitely going to read the next book. It is a great fantasy book filled with action, adventure, violence, light romance and not suitable for young adults due to some mature themes. If you like reading books with action and samurai themes then you’ll definitely enjoy this book.
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