A Japanese Game of Thrones
This exceptional fantasy novel will definitely hold your attention, in fact it will grab you by the throat and won’t let go. It’s not your typical D&D style fantasy. Don’t expect mages, mercenaries, and the evil-dark-lord-of-the-north-taking-over-the-world-with-an-army-of-trolls. Instead you will be immersed in an amazing and fascinating Japanese fantasy world, in which magic and ancient gods dominate the landscape. The story explores an important and classic theme about the temptations and costs of power. It manages this in a fresh and original way that is both compelling and thought provoking. Set during Japan’s bloody civil war, when spirituality was just being introduced to the samurai classes, this story has it all; love, war, vengeance and redemption. Some of the scenes were reminiscent of Game of Thrones without being derivative and while remaining fresh and original. The characters were well written and likable, but be forewarned that despite your fondness for them some characters are destined to meet horrible ends. This just adds to the reader’s enjoyment and suspense since there is no guarantee that your favorite will survive all the way to the exciting conclusion. I highly recommend this story, if you want an epic fantasy that is beyond the usual orcs, elves, and trolls, then this is for you.