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Hearn sets his tale in an imaginary realm that is and isn't feudal Japan. This device serves the author well as he is able to play with familiar archetypes--samurai, Shogun, and ninja--without falling prey to the pitfalls of history. The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel. Hearn unfolds the tale of Takeo and the conflicting forces around him in a deliberate manner that leads to a satisfying conclusion and sets the stage for the rest of the series. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another one of the best series I have ever read. Well written, keeps you interested in what is going to happen next. Never got bored, never skipped any pages. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Laura
After I had bypassed it several times in favor of other books, once I got started this book grew on me as it went along. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MoseyOn
First of all, I own this in paperback, second this book is well polished and a decent writing style, so all my objections to this book are about the plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tetalia
This book series has a little something for everyone. The series features Ninjas, conspiracies, honor, revenge, secret love, epic battles, murder, attempted rape, Character Growth,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel Davis
A young boy with mysterious powers is rescued from the slaughter of his village and adopted by an honorable lord. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Bonesteel
Second time I read these books. I enjoyed them again and appreciated the fantastic world, their characteres, and the plot. A classic that you need to read if you like fantasy.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer