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'A master storyteller' Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In was Kai-feng, the end of days, the time of chaos.
One by one, the four grisly abominations called the Makkon had come together, marshaling their inhuman armies to reap a bitter harvest of death. Mankind's struggle to turn back the tide of blood was doomed, for soon the hideous Makkon would summon their master, The Dolman. Truly, then, would all hope be lost.
No choice, no chance remained for humanity -- save only one. The arcane magics of the mysterious Scroll of the Ancients would have to be invoked. For only if Ronin could discover the true meaning of the Scroll's secrets would he unlock the power to face the inconceivable horror of The Dolman, in the final battle at the end of time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345466756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345466754
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Van Lustbader is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, a New York Times bestseller for 24 weeks, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fictions most beloved and enduring heroes. His New York Times bestselling novel, "The Testament," was published in September, 2006 and in paperback in August, 2007.
His novels have been translated into over twenty languages; his books are best-sellers worldwide and are so popular whole sections of bookstores from Bangkok to Dublin are devoted to them. The Ninja was sold to 20th Century-Fox. It is now in pre-production.
Mr. Lustbader is a graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in Sociology. Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business. He is a second-level Reiki master.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crawford on January 29, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
DAI-SAN completes the Sunset Warrior trilogy featuring a conflicted bladesman called Ronin. This book falls apart halfway through, once Ronin's name is changed in the narrative to The Sunset Warrior the series runs out of steam in one massive exhale that can't be resuscitated by a big drawn-out battle scene in DAI-SAN's final pages. The first half of the book follows Ronin directly after the events of the preceding volume SHALLOWS OF NIGHT and maintains the high standard established in the first two novels. The remaining 150 pages are an uphill slog.

It's evident that Lustbader wearied of the Sunset Warrior series, despite writing two sequels years later and apart. He was probably eager to get on with writing his much superior NINJA thriller. Shoddy or NO editing ruins DAI-SAN. If a line editor worked on what was likely a first draft manuscript, why does the word oblique appear 200 times in 300 pages?

If you started the series you might as well finish DAI-SAN at least. The trilogy is short by today's standards, all three books equal the length of a single Robert Jordan tome. I read this when it first came out and was very much surprised five years later to read a Frank Miller series with a character resembling Ronin and going under that very name. As a whole the Sunset Warrior series is good enough to have influenced other writers, too bad it didn't end as spectacularly as it started.
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The final volume of Eric Van Lustbader's Sunset Warrior Cycle begins where "Shallows of Night" ended. Ronin, the mute warrior woman Moeru, and new companion Moichi set sail from Sha'angh'sei in search of the fabled floating island of Ama-no-mori and the semi-mythical race of warriors known as the Bujun, who live there. There, they hope to be able to decipher the scroll of Dor-Sefrith which Ronin still carries, and discover a means to defeat The Dolman, whose forces are massing on the continent of man.

It is not long after departure, however, that an old enemy reappears with vengeance on his mind, timing his strike against Ronin with an attack by creatures who are other than human. Later, Ronin finds himself in a mysterious land where he confronts ancient gods and their priests and learns of his own link to the divine, before at least reaching Ama-no-mori.

Ronin is unaccountably at home in the land of the Bujun, but soon becomes entangled in a native power struggle that threatens to stymie his efforts to stop The Dolman. Finally, however, his destiny as The Sunset Warrior - the one being who can hope to stop the annihilation of mankind at the hands of The Dolman - is revealed.

"Dai-San" is a solid, if unspectacular, conclusion to the Sunset Warrior Cycle, completing the transformation of the story from one rooted in dystopian science fiction to one founded on sword and sorcery heavily influenced by Japanese mythology. There are some well-worn tropes, but they are balanced against the author's unique take on the quest saga. This third book is not quite the equal of the first two volumes, but it remains well worth the reader's time, and represents a satisfying end to the trilogy.
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By Croquinho on August 1, 2014
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One book in the series that has you reading every chance possible. The author paints pictures in my mind, and this story is full of adventure, in a creative world all it's own. I think it would make a great movie!
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By jon aniello on November 26, 2014
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Great read mixture of myths and legends and great story line highly recommend reading all Lustbaders works has kept me a fan for years
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