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The Crane (Legend of the Five Rings: Clan War, Third Scroll) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Clan War (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786916591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786916597
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I thouroghly enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to any fan of Fantasy.
Grant Reed
I've read the first two books of the series, and i have greatly enjoyed them, regardless that they were based on the card game that i've never even heard of.
"alsurik"
Very interesting to see the connections between various characters and the "Empress" and friends ^_^.
Ben

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scribe on December 1, 2000
I must say that after reading the previous two books I was waiting impatiently for Hoturi's side of the story. Ms. Soesbee managed to provide that exceptionally. You were about to understand why he loved Kachiko without any explicit details yet recognise as soon as he himself did that the operative word should be "loved". I especially liked what happened to the Dark Champion. Now this book (and any of the others) is for anyone who has either played this game or Dungeons & Dragons, or read any of the Forgotten Realms books and liked either. It would also be a good read for anyone who was interested in Martial Arts or Asian cultures because even though it is mainly fictional the references are pretty accurate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grant Reed on July 21, 2001
Alright, I admit to being a bit biased, as I choose to play the Crane in Legend of the Five Rings RPG and Clan War.
This book was well written, dealt admirably with the aspects of the Crane, but as many have said, the ending seemed a bit rushed. Were I not a bit biased, I would probably rate this at 3, though 3 1/2 would be a bit more accurate.
The Crane are a microcosm of the Empire, The Doji, the Kakita, the Asahina, and the Daidoji. The Doji -- Honour and Political insight, the Kakita -- Honour and Artistic Grace in combat, The Asahina -- Students of the Arcane, Peaceful works, and the Daidoji -- talented warriors that do what is needed for the protection of the family.
There are a few plots that run through this book, one dealing with the champion, Doji Hoturi, as he fails, possibly for the first time, and learns to be a better Samurai.
Another plot deals with the Emerald Champion, champion to the emperor, who has to come to a decision about who to derve.
Another plot deals with the out-numbered Daidoji, as the struggle to defend the Crane Lands against three seperate sets of invaders.
There is a bit of palace intrigue and revenge also, but the key struggles are highlighted and each family is given a certain amount of time in the aspects that they deal with, though the Asahina get very little attention. I was pleasantly surprised by the attention given the Daidoji.
I thouroghly enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to any fan of Fantasy.
The biggest weakness of this book was the suddeness of the ending. I would have liked an additional 50 pages or so to flesh out the conclusion, and perhaps a bit more in the epilogue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Gardner on November 30, 2000
The Crane, the third book in the Legend of the Five Rings series, came out in early November. I picked it up on Thanksgiving weekend, and I began reading it by the end of November.
I waited too long.
Those of you who are familiar with the world of Rokugan will find that, among the familiar characters, there is a whole new depth to this story that hadn't been there before. The relationships between the characters are told with such emotion that you feel deeply for characters you've probably not though much about before. The portrayal of Rokugani society seems just right, and the whole book makes you look at the two bywords of the Crane - Honor and Perfection - in a new light.
For people who aren't already familiar with the world of Rokugan, this can still be an excellent book. While some of the subtleties of the story may be lost, on the whole it would still rank five stars. I would, however, recommend reading the two books previous in the series (The Scorpion and The Unicorn) first. Without at least that much background, you may become a little lost (Those books, however, are worth reading on their own merits as well.). Passing that barrier, I would still say this book is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to the world of Legend of the Five Rings.
All in all, I would say that this is the best game related novel I've ever read, and ranks among the best books of any type I've ever read. This whole series is good, and this book is truly something special. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2002
This book was just as cool as the first two in the series. This time things are written from the Crane point of view. It seems to take place at the same time as "The Unicorn" book (scroll 2) and ends a bit after the ending of "The Unicorn".
The best part is that "The Crane" lets the reader in on more of what was going on in "The Unicorn". There were things happening in "The Unicorn" that were not described much, but are described at length in this book. This is mostly because the Unicorn Clan was not actuallly present at those events.
For example, there was a fortress that the Unicorn clan were to defend, but got to it too late. It had already been destroyed. Since that was a Crane fortress, the battle that destroyed that fortress is fully described in this book,"The Crane".
Another thing that is revealed is what's up with Hoturi... the Crane Champion. He was a hero in "The Scorpion", and started out as one in "The Unicorn", but toward the end of that book he changes. This book describes what happened.
Along the same lines, there is a Dragon Clan Warrior in THIS book who makes a brief appearance. She has been given some sort of crystal hand to replace the hand she lost in some earlier battle with the Crab Clan. I have a feeling she will be the focus of "The Dragon" book and these events will be explained.
One really cool character is Hoturi's teacher. He's a laid-back Samurai who is totally confident in his abilities as a warrior. He's a lot like martial arts master you see in martial arts films. There's always the simple master who's not afraid of anyone.
A really important aspect of this series is the way each Clan behaves differently from the others.
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