- Series: Initiate Brother
- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756408024
- ISBN-13: 978-0756408022
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The two books, combined, are about 1200 pages of extraordinarily rich storytelling...best of all, while conjuring up a world as lush as Tolkien's Middle Earth, Russell manages to end his book, not with something as arbitrary as casting a magical ring into a sea of molten rock, but rather with something far more like the real world, as a great invasion dashes against the rock of human nature.... [This is] the best of contemporary fantasy." — Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of Ender's Game
"Russell is one of the best new post-Tolkien, post-Le Guin generation of fantasists." — The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Vol. XI
"[He] has proven himself a master of intelligent fantasy--subtle, exciting, well-crafted." — Stephen R. Donaldson, World Fantasy Award-winning author
"[The Initiate Brother is] fantasy at its best."
"A beautifully mounted and original story set in an imaginary ancient Orient, with intrigue, mystique, beauty and wit.... Russell has taken the time to flex his imagination and come up with a fresh setting for a fantasy that, instead of trading in genre clichés, sends you on a sumptuous, often exhilarating journey to a time and place that never was." — SFReviews.net
[The Initiate Brother duology] is one of those very rare stories in any genre, one that can be read again and again and always reveals something new. I'm beginning to think it truly does deserve to be called a masterpiece." — Green Man Review
About the Author
Sean Russell was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1952, and had his first fantasy novel, the Asian influenced The Initiate Brother in 1991. His influence in the fantasy world comes from J. R. R. Tolkien, and knew he wanted to be a writer since the age of ten.
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A warning : This is an intelligent plot and character driven fantasy novel. If you come expecting the protagonists to have superpowers and ridiculously overpower the enemy without breaking a sweat this is not for you unfortunately.
The ending is not what I expected.The author leads you to it but still I was not entirely satisfied with the way things ended but that is the beauty of this book.This series puts more emphasis on strategy and spiritual meanderings and the political intrigues of an empire.Strong actually believable female characters that are a delight to read about.
Buy them. If you like epic fantasy with intricate plot lines and well-written, well-rounded, heroic characters, all set in a mythical kingdom much like ancient Japan, you won't be disappointed.