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Soul of a Warrior Paperback – June 9, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
The tale is told as a series of poems written by S.G. Renee, and are interpretations of the artwork of Konaa,
Another of the poems cleverly uses Miyamoto Musashi's *The Book of Five Rings (五輪書 Go Rin No Sho ) as it's way of interpreting the artwork, using each of the five books (The Book of Earth,The Book of Water, The Book of Fire, The Book of Wind,The Book of the Void) as a verse in this poem, this idea really appealed and fits wonderfully with the theme of battles, whether they were old wars or those still being fought.
This book has me intrigued, the blending of art & poetry has a long history, in fact I posted on it recently concerning haiku & haiga, although that was normally one individual, what intrigues me here is that this is a collaboration by two individuals, that have yet to physically meet. This could facilitate a freedom from constraint in interpreting the subject matter that two individuals in a room would not have, and would allow for new ideas that the original artist did not see. This method seems to work for Clash of Weapons, as they have several projects on the go & I'm curious to see how this collaboration, experiment and adventure goes forward from here.
Soul of a Warrior is a compilation of poetry by Clash of Weapons. The poems are set alongside art that represents the same emotion or idea that is in the corresponding poem. The central theme of the book is war, conflict, and fighting, set in ancient Japan. Each poem goes into a different image related to war. The poetry itself is quite varied. Some poems, like Morning Light, tell a story in a direct fashion. Others, such as Warrior Monk, give only a snapshot of a violent, desolate scene that implies a story that is not being shared with the reader. There are a few like Good Morning that are a bit more abstract and focus more on describing an emotion - fear and perhaps betrayal.
This book is formatted to have the art appear in the left page and the poem that relates to it on the right. While the main image is set in that left page, the art continues onto the right as a background for the poem itself. It helps to establish the scenery in the poem which draws the reader in.
The only negative thing I could find with the book is that a couple of the poems were difficult to read because of the color of the font. The third page of Goodbye, Jessica is set on a red background with black text, which makes it difficult to read the font. Same with Warrior Monk, which is set on a dark, fiery background with black text. The rest of the poetry is easy to read.
Overall, this is a beautiful, elegant book that offers readers a very complete experience with the vibrant art and varied poetry. I would recommend this to any reader who enjoys stories about war or ancient Japan. It is quite an enjoyable read and the art is wonderful to look at.