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The Warrior's Soul (The Year of the Dragon, Book 2) by [Calbraith, James]
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From the Author

James Calbraith is a 34 year old Poland-born writer, foodie and traveller, currently residing in South London.

Growing up in communist Poland on a diet of powdered milk, Lord of the Rings and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around university faculties, he moved to London in 2007, found a decent IT job and started writing in English. His debut historical fantasy novel, "The Shadow of Black Wings", was published in July 2012 and has reached top 10 of Alternate History best seller list on Amazon.

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  • File Size: 1508 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flying Squid; 1 edition (July 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QN9UC2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bran, Sato and Nagomi are back in this unusual story that blends historical fiction, set in imperial Japan, with fantasy, dragons and a touch of magic. The Warrior's Soul picks up where The Shadow of Black Wings leaves off. Bran is in mortal danger and disguised as a Samurai, he flees with Sato and Nagomi in search of his lost dragon. Evil however is close behind and at ever turn. James Calbraith does a wonderful job at weaving fact and fantasy into an alternative but very realistic history that pulls the reader into a rich tapestry of landscape, intrigue and history. While the story focuses on Bran and his friends, there are a few sub-plots with numerous characters, and that can get a bit confusing (especially since the names are almost all Japanese sounding). That said, I would still recommend this series.
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Enjoyed the re-do of history with dragons. Loved that Mr Calbraith paid attention to the cultural identity of each of the characters. Very solid characters also, I had no issue believing the confusion, & motivations of the teens as well as the adults as they deal with each new situation. Can't wait to get the rest of the story...
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After reading the first book in this series I was intrigued. The author created an interesting world where many ancient peoples had never been conquered/overrun and so maintained their cultures. The main characters were not so interesting but I had hopes things would improve in the next two books. Things started to speed up but multiple shifting between POVs made it difficult to keep track of the story and too many characters were introduced to easily keep track of. There also seemed to be a need for an editor, since there were many instances of the completely wrong word (that sounded a little like the right word) being used, and strange descriptions, especially of inanimate objects. Overuse of titles for the characters (like "the wizardess" and "the priestess") were distractingly annoying and it would have been much better simply to use the character's name. Action sequences were difficult to follow and, with POV switching, so was the story at times.

I think this author definitely has potential but just needs some polishing. The ideas, such as the way magic and dragons are commonly used in the world, were interesting and very creative, but style of writing and clearness of the story needed improvement.
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Much better than Book 1, the characters development is much better. It is still kind of hard to keep the minor characters straight as their names are very much a like. This is the 1st book that I have ever read that has dragons, wizards, samurai, plus a mixture of the old world & names world with fairly modern machines. Definitely different. Onto Book 3.
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This book has a good storyline and it flows fairly well. The only problem is that this book along with all of the others in this series is relatively short. The first two books could easily have been one book
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I really like the story and the author's skill keeps me interested. This book doesn't start right where the first one left off which initially threw me for a curve. After reading it a little while it did get back to where the first one left off and I was able to get back on track. There is considerably more Japanese culture and customs in this book, which (I not being Japanese and not from the early 1800's) also has me a little confused as well. As with the first book, I have discussed my lack of understanding with the author and he has promised a glossary of terms soon which should hopefully clear up my confusion. I look forward to re-reading the series once the glossary is completed because I am sure that I have missed some important nuances that I just can't decipher at my current level of understanding. All in all a very good fantasy book which will allow it's readers to expand their imagination into areas they don't often get to go in this day in age.
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The story of the Western dragon rider, the teenage Samurai wizardess and the copper-haired apprentice priestess continues, as the three travel south through Yamato in search of Bran's captured dragon and Sato's missing father. The setting, an alternative history version of 19th century Japan, is rife with spirits, demons, mysterious swordsmen and political intrigues. At this point in the proceedings it's a little difficult to tell some of the players without a scorecard, but I trust it will all fall into place once I read the third volume, which I will be downloading momentarily. I'm not a Manga or anime fan other than Ranma 1/2, My Friend Totoro and a few major animated features, but I suspect that even if I were I'd still find the setting refreshingly original. Recommended.
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Awesome 2nd book to a very great, and well written series. Keeps you interested in so many different ways. Can't await for the next book.
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