In 13th-century Japan, the ronin Ken'ishi's fondest wish has been granted - he has found service with a powerful samurai lord.
But the underworld crime boss known as Green Tiger lurks in the shadows of Lord Tsunetomo's retinue, and Ken'ishi's honor is tested when learns his new master is married to Kazuko, the only woman he has ever loved. His unknown lineage holds dangerous secrets that could destroy him, and his sword, the magical relic called Silver Crane, holds the key to his past...and his future.
With enemies, temptation, and strife assailing him on all sides, Ken'ishi's very soul falls into jeopardy - even as Khubilai Khan's Mongol hordes plot their next attack. Can Ken'ishi defeat Green Tiger, defend his homeland from the barbarian invaders, and remain true to his heart, his lord, and his honor? If you love romance, intrigue and action on an epic scale, don't miss this stunning climax to the Ronin Trilogy.
©2015 Travis Heermann (P)2016 Travis Heermann
The final book to one of my favorite trilogies, from one of my favorite authors. Honoring both the spirit of the Samurai and the many other wonders found in ancient Japan, still honored by the modern.
Samurais, Ronins, princesses, magical creatures and abilities. A hero with a destiny struggling to find his place in a world full of conflict and still holds true to his values.....what's not to love!!?
The fantastic adventure that Travis Heerman creates truly inspires you to think about destiny and what defines us as individuals. This book is a great ending to an awesome trilogy.
The events and settings Travis Heerman discribes in this book gives you enough imagery to help you imagine this world while allowing you to paint the pictures of this world and its characters to fit your own minds ideas and preferences.
The narrator was truly prefound, articulate and moving. Which allowed me to experience the highs and lows these characters go through. You could tell he also was enjoying this book.
I love this series. I was fortunate enough to find the first preformed version of book 1, Sword of the Ronin, in podcast form and since that day I have been hooked. This now completes my Ronin collection and I can't wait to see what other imaginative adventures this amazing author comes up with for us.
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Ken’ishi is forced to face his past: his love of Kazuko, the dark secret of his Ronin past and the evil Green Tiger who haunts him still. He is able to join the ranks of Lord Tsunetomo’s warier, where he rises quickly to samurai and trusted officer. He is caught in a battle of inner honor between his loyalty to his master and the love of Kazuko, his master’s wife. Ken’ishi proves his bravery and honor over and over, but still the guilt and doubt remain. Silver Crane, the magical sword that gives him unmatched strength and skill in battle is slowly claiming his soul, and if he isn’t extremely careful, its blood lust will overwhelm him.
Based in ancient Japan, Spirit of the Ronin, mixes myth and history into a historical fantasy novel. There is plenty of explanation of the ancient Japanese traditions to keep the listener informed. War, magic, a love triangle, an evil villain, monsters and much more keep the story moving at a brisk pace. It is thoroughly entertaining.
David Doersch performs the story with his excellent voice. Characters are easily discerned and the Japanese pronunciations sound fine to this listener. He keep the story moving along without getting in the way. An excellent performance.
If you are interested in ancient Japan, or just enjoy good fantasy, you will likely enjoy this one. Though it is book three in a trilogy, it can be listened to on its own. It appears to wrap up the drama at the end, but leaves a sliver of possibility for further sequels. This listener did not listen to the other books in the series and was not lost in the explanations of past events. It stands alone. If you have listened to or read the previous novels, it seems you would definitely want to listen to this one. Recommended.
Audiobook was purchased for review by the author.
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