Cast out from his Japanese homeland, Gonji, the Samurai warrior, journeys across barbaric Europe in search of Vedun, the distant city in the loftiest peaks of the Carpathian Alps. Ceaslessly fighting the hated plague and hostile peasants, Gonji struggles to reach the mighty walls of majestic Vedun. But demons, dragons, mages, and monsters pursue the warrior across the wintry plains and the jagged mountains. His swords flashing with fury, Gonji battles to conquer his foes and fulfill his destiny!
©2009 T.C. Rypel (P)2009 Audio Realms, Inc.
To name a few, I've read the works of King (Dark Tower Series), Salvatore, Sanderson, Howard, Jordan and Tolkien ranging from sword and sorcery to epic fantasy (not quite certain how to classify the Dark Tower). The characterization and world creation found in T. C. Rypel's Deathwind Triology holds its own with these works. It is not as eloquently mixed on the mental pallete as the Lord of the Rings but it easily matches, or betters Howard's Conan series and Salvatore's Dark Elf offerings. I must say, I'm baffled by the previous reviewers inability to follow the story. It speaks more, perhaps, of a personal issue or disability than the abililty of this writer to tell a story.
I have found with this series that the story and it's main character matures as the series progresses. The first installment is perhaps rougher than the books that follow but this is at its essence, sword and sorcery. The main characters are designed for chopping up someone or something. For the sword and sorcery storyteller to fashion a broader story arc, that spans several books, is a risk. Sword and sorcery stories in the Howard fashion are complete in one book. Rypel desired to go beyond one book and has placed the seeds of that desire in this first work. Perhaps that is a source of confusion for some but it was not the case for me.
I've given four stars to the narrator simply because having read this series several times over the past 20+ years I find the narrator's delivery heavier and perhaps more stolid than what I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, four stars is far from a bad thing!
This is a good series and deserves a positive rating; I hope I've fulfilled that objective.
This COULD have been good, but the author did not stay true to the course, rambling and straying so much from general ideas and directions, that I literally gave up listening to this audiobook. This RARELY happens.
T.C., I'm sorry I couldn't recommend this disappointing work, but even though I gave up, don't you give up. Write more, edit more, be extremely critical of your own writing.
To Audible's listeners: Move along. Steer clear.
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