Yamada no Goji is a minor nobleman of ancient Japan who has lost everything - except a single purpose: keep a promise to the woman he loved. In order to fulfill his vow, all he has to do is fight a horde of demons and monsters, bargain with a few ghosts, outwit the sinister schemers of the emperor's court, find a way to defeat an assassin who cannot be seen, heard, or touched - and change the course of history. Fortunately, Yamada specializes in achieving the seemingly impossible, so he is sure in some way to succeed... if he doesn't drink himself into oblivion first.
©2014 Richard Parks (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
Don't let the beginning fool you. It repeats a short story from book one. It is necessary to make this novel a stand alone story. Otherwise you'd have to get book one to get the foundation for book two. Down on his luck Lord Yamada Monogatari is back. This time he has to save the capitol city, his friends, emperor, princes. The enemy is one he thought permanently out of the way. This enemy has returned to a position of power. He does this by convincing everyone except our hero he has turned over a new leaf. Our villain then insidiously continues his plan to overthrow the emperor, his heirs. He wants Lord Yamada. to bear witness to his plans before killing him. Yamada makes this discovery while investigating a series of mysterious deaths trying to rule out demon involvement. He discovers the villain's facade and plans. But no one will believe him. Alone Lord Yamada tries to understand and stop the plan. The insight in to another cultures outlook on demons is interesting. There is less sword play, more thinking compared to the majority of demon stories. Brian Nishii does an excellent job narrating. His pronunciation of Japanese and Chinese words adds depth to the reading.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
It was a great blend of Japanese culture and mystical adventure.
None I have read so far
Two many to note... all of it was well done and could not be separated
It flowed well and would say yes.
It is worth the credit I used for it
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