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Winter has passed, taking with it the hope of peace. The state of Wei deploy an increasing number of cultivators and soldiers, intent on taking over the state of Shen. Caught in between the armies is Wu Ying's village and all those that he cares about.  

Advised to keep away from the approaching war, Wu Ying will have to decide what is more important - his journey to immortality or the ties to the mortal that he holds onto still. Or perhaps, there is a third way, one that balances both the needs of Heaven and destiny and the karmic ties of the family.

©2020 Tao Wong (P)2020 Tantor

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I really tried to like this one.

The firs two books were pretty good and I enjoyed the cultural depth. This most recent book however... well, every character interaction is like an awkward version of the real thing. Anger comes off as petulant, friendly banter comes off as mean spirited patronizing, and even the protagonists inner monologue sounds like a list of rationalizations. I was just uncomfortable the entire time and not really sure why. Normally, I could push through that, but the MC makes virtually zero emotional, romantic or martial progress. I got about eighty percent through without any tangible enjoyment and just gave up.

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Lacking story progression.

I felt that this book had the same problem as the second book. the main character hardly advances himself at all. the first book I felt the story moved well while the main character grows, but the second and third book, he kind of stagnates personal growth. maybe the next book will more the story along. As always though, Travis Baldree is a God among men. such a great narrator.

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A clunky addition to the series.

if this was book 2.5 in the series instead of book 3, I wouldn't be so disappointed. The "author notes" are there for some reason. Ever wonder what police were called in ancient China? Me either. Mc goes on a quest and not a lot of the cultivation bits I was hoping to enjoy. I returned it for credit.

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Still going. Where is my MacGuffin?!

The story is good. There are just a few issues that im having trouble getting used to. I want him to hurry up and find something that really makes him unique. Maybe not OP but at least really unique. This doesn't have that. He doesn't seem too curious... or HUNGRY for it. He's just not. Like in Cradle. Lindons hunger for power, that NEED really drove him. This guy just doesn't seem to have it yet. The story is still interesting. Barely. Nothing is bad. Good writing. Wonderful narrator. just need something... Where is the MacGuffin?

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Need the Next Book in the Series!

I truly enjoyed the novel and the series thus far, the next book can’t be released too soon!

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Another excellent installment

Tao Wong's Thousand Li series is excellent. His use of classical cultivation in a traditional setting as the series foundation is a pleasure to read and this installment does not fail to impress. Travis Baldree's narration is, as always, excellent and makes the book just that much better. I'm looking forward the next installment.

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You'll enjoy it.

It was a fun listen. The combat did not disappoint. I hope there a more to come.

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Does not do the other books justice

I understand not wanting to stick to the common tropes all the time but tropes are tropes for a reason. Im really hoping the next book gets us back on track.

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Not bad, but not great

The author’s notes were very jarring and prevented me from getting immersed in the story. The lack of progression, romantic, martial, and emotional, was disappointing. It wasn’t a bad story and I’ll continue to read the series but this one is the weakest of the current three.

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quite good

but there is one thing that I disliked immensely, randomly in the middle of a paragraph there will be a break for an "authors note" where the story stops while the author explains some random bit chinese lore or history. As if it would be difficult to ascertain why a noble might not want to be compared to a merchant. this happens several times and is completely jarring, I don't recall it ever happening in the previous book, if this is just something the author was testing out I hope he accepts it as a bad idea and never does it again.

otherwise this was great book there is some good character growth and the goals of the main character are both relatable and somewhat extraordinary, in the previous book he kinda got pushed around a lot by elders and seniors that tool him in hand to make sure he was doing what needed to be done for the development of his path, but in this book he makes decisions and defines goals for himself we can see him becoming a cultivator who manipulates his own destiny why also staying true to nature.

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  • 08-02-20

Book 2.5

This book feels like 2.5 insteaf of 3. Since it dosnt add much to the series and can nearly be skipped without missing to much

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  • Damien
  • 08-31-20

An enjoyable heist.

A deeply satisfying book, it does a good job of concluding this arc in the story. The entire objective of the book was enjoyable with the twists that came in getting there. Travis Baldree wss amazing as always.