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!
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.
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What did you love best about Red Blade from the East?
The clash of cultural differences and the need to overcome those differences to work together for sheer survival.
What did you like best about this story?
I am a Martial Arts Master of 30 years. This book has particular appeal to me. I give it 5 stars because it is a Masterpiece encompassing such an expanse of characters, plots, story lines, philosophies and more. This book is a treasure that will benefit any reader by multiple readings. It sits in the company of Lord of the Rings, Don Quixote, and The Art of War. I interpret Gonji as Miyamoto Musashi, author of The Book of Five Rings. If a novel had been written of his life as a fiction story...I believe Gonji would hit the mark as well as could be done.
What does Brian Holsopple bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The audio edition allows the listener to experience the long lost art of storytelling. The audio edition allows the listener to tap into a different part of the human brain that stimulates multiple senses; making the experience more fulfilling than is had from simply reading the same story. I read this book originally 30 years ago.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Gonji realized that his and Simon's path lead in different directions and they must part ways.
Any additional comments?
This book is a treasure that will benefit any reader by multiple readings. It sits in the company of Lord of the Rings, Don Quixote, and The Art of War. I interpret Gonji as Miyamoto Musashi, author of The Book of Five Rings. If a novel had been written of his life as a fiction story...I believe Gonji would hit the mark as well as could be done.
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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