The invasion is here. Already decimated by civil war, the armies of the Three Kingdoms struggle desperately to mount a defense against a force stronger than any they have fought before.
In the midst of the chaos, the actions and choices of a select few will shape the future of the land. Akira prepares to give up his Lordship. Ryuu wanders the Southern Kingdom, searching for a reason to fight. Moriko sits quietly, biding her time before she leaves the Three Kingdoms for good. Finally, across the Three Sisters, Nameless fight to keep his fragile alliance of clans together.
A new age is dawning in the Three Kingdoms. An age born in blood and sacrifice. An age shaped by the wind and the void.
©2016 Ryan Kirk (P)2016 Ryan Kirk
This is an easy and fun listen. Dialogue and writing is clichéd and predictable. But you do engage with the characters and I did stay up to finish it.
"Good but erratic flow at times."
Enjoyed series but in this book the author made several irrational plot twists that didn't support the flow of the story. Seemed forced at times as though character development was an afterthought. Having said that, I'd still recommend the series.
"Excellent! a great culmination"
A great series that I plan on reading several times for sure! one of my favorite narrators so far!
"Akira - The Blundering Surrender Monkey"
The saga begins to plod along in book 3 but the most glaring fault line in the story is how absolutely inept Akira is as a leader. First, he knowingly allowed a ruthless and brutal general to ride roughshod over his people, then he falls into a trap and is forced to surrender to Tanak. Then, through Tanak's death due to his own brand ineptitude, Akira becomes king of the two kingdoms.
Good enough so far but then after realizing that the Azirians would still overwhelm the 2 kingdom's combined forces he decides to surrender to Sen, lord of the 3rd kingdom, and through the kindness of Sen, he is handed over control of all 3 kingdoms.
He then launches a guerilla campaign against the divided Azirian clans to keep them in check but then decides to personally infiltrate a known enemy monk monastery with only a single soldier and against the sage advise of his advisor, Capt. Young, and as predictable as market bubbles, he gets caught and ... wait for it ... surrenders again!
While there are other story arcs playing out in this book, Ryuu, Moriko, Nameless, &c. they all pale when compared to Akira follies so, I'll leave it at that.
"Awesome conclusion to a great series"
This is a great conclusion to an awesome series that seems to be little known at this point. Great performance by the narrator and good pacing an exciting story from the author. Well done.
"A book of inconsistencies and petty squabbles"
I started optimistic with this book, but the story is far from well written.
The characters are inconsistent and unbelievable.
We have an “assassin” that’s changes personality every time i read about her.
The main issue is the King. He acts like a leader of a small town militia, and not a leader of kingdoms.
I know the book is about 3 kingdoms and an invasion. But based on the story development, its more like 3 small towns and a local dispute. The scale of the disputes and the plots are just wrong…. 6 people died when there should been 6 hundred or 6 thousand.
There are so many issues with the plot and story development in this book. It feels like a first draft, before the feed back.
"Siri would narrate better!"
Siri would have done a better job narrating this book. The story is fun but kind of amateurish.
"Great ending to a wonderful series"
Fun ride full of twists and turns hate turns to love for some characters and others just hate and respect!! I recommend!
"First time I've returned a book"
The narrator was so boring I made it to chapter 3 before I decided I couldn't finish the book. It feels like it's a very humansounding robot reading. I don't know if the book itself is good.
I want to point out that this is my first ever 1 star, and first time ever returning an audiobook to get my credit back, and I listen to ALOT of books.
A different type of story of the ninja . Interesting twist on the legendary Japanese warriors as the myths of did make them seem to have super human abilities. It wasn't the type of story that completely blows people away . It did keep me interested and entertained. I also appreciated that the author did not try to hard to shock or dismay the readers. He had a story to tell and told it without trying to pander to anyone.
"Fitting conclusion to the world."
This book does give us all we hope for in the trilogy. We have the magical Sense of the Nightblades and Dayblades. We see the Azarians and their true reason to drive into the Three Kingdoms, and how they planned to pull it off. Things get rather rough before they get better for the characters, and even a few don't make it. There was one death that really pulled at my heart strings. Touching. Everyone we've meet is affected in this book, as it should be.
Andrew has become a talented fantasy narrator that I look forward to listening to. He voices each character with a different tone and personality, both feeling to fit the character created by Ryan. He has a smooth cadence and rhythm to his narration that keeps the story moving forward and that I can listen to. It feels as there is much meaning to every word.
Ryan's written words are smooth as they flow to create the fantasy realm full of worries. I was drawn to the blend of his writing and Andrew's seamless flow of words, envisioning the world and troubles that are on the horizon. Ryan takes his time with each scene as it flows to the next. They aren't drawn out to be boring but well written to feel as you are actually in the world and get the full view and feel of events surrounding you. All options are explored and thought through to come to one decision.
There is so much happening in this world at different places that one POV doesn't cover it all. Ryan has given us chapters by specific characters at the center of the events. We hear from Ryuu, Moriko, Akira, and Nameless. This makes things so much easier to understand and follow, and Ryan keeps it very well organized for us to follow.
The world is in trouble with the Azarians breaking through the pass. But there are a few factors that come into play. The Azarians have a leader, but his main intent was to show his people to a world they could flourish and grow what they need to survive. Then we have Akira, a Lord that feels beaten by another Lord but will do what he must for his people, even if that's stepping down. Akira wants to see the Three Kingdoms united again. Yet Akira grows in his stepping down. He also grows in character with his actions he takes when the world is invaded. He's not the ruler you expect on the sidelines. No. He's the one that acts and does what will help his people. Ryuu feels he's not whole anymore, he has his own struggles. But with the help of Moriko he finds his way. Moriko just wants to leave the land, but she seems to be shown again and again things that surprise her.
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