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.
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate the most enjoyable?
It was a great blend of Japanese culture and mystical adventure.
What other book might you compare Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate to and why?
None I have read so far
Which scene was your favorite?
Two many to note... all of it was well done and could not be separated
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It flowed well and would say yes.
Any additional comments?
It is worth the credit I used for it
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
After the first book, which I adored, I had to find and listen to this one. The story is well written and I love the fact that it flows so differently from stories I’m used to. The characters are colorful, the meaning is well purveyed, and it has everything from comedy to drama to action. I would suggest this to anyone who enjoys Japanese culture and fantasy. The narrator really makes the characters come alive.
I enjoy this series and this one was so far the best. I recommend it highly.
i liked it but the change from episodic to a continuous storu was missed. other then that it was qouit enjoyable
This part shouldve been in he first book just seemed like a repect of the first story.