Red Blade from the East (Gonji #1) (Deathwind Trilogy #1)

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Title: Red Blade from the East

Series: Gonji

Author: T.C. Rypel

Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 316

Format: Kindle





Gonji, half breed Japanese ronin, wanders Europe as a sell-sword, looking for the legendary Deathwind.

What that is, we’re never told.

Ending up in the town of Vedun, a safe haven made up of a large Christian community, Gonji must decide whether to help the townsfolk with their new supernatural overlord or to seek out the deathwind on his own.

How is a ronin supposed to keep his Honor, when everything around him conspires against that?


My Thoughts:

I wished I enjoyed this more. However, I did like it and will keep on reading this series. I know there are at least 4 more books, so I’m hoping with some experience that some of the rough patches in this book are smoothed out in later books.

I think that how Gonji’s past was handled, dribbled out in tiny doles, was what I disliked the most. A sentence in this chapter, a sentence in another. In another circumstance, it might very well have worked. But here, it just didn’t.


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