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
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"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.
"Bones of a story but that's all."
There's the bones to a story but it is missing much needed details and transitions. jumps from one fantastic situation to the next but misses the development.
The book left me satisfied and it developed the characters even further and get quite attached them
good story if you're into ninjas and I like. I know the author tried butt he should have made more of an effort of World building I mean honestly they were only two cities that I know of and these azarians weren't more of a people they were just a amassing hoard bent on the destruction of what was already established. also this is only my personal pet peeve but usually modern fantasy should be a bit more darker it seemed as if there was no clear antagonist. I mean nameless could have been a decent contender but it should have been the audience's decision to whether to like him not the author's decision. there's nothing better than a good bad guy.
"definitely a good series I enjoyed every minute of"
The ending was not too much of a shock but it would definitely be what was needed. Everyone alive in the end is a fairly tale told to children
grate all round. couldn't put it down it. it's a good couple of books that are worth the time to listen to
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