Two cycles have passed since Ryuu lost his adopted father, and he dares to hope that he's found peace at last. But nightblades live by the sword, and when a new breed of warrior threatens the Southern Kingdom, Ryuu and Moriko are pulled to opposite edges of the known world to uncover mysteries that have lain dormant for hundreds of cycles.
As the three kingdoms descend into chaos, the two nightblades must decide what they stand for. There's no place to hide, and the secrets they reveal will have the power to change the world forever.
©2015 Ryan Kirk (P)2016 Ryan Kirk
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With the brutal torturing of Book 1 not present, Book 2 was better for it. While both Ryuu and Moriko had formed a loving strong bond, it wasn't long before the pending war sent them on different paths to accomplish some critical tasks. The thrust of this book was really focused on Moriko's plight of survival from hypersensory hunters and their more powerful leader, along with her Nightblade capabilities improving along the way. Ryuu, too, improved his capabilities but under less harrowing conditions.
Unfortunately, the story suffered from very predictable battle situations. The opponent(s) were always stronger and/or more numerous than before but somehow, just before the protagonists were to meet their doom, some unknown inner strength propelled them forward to win and live to fight another day. It was like listening to a Naruto anime and I kept imagining hearing "BELIEVE IT!".
Also, the whole method for them leveling up seemed rather thin, some just magically happening by a snap in their consciousness.
Still, the writing and narration was still good enough to maintain my interest.
"A good story."
A little slow to start but ultimately as good as the first book. It's a good listen
"ok. not favorite"
The book overall was good but for me not excellent. It has its charms and yet just lacked some of the appeal others in this genre have. Not sure if I will finish the series yet or not. Seems a bit predictable.
"When people are too noble it gets pathetic. "
Good but the main character was too noble... Yes I know some people are good... but when people are so noble they challenge god for omnipotent nobility and patience... it just gets annoying and frustrating.
"Book two continues on from book two."
Nicely done. New characters were introduced while existing characters and storyline were further developed. Not the page turner of book one but still satisfying. Looking forward to book three!
"it's that bad."
the author needs to add punctuation and/or, the reader needs to infer it.
overall concept is fine, but poor dialogue, motivations and timing make it painful.
finished it because I didn't have enough data to download a new book till I got on wifi.
thumbs up. a a a a a a a a a a a a a! thumbs way way up there
What a wonderful continuation of this story. I love the way everything is described. Now on to book 3.
"Nightblades and Hunters"
Interesting character developments and introduction of new characters to keep the flow as well as plot progression. Overall great book and much more enticing and informative than the first book. Can't wait for the conclusion in the 3rd book. Will be starting that soon. But I love how there is a subtle comparison of how Moriko and Ryuu develop their abilities in different ways by the encounters and battles they are forced to have on their travels.
"Star wars meets samuri sevev"
Nice fun read ....doing what a Si Fi should creating adventure throught charatet development boom
"I should have loved this....but I didn't"
This one was about as good as the sequel. I found myself interested enough to continue listening but felt that the repetition of the same things about sword battles again and again left me dry.
I have seen it in other books like David Dalgleish ones where the combatants just keep getting faster and more impossibly skillful and it becomes hard to swallow after a while. This didn't have the depth of the Dalgleish books to compensate for the lack of ingenuity in the descriptions of battle
I don't think I would recommend this series unfortunately. Not bad enough to ask for my credit back but I wouldn't choose it again
"I thought I'd give the second book a go..."
Although the concept is good, it is a terribly written book with over repartition of words, huge inconsistencies and characters that need much more development and less whining.
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