The Steel Within the Soul (Gonji #2) (Deathwind Trilogy #2) DNF@10%

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Title: The Steel Within the Soul
Series: Gonji
Author: T.C. Rypel
Rating: 1 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: Abandoned
Format: Kindle

 

My Thoughts:

This was initially put out in the 80’s and then re-released/issued in ’13. I don’t know how the original read, but it is obvious that the author did not spend those 30 years polishing up his authorial skills.

It was complete and utter amateur. It sounded like something that I would write, on a better day. But that isn’t good enough. So I’m done with this book, this series and quite possibly this author. Which is too bad, because I really like the ideas put forth.

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

 

 

 

Synopsis:

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.