It is the season of war.
As the plum blossom winds herald spring in the Empire of Wa, Initiate Brother Shuyun, spiritual advisor to Lord Shonto, the military governor of the northernmost province of Seh, receives a shocking message from the barbarian lands. The massive army of the Golden Khan is poised at their border. Forced to retreat south, Lord Shonto is caught between the pursuing barbarian hordes and his own hostile emperor’s Imperial Army.
Meanwhile, the beautiful young Lady Nishima again becomes involved in court intrigue as well as in a dangerous romantic liaison.
Even as this trap closes on Shonto and his allies, Brother Shuyun faces a crisis of his own. For in the same scroll that warned of the invasion was a sacred udumbara blossom, a sign his order has awaited for a thousand years, a sign that the Great Teacher has finally been reborn. And now it may fall to one young monk with extraordinary powers to save his empire.
Praise for Sean Russell: “This is perfectly plotted, beautifully written fantasy.” (Publishers Weekly on The One Kingdom)
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Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant
I have read and listened to this book and the prequel probably a dozen times and am always amazed at the complexity and depth of the novel. It's an amazing story, heavy on symbolism, culture, and mysticism.
The stately pace of the novels is fantastic.
Only the other book in this series.
Alexander is a solid narrator with a good command of voices, BUT there are 2 characters that are downright annoying. Both are Asian, but one sounds like a New Jersey cab driver and the other sounds (no kidding) like a bad Yoda impersonation.
Luckily these are minor characters, but when they appear, their voices are somewhat of a distraction.
This is the ONLY downside to a fantastic audiobook experience, though.
I was genuinely sad when it was over.
a fine read
- Matthew D. Bixby