Monday, April 14, 2014

Dragonfly Warrior review


Blurb:
The Mechanica Wars: Savage Machines Are Afoot...

At the age of twenty, Kanze Zenjiro's bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to protect the throne of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him.

Zen embarks on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must live up to his nickname, the Dragonfly Warrior, and kill all his enemies with only a sword and a pair of six-guns and somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness.
 
My review:
The Iberian Empire is slowly making its way across the land, mercilessly defeating one country after another, and Zen's beloved home is in their path. Kanze Zenjiro is the Dragonfly Warrior, his people's best Samurai and prince to the throne. To help win his kingdom allies, Zen goes on a quest to find the mystical Sky Blade. His journey takes him to a wild land that could destroy this young and honorable warrior. Zen believes Fate will direct him to the right path, but does he have enough faith to follow it?

This is the incredible debut novel by Jay Noel. It's a mix of steampunk, western, and adventure with the addition of Samurais. The world building is fantastic. A place of great diversity, history, and mystery. I love how the old traditions are so seamlessly woven in with new technology. Even the machines seem a bit magical.

Zen is an admirable character, a paladin of compassion and honor. He was amazing to watch on this adventure, but I know a harder time is ahead of him. I'm eager to see how he handles what Fate has in store for him. The whole cast of characters is amazing. Enapay and Neva are two of my favorites. And the Machine Boy is fascinating.

Not only is it an amazing story, but the writing is clean and well edited. It was wonderfully formatted too. I can't wait for the next book in Noel's series!
 
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17 comments:

  1. Wow! I love the mashing of these different genres. Thanks for the great review.

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  2. Wow, you wrote a great review and totally made me wanna copy of this!

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  3. I didn't expect anything less than awesome from Jason!

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  4. It sounds fantastic. Your review has convinced me to pick it up.

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  5. Oh this sounds GREAT!!! I'm loving the steampunk genre and can't wait to read this one!

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  6. That's quite a mashup! Love that hero on the cover. He jumps right into the middle of things.

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  7. Thanks for the review! I can't wait to read Jay's book. It's been waiting to be read on my Kindle for too long.

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  8. I've loved the cover for this since the first time I saw it. It just promises an action-packed time!

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  9. I'd read it if my son would give it back! he's not done...

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  10. It sounds like a great book! I need to read it! :)

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  11. I caught your review the other day, and it really means a lot to me. Thank you! I was a little down at the time, and your encouraging words really helped me out of a slump.

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  12. Great review! This sounds like such a unique book...

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  13. Sounds like a fun mashup. Nice review, Christine.

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful combination! And WOOT for Jay! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  15. Interesting. It reminds me a bit of Firefly. Thanks for the review, Christine.

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