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The Initiate Brother Duology

The Initiate Brother Duology Plague and warfare have swept across the Orient ravaging the ancient kingdom of Wa devastating the royal line and leaving a new dynasty on the throne a new Emperor Akantsu filled with fear of all

  • Title: The Initiate Brother Duology
  • Author: Sean Russell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Plague and warfare have swept across the Orient, ravaging the ancient kingdom of Wa, devastating the royal line, and leaving a new dynasty on the throne a new Emperor, Akantsu, filled with fear of all who might seek to wrest the Empire from his grasp Among those out of favor with the new liege is the Order of the Botahist Monks, whose mystical powers have enabled them toPlague and warfare have swept across the Orient, ravaging the ancient kingdom of Wa, devastating the royal line, and leaving a new dynasty on the throne a new Emperor, Akantsu, filled with fear of all who might seek to wrest the Empire from his grasp Among those out of favor with the new liege is the Order of the Botahist Monks, whose mystical powers have enabled them to hold positions as Spiritual Advisers to the Imperial court for nearly ten centuries But Emperor Akantsu fears none so greatly as he does Lord Shonto, the brilliant leader of the most important of the Old Families, whose influence could rally the Great Houses against the throne, and whose adopted daughter, the beautiful and talented Lady Nishima, is the last surviving member of the old royal family Sent to be military Governor of a northern border province long threatened by barbarian invaders, Lord Shonto knows he is being lured to his death But Akantsu has underestimated his foe, for not only is Lord Shonto the greatest military genius of the age, but he has with him a Spiritual Adviser from the Botahist Order a young man gifted with extraordinary martial arts skills and magical abilities, Initiate Brother Shuyun And even Lord Shonto does not realize the true potential of this young monk Only time will reveal that Shuyun s magical powers have not seen their equal in nearly a thousand years not since the Perfect Master himself walked the paths of the Empire

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    1. The melding of both Chines and Japanese cultures, languages and mythos was a bit hard to swallow at first--but after giving it a second try and coming at it as if this book was written in a completely fantasy world with eerie similarities to two earth culturesIt was far easier to handle and became a very enjoyable read. I found myself swept away by the beautiful places described, the ceremonies and the traditions as well as the story line itself. Very nice book and very well written.

    2. These books are epic in scale and beautifully written. The scope of the book, the excellent character development and intricate stories lines, exquisite descriptions of the landscape and culture. These books are a must read.

    3. Absolutely loved it, both the concept and the execution were brilliant. Made me really think at certain points about what would happen.

    4. Warning: there are some minor spoilers, but with no real detail, so you should be good to read this even if you haven't read the book unless hints are taboo to you.This book was recommended to me in passing on a forum as a good counterpoint to the awful Stormdancer, one that builds a viable, believable, and intricate fantasy society based on Asian cultures about as much as most western fantasy is based on generic feudal European or Hellenistic cultures.The prose is rich and indulgent, full of li [...]

    5. Sean Russell's The Initiate Brother is a stunning work of fantasy, where we travel to a world rich in detail and full of both action and political intrigue. In this duology, we travel to the Empire of Wa, which is slowly but surely beginning to crumble. The old dynasty has been toppled and the new Emperor, Akanstu, is constantly looking for a dagger in the back. Tremors of the plague epidemic still rock the outer provinces, and corruption spreads like an ink stain on paper. The monks of the Bota [...]

    6. I have been asking myself what is "good writing" anyway? I'm not yet sure I know the answer to that question, but here's what I've come up with so far. I think a bad writer's writing often gets in the way of the story being told while a good writer's writing has a way of creating moods and auras of experience that can very much enhance the story. If this definition works for you, then I am sure you will agree that the two books of The Initiate Brother are quite "good writing". This "Douology" (i [...]

    7. So far this fictional world that Sean Russell has built is very detailed. The story consist of something of an anthology told in omniscient third person following the empire of Wa a very powerful family known as the Shonto family as well as a group of monks called the Botahist monks who study Botahura's teaching of magical abilities known as chi-ten. These characters get more and more developed as the story goes the chapters have poems at the beginning of them to help describe the mood. by the e [...]

    8. Sean Russell's The Initiate Brother duology is on the top of my list of favorite books. The heavy inspiration from Lord of the Rings and Chinese Dynasties is a fantastic combination with humble and devious machinations from the Shonto house. A refreshing romance with the gender roles switched in terms of innocence. The brotherly feud between the Katta brothers. All flows in and through this book in a wonderful story.

    9. Currently up to page 172 (yawn). Sparks of interest, really like the consistency of the world of a Japanese/Chinese culture and the mysteries being unfolded, but the constant cha and bowing along with the endless cryptic dialogue (yawn). It's going to take me awhile to get through this.

    10. I'm not sure if it was the story or narrator, but this book just didn't hold my interest. But the last 2 chapters finally got interesting, making me want to read more. However given that I really didn't care about the rest of it, I'm not sure if I want too.

    11. Well written, engaging characters. Tricky last names with similarities caused some confusion but overall, great plot and story line. Swell ending.

    12. Outstanding! A wonderfully created world. Heroism and Tragedy. War and Peace. Love and Betrayal. Duty and Honor. Art, Culture, and Barbarism.

    13. A solid read. Reminded me a lot of Guy Gavriel Kay's 'Under Heaven' and 'River of Stars'. Not the 'Neo from Matrix' I was anticipating, but something completely different and special.

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