If Blade’s Edge began a third of the way in, I would’ve loved it. So much of the latter 70% speak to Virginia McClain’s strengths and skills as a writer: she constructs an intricate world, inspired by Japanese culture and society with samurai who wield elemental magic; the conflict that dominates this novel has bearing on the real world; the action scenes McClain writes are excellent, and her characters are likable…after a fashion. Let’s expand on all these.
The Councilate seeks to control its territory by any means; legal, political or by force of arms. Its leaders believe in what they're doing but what does it mean for those under their dominion?
Genre: Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery
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