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Poison River: Legend of the Five Rings: A Daidoji Shin Mystery Paperback – December 1, 2020
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Daidoji Shin, unrepentant wastrel with a taste for scandal and dice, coasts through his role as Crane Clan’s trade envoy in the City of the Rich Frog. But when a case of poisoned rice threatens the brittle peace between the competing clans, the Imperial Governor drags Shin from his indolence and orders him to find the culprit. Despite himself, Shin uncovers an intriguing conspiracy involving more than just dead rats. A murder with no body and a missing actress present a distraction that could finally make Shin put in a full day’s work, and maybe even save the city from tearing itself apart.
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“Classic pulp adventure story, fast paced and engrossing. He effortlessly captures the feel of the period in his prose.” ― The British Fantasy Society
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- Publisher : Aconyte; Paperback Original edition (December 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1839080191
- ISBN-13 : 978-1839080197
- Item Weight : 3.99 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #708,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At it's hart, basically a lite noir detective story in a fantasy Japan-esqe setting, which was really cool. The story kept you guessing right up until the end as well, and there wasn't a super obvious solution either, which was pretty neat.
I immediately bought the sequel after this first novel - hoping the series continues!
While I'm sure this book is aimed primarily at L5R fans, I enjoyed it thoroughly. If you're a fan of mystery-solving duos (like Reynolds' Royal Occultist works), there's a lot here for you to enjoy.
This is my first foray into the world of Legend of the 5 Rings universe and hopefully not my last. Intrigue and warring factions in the land of Rokugan come to the attention of the unexpected Daidoji Shin, "Crane Clan’s trade envoy in the City of the Rich Frog." I'm enamored. I loved Shin. Hes a scion of a powerful clan, one of the Seven Great Clans, the Cranes. Sent here it seems, out of sight of his house, Shin is happily settling in, as he explains to his hard put upon sidekick the samurai Hiramori Kasami a blade of the clan and Shin's bodyguard, to a life "far from the prying eyes of the Crane, or the politicking of the Winter Court. We can both relax here, serene in the knowledge that our responsibilities are minimal and no one cares about us in the least.” Well that conceit doesn't last long.
I have always had a soft spot for the sharp and observant mind hiding behind the mannerisms of an aesthete fop. Shin is that to a Tee with more than a touch of Holmsian incisive understanding. His love of theater, of Kabuki comes into play in this fantasy detective novel set in a place reminiscent of medieval Japan with various attendant gods and spirits.
A multi layered mystery concerning poisoned rice, leading to wider encompassing circles. Cleverly written, replete with acerbic and descriptive language.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of Daidoji Shin.
An Aconyte Books ARC via NetGalley
Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change
(Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
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I thoroughly recommend it!