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Tokyo Blood Magic: A Cultivation Adventure Series (Shinjuku Shadows Book 1) Kindle Edition
He’s never failed a witch hunt before. Until he must hunt the only woman he’s ever loved...
When Django Wong, a modern-day ninja turned sorcerer, takes a job to track down a newly Awakened witch, he discovers that his target is not only his lost love, but now she’s an enforcer for the Black Lotus Clan, a ruthless yakuza syndicate.
But time can change a person. Is she the girl who used to love him, a yakuza slave, or a deadly black witch?
With a smart-mouthed magical house cat as his ally, Django must protect her from other Hunter-Seekers sent to kill her until he can learn the truth of her allegiance. And not only that, if he can't stop her from stealing a powerful magical relic, the Black Lotus Clan will launch a bloodbath in Shinjuku’s streets.
Perfect for fans of Bleach or Fullmetal Alchemist, Tokyo Blood Magic brings you ninja sorcerers, femme fatales, savage monsters, martial arts action, and powerful cultivation. Pick it up now and start the adventure!
- ASIN : B08N5H5ZZ6
- Publisher : Shadow Alley Press; 1st edition (December 8, 2020)
- Publication date : December 8, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1688 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 360 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08Q6RVXHD
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #603,176 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are some great lines in the books I will keep in mind when running my own rpg's like "Grifters gotta grift" which would be perfect for Shadowrun or describing many politicians. "Spitwads at Godzilla" made me laugh.
I was intrigued by the easter egg for readers of Travis's Ronin books.
I hope there is a sequel or at the very least a few short stories to continue the setting. It would be neat to see what other players exist in other lands. African Mage Societies might be neat to drop in or the Dreamtime as Australia is a bit closer and the Dreamtime fits pretty well with the spirit land they visit in this tale.
It would be neat to have a bit of Wu Ch'eng-en's Monkey tale if there is some travel to China. A certain Stone Monkey would seem a natural NPC to cause a bit of havoc in this setting.
P.S. as an aside. And coincidence the magic system used in the story reminds me of a game I worked on decades ago that never got published called Empyrean with elements of Ars Magica and Amber Diceless with a dash of Highlander and Monster Hunter. Very cool.
Django is quickly caught up in a web of corruption and caught in a burgeoning between rival gang members while his heart struggles with his order to bring her in or kill her if she refuses.
He is befriended by a cat who is a reincarnated someone with great powers. Now that's a sidekick! It was fun and a non-stop adventure with an ending for the lovers, which might not follow the journey, but feeds the balance of the scales quite satisfactorily.
I didn't care for the end so much, but I look forward to Django's next adventure.
My complaints with this novel are twofold. Firstly at the start, Django does so much soliloquising about killing his former love that by the time the pace starts to pick up, you are ready to kill her yourself just for the peace and quiet. Secondly the love of Django 's life is portrayed in very flat terms at the start. Consequently the reader cannot garner much sympathy for her thus struggling to understand all Django'a whining.
Once the story gets going, it is decently interesting, containing some unexpected twists in the plot.
This above average story does not end in a cliffhanger but it will be continued.
This story takes place with a Japanese background which adds to the uniqueness of this monster hunting. Django is a troubled kid - emo style - who is charged with keeping a lid on the supernatural evil forces and away from the unsuspecting. These evil creatures are not run-of-the-mill and are drawn from Japanese folklore, which is a nice departure from the usual monsters...Django does have a lot on his plate as he is trying to keep it together since he has lost a lot and is being asked to take on even more. Helping him shoulder this burden is a feline character that is unexpectedly called...Cat. Tongue-in-cheek, this sidekick adds some dark humor with dry wit and caustic comments which help the MC from melting down completely. To make his life worse he forced to hunt down someone important to him whilst trying to circumspectly save her. Once the action starts there are twists and turns that the reader will not expect. Look forward to seeing what happens next!
You follow this flawed, troubled teen into his world where he struggles to balance; an obligation to an ancient society keeping the supernatural at bay, revenge on a criminal organization who destroyed his family, and saving the only person he loved.
Helping the main character is my favorite, Cat. The droll feline who drags the main character out of his emo head and drops some lovely one liners.
For those who enjoy the figures, creatures, places, and tales of Japanese folklore, I think you will be delighted how they infuse this novel set in modern day Tokyo.