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This was my first Legend of the Five Rings novel. I never read any of the ones that came out in the old AEG days of the game. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story didn't end up where I expected it'd go. Or rather, it did in a sense, but took an unexpected route getting there. I knocked it a star because the pacing is a bit off at times (some events drag, other important stuff wraps up in a paragraph or two) and because I would've liked to spend more time discovering the lore of the main antagonist and location. But overall, I breezed through it, appreciated the strong Rokugan feel, and really liked the well-developed tone and vibe of the story and prose. It starts with a storm in the mountains, and maintains a cold, quiet feel, even as the action hits. I look forward to more L5R novels.
Really enjoyed the first published Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) novel from Aconyte Books. Having read the previously published L5R books published many years ago and other books by the author, I can say this is some of the best L5R fiction so far. The main "villain" was a little annoying at first but came into his own. The two samurai-ko main characters were the best part of the book. They portrayed the very L5R theme of the conflict between duty and desire excellently. This is a book that will appeal greatly to L5R fans and really anyone wanting a samurai-fantasy book. I took away one star only because I felt the beginning dragged some what getting to the meat of the story. I can't wait for the next in the series. Based on NetGalley copy provided by publisher.