“[Small birds] forgot kindness so quickly and remembered wrongs for so long … much like people.”
Well-conceived and well-written Japanese historical fantasy. Kind of a parallel universe with this world during the Kamakura shogunate. Plus an apt mix of real and fantastic.
“Once you got high enough, you cannot see the evils happening far below … while believing you see everything.”
Evokes another time and another place. A story as old as time. Multiple points of view and story arcs draw the reader into both this story and the culture at a pivotal moment in history. Enough threads were tied off to provide a satisfying conclusion to this volume, while unresolved threads draw the reader into the next. Well done.
“Hate was one of the world’s great evils, and it harmed one’s own soul.”
Heermann draws an apt contrast between the Way of the Warrior and the concerns and struggles of normal people. The contrast is most telling when comparing the Samurai—not with the poor, but with the rich and powerful, but political.
“There was no before, and no after, only the Now.”