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When enigmatic nonhuman visitors arrive from the sea, the very foundations of the Middle Kingdom are under attack. The evil agenda of these invaders sparks a massive war that will determine the fate of the Ming dynasty and the nations beyond. A legendary swordsman allies himself with a banished Shaolin monk, a defeated bandit chieftain, a carefree Mongolian merchant, and aWhen enigmatic nonhuman visitors arrive from the sea, the very foundations of the Middle Kingdom are under attack. The evil agenda of these invaders sparks a massive war that will determine the fate of the Ming dynasty and the nations beyond. A legendary swordsman allies himself with a banished Shaolin monk, a defeated bandit chieftain, a carefree Mongolian merchant, and an unknown philosopher who knows the only hope for victory. Together, this band of misfits strives to be proven worthy of the impossible task before them, even finding themselves at the Emperor's doorstep. Determined to combat the invaders' initial offensives, they must also help the Ming Army repel countless internal enemies who have rallied to bring down the mighty Ming dynasty....

Title : The Sage, the Swordsman and the Scholars
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ISBN : 9781483437460
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Number of Pages : 238 Pages
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The Sage, the Swordsman and the Scholars Reviews

  • Kirstie Ellen
    2019-01-23 17:03

    The Sage, the Swordsman, and the ScholarsI received a copy of this book from Pierre in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!Something DifferentThe thing that really had me hooked on this book and invested me in its out-come was the setting. SSS (as I’m going to call it, for the sake of my fingers) is a work of really exciting fantasy that takes place in China during the reign of the Ming Dynasty. The book follows multiple perspectives, that of the swordsman, Sun Xin, some ‘academicians’, and a sage (sort of like a spiritual healer). All of their stories are connected although they may not realise it. Foreigners (the Terukk) have landed all over the empire and have demanded (and received) equal trading rights - something that no foreigner is ever granted. And this is where fantasy enters the stage. They’re very strange looking and our protagonists are slowly becoming more suspicious of them as time goes by. Why? Because it becomes apparent that something else is going on and they are not what they first appeared to be.Fun FactsPierre was kind enough to share some facts about this period with me so I would like to share some of them with you! Sun Xin, the swordsman, is based off a Youxia (a wandering warrior). There were many of these during this time and they were also extremely skilled in fighting and whatnot. Sun Xin doesn’t really ‘answer’ to anyone - he’s like a freelance, fighting for who and what he believes in. Throughout the book he picks and chooses his fights and the whole book acts as a sort of self discovery journey for him as he wrangles through the rights and wrongs of fighting. There were also many secret societies that existed in Medieval China. This is reflected in the book as there are a great deal of organisations along the way. Which of course adds to the serious coolness of the characters as they swish their swords and the slay the enemy is a awe inspiring ninja monk way.Admiral Jheng (one of the prominent characters in the book) was actually based off a real person. He was exploring long before Da Gama and Colombus and also had enormous treasure ships - something that somewhat comes into play throughout the book with one particularly loud and funny character, but I’ll leave him for you to discover.The weapons we see in the book are based off field equipment used by the Mings. Japanese pirates were a real threat to the coastlines by the 16th century, many of which were former Samurai which made them tough competition (I told you there was cool ninja monk action). “Ming” actually means “bright” or “shining” - and the dynasty lasted from 1368 until 1644. In other words, a long time. Emperor Zhu was one of the very few emperors who refused to have concubines. He was only 21 years old when the events of the book take place.What I EnjoyedThis book was a lot of fun to read! I need to start with saying that the COOLEST thing about this was the fact that it's set in a different setting to the 'norm' - medieval China! I mean, how often does that happen? I think it was well paced and filled with just the right amount of battle scenes. The swapping of perspectives worked well and helped to keep things lively - it avoided any too slow moments (and a lot of the characters go on long walks to different places, the downside of not having cars, eh?), so thank goodness for that. The characters were a lot of fun to meet and read about and although I failed miserably to remember everyone’s names and who was who I managed. I may have had to draw myself diagrams to do so, however. Each character was unique and there’s a huge variety of personalities. It allowed for humour and more serious moments to go back to back with smooth transitions thanks to this diverse cast of people - and thank goodness for that, because if I had to chose one word to describe Sun Xin, I’d go with broody. The fight scenes were by far my favourites parts of the book. There was just enough fantastical elements in the story to allow for some really cool stuff to happen during the battles. Nothing was overdone when it came to fantasy, sure the foreigners were a little weird - but any magic seemed to fit right in as it came across as more of a divine power from good/bad gods than just special people going ALAKAZAM. The battles were grand in scale and involved this not-magic that helped weave in a religious presence without making it overpowering. Sun Xin was amazing whenever he fought seeing as he has amazing sword skills. It would be amazing to see this book turn into a film. Actually, I think this would make a splendid TV series - anyone in?I can’t waiting to continue reading the series and so much has been set up for an epic story to unfurl. the home of the Terukk was really interesting to learn about - the part of my brain that just loves fantasy started hyperventilating when we got a glimpse of that world. I really want to know what their big plan is seeing as they were slowly mind washing the population into submission with the drug they were giving everyone. WHY ARE YOU SO EVIL? I’m super intrigued by it all and I really want to see where the story is going to go from here.Some of my Favourite Quotes:"Even if one bridge is far longer than the other, it is naught if it cannot reach the other side.""After all, what is darkness but the mere absence of light?"SummaryI am very pleased to have had the chance to read this book. It really was interesting and a lot of fun. I hope that the rest of the series, which I will be reading, follows suit. You should definitely pick up a copy of this book as it is worth reading!! If you enjoy fantasy, action, or history then this is your JAM. Happy reading!

  • Chris Thomas
    2019-01-29 11:15

    Well. That went quick! Here we go;In my view, there are four main elements needed to have a successful novel. 1st, and most importantly is a good plot, which this book mist certainly has. It is complex, moves at a good pace and really keeps you turning (or scrolling) the pages. This is the books strongest point. 2nd, a book needs well thought out and interesting characters, here the book falls a little short. The basis is there for the characters, their backgrounds are well thought out and their motives are clear, they fit into the plot well but they lack a bit of personality. I don't feel as if I know them very well and the relationships aren't as dynamic as they could be. There needs to be more dialogue between the characters in order to build these relationships and in order to help us as the reader to really enter the minds of the characters and be taken along in the story *with* them, rather than the narrator telling us about their thoughts and feelings. This is obviously a matter of taste. Some authors in the sci-fi genre have a grander style that focuses more on national identities, and less on the individual personalities of the characters. I think the fantasy genre is more interested in the individual's journey through life and how the world changes them and their world view. The author here shows more influences from that sci-fi perspective when it comes to characterisation. 3rd is a good setting, or world. This is another very strong point of the novel. The setting is rather unique, I haven't seen many books set in mediaeval China. The setting is very well researched and so is the history that goes with it. The imagery of ancient and mediaeval China is great too.4th is the action. A good story needs plenty of action in my opinion. This novel does well in the battle scenes, very detailed and complex. Reminds me of the great battles in LOTR and Terry Brooks' novels, but lacks in other parts. There is a lack of tension in the individual fight scenes and they are over too quickly. Perhaps more detail about fighting styles, more of a build up, and more of a reason behind some of them, rather than just plain robberies or brawls. The rating then, goes like this. one full star each for points 1 & 3. half a star each for points 2&4. I usually award the fifth star to books that generally have touched me emotionally or that have completely changed my outlook on life, which is a rather rare thing and (if you look at my average rating) I don't award frequently. Alas, this novel doesn't do that. Overall I enjoyed reading this novel and once I had got past the info dump in the first 10% of the book, it became very pleasurable to read. I'm definitely looking forward to the (spoiler) demon generals in the next novel. It is on the short side and if the author does decide to revise, means that there is plenty of room to reach all that potential.

  • Rochelle
    2019-02-07 15:13

    Full review here: enjoyed the martial arts movie-like feels I got from this.

  • Chitra
    2019-01-26 16:06

    Those who know me know that one of my favourite animes of all time is Rurouni Kenshin. So when the author contacted me and offered me this book in exchange for review, I read the premise and accepted immediately. The samurai, Sun Xin, most definitely reminds me of Kenshin (Known to those watching dubbed versions of anime as Samurai X). He doesn’t serve anyone in particular, he’s sort of a vigilante with legendary skills among the criminals but to his master he is still an errant student. The one who left without showing proper respect or appreciation of the home he had been given. Then we follow a banished monk who is certainly more than he seems to be. Again, reminds me of an anime character (the monk from Inu Yasha minus the pervyness) Yes, you’re going to see anime references. I like anime. I like references. If you have a problem with that I’ll hire both Sun Xin and Samurai X to hunt you down. Back to the book. The descriptions of the aliens was honestly terrifying. Pale men who come into the government and take over by way of bribing and making false promises is scary, especially when it’s out in the open that they are allowed a lot of privileges that no one else is. The country is in unrest and these three take it on upon themselves to figure out what the hell is going on. The author seems to have very extensive knowledge about this time period and that made this a very trustworthy book to read. There weren’t any changes in the language (it was all very pompous and formal) and there weren’t any discrepancies in the continuation of the characteristics. They maintained their true selves throughout. But the thing is, I wasn’t about to see much of a difference between their tones. The author could have made the book more detailed and colourful, in the beginning Sun Xin meets this unassuming old man who actually turns out to be rather powerful. The entire portion lasted one page when it could have been half a chapter. It would have been better that way, the reader would have had more time with these characters and fallen in love with them right from the beginning. I wonder if an editor cut out the portion because it felt hurried. The author has a brilliant storyline. Some nice characters but I do think he needs to work more on his writing style. Especially the consistency. There were some absolutely nerve-racking portions (The Ship Logs) and some sentimental ones that made me sad (Sun Xin and Meiling) but the pace wasn’t steady. If you like more serous historic fiction then this is definitely for you. If you’re like me and prefer more Asian fantasy than historic fiction + fantasy then this is not for you. While I did enjoy my time in Medieval China, I wasn’t as satisfied as I expected to be. I hope the author goes for another rewrite and turns this wonderful story into the epic it is meant to be, and maybe include a few female characters. 2.5 stars.

  • Kristian
    2019-01-26 13:06

    I give this an easy 4.5 / 5(I saw this featured on a giveaway and since I didn't win, I was sure to purchase my own copy)As someone with Chinese heritage and ancestry, this book was absolutely fantastic. In mainstream fantasy, it is extremely rare to find books set in an Asian background, much less one that is set in late Medieval China so this was really refreshing! Not many people know about Chinese history but man, this book is a great way to introduce fantasy readers to Chinese civilization. I was really excited to have found this book and it did not let me down. The action sequences, intense battle scenes and epic warfare were very well-thought out (the author is quite the choreographer). The level of detail in the scenes and in the world-building was immersive that I just kept myself turning page after page. This is the first time I have read a Wuxia-style novel with Mohist philosophical foundations and elements of high fantasy common in Western style fantasy books.I really appreciate that the author is well-versed in Chinese history and was sure to focus on the small details such as the use of Northern and Southern names, basic workings of the bureaucratic government, as well as the customs and mindsets of the era. The story itself is very unique as it employs actual history and historical backgrounds, and blends seamlessly with fantasy elements. The idea that nonhuman visitors from an uncharted continent arrives from the sea is so unique yet so reminiscent of the European age of exploration. I especially love how the author employed the story of the great Admiral Zheng He and his seven epic voyages with the Ming Treasure fleet. The author took liberties with the mysterious elements of Zheng's story to utilize it nicely with the development of the conflict.The main character is badass. He is a legendary swordsman who achieved his "legendary" status relatively young in life (as he is only in his late 20's). He comes off as brooding and serious, strong and intelligent, yet is someone who has been through much hurt and mental anguish. There is a colorful cast of characters from very different backgrounds that come together in an entertaining and fascinating way. This book is full of philosophical insight, great battle scenes and fight sequences, suspense and mystery. I am so ready for part 2. I give it 4.5/ 5 simply because there were a couple of minor and forgettable typos that I wish I could fix. Hahaha.

  • Jen!
    2019-01-22 16:54

    Review can also be seen here - combustiblereviews.comNote: The Author, (who’s really nice!), emailed me and offered me the opportunity to read his book which I gladly excepted because historical fantasy set in China? Yes please!The Sage, the swordsman and the scholars is the first book and has a fascinating plot with strong worldbuilding that, with another draft and edit, would be a great novel. It has a lot of potential.There’s some really interesting characters and the cliffhanger ending caught my interest!I also think the use of adverbs was excessive and the writing was strong enough not to need them.The Author has a really detailed world with a great array of characters, history and customs.The Author is great with description and really brings the world to life. Personally, I prefer my books to be a faster paced and more action orientated and to learn what’s happening through the character experiences it.Those who like a slower, more description heavy book may enjoy this.I’m interested to see where this series are heading. (I hope the next one has a shorter name because I kept forgetting the name of this one! Copy and paste was indeed my friend.)P.S. I really like the cover!!To sum up, Diamond in the rough, Really detailed, Interesting plot, unique setting

  • Peter P.
    2019-01-18 10:04

    This book is well thought out and has a pretty clever plot. There's a wonderful blend of modern fantasy elements with the good ol' fashioned Wuxia/ Kung Fu content. I really enjoyed the addition of actual historical elements and characters. The characters are well-thought out though the dialogue for each of them could be a tad more unique. Good use of description, and detailed action sequences and big battles. This would make a great movie or series. Was really delighted to see Medieval China depicted in such a way. It's rare! Can't wait for the next one.

  • Cat
    2019-02-13 08:50

    This book didn’t grab me. Perhaps it is aimed at a younger male audience with kung fu dreams of flight/fight from tree tops. The unedited grammar also gave me pause. But I cannot fault the author for his imaginative vision of the Ming Dynasty and otherworldly evil. His characters have range and there is plenty of action with just the right amount of Zen philosophy to introduce to adrenaline fueled readers.An advanced copy of this book was provided for an honest review.

  • Pierre Dimaculangan
    2019-01-20 12:05

    "The action packed scenes, ethical dilemmas, relevant philosophical debates, and an out-of-the ordinary storyline, make for an engaging read, especially suitable for young adult readers."-

  • Pierre Dimaculangan
    2019-01-17 14:48