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Beautiful young Taniko struggles under oppression as the mistress of the cruel Kublai Khan, and Jebu, a young monk, is transformed into a fierce warrior, in a saga of the ancient Orient during a time of bloodshed and magic. Reprint....

Title : Last of the Zinja
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ISBN : 9780515059441
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 428 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Last of the Zinja Reviews

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-06-17 15:36

    I really enjoyed this series (duology) and recommend it. It's totally fiction/fantasy (though based on historical events, people and period)with an Asian flavor. Jebu has his loyalty and dedication to the order tested against his own desires. This highly fictionalized version of events and people is a romantic tragedy with a heavy dose of action built around a fictional group of warrior monks...of whom Jebu is one.Having faced much in the first novel Jebu and Taniko face even more here. The picture of the society its "casts" and beliefs is interesting and the story is involving. Pretty good read.

  • Theophilus (Theo)
    2019-06-12 18:40

    There was a message amidst all the mayhem, murder, and war. This romantic tale of love lost, regained, and lost again and regained again ends with another invasion of Japan by the hordes of Kublai Khan, thwarted again by the divine winds of a super-taifun. The true mission of the Zinja order of warrior monks is revealed. No, I'm not going to reveal all of the details of this exciting saga of the adventures of Jebu. But, I was surprised.

  • Melvin Patterson
    2019-05-31 16:28

    This is a set of books I read in the ear 80s and decided a new read was in order since it had been so long. Better than I remember from my first reading because now a lot of the references to Zen make more sense. Since my first read I've read a lot more books and some of those dealt with Zen, martial arts and comparative philosophy, which give the novel a better flavor.In summary, the half Mongol warrior monk Jebu sets off from his Japanese monastery to learn about the world. Falling in love with the young girl Taniko, from whom he is quickly separated to fight in the War of the Dragons, he adventures from Japan, to China to Mongolia all while trying to return to his true love, Taniko.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2019-05-31 19:39

    I said a bit condescendingly in my review of the first part of Shike: Time of the Dragons that this wasn't quite a five star book, and I could smile at someone on LibraryThing tagging it as "trashy." So be it. It's true I don't in the end find this as moving as the author's All Things Are Lights, and no one will mistake this for a work of literary fiction, certainly. Shea's style doesn't awe with beauty, and his structure is straightforward. But the narrative flows, it's never dull, often suspenseful, and this is a true page-turner. It's also true as noted in the review of the first book, that this does conflate Japanese history, mashing together the Gempei War (1180–1185) and the threatened Mongol invasions (1259-1281), using pseudonyms for historical figures, and taking other liberties. But it's obviously well-researched and there are few or no good historical novels that don't play with historical events for the purpose of a good story--and this is a good story.The title character Jebu makes an appealing hero, and his love Taniko is an intelligent, strong-willed and resourceful heroine. If I have any complaints in her regard it's that this book sure doesn't pass the "Bechdel Test." (Test of female presence in fiction--that there be at least one scene between at least two women where what they discuss doesn't concern their relationship with a man.) There are affecting friendships between men here, but not between women. Taniko is the only notable female character. But the bottom line is this is an engrossing epic tale, with great action and adventure that never lets up but never seems forced. It's a terrific read--which you can read for free since Shea's son has made the complete Shike available to read online here.

  • Grecia Ramirez
    2019-05-29 12:41

    Like the first book, this book didn't disappoint. Great sequal with a slightly surprising ending. As another reviewer pointed out, it would have been cool to see other female friendships as well.

  • Audrygazali
    2019-05-25 18:24

    Like book 3 Book of Yukio very much. Like the story, and the people. Yukio is a great, very determined, Jebu very loyal, Taniko strong and very smart.I can't find book 4 Book of Taniko in the website, so I'll just say it here. Like this book too, and also the ending of the story. Very wise.This book make me understand more about Japan in the old times. Some seems very foolish, but that's the way then.

  • Riobhcah
    2019-06-13 12:42

    This is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. While much of it is action combined with fantasy, Buddhist philosophy is increasingly introduced, culminating in the author's realization that we, all sentient beings, are one and that this must be realized by all for humanity to succeed and to evolve.

  • Nova...
    2019-06-11 15:43

    Jepang banget!! XD, translatennya rada-rada! (baca: kyaknya ada bbrapa kalimat yang njelimet..)

  • Kate
    2019-05-28 15:31

    Good enough for when you're driving through Australia in a van.

  • Ken
    2019-05-29 16:40

    One of my all times favorite books

  • Audrygazali
    2019-06-12 13:21

    Become more interesting.

  • Tommyb
    2019-06-10 19:39


  • Paul
    2019-05-29 20:27

    #50 1987Shike - Stormen och svärdet (Svenska)

  • Paul Sammy
    2019-06-04 19:48

    Surprisingly romantic, but satisfying story. Also mentions places in Japan I've actually visited, so I was taken into the story a bit more.

  • Rosalie
    2019-05-25 15:22

    Again I remember reading it, but don't remember much about it.