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The Year of the Dragon Series, Books 1-4: The Crimson Robe [Kindle Edition]

James Calbraith
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Described as "part Harry Potter, part Shogun", James Calbraith's "The Year of the Dragon" series is an epic tale of magic, intrigue and war in a world of dragon riding marines, wizard-controlled ironclads and vampire samurai.

This is a bundle edition of the first four books of the best-selling historical fantasy saga, containing the entire Crimson Robe arc:

  • Book 1: The Shadow of Black Wings

  • Book 2: The Warrior's Soul

  • Book 3: The Islands in the Mist

  • Book 4: The Rising Tide

  • The deluxe edition contains also a short story "Birkenhead Drill", a full glossary of foreign words, list of characters, the map of the land of Gwynedd and a chronology of the world.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2875 KB
    • Print Length: 824 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Flying Squid; 1 edition (9 Dec. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CKEY974
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    James Calbraith is a 34 year old Poland-born writer, foodie and traveller, currently residing in South London.

    Growing up in communist Poland on a diet of powdered milk, Lord of the Rings and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around university faculties, he moved to London in 2007, found a decent IT job and started writing in English. His debut historical fantasy novel, "The Shadow of Black Wings", has reached ABNA semi-finals and was published in July 2012.

    His volume of short stories, "Transmission", published on Amazon Kindle in June 2012, has reached the tops of Kindle bestseller lists in USA, UK, France, Germany and Italy.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic price for four good novels 21 Jun. 2014
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    Four good books, interesting characters and writing that makes you want to keep reading. I would recommend this to others.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Feb. 2015
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 Oct. 2014
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    good read
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    3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book 5 July 2013
    By Cary - Published on
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    Alternate history with dragons & steampunk, Mostly set in the China of the Boxer rebellion and (especially) Japan before it was truly open to the west. Very well drawn history. Problems for me in too many points of view, with the change of viewpoint happening so fast (sometimes just a page or less) that it was hard to keep track. Maybe because it's hard to look back to see "who is this again?' on a Kindle, I had trouble with the view changes even when it was to characters I "knew".
    One other thing, this is NOT 4 books. Book one is all introduction, to the world, the history where Wales beats England, and the idea of the dragons' place in society. A school bully is introduced (who shows up in later books), etc. In Book 2 the story gets going as the boy hero gets to the Japan surrogate. I hope book 4 has an actual ending, but neither 1 nor 2 even pretends to. These are chapters, not books. (Not a problem as sold together, but it makes for one very long story.) I got through about half of book 3 before I gave up, because I still couldn't keep up with the point of view changes and new characters.
    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars a Confusing Story 28 Sept. 2013
    By Clovelle McKelvey - Published on
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    While the story was intriguing, It was often difficult to follow and confusing. I found that it skipped around from storyline to storyline without really tying it all together. There are many stories and questions that went unanswered in the four books. Missing people whose stories remained silent. Unless there will be books five through eight to tie it all into a neat bundle, don't bother to read these. It has been a waste of a week for me.
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Left hanging! 3 Dec. 2013
    By Irene Kennedy - Published on
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    I enjoyed the world that Calbraith created. The oriental flavor added an unique mystery to the story. Alas, the conclusion to the story left me hanging in the air. So many questions unanswered. It seems as if Calbraith ran out of wind to finish it. I look forward to the author finishing the story!
    15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars No dragons so far 13 Jan. 2014
    By R. Perloff - Published on
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    I purchased The Year of the Dragon, Books 1-4 Bundle looking for a set of stories with and about dragons. After brief mentions of dragons, the rest of the book was devoted to feudal Japanese traditions and persons. Gave up about 3/4 of the way through first book. If you're looking for dragons, I don't think this is the series for you
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars argggg! 7 July 2013
    By wanda s busby - Published on
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    Even though the plot was like following breadcrumbs in an aviary; I loved the characters and sloughed through to be left hanging! Is there another book coming? What is going on?
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