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The Warrior's Soul (The Year of the Dragon, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

James Calbraith
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OUT NOW: BOOK FIVE, THE CHRYSANTHEMUM SEAL!

"This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight ... a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read."

-- Publishers Weekly

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012 semi-finalist. 
An ancient empire stands on the brink of a civil war.

Their quest may push it over the edge.



It is the Seventeenth Year of Queen Victoria's enlightened rule. The Qin Rebellion spreads dangerously close to the old capital and only the remainder of the Second Regiment of Royal Marines stands between the rebel army and the vital trade port of Huating.



In Yamato, after a mysterious ritual fusing Bran's soul with that of an ancient warrior, he, the wizardess Sato and the shrine apprentice Nagomi flee Kiyo, pursued by the Yamato authorities - and by the associates of a shadowy figure in Crimson Robe. Their quest - to find Bran's captured dragon and discover the whereabouts of Sato's abducted father.



A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, "The Warrior's Soul" is the second volume in "The Year of the Dragon" saga. The third volume, "The Islands in the Mist", is expected in Autumn 2012.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1380 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 8393552931
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flying Squid; 1 edition (28 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QN9UC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Samaurai Sandwich 2 Sep 2012
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The Warrior's Soul is the second volume of James Calbraith's Year of the Dragon series, and continues its tale of adventure in an alternative 19th Century Japan. Westerner Bran is still hiding from the authorities in Yamato, but now he must find his dragon which has been captured. He sets out with cross-dressing samurai Sato and apprentice priestess Nagomi. Meanwhile a demon samurai tortures Sato's father in an effort to find the fugitives.

The book is such a seamless continuation of the first volume that you have to wonder whether the original intention might have been to release them as a single book. But the magic-laced landscape of Yamato is depicted masterfully. There is a small macguffin to deal with Bran's western features and inability to speak Japanese which in other hands could have been clunky, but Calbraith's decision to infuse the young dragonrider with the ghost of an ancient samurai warrior is masterful. The warrior in question comes across as a bizarre cross between insane bloodthirsty warlord and Albert Steptoe.

Like bad luck and buses, fantasy series always seems to come in threes, and I'll be waiting eagerly for the third volume!
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 2 16 Sep 2013
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Love it. The way the auther has blended factial history with pure fantasy makes this book a real page turner, I can't wait to read part 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars unique twist on history 6 Oct 2012
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Enjoyed the re-do of history with dragons. Loved that Mr Calbraith paid attention to the cultural identity of each of the characters. Very solid characters also, I had no issue believing the confusion, & motivations of the teens as well as the adults as they deal with each new situation. Can't wait to get the rest of the story...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great alternate history with fantasy thrown in 20 Oct 2012
By Vered Ehsani - Published on Amazon.com
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Bran, Sato and Nagomi are back in this unusual story that blends historical fiction, set in imperial Japan, with fantasy, dragons and a touch of magic. The Warrior's Soul picks up where The Shadow of Black Wings leaves off. Bran is in mortal danger and disguised as a Samurai, he flees with Sato and Nagomi in search of his lost dragon. Evil however is close behind and at ever turn. James Calbraith does a wonderful job at weaving fact and fantasy into an alternative but very realistic history that pulls the reader into a rich tapestry of landscape, intrigue and history. While the story focuses on Bran and his friends, there are a few sub-plots with numerous characters, and that can get a bit confusing (especially since the names are almost all Japanese sounding). That said, I would still recommend this series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline but . . . 7 Oct 2012
By DrillSarge69 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a good storyline and it flows fairly well. The only problem is that this book along with all of the others in this series is relatively short. The first two books could easily have been one book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 April 2013
By Anne Brunsgaard - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading the first book in this series I was intrigued. The author created an interesting world where many ancient peoples had never been conquered/overrun and so maintained their cultures. The main characters were not so interesting but I had hopes things would improve in the next two books. Things started to speed up but multiple shifting between POVs made it difficult to keep track of the story and too many characters were introduced to easily keep track of. There also seemed to be a need for an editor, since there were many instances of the completely wrong word (that sounded a little like the right word) being used, and strange descriptions, especially of inanimate objects. Overuse of titles for the characters (like "the wizardess" and "the priestess") were distractingly annoying and it would have been much better simply to use the character's name. Action sequences were difficult to follow and, with POV switching, so was the story at times.

I think this author definitely has potential but just needs some polishing. The ideas, such as the way magic and dragons are commonly used in the world, were interesting and very creative, but style of writing and clearness of the story needed improvement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a multiple book series 30 Dec 2012
By J. W. Wolter - Published on Amazon.com
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Beware, this is a book in may be a never ending series, and I do not see how the author can take a rather weak (in my opinion) premise and continue to milk it.
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