Anyway, this book started on an interesting note. The pace began swiftly, and the action took off from the start. Akiri is a very strong character, a balance between a warrior and a bounty hunter, able to work with his men, or fight solo. He is ruthless and loyal to his king, even though his king is a questionable character. His loyalty won't fade.
He has to find an artifact for his king and travels to other parts of the world where where there aren't wars and the kingdom not as corrupt, but he doesn't see it.
He meets a few pretty dumb side characters, who either help him or hinder him, but I'm astounded how dumb they are. An intelligent big business man wouldn't risk potentially killing his competition if it is reasonable that everyone would know he would have something to do with it. Someone who's planning on attacking someone who is so much stronger than them wouldn't invite them into their house and reveal them plans with no escape. Especially after the clever way they were able to manipulate the person to get something for them. I think both of those parts could have been written a bit better, with a bit more to it so they don't look like complete idiots, and it would make Akiri stronger and more brilliant, if he were able to take out intelligent people instead of ones who don't have much sense.
I love the dragon and the relation that is built with him, as well as the female "sell-sword" and the conflict that happens with them.
The ending turned out good, a bit of a surprise that facts didn't sway him in the slightest, but it shows the character really well. I wonder if there'll be a book 2.
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