ebook, 336 pagesExpected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Baen
Ninjas and zombies! Book 1 in a new series, the Shadow Warrior saga. A young ninja in a fantastic land of dreams and nightmares must face an army of zombies to save a beautiful sorceress.Book One in an exciting new series, the Shadow Warrior saga.
In the fog-enshrouded peaks of the island nation of Nehan, Ran, a newly-minted shadow warrior is set loose on a musha shugyo, a wandering quest, whereby he must travel alone and hone his skills. Journeying aboard a merchant vessel, Ran hears tales of a mysterious lord believed to have the dead for his servants.
Soon these tales prove all too real as Ran comes to the aid of Jysal, a beautiful sorceress, whose undeveloped power gives her the ability to heal a land -- or destroy it. But the Lord Kan-Gul also covets Jysal's power. And when Kan-Gul sends a army of the undead to take Jysal by force, Ran is faced with the ultimate warrior's choice: save himself, or face down a horde of enemies that cannot be killed for the simple reason that they are already dead!
My attention was immediately drawn to The Undead Hordes of Kan-gul by its cover. The thoughts running through my head was that this would be an adventure reminding me of my teenage days playing D&D.
Mr. Merz was descriptive in his writing showing great world building and character development. The book reminded me of an old Japanese Ninja/Samurai movie with a mix of western characters and magic.
There was a lot of action and excitement in this book with zombies, dragon like creatures, sword fighting, and sorcery. It will keep you up at night and on the edge of your seat.
I received an advanced readers copy through NetGalley.