Sword of the Ronin

Philip HarrisAuthors, Books0 Comments

Travis Heermann’s new book Sword of the Ronin launched last weekend. I backed Travis’ Kickstarter for this and ended up proofreading the book as well. This is what I posted about the book after I’d read it. Sword of the Ronin mixes historical elements with fantasy into a fast paced adventure and I really enjoyed reading it. There’s plenty of action and some really effective writing – particularly the part where our hero, Ken’ishi, ends up in…okay, no I won’t spoil it. Things get quite graphic in places so bear that in mind, but those scenes worked well for me; particularly that bit where Ken’ishi ends up in…okay, okay, no spoilers. As Travis himself said recently this book is ideal for people “who also love historical fantasy, non-Western settings, and a great ronin hero who hacks lots of bad people into tiny bits.” To celebrate the book’s release, Travis is offering it for free on Kindle until August 3rd. Bear in mind, it is a sequel to Heart of the Ronin but I haven’t read the first book yet and didn’t find that a problem at all. [Sword of the Ronin by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30 July 2013]

Proofreading in the Pudding

Philip HarrisChatter, Running0 Comments

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. It’s performance review time at my day job but I’ve also been proofreading Travis Heermann‘s new self-published book – Sword of the Ronin. I backed the original Kickstarter project and when Travis emailed out to backers asking for help proofreading the manuscript I stuck my virtual hand up. Sword of the Ronin is the second book of the Ronin trilogy (the first being Heart of the Ronin) and I’d originally planned to read the first and second novels back to back. Obviously, that wasn’t practical – Travis needed the proofreading done by the beginning of May and I don’t read quite that quickly so I jumped right in with the second book. I wasn’t sure whether that would be an issue but Travis drip feeds information from the first book so I never felt lost. Sword of the Ronin mixes historical elements with fantasy into a fast paced adventure and I really enjoyed reading it. There’s plenty of action and some really effective writing – particular the part where our hero, Ken’ishi, ends up in…okay, no I won’t spoil it. Things get quite graphic in places so bear that in mind, but those scenes … Read More