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Only a Shadow (Fated Blades 0)

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The Tiger on the Mountain is a legendary blade, crafted by the master sword smith Inazuma, and reputed to possess magical powers. In 1442 Japan, the sword dwells inside the impregnable fortress of Hirata Nobushige, the enemy of the Iga clan.

Venerable shinobi Jujiro has recruited the brave young ninja Tada to steal the sword and restore power to the Iga clan. If Tada is suc
ebook, 59 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by ROC
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Paul Nelson
Oct 19, 2012 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing
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Jujiro, the leader of the Iga clan and the best shinobi is now an old man. He recruits Tada a young orphan with great promise to pull off an impossible heist and rescue the clan from destruction. Tada must steal a sword, the tiger of the mountain, a magical sword made by the master Inazuma..
Tada passes a series of tests and on learning he is to be chosen for the life changing mission, Jijuro imparts some final words of advice. "You are patient, quick witted, creative, and insightful. The questi
Apr 27, 2013 Mihir rated it really liked it

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OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Only A Shadow is a novella set in the Fated Blades Universe. It was originally a part of Daughter of The Sword in its earlier drafts however was later removed and now is being offered as an e-special. It was released on September 4, 2012 and is 59 pages long. The story is eight chapters long and packs a strong punch.

The story is set in 117th year of the Muromachi era or 1442 C.E. and is about Iga Jujiro and his new ninja recruit
This is a modest short story set in the world of the so-called Fated Blades, set in Japan's roughly 16th century.

In Daughter of the Sword, Bein Tells the story of three legendary, ancient samurai swords crafted by Inazuma, combined with a modern-era crime story concerning the selfsame three swords. Each of those three swords gets one historical story involving it. Two of those are samurai stories, and one of those, the one concerning the sword named Tiger on the Mountain, is set in World War II
Abby Goldsmith
Clever. This story has intelligent architecture and masterful prose, and I would normally say, "what a joy to read." My problem was that I didn't like the two main characters. This story is clearly set up as a way to teach about the foibles of youth and the wisdom of old age, Japanese-legend style. But with my weirdo independent streak, I ended up rooting for the young man instead, which you're not supposed to do with a story like this. If you remove the teaching factor from this story, what I'm ...more
Nayan Patel
Nov 11, 2012 Nayan Patel rated it really liked it
Tightly wrought, this is a must read for anyone who liked the saga of the three Inazuma swords by the same author. Daughter of the Sword (Fated Blades, #1) by Steve Bein This story however focuses mainly on one of the swords - The Tiger on the Mountain.

Do give this a read also if you are unsure whether to take up the Daughter of the Sword.
This was a fun one to read. I liked how the "old man" was looking to mentor a "kid", the only question that remained was if the kid could be trusted or would he pull a quick double cross. What the kid needed to learn that the old man had learned many tricks and he really should have believed in him.
Pedro Marroquín
Nov 01, 2014 Pedro Marroquín rated it really liked it
Buena, aunque corta historia del robo de una espada por parte de un shinobi. Me ha gustado la forma en que el sensei enseña al alumno cuando hay que traicionar y cuando no
Aug 08, 2013 Stephen rated it liked it
Good but the Fated blade novels are better.
Jesse VanDeWalker
Oct 10, 2012 Jesse VanDeWalker rated it it was amazing
Ninjas, samurai, and a heist story to boot. What's not to like here?
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