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The Islands in the Mist

(The Year of the Dragon #3)

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Amazon Bestseller in Historical Fantasy and Alternate Fiction

Guided by the mysterious samurai, Bran and the girls reach the fabled shrine of Kirishima, where his dragon is held. But other forces are also keen to put their hands on the prize...

The Black Wings have landed, and Edo is in turmoil. So is Kiyo, after the recent disturbing events. Doshin Koyata receives a strange
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Published October 8th 2012 by Flying Squid (first published October 1st 2012)
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Cristina Higgins
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Come on, I'm ready for the last book! Wonderful series..
Andrew Lawston
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps it's just me, but James Calbraith's "Year of the Dragon" series seems to get better with each installment. This third volume, in which Bran continues his quest to evade the Crimson Robe and to locate his dragon, delves even deeper into Japanese mythology both real and invented. At the same time, the war in Qin lends an occasional parallel strand to the action, as Bran's schoolchums become embroiled in conflict.

The series seems to be growing in confidence as the canvas expands and the cas
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Thomas
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like book two this is a really fast read, that I really enjoyed.

In this book, we see how the war goes in Qin and also learn new stuff, about the world and the characters. I.e. it seems that there is a connection between Nagomi's father and Bran's Grandfather. We also get the Yokai, which were thought extinct, and a submarine :).
Matt Kelland
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Gave up about two thirds of the way through. I was far more interested in the interplay between East and West at the start of this series, but it's now almost entirely a Japanese fantasy story. Okay, but not what I was looking for.
Tessa
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
We’re continuing our journey through Yamato, James Calbraith’s alternate version of Japan. The Islands In The Mists is the third book in the series The Year Of The Dragon. This is the first book where the story in Yamato splits into multiple points of view, as well as expanding on the burgeoning storyline in Qin only teased in earlier books. Hold on to your obis, because you’re in for a bumpy ride.

The prophecy as seen by Nagomi, the young priestess, is set in motion. The pawns are moving across
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**✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
There's even more Japanese folklore in the third book than there was in the second one. (Tengu!!!) The plot is also clipping along nicely. Each book progressively gets faster, and more exciting.

Nagomi definitely grew a lot in this book. Before, she's just sort of been there on the sidelines, but she actually did things in Islands in the Mist. It was good to see her realize that she could be useful, after all.

Again though, I probably should have caught myself back up on Shadow of Black Wings. It
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Kat
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
See my review to book 1 of this series.
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James Calbraith is a Poland-born British writer, foodie and traveller.

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 Polish universities, he moved to London in 2007 and started writing in English. His debut historical fantasy novel, "The Shadow of Blac
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