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Gonji: Red Blade from the East

(Gonji: The Deathwind Trilogy #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The first book in The Deathwind Trilogy, which re-launches the popular 1980s adventure-fantasy series from Zebra Books. Zebra canceled their entire fantasy line after the fifth book, before the series could reach its intended closure. The plan is to complete the entire epic-series story arc for a new generation of fantasy readers.

The series concerns a legendary halfbreed s
Paperback, 316 pages
Published January 23rd 2013 by Borgo Press (first published May 1982)
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Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sword-n-sorcery
It's not unusual to market books from the past, often characterizing them "classic", "re-imagined", "lost gem", etc. Gonji is a series that deserves all those praises and more. First published in the eighties, the series published five books before cancelation, mostly due to the publisher's mishandling. This era of self-published authors is the perfect moment to discover this Sword & Sorcery gem. Gonji Sabatake, half-samurai - half-"Viking", is the existential loner encountered -rarely- in F ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a well-written and solid Sword & Sorcery fantasy set in the area of the Carpathian Mountains. Gonji is a unique character, a ronin, born of a Scandinavian mother and a Japanese father raised as a samurai. This parentage gives Gonji an interesting character conflict, as he tries to reconcile this wanderlust and adventurous spirit with his notions of family honor and his duties as a former samurai. Rypel smoothly interjects the lore and fantasy elements into the setting. Fans of S ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I`ve hoped that this will be a stand alone book, but, in fact, you have to read the other books in a row to get a proper ending.

This first volume has two parts. The first one it`s more alert, more fight driven, we walk acrossed a big piece of land, and a second one, in wich there are still fights, but has more intrigue and the events happen only in the area of a fortified town. With a population in majority made of romanians!!! But that`s all that it`s to this fact, there isn`t anything more det
S.E. Lindberg
Gonji’s Deathwind – The Godzilla of Sword & Sorcery?
Some splendid reviews already exist for Gonji: Red Blade from the East, in particular Fletcher Vredenburgh’s January 21st 2014 Post on Blackgate is extremely thorough. This provides another summary, and some more complementary information.

Gongi Is A Unique, Entertaining Mashup: Gongi is a wandering, displaced warrior--a Ronin (master-less samurai) roaming 16th century Europe. This is not historical fiction, however. This is Sword & So
Joe Bonadonna
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

The Siege of Vedun has only just begun! I've said it before, on GoodReads, in my review of the audio version of Book One, and on the paperback reissue of Book One --- The Deathwind Trilogy is one of the best epic fantasies that I've had the pleasure to read. Rypel commands a mastery of the language that makes me envious. His writing is powerful, exciting -- and never dull. His dialogue pops and does what good dialogue is supposed to do: advance plot, reveal character, create tension
Travis Ludvigson
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Herein you will follow the travails of a deadly swordsman whose wild Norse rage is tempered and refined by the ancient soul of the Samurai. This is Gonji - Red Blade from the East by T.C. Rypel.

Gonji tells the tale of Sabatake Gonji-no Sadowara, a Ronin of mixed Japanese and Nordic descent who roams across Europe in search of the elusive and mysterious Deathwind. Along the way he brings his considerable fighting prowess to bear as he battles evil in its many guises.

Rypel has created a wonderfull
Joe Bonadonna
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Joe by: Davd C. Smith
Not only is the book it's based on (Volume One in the 5-novel saga of Gonji) one fantastic experience, this audio version totally rocks! It's read by Brian Holsopple, who successfully captures the energy, the crackling dialog, the subtle nuances, the emotional power, and the pathos of Ted Rypel's prose. Listening to this excellent Audio CD conjures images in the mind -- images of unforgettable characters like Gonji the Samurai, Simon Sardonis, and Lydia Bendetto -- images of epic, well-choreogra ...more
John Cheeseman
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I've read this year so far even though the first few pages I thought it was going to be rubbish. I quickly grew to love the main character and almost everyone in it, I learnt quite a lot about Japanese customs and history even though I thought I knew a lot already. The dialogue and story are really good as is the pacing and never knowing what's going to happen next. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Other books in the series

Gonji: The Deathwind Trilogy (5 books)
  • Samurai Steel (Gonji, #2)
  • Deathwind of Vedun
  • Fortress of Lost Worlds (Gonji, #4)
  • Gonji: A Hungering of Wolves