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Death's Kiss: Legend of the Five Rings: A Daidoji Shin Mystery

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Nobleman sleuth Daidoji Shin returns for a brilliant new investigation deep in the Emerald Empire, in this exciting novel set in the fantastical world of Legend of the Five Rings

Daidoji Shin, former louche layabout turned amateur investigator, and his long-suffering bodyguard, Kasami, are called away from the comforts of the City of the Rich Frog and into Unicorn lands to
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Published June 1st 2021 by Aconyte
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Kamila Komisarek
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
“There’s always someone looking for information or gossip. You just have to know where to find them. Sometimes, they find you.”

“Death’s Kiss” by Joshua Reynolds is the second book in “A Daidoji Shin Mystery” series based in the world from “Legend of the Five Rings”. I enjoyed the first novel in the series and was waiting eagerly to meet with a witty Crane again.
The story starts a few months after the conclusion of the investigation from “Poison River.” Shin is busy rebuilding the Foxfire Thea
Michael Dodd
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Set a few months after the events of the fantastic Poison River, this finds Daidoji Shin busy overseeing the renovation of the Foxfire Theatre, having purchased it for himself apparently out of boredom. When a friend in the Unicorn clan asks him to look into a murder in the mountain city of Hisatu-Kesu, Shin puts aside the work of managing the theatre’s finances and, accompanied as always by the long-suffering Kisami, sets out to investigate. The closer Shin looks into what seems on the surface ...more
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This feedback is for an advanced copy of Death’s Kiss, which was sent to me in return for a review. While this is the second in the Daidoji Shin Mystery series and the fourth of Aconyte’s Legend of the Five Rings novels (a 25+ year old franchise set in Rokugan, a heavily Japanese inspired fantasy setting with other East Asian elements), this book stands alone and doesn’t necessarily require reading earlier entries or an introduction to the world or characters. However, an appreciation of samurai ...more
Michael Botterill
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have been provided with an advance copy of the new Legend of the Five Rings book Death’s Kiss by Josh Reynolds, published by Aconyte Books, so here is the honest review I promised in exchange for the book.

So here is an important disclaimer which is always important to put out there first. I have a casual work contact with Asmodee to demonstrate board games for them in stores and at conventions. Asmodee being the parent company of Aconyte the publisher.

I am also friend with Josh on Facebook, ho
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This is the second book in the Legend of the Five Rings - A Daidoji Shin Mystery and can be read quite easily as a stand-alone. I really enjoyed following the characters as they unravelled the mystery set before them. I liked Daidoji Shin, our main character, he certainly was the star amongst some great supporting characters.

It is nice to read a book set in a non-western place - Japan. This gives us a chance to experience a different culture with different rules where samurais and swords abound.
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is the second book in the "Daidoji Shin Mystery" series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book ("Poison River") which introduced me to the "Legend of the Five Rings" world, so I had high expectations of "Death's Kiss" and it didn't disappoint. The writing continues to be of a very high standard, the characters are developed very well (it feels like I'm getting to know them even better), and the plot is as immersive as the first. More please!

My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. T
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed the second Daidoji Shin mystery. This mode of storytelling is so classic, but the setting gives it new life. The city it takes place in is very interesting, and Mr. Reynolds infuses his story with great humor and colorful characters with witty dialogue. For those who know L5R, you'll be very interested in his take on social dynamics between the classes as this Crane noble visits with the Unicorn clan. ...more
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
Death's Kiss, by Josh Reynolds is published on 1st June by and is a crime novel set in the fantasy world of the Legend of the Five Rings role playing game, which is loosely based on feudal Japan. It follows Diadoji Shin, a bored aristocrat who has become a sleuth. Shin travels outside the capital, City of the Rich Frog to the Unicorn lands, to find out what set in motion the events leading to a recent death, which threatens to engulf the area in war.

While Legend of the Five Rings is a highly pop
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Josh Reynolds’ work has previously appeared in such anthologies as Historical Lovecraft from Innsmouth Free Press and Horror for the Holidays from Miskatonic River Press, and his novel, Knight of the Blazing Sun, is currently available from Black Library. He can be found at:

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