Heart of the Ronin (The Ronin Trilogy #1)

by Travis Heermann

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Synopsis

In an ancient land of warriors, demons, gangsters, and spies…

He meets the love of his life.

And their relationship may destroy them both.

In 13th-century Japan, Ken'ishi is a 17-year-old ronin, a masterless samurai, in search of a master who will some day help him become a samurai.

His unknown father's ancient sword, Silver Crane, is only beginning to reveal its secrets when he saves the life of a noble maiden from a demon and his vicious bandit gang. But her father frowns–dangerously so–on their budding romance.

The underworld kingpin known as Green Tiger recognizes Silver Crane, and knows its power.

Can Ken'ishi discover the truth of his heritage and learn the secrets of Silver Crane without losing his heart…or his head?

You'll love this first volume in this epic historical fantasy series because its mix of martial arts action, history, myth, and romance will keep your ears glued to the story.

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“A fusion of historical fiction and adventure fantasy, the first volume of Heermann's Ronin Trilogy is a page-turning folkloric narrative of epic proportions…. [His] writing style is confident and fluid, his characters well developed and his serpentine story line anything but predictable. Numerous tantalizingly unresolved plot threads will have readers anxiously awaiting the second installment in this gripping tale of ill-fated love, betrayal and destiny.” – Publishers Weekly

“Full of sword battles, intrigue, romance and fantastic elements blending well with historical ones, Heart of the Ronin is a very impressive opening in the Ronin Trilogy. It's also a page turner that you can't put down and will leave readers begging for more.”– Fantasy Book Critic

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Occasional detailed sex scene
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: 18-34 (New adult/twentysomethings)
Violence: Major violence, death

Setting

Geography: Japan
Realism: World is similar to ours, but plot elements involve fantasy or magic
Setting Type: Fantasy
Time Period: Pre-Renaissance (1000CE - 1299CE)

Main Character

Age: Teen
Gender: Male
Race: Asian
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: N/A or None of the above
Mysteries & Puzzles: Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Story includes metaphors for social or political theme(s)
Romance: Major romance, essential to story
Genre Fantasy
 
Realism:
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements include magic
  • Fantasy world with low or no magic
  • Fantasy world where magic is prevalent
Setting Type:
  • Fantasy
Time Period:
  • N/A (Fantasy Setting)

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About the author

Travis Heermann

Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, Rogues of the Black Fury, and co-author of Death Wind, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online. He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and monsters of every flavor, especially those with a soft, creamy center. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker. In 2016, he returned to the U.S. after living in New Zealand for a year with his family, toting more Middle Earth souvenirs and photos than is reasonable.

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