Richard Blade 2 The Jade Warrior Author:Jeffrey Lord NO HOPE... — Savage warriors, barbaric women, and a mad emperor give Richard Blade his greatest challenge, when he is thrust by a computer into a civilization without hope--Dimension X. It was a land in peril, and Richard Blade was a man in mortal danger. The aristocratic Caths, besieged by the cruel and mindless Mongs, were constantly engulfed i... more »n wars and violence. Blade's prime objective was to explore, observe and survive--to try to save Dimension X. That was his duty. His job.
Blade was their only hope. But he was a man alone--and time was running out...« less
Blade #2 is even better than Blade #1. Blade is a likable enough guy (despite being impossibly oversexed), but this series' real treasures are its supporting characters. I was sad, I kid you not, to realize that since each book takes place in a different dimension, I most likely won't be "meeting" those people again. Dimension X is derivative of a Chinese/Mongolian historical setting, but weird and different enough to be unique. This is not just hack 'n slash; you may boggle at how half a dozen different characters are all pawns in one another's schemes. Who is going to end up ruling the Mongs--and the Caths? Will the "civilized" obliterate the nomads, or vice versa?