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I have had this series recommended to me over and over again and am about to take the plunge, was wondering if anyone here had read it recently and liked it. I kind of wanted to know how well it is received outside the one person who keeps telling me I 'have' to read it.
To tell the truth I am afraid of reading it and not liking it, then having to tell my friend lol.
I read it and enjoyed it quite a bit. It has a very japanese feel [aside from the fact that it takes place in a pseudo feudal Japan I mean], so don't expect the hero to swing in on a chandelier, brandishing his sword, saving the girl and killing the evil overlord. If those happen, it has a much more subdued feel to it.
It is a bit gritty and gives a good feel for how brutal that era could be. If you like the first one, you'll like the rest. If you don't like the first one, don't bother with the rest.