Legends of the Demon Shapeshifters, Book One, Tengu Prince
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A fantasy action/adventure set in feudal Japan. During a time of civil war, the life of Kenshi Sanada, son of a warlord, is shattered when a neighboring clan attacks his family castle. Kenshi's parents are murdered while he is spirited away to live with a clan of warrior priests. But ten years later, the demon crow that haunts his nightmares is more than a bad dream. It wants him dead. More
Above the canopy, thunderheads crowded the night sky. Below, Magatsu waited beneath the ever-growing clouds. Hidden in the shadows of tangled branches, he crouched between the trees where he watched the castle, the one he and his followers would soon attack.
A cruel smile tugged at his lips. Concealment was always best, a surprise attack preferable.
Wrapping the black robe closer about his shoulders, he kept his eyes focused on the target ahead. Though pathetic in its weakness, the human form he embodied, for the moment, served its purpose. The creatures he must abide had little tolerance for anything outside their own existence. So he became what they needed, what would make them feel the most comfortable and the easiest to influence to his way of thinking. In that way, he controlled the situation.
The plan had worked before. And so it would again.
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During a time of civil war, Kenshi Sanada is born the son of a powerful warlord. He has parents who adore him and the respect his clan until one night when a rival clan attacks his family castle, murdering everyone who does not manage to escape, including Kenshi’s own parents, who are murdered right before his eyes. Barely escaping with his life, he is spirited away by the king of the tengu. The shape-shifting raven leads him to the hidden mountain retreat of a sect of mystic warriors, mountain priests who practice the magic of Shugendo.
Ten years have passed. The time has come for Kenshi to leave the mystic's protective lair and face his demons in the world beyond. But the fiend that shattered his life and now haunts his nightmares is not human and neither is Kenshi Sanada, at least, not completely human. More than a bad dream, the creature wants Kenshi dead.
In Legends of the Demon Shape Shifters, Book One, Tengu Prince, nothing is as it seems. Shape-shifting creatures, both good and evil, populate the magical world of feudal Japan. And a young man could pay the ultimate price for a deadly rival spawned in the mists of time. This riveting first volume of an epic fantasy adventure will leave you stunned and begging for more.