5.0 out of 5 stars A buddy-cop adventure in East Asian fantasy style
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 17, 2023
Read it in one sitting cause I couldn't put it down. Funny and well-written. The two protagonists play off each other well. One of my new favorites.
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Kazumi Hime was born to slay demons, until the fateful day she became one.
Kazumi is young, impatient, and curses like a foul-mouthed sailor. But put a katana in her hands and she has no equal. Denied by her mother, the High Priestess of the Yoru Ya-iba Clan to complete her training and progress to the distinguished rank of the Night Blade, Kazumi sets off on her own to prove she’s ready.
But chance and fate have other plans for young Kazumi when she is attacked by a monstrous chaos beast in the forest and left for dead, or so she thinks. Soon after, Kazumi realizes the horrible truth: she has become the one thing she has spent her life training to kill.
Outcast from her home, wandering the countryside, Kazumi meets a stranger named Sunny, who joins the young ninja warrior in her quest to find an antidote. Sunny promises Kazumi answers to her unique condition but carries a dark secret of her own. Whether Sunny is friend or foe, only time will decide.
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Demon!” An anime and manga inspired action romp set within the world of the Ever Hero Saga. Buy KAZUMI Demon Spirit now and read the story of a teenage ninja warrior with a dark secret. Book One in the Night Blades Series, an Ever Hero Saga Story.
THE EVER HERO SAGA
REVIEW 5.0 out of 5.0 Stars: In a world gone nuts for YA books and movies, it's refreshing to find a book written for adults. Pantanella manages to have characters with mature motivations and adult content, without falling into the trap of writing soft porn. What's more, he presents characters with a wide array of perspectives; the youth and niavete of the hero makes the sadistic joy of the villains all the more real. This is a classic story of good versus evil where the sides are far more similar than they are different. And the storyline keeps you turning the pages with its fast pace. The author builds a deeply engrossing world, and at the end of each book, you are left hungry for the next. ~ Cross R.
The Abyss is a world of chaos and conflict where weakness is purged, and failure equals death. Three Supreme Devils rule with uncontested might until a young, ambitious devil sets out on a path to overthrow them all.
The devil, Sekka, refuses to wait for the centuries it will take to amass the power she craves. She is cunning, manipulative, and willing to take risks a more prudent devil would never attempt. But ambition is a double-edged sword, and now she is bleeding out troops faster than she can replace them. Mistakes have been made, alliances broken, and she finds herself on the losing side of attrition against her enemies.
In a desperate gamble, the young devil launches a risky invasion to steal prized territory from a weakened foe, but one with ties to powerful allies. If the land grab is successful, it will catapult her over her enemies and into a higher echelon of power in the Abyss, but if she fails, she will lose everything; her land, her armies, and her life.
Sekka is a novella set in the epic fantasy series The Ever Hero Saga. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a fledgling devil in the Abyss, you’ll love this short story prelude in Jeff Pantanella’s page-turning Ever Hero Saga.
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The Ever Hero Saga omnibus features the first 3 BOOKS plus the novella, Sekka.
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A chance encounter between a reclusive monk and a fiery wood witch, and the awkward romance that follows, propel the two companions into the middle of an eternal struggle that will forever change the face of the Three Kingdoms of Hanna.
Treachery, betrayal, and madness abound as a power-hungry duke seeks vengeance, an archangel turns his back on the humans he is meant to protect, and a crafty devil plots her invasion of the Mortal Realm. It is a time of uncertainty and hopelessness for the people of the Three Kingdoms. A hero must rise.
Will the young monk, Kasai, accept his role as the chosen one, though it may cost him his soul, or will he trust in the forbidden love he shares with the witch, Desdemonia, and become the next Ever Hero?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Pantanella is a Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) graduate, Guggenheim Fellow, fine art painter, video game maker, and fantasy novel author. He can’t remember names or dates, and was told there’d be no math in writing fantasy fiction, so, here we are.
"I have always been drawn to the complexities confronted by being the hero in any story. Whom do you save, and what if you can’t?"
Welcome to the Three Kingdoms of Hanna and your introduction to the life and times of the Ever Heroes. Follow Kasai and Desdemonia's adventures as they travel to distant lands, infernal realms, and heavenly worlds, while battling the forces of good and evil, who presume to lay claim to the Mortal Realm.
The Ever Hero Saga is my debut series into the world of Epic/YA fantasy fiction. Come with me as I explore just how challenging it can be when you are called upon to be a hero, whether you believe you are or not.