Path of the Thunderbird: Darkening Skies
A boy abandoned at an ancient school of warrior arts. A princess bartered away as a treaty bride. A lurking evil with the power to topple the world.
Ji Yu Raijin is happy to live out his life serving his school, cultivating his life force, and learning the Path of Darkening Skies, an ancient and noble warrior art—until the day comes when he has to choose: remain true to the teachings of his path and allow his art to die out or commit an unforgivable sin and save the world.
Second princess Shyong San Koida was born the only cripple in a dynasty of powerful warriors. With a broken life force, the only way Koida can contribute to her family’s empire is by sealing a strategic alliance to a barbarian leader with her hand in marriage. But hidden forces within the court conspire to stop the union and obliterate the Shyong San dynasty at all costs.
At the intersection of the servant boy and the princess’s stories lies a secret, malignant art bent on destroying not only them, but the entire world.
Darkening Skies is the first novel in the Path of the Thunderbird series, for fans of wuxia, xanxia, cultivation novels, demon beasts, and all styles of martial arts. Darkening Skies is written by eden Hudson, enthusiastic but terrible martial arts student and best-selling sci-fi and fantasy author of Rogue Dungeon and Jubal Van Zandt.
eden/elfshanx here! I'm a huge fan of wuxia and xianxia, and a lifelong lover of martial arts and fantasy. This is my first attempt at putting them all together in one package. I hope it goes well! Thanks for reading!
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I wish I had the heart to go back and remove a star from almost all my other reviews, just to make space for the quality here. But I don't, so we are left with an imaginary sixth star to set this apart.
Deep, thought out characters. Emotional, dynamic, unpredictable plots....cultivation. Transcends the flaws of all other cultivation novels to lift Eastern fantasy from one dimensional wishfullfiment to... well you'll see.
The first few chapters are a little confusing since there is many unusual terms in them and it also doesn't help that we're starting with the prologue for the ML only to jump to the FL and stick to her for a while. (I'd recommend mixing that up somehow and not having a prologue lead into five straight chapters that are unrelated to it).
Other than that once everything comes together, I have to say I am hooked and enjoying the read :)