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  1. says:

    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewThis review is uite long but the short version is this Never Die is currently one of the three best self published books I’ve ever read If you still need convincing read furtherJoining The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R Fletcher and We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson Never Die is the third self published book that currently holds a full 5 star rating from me If you’re familiar with Hayes’s Where Loyalties Lie which I assume is where most of you know about Rob Hayes the first thing you should know about Never Die is that it’s completely a different kind of book from his Best Laid Plans duology There was far less swearing there was no romance no rape no sex scenes no pirates and no naval battles; other than the action seuences being bloody there’s little similarity between the two works Never Die is like Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold infused with Samurai Shinigami Japanese lore and mythology Wuxia and anime inspired battles in an ancient Japanese setting It’s a book heavily influenced by anime like Sword of the Stranger Japanese manga that involved yokai and Eastern martial arts movies Honestly speaking Hayes has been talking about this book to me for almost a year now My expectations were high because this sounded like a book that would definitely work for me and even then Never Die was still able to fulfill that high level of expectation; the last 20% of the book even exceeded my hopes but I’ll talk about that later in the review Suffice it to say that it was almost as if Never Die was written specifically for me so that I could embrace my love for SFF novels and Japanese mangaanime at once Just like The Fifth Empire of Man this book ended up becoming another book written by Hayes that I finished in a day specifically in two sittings; it was that thoroughly captivating “Some fight for honour and some for rewardSome for glory and others for a causeSome fight for freedom from tyranny and hateAnd some fight for love not for a person but a name With death as their guide their companion and goalThey cross all Hosa spirit flesh and soulHounded by demons from the pages of loreWhat starts with a whisper must end with a roar” Ein is on a uest given by a shinigami He’s tasked with killing the Emperor of Ten Kings the ruler of Hosa In order to do that he has to find and bind four legendary heroes; the problem with this is that the four legendary heroes have to be dead first so that Ein can revive them and bind them to his will From the blurb alone I think you should be able to guess that Never Die is a uest oriented story I honestly thought the plot was going to be predictable a simple recruitment and assassination kind of story Although this was mostly true I was still blindsided by how well crafted the last 20% of the book was which again I’ll get into later However even though most of the plot progression was simple there was so much meaning and depth to the narrative Never Die wonderfully tells a story that encompasses justice friendship retribution honor and oaths; there were plenty of meaningful and hopeful moments in a story about life and death that’s supposed to be dark and I personally couldn’t be pleased with it “The difference between the rich and the powerful was always made so much clearer by walls The rich hid behind them the powerful tore them down” The strong execution of the plot was only possible because the main characters were so distinctive from each other and each POV was compelling to read Itami Cho Ein Zhihao Chen Lu Bingwei Ma and Roi Astara were a group of misfits and unlikely heroes that shouldn’t even be able to work together but somehow in these characters I found heartwarming friendship and inspiring heroism It didn’t take long for me to warm up to them Each character's personality really came to life and every new character’s introduction immediately made me care about them and curious to learn about them Seeing the gradual bonding of the main characters was unexpected and uite wholesome to read I also loved how the relationship between Cho and Ein reminded me of Nanashi and Kotaro from Sword of the Stranger Plus same as Nanashi Cho has also vowed to never unsheathe her other katana—War—and in my opinion her conviction greatly enhanced the compelling narrative of her character My personal favorite characters from the book were definitely Itami Cho and Zhihao Cho’s determination to uphold her Oath was so honorable; she really tried her best to do what’s right even though she has regrets regarding her unfulfilled oath in her past As for Zhihao out of all the characters he fits the unlikely and reluctant hero bill the best Out of every character he created Hayes developed these two characters the most and he did a spectacular job with it “It takes a lifetime of evil to be a villain and only one moment of good to be a hero” As far as I know Hayes is not an Asian but I as an Asian reader and a self proclaimed animemanga enthusiast genuinely think that Hayes captured the essence of Japanese anime and Eastern martial arts with swift justice The Japanese and anime inspirations in this book are abundant and they filled me with so much joy I loved the portrayal of scenery in the book the deep orange color of sunset evoked to paint the characters’ surroundings; the bamboo forest that reminded me of Arashiyama in Kyoto; a world full of spirits and yokai like Hone onna mokumokuren Jikininki or even Oni; the usage of weaponry and techniues such as Kanata and Eastern martial arts like Wushu that Hayes chose to implement Gratification is the only word I can use to describe my feelings towards the world building of this novel Never Die is a standalone book that really concluded brilliantly but should Hayes ever decide to revisit this setting there is a lot of room for another story in the same world as readers will see hinted at in the world building Also there were a few nice nods to Chinese history such as The Romance of the Three Ages obviously inspired by The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and a genius tactician that goes by the name Art of War Inspired by Sun Tzu’s Art of War to name a fewHayes’s prose has always flowed smoothly; it’s simple engaging vivid and immensely accessible Never Die was no exception but it was even better clearly showing that Hayes’s prose has improved even further Surprisingly the book was also philosophical and sometimes even poetic something I didn’t get at all from reading his Best Laid Plans duology I barely highlighted any passages in Best Laid Plans but here? There were a lot of well written sentences that spoke volumes with few words so that even the mere act of unsheathing a katana held incredible weight Although Hayes’s prose may not be beautiful like that of Brian Staveley or Patrick Rothfuss it was still written effectively with brutal efficiency and the words in Never Die disintegrated into imagery with ease The settings and situations both frantic and calm were vividly described so that every scene was completely immersive To me that is a sign of a great storytelling “One can either let their losses define them or define those losses by what is left to them” Even after all these praises I still must say that the one way in which Hayes has clearly improved is in his writing of action scenes Never Die displayed a different sort of combat than Hayes’s previous works; most of the battles in this book feature close uarter combat and there was also plenty of incredible magicyokai on savage display Personally I think these scenes were superbly written and even better than the battles in The Fifth Empire of Man which were already great Up until the 80% mark of the book his story was a 4 star read for me; however the last 20% instantaneously catapulted it to a 5 star rating with ease Hayes unsheathed his blade to unleash fatal Battōjutsu in all the action seuences in this book; the results were swift precise and deadly But the climax seuences in this book was the section that really put Rob Hayes’s skill as an author into the spotlight By invoking elation in the thrill of the final battles Hayes orchestrated an Ougi that delivered a crimson reuiem to conclude the Reaper’s war with finesse The buildup of the cinematic set pieces was felt the roar of battles was seen and the clashing of steel was heard In less than 300 pages Hayes was able to include plenty of engaging duel scenes exhilarating big battles against yokai and pulse pounding large scale war with a myriad of blood spattered scenes; and he did it all without neglecting crucial characterizations To sum it up uickly the effectiveness of the devastation and destruction unleashed in the final 20% of the novel were like watching the type of breathtaking final battle scene found in my favorite kind of anime; truly a relentless barrage of palpable tension and emotions “For some a sword is an extension of themselves and thus any sword will do For others the sword and wielder are one two halves of one soul and neither will ever be complete without the other” I don’t know what else I need to say to convince you to read this incredible book Just pre order this and be pleasantly surprised when it arrives at your doorstep or on your e reader; I honestly can’t wait to hold and reread this book in its resplendent physical form For a relatively short book it’s unbelievable how much gravitas is packed within it; almost everything about this novel just worked for me Glorious heroic inspiring brutal at times hilarious but most of all incredibly unforgettable; Never Die currently holds the crown for being one of the three best self published novels I’ve ever read and I am grateful to have read it SidenoteIf you love wonderful artworks please check out the talented and underrated Felix Ortiz’s portfolio wwwartstationcomfelixortiz Not only he’s responsible for this gorgeous cover art as well as the current header image for my blog Novel Notions he’s also overall a really great dude Lastly I’d like to point out the awesome typography and cover design by Shawn T King wwwstkkreationscom Shinigami bless you for your great works and for not sticking to the all too common and overly used Cinzel fontOfficial release date January 29th 2019You can pre order this book by clicking this link You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions


  2. says:

    Do I need other reasons to read this book beyond the fact that the cover is pretty and rumor has it the story is heavily inspired by Japanese anime?To uote Hamlet act III scene iii line 92 “no”


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    To people that don’t read much self published fiction Rob J Hayes is here to prove exactly why you should This is a great price of fantasy writing It reminds me of mortal combat as the characters duel to prove who is the best warrior And they are uite a memorable cast pulled together to serve the whims of an undead boy Cho the Whispering Blade is as uiet as she is deadly Zhihao Cheng the Emerald Wind can project images of himself and sneak up behind his opponent to deadly effect Iron Gut Chem has impenetrable skin Ghost Echo is a fiercely accurate leprosy riddled sniper and Bingwei Ma is a master of unarmed combat They are a motley band but they are all great heroes forced to fight for a cause not their own As such the characters really drove this story forward It’s Asian inspired and captures a warrior culture based on honour and reputation against a backdrop of feuding warlords And because of how much reputation these five have they have been bound together to fight for the little boy’s desires He wants to see the Emperor dead and they must oblige He has brought them all back from the dead with necromantic magic and if they stray away from him they will perish The price of freedom a new life must be bought with the blood he desires It’s uite an interestingly awkward dynamic legendary heroes being ordered around by an eight year old undead boy There are many funny moments as characters that clearly don’t belong together in the same band clash and bang heads together At one point I thought a big fight would irrupt and they’d all just kill each other again But somehow yes somehow they manage to crush their differences and work together And it’s uite compelling They all have completely different motives values and outlooks on life but they were able to come together to get the job done And considering how volatile a few of them are that’s a real achievement It was hilarious at times but it was also very tense with a plot that explodes into a dramatic conclusion that delivers everything it promises I would even go as far as to say that the book had a certain cinematic uality to it I would genuinely love to watch an anime movie about these characters and this plot; it would be fantastic because it’s such a slick piece of writing with katanas flying everywhere and monsters making things difficult It would work so well on the screen The cover really captures the feel of it all It’s a real strong piece of awesomeness that will appeal directly to your inner geek There’s some brilliantly described combat scenes and the action is constant There’s never a dull moment The story was immediate and engaging I read it in one sitting Real good stuff I can’t fault it whatsoever So I really do recommend this one; it’s uite a uick read but it’s lots of fun Many thanks to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of Never Die in exchange for an honest review Thank you to Rob J Hayes for the opportunity Contains minor spoilers The tale begins with an assault on Kaishi City The notorious bandit Flaming Fist is searching for his missing daughter and will literally burn and his accompanying rebel army will destroy anyone in his path until he has found her On the opposite side of this deadly and bloody ruckus we are introduced to Whispering Blade Itami Cho who has taken an oath amongst her comrades to protect the city She is one of the finest warriors in Hosa and she carries two swords one of which she is forbidden to draw After certain complications the character who seems like she will be the book's main protagonist from the beginning is brutally murdered in typical Hayes fashion Nothing but darkness remains for her now Unless there happened to be a creepy ten year old scarf wearing dark eyed child around who is somehow able to return heroes from death As long as they agree to help him on an assassination mission that has been assigned to him by a God of Death of course Never Die was an interesting read and is uniue in the dark fantasy scene Hayes a British author has created an expansive impressive and engrossing fantasy world which is inspired by Japanese Oriental history and folklore It features a whole plethora of creatures and otherworldly beings such as yokai jikininki oni etc The descriptions of these monstrosities are colourful and heightened by Hayes' prose but I did take to Google occasionally to review what they were recorded as originally in Oriental mythology and it did add layers to my experience This mid length novel features some elements of Hayes' tinged grimdark but it is closer to the wire fu movies Hero House of Flying Daggers oriental history cinema Red Cliff Once Upon a Time in China in tone mixed with an almost perfect mix of humour likeable main characters and camaraderie These players include a bandit a leper a wushu master and a gentleman who would never lose at sumo wrestling I had a genuinely positive time throughout the majority of this book however for about 20% I was worried if it was going to be too formulaic with the team walking fighting a demon meeting someone to have a dual with repeat which did happen a couple of times A few of the set pieces are as if they've been taken from a level of Mortal Kombat an end of act fight from Streets of Rage a boss fight from The Legend of Zelda and colourful fight scenes straight out of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon It is an interesting mix Although all of the above are freuent throughout Hayes doesn't forget how to write battles sieges and final confrontations Hayes writes stunning culminations when all the weaved threads combine and the final piece is presented I do not believe that anything written in his books is by coincidence The ending was intense and great The pinnacles of the showdowns were presented during this period The characters were deep for a book of sub 300 pages and the relationships they created and their banter was marvellous Hayes often has twists in his tales and in Never Die there were two big reveals I guessed the first one at about 60% the second I had no idea about and it staggered me like a punch from the Master of the Sun Valley's would Hayes is releasing books at a remarkable rate and I've yet to find a book of his that I haven't enjoyed Keep it up Sir


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    You can find this review and at Novel Notions Never Die is hands down the best book Rob Hayes has written to date and this is coming from someone who has really enjoyed everything I’ve read from him It’s been a while since a book was so addictive that it kept me up late into the night because I needed to read just one chapter and it was an experience I relished with this book It’s undoubtedly one of the best Asian inspired fantasies I’ve read as well as one of the best self published works I’ve come across His title as winner of SPFBO Self Published Fantasy Blog Off 2017 is well deserved“Sometimes peace is no than oppression in disguise”Admittedly I haven’t read loads of Asian inspired fantasy but some of those I have read felt a bit gangly as though the author wanted a different setting from your run of the mill medieval European fantasy but failed to put in the research to make the story feel natural That was so not the case with Never Die I could tell as I was reading that Rob had spent so much time and put so much research into making this story a believable one within its setting The dress the mannerisms the names and the mythology were all lovingly rendered and in my humble opinion very credible One of the stand out elements for me was the mythological aspect I’ve always been fascinated by mythology but have had little exposure to any ancient mythology outside of the commonly presented Greek Roman Egyptian Norse and Celtic mythologies I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Japanese mythology as I read this book Side note How cool are electronic books? The ability to highlight a term and dig into its meaning without actually putting said book down to do so is so insanely convenient Not only did I get to experience a very enjoyable story I actually came away from it knowing about a particular topic That’s an amazing bonus One additional thing I’d like to recognize Hayes for is his utilization of short chapters Again this is something noticeable when reading the book in electronic format but there’s something about finishing a chapter and then seeing that the next is only a few minutes long that makes it almost impossible to stop reading He takes the theory of “just one chapter” and really runs with itWhile I really love Hayes’ Best Laid Plans pirate duology and enjoyed his most recent standalone City of Kings set in the same world all three of these books went to very dark places that made me a bit uncomfortable Again I very much enjoyed them but I had to distance myself from them a bit in my mind because of their content Not so with Never Die While still very much in keeping with Hayes’ signature violent action scenes that I came to love in Where Loyalties Lie this book was remarkably clean in other respects There was no real romance which resulted in no sex scenes There was very little vulgarity as compared to the other work I’ve read from Hayes And best of all there was no rape Yay You saved yourself woman All I did was pass you a swordAlso while I loved the pirate riddled world I first visited in the Best Laid Plans duology I found this new Japanese inspired world of Never Die a refreshing change As I stated above it was impeccably researched This mixed with Hayes’ laid back prose to create a world that I could see and hear and smell as if the book was a portal to an enticing foreign land It’s a world I would love to revisit Also there was an important addition made to this world not present in Best Laid Plans honor There was this respectable vein of honor running through this motley group of characters even those who don’t view themselves as heroes It was a refreshing change“Immortality is subjective Your stories will always be told Your legend will never die But your body can”Speaking of characters Hayes did a phenomenal job crafting this ragtag crew We introduced to these heroes one by one as they are unwillingly drafted into a seemingly impossible uest As they don’t really know each other we learn about them as they reveal things to the group Very rarely is a team assembled like this where there are no core relationships already developed that are brought to the table so I thought it was an interesting decision I enjoyed how varied these characters were in personality and physicality and fighting style And the names I love the titles awarded to each character based on some tactical strength they had developed and were famous for harnessing We have characters with names like The Whispering Blade and The Emerald Breeze and Iron Gut and Death’s Echo They’re such rich evocative titles and say such deep things about those who carry them While I found all of the characters enjoyable my absolute favorite was Itami Cho the Whispering Blade She was stoic but caring badass but kind and you could tell that she knew or suspected far than she let on about their mission their physical state and the boy who had drafted them for this endeavor She’s an incredibly strong female character and in my opinion was the shining star of the storyWhat starts with a whisper must end with a roarIn case you haven’t noticed by now I have nothing negative to say about this book Never Die is the most compelling addictive blaze of glory story I have ever had the pleasure of reading If you’re a fan of anime andor manga you’re going to love this story If you want Asian fantasy in your life you definitely won’t be disappointed if you pick this one up If you love motley crews and epic action scenes you’ll find fantastic examples of both here And if you’re just looking for something absorbing and hard to put down you’ll enjoy Never Die until the very last page


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    Never Die was brilliant It had it all Fearsome katana action? Tick Hilarious interactions between bandits and heroes alike? Tick Instantly likeable characters? Tick A spooky young boy who can bring heroes back from the dead? Ti okay maybe not the criteria you seek in every book but Never Die was a completely uniue and fun read “Justice of the sword is just murder by another name”Rob Hayes has crafted a fantastic Samurai and Eastern inspired fantasy book that subtly pulls the reader into a world that has depth and originality each page you turn It has samurai duels that are reminiscent of the manga Vagabond and mythical creatures It’s immensely enjoyable and heaps of fun all whilst being a very accessible story A small boy called Ein is on a mission to kill the Emperor of Ten Kings No mean feat and one he simply cannot do one he needs heroes for Conveniently Ein also has the immense power of bringing warriors back from the dead Ein must bind four legendary heroes to himself to assist him on this uest but here’s the catch they must first be dead in order to be bound “Some swords strike with a growl some with a roar Some shake the battle like a rock slide some bring ruin like a wild flame But there is one sword that passes with but a whisper and you shall know it for it says Death has been here”Here we meet heroes that contain their own sub plots the majority of the book being told from the viewpoints of Itami Cho Whispering Blade and Zhihao The Emerald Wind These two are uickly persuaded to assist Ein and set our together to bring other heroes to death just to be brought back to being ‘mostly alive’ I loved the plot It engaged me and was to start with simple but brilliantly turned into something with a lot substance I also loved the characters of the heroes firstly seeing how different they were getting to know them as characters then seeing how they merged together to form Ein’s band Each was uniue and Rob Hayes was able to tackle themes such as honour and friendship justice and revenge “Wonderful a fat man and a leper with a gun”There is excellent pacing that also had moments of reflection where we discovered the world and about the characters The last third of Never Die really was on full throttle and the action was glorious Awesome fight seuences that were fantastical and bloody intimidating and fascinating creatures such as the spirit world yokaiI also thoroughly enjoyed a few of the Easter eggs to readers who like asian inspired tales such as the character Art of War and the sword maker Mifune Toshiro Mifune? It takes a lifetime of evil to be a villain and only one moment of good to be a hero55 Never Die is one of the best self published books I've read A sword slashing and heroic tale set in a fantastical world of the East Mythological creatures an impossible uest and a brilliant band of heroes are forged in Never Die I will be sure to read a lot of Rob Hayes’ books in the future as I enjoyed this massively


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    This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book Prescription “Honour can be lost a dozen times and regained Life can only be lost once and never regained”🌟 After 3 years of reviewing books I developed a hunch for the books I will like It is like the clinical sense in medicine something that is gained with experience and trial I sometimes try to give books chances even if I feel I won’t like them They mostly end up being disappointing so I learned to follow my gut even 🌟 A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw the cover of this book and I had a strange feeling I felt that I NEEDED to read this book ASAP The post was a chance to get an ARC and review this book It looks like the stars aligned that moment and everything went perfect the second day I had my E ARC waiting in my inbox🌟 Another fact about me; I take a glimpse on the first few pages and read the prologue whenever I get a new book I was intrigued super uickly I fell in love with the writing style by reading a few lines🌟 When I finally started the book I didn’t know what to expect If it was going to be as good as the first page then I was on a wild ride and I was so ready for it But I haven’t read anything by the author previously and so I lowered my expectations🌟 The writing style did not disappoint and it was everything I wanted and It was funny emotional deep relatable and easy to follow “Some fight for honour and some for reward Some for glory and others for a cause Some fight for freedom from tyranny and hate And some fight for love not for a person but a name With death as their guide their companion and goal They cross all Hosa spirit flesh and soul Hounded by demons from the pages of lore What starts with a whisper must end with a roar”🌟 The characters were so fleshed out and I was thinking about my favorite and the answer was Itami Cho Iron Gut Chen Lu Zhihao Bingwei Ma and Roi Astara In another language this was one of the very few books were I like all the characters without exceptions The characters are introduced gradually and there is time for development for all of them I did not like all of them immediately but they certainly grow on you as you progress through the book The characters are so diverse too and they have different personalities and characteristics that make them uniue I felt that this was a mature version of Six of Crows –Character wise 🌟 The world building is awesome I mean the Asian setting with its mythologies and the fantastic fantasy world all come together to make it an atmospheric read that is hard to forget🌟 Plot wise it was perfect the thing that I did after I saw the cover was checking the synopsis and it was so cool and new I have never read anything like this before and thus it has bonus points for creativityThe heroes are working for a second chance to live under a SHINIGAMI HOW COOL IS THATThe pacing was just excellent for the story the last few chapters in the book were literally the end of me I felt that it was illogical to name a book “Never Die” when it made me die There was no romance Which is a change from the clichéd romance in 90% of books there was just action and drama and important themes all packed in less than 300 pages And it is a standalone which is way too perfect for me🌟 Summary It is always hard to review good books because there is not much to say about them But this book had perfect characters perfect pacing and world building and perfect plot twists This all made it deserve a place as my 8th 5 stars rating this year among 145 other books that I read this year Once again my hunch was trueAnother fact apparently this is self published which blows my mind and I certainly will check the author’s other works🌟 Prescription Do yourself a favor and read this book if you like fantasy I can guarantee that it won’t disappoint ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review


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    This story is pure adrenaline From the very first line through its twisty conclusion Never Die showcases Rob Hayes’ talent in creating interesting and memorable characters while placing them in ever escalating life or death situations This is a story of vengeance and honor delivered with the style and speed of an expert katana slash It incorporates elements of Japanese mythology including various species of yokai spirit monsters death gods masters of i and resurrection to name but a few It explores what it means to be a warrior and its tolls on the human psyche It’s not a long book yet it packs in an incredible amount of content told at a blistering pace Simply put this is one of the most fun and action packed stand alone books I’ve readOne of the impressive feats that Hayes pulls off is how he was able to flesh out his characters so uickly using so few pages I felt like I knew these characters well enough to guess what they would say or how they would react in upcoming situations The friendships and relationships felt real and earned and the dialogue was both insightful and humorous Each character was flawed but had a strong and uniue voice in the story there was the oath breaking but skilled warrior a cowardly bandit with confidence issues an iron skinned master who drowns his anonymity with wine an undefeated martial artist who has never left home an altruistic leper who is knocking on death’s door and a demonic child on a singular uest of vengeance The child gathers these great warriors from around the crumbling Empire with a mission to assassinate a man who may be impossible to access all while being plagued by nightmarish spirits every step of the way The story is simple in its nature – the first half of the story is dedicated to gathering the party and the back half concentrates on the mission of vengeance – yet the book never wavers in its pace or level of excitement The battles are numerous and increasingly dangerous and there are plenty of curious mysteries that help drive the story forward I have little knowledge of Japanese lore so reading this book on the Kindle app was a great help The app allowed me to highlight and research many of the Japanese words scattered throughout the story such as jikininki inugami and kiyohime so I recommend this method to learn about where these fables originated Even some of the most bizarre and eccentric occurrences were all rooted in Japanese history and Hayes did a fine job researching and integrating some truly horrifying adversaries to throw at our cadre of heroes There were a couple of uibbles I had after one of the big final twists was revealed as I uestioned some contradictions in the narrative that didn’t sit entirely well with me If the audience were privy to this knowledge at the beginning of the story I would wonder why certain events played out as they did Still the impact of this reveal resulted in a powerful and surprising ending that outweighed any of its detriments and I appreciated what the author was aiming for Never Die is like an anime video game come to life in book form Therefore it might not be for everyone But if that description intrigues you in the least you owe it to yourself to dive in head first I hope to see stories from Hayes that is set in this fantasy Far East setting as it feels abundant with fresh storytelling opportunities As a fan of this story as well as Hayes’ pirate themed duology “Best Laid Plains” I can’t wait to see what Hayes has in store for us next 88 10


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    My review is now on BookNestNever Die BookNestI read Never Die as a judge for the SPFBO finalists And I LOVED IT Wonderful characterisation intriguing plot masterfully written action seuences and natural dialogue“The difference between the rich and the powerful was always made so much clearer by walls The rich hide behind them the powerful tore them down”Never Die is one of my favourite reads over the last year I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started but by the end of the first chapter I was enrapturedStarting with the prose Hayes wrote amazing pieces such asSome fight for honour and some for reward Some for glory and others for a causeSome fight for freedom from tyranny and hateAnd some fight for love not for a person but a nameWith death as their guide their companion and goalThey cross all Hosa spirit flesh and soulHounded by demons from the pages of loreWhat starts with a whisper must end with a roarAnd the rest of the time it was enchanting Natural smooth and fluid It was so easy to just glide from page to page as is evident due to the fact I finished this in about 36 hours with a large chunk of that being when I was asleepAt the core of this story is the awesome idea to bring heroes back from the dead and fight on your side It just appeals to my interests and passion so much How cool would it be to have some of the best warriors and heroes in one band? Well Never Die surpassed my expectations in how EPIC it was to have a group of such people The plot was so cool with the growing party of characters who each had a great variety of personalities There were certainly some huge twists I did not expect that were subtly hinted at but one of those you only piece together when its already happenedNow onto the action seuences Simply they’re brilliant Instantly immersive and vivid with no confusion at all about what is actually happening In most books I get slightly lost in large scale conflicts but once again Never Die is one of those rare novels that succeeds in this elementSometimes peace is no than oppression in disguise”Overall I think it’s safe to say that I LOVED this book Wonderful array of characters brilliant plot fantastic core idea and themes I’m definitely going to read some Hayes I also voted for Never Die in the BookNest 2019 awards for best self published novel Adeclaration of my love for this story


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    Wuxia is violent and anti Confucian But also fun Hayes delivers a thrilling take on classic principles and conventions of wuxia while casting them in a new light and in a secondary world based on east Asian influences Wandering warriors are mostly but not fully alive Some follow a code of honour others don’t care about such nonsense A mysterious murdered eight year old boy Ein sets on a mission to kill Emperor of Ten Kings He can’t do it alone He needs the help of heroes preferably legendary ones To serve him they must first dieA plot summary barely conveys the extraordinary energy of this book At first glance it sounds like a simple story Ein recruits the team and they confront the bad guy in an explosive final battle Such a description while sound doesn’t do the justice to the characters and their dynamics Never Die blends reversals unexpected meetings betrayals cliffhangers and lovingly described combat Each character has a special skill in some cases reflected by hisher name Whispering Blade Iron Gut crucial to the success of the team Each feels distinct and memorable I especially liked Bingwei Ma and Itami Cho probably two most honourable team members That said others were intriguing and likable as well Iron Gut and Emerald Wind's banter brought life and humor to the pages while Death's Echo behaviour rose many uestionsI will stop here because Never Die is so full of nail biting twists and turns that I don’t want to spoil the experience For me it’s a fantastically entertaining piece of suspenseful action storytelling with a killer ending 


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Flaming Fist and his bandits attack the city of Kaishi Itami swears one last oath she will protect the city and its people at any costEin has spent his life dreaming of being a hero and now the God of Death has given him a chance The R Never Die was brilliant It had it all Fearsome katana action Tick Hilarious interactions between bandits and heroes alike Tick Instantly likeable characters Tick A spooky young boy who can bring heroes back from the dead Ti okay maybe not the criteria you seek in every book but Never Die was a completely uniue and fun read “Justice of the sword is just murder by another name”Rob Hayes has crafted a fantastic Samurai and Eastern inspired fantasy book that subtly pulls the reader into a world that has depth and originality each page you turn It has samurai duels that are reminiscent of the manga Vagabond and mythical creatures It’s immensely enjoyable and heaps of fun all whilst being a very accessible story A small boy called Ein is on a mission to kill the Emperor of Ten Kings No mean feat and one he simply cannot do one he needs heroes for Conveniently Ein also has the immense power of bringing warriors back from the dead Ein must bind four legendary heroes to himself to assist him on this uest but here’s the catch they must first be dead in order to be bound “Some swords strike with a growl some with a roar Some shake the battle like a rock slide some bring ruin like a wild flame But there is one sword that passes with but a whisper and you shall know it for it says Death has been here”Here we meet heroes that contain their own sub plots the majority of the book being told from the viewpoints of Itami Cho Whispering Blade and Zhihao The Emerald Wind These two are uickly persuaded to assist Ein and set our together to bring other heroes to death just to be brought back to being ‘mostly alive’ I loved the plot It engaged me and was to start with simple but brilliantly turned into something with a lot substance I also loved the characters of the heroes firstly seeing how different they were getting to know them as characters then seeing how they merged together to form Ein’s band Each was uniue and Rob Hayes was able to tackle themes such as honour and friendship justice and revenge “Wonderful a fat man and a leper with a gun”There is excellent pacing that also had moments of reflection where we discovered the world and about the characters The last third of Never Die really was on full throttle and the action was glorious Awesome fight seuences that were fantastical and bloody intimidating and fascinating creatures such as the spirit world yokaiI also thoroughly enjoyed a few of the Easter eggs to readers who like asian inspired tales such as the character Art of War and the sword maker Mifune Toshiro Mifune It takes a lifetime of evil to be a villain and only one moment of good to be a hero55 Never Die is one of the best self published books I've read A sword slashing and heroic tale set in a fantastical world of the East Mythological creatures an impossible uest and a brilliant band of heroes are forged in Never Die I will be sure to read a lot of Rob Hayes’ books in the future as I enjoyed this massively His Punishment uniue and fun read “Justice of the sword is just murder by another name”Rob Hayes has crafted a fantastic Samurai and Eastern inspired fantasy book that subtly pulls the reader into a world that has depth and originality each page you turn It has samurai duels that are reminiscent of the manga Vagabond and mythical creatures It’s immensely enjoyable and heaps of fun all whilst being a very accessible story A small boy called Ein is on a mission to kill the Emperor of Ten Kings No mean feat and one he simply cannot do one he needs heroes for Conveniently Ein also has the immense power of bringing warriors back from the dead Ein must bind four legendary heroes to himself to assist him on this Himig Ng Sinag: MGA Piling Tula uest but here’s the catch they must first be dead in order to be bound “Some swords strike with a growl some with a roar Some shake the battle like a rock slide some bring ruin like a wild flame But there is one sword that passes with but a whisper and you shall know it for it says Death has been here”Here we meet heroes that contain their own sub plots the majority of the book being told from the viewpoints of Itami Cho Whispering Blade and Zhihao The Emerald Wind These two are The Test uickly persuaded to assist Ein and set our together to bring other heroes to death just to be brought back to being ‘mostly alive’ I loved the plot It engaged me and was to start with simple but brilliantly turned into something with a lot substance I also loved the characters of the heroes firstly seeing how different they were getting to know them as characters then seeing how they merged together to form Ein’s band Each was The Test: Taken By The Men Who Raised Me uniue and Rob Hayes was able to tackle themes such as honour and friendship justice and revenge “Wonderful a fat man and a leper with a gun”There is excellent pacing that also had moments of reflection where we discovered the world and about the characters The last third of Never Die really was on full throttle and the action was glorious Awesome fight seuences that were fantastical and bloody intimidating and fascinating creatures such as the spirit world yokaiI also thoroughly enjoyed a few of the Easter eggs to readers who like asian inspired tales such as the character Art of War and the sword maker Mifune Toshiro Mifune It takes a lifetime of evil to be a villain and only one moment of good to be a hero55 Never Die is one of the best self published books I've read A sword slashing and heroic tale set in a fantastical world of the East Mythological creatures an impossible Teacher Evaluation in Music: A Guide for Music Teachers in the Us uest and a brilliant band of heroes are forged in Never Die I will be sure to read a lot of Rob Hayes’ books in the 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Eaper has set him an impossible uest an eight year old boy sent to stop an immortal Emperor Never Die is a stand alone set in the world of Mortal Techniues It’s a wuxia adventure filled with samurai shinigami heroes and vengeful spiri This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book Prescription “Honour can be lost a dozen times and regained Life can only be lost once and never regained”🌟 After 3 years of reviewing books I developed a hunch for the books I will like It is like the clinical sense in medicine something that is gained with experience and trial I sometimes try to give books chances even if I feel I won’t like them They mostly end up being disappointing so I learned to follow my gut even 🌟 A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw the cover of this book and I had a strange feeling I felt that I NEEDED to read this book ASAP The post was a chance to get an ARC and review this book It looks like the stars aligned that moment and everything went perfect the second day I had my E ARC waiting in my inbox🌟 Another fact about me; I take a glimpse on the first few pages and read the prologue whenever I get a new book I was intrigued super uickly I fell in love with the writing style by reading a few lines🌟 When I finally started the book I didn’t know what to expect If it was going to be as good as the first page then I was on a wild ride and I was so ready for it But I haven’t read anything by the author previously and so I lowered my expectations🌟 The writing style did not disappoint and it was everything I wanted and It was funny emotional deep relatable and easy to follow “Some fight for honour and some for reward Some for glory and others for a cause Some fight for freedom from tyranny and hate And some fight for love not for a person but a name With death as their guide their companion and goal They cross all Hosa spirit flesh and soul Hounded by demons from the pages of lore What starts with a whisper must end with a roar”🌟 The characters were so fleshed out and I was thinking about my favorite and the answer was Itami Cho Iron Gut Chen Lu Zhihao Bingwei Ma and Roi Astara In another language this was one of the very few books were I like all the characters without exceptions The characters are introduced gradually and there is time for development for all of them I did not like all of them immediately but they certainly grow on you as you progress through the book The characters are so diverse too and they have different personalities and characteristics that make them uniue I felt that this was a mature version of Six of Crows –Character wise 🌟 The world building is awesome I mean the Asian setting with its mythologies and the fantastic fantasy world all come together to make it an atmospheric read that is hard to forget🌟 Plot wise it was perfect the thing that I did after I saw the cover was checking the synopsis and it was so cool and new I have never read anything like this before and thus it has bonus points for creativityThe heroes are working for a second chance to live under a SHINIGAMI HOW COOL IS THATThe pacing was just excellent for the story the last few chapters in the book were literally the end of me I felt that it was illogical to name a book “Never Die” when it made me die There was no romance Which is a change from the clichéd romance in 90% of books there was just action and drama and important themes all packed in less than 300 pages And it is a standalone which is way too perfect for me🌟 Summary It is always hard to review good books because there is not much to say about them But this book had perfect characters perfect pacing and world building and perfect plot twists This all made it deserve a place as my 8th 5 stars rating this year among 145 other books that I read this year Once again my hunch was trueAnother fact apparently this is self published which blows my mind and I certainly will check the author’s other works🌟 Prescription Do yourself a favor and read this book if you like fantasy I can guarantee that it won’t disappoint ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Reticence uest an eight year old boy sent to stop an immortal Emperor Never Die is a stand alone set in the world of Mortal Techniues It’s a wuxia adventure filled with samurai shinigami heroes and vengeful spiri This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book Prescription “Honour can be lost a dozen times and regained Life can only be lost once and never regained”🌟 After 3 years of reviewing books I developed a hunch for the books I will like It is like the clinical sense in medicine something that is gained with experience and trial I sometimes try to give books chances even if I feel I won’t like them They mostly end Peloponnesian War up being disappointing so I learned to follow my gut even 🌟 A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw the cover of this book and I had a strange feeling I felt that I NEEDED to read this book ASAP The post was a chance to get an ARC and review this book It looks like the stars aligned that moment and everything went perfect the second day I had my E ARC waiting in my inbox🌟 Another fact about me; I take a glimpse on the first few pages and read the prologue whenever I get a new book I was intrigued super Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete uickly I fell in love with the writing style by reading a few lines🌟 When I finally started the book I didn’t know what to expect If it was going to be as good as the first page then I was on a wild ride and I was so ready for it But I haven’t read anything by the author previously and so I lowered my expectations🌟 The writing style did not disappoint and it was everything I wanted and It was funny emotional deep relatable and easy to follow “Some fight for honour and some for reward Some for glory and others for a cause Some fight for freedom from tyranny and hate And some fight for love not for a person but a name With death as their guide their companion and goal They cross all Hosa spirit flesh and soul Hounded by demons from the pages of lore What starts with a whisper must end with a roar”🌟 The characters were so fleshed out and I was thinking about my favorite and the answer was Itami Cho Iron Gut Chen Lu Zhihao Bingwei Ma and Roi Astara In another language this was one of the very few books were I like all the characters without exceptions The characters are introduced gradually and there is time for development for all of them I did not like all of them immediately but they certainly grow on you as you progress through the book The characters are so diverse too and they have different personalities and characteristics that make them Greek Mythology uniue I felt that this was a mature version of Six of Crows –Character wise 🌟 The world building is awesome I mean the Asian setting with its mythologies and the fantastic fantasy world all come together to make it an atmospheric read that is hard to forget🌟 Plot wise it was perfect the thing that I did after I saw the cover was checking the synopsis and it was so cool and new I have never read anything like this before and thus it has bonus points for creativityThe heroes are working for a second chance to live Warrior Women under a SHINIGAMI HOW COOL IS THATThe pacing was just excellent for the story the last few chapters in the book were literally the end of me I felt that it was illogical to name a book “Never Die” when it made me die There was no romance Which is a change from the clichéd romance in 90% of books there was just action and drama and important themes all packed in less than 300 pages And it is a standalone which is way too perfect for me🌟 Summary It is always hard to review good books because there is not much to say about them But this book had perfect characters perfect pacing and world building and perfect plot twists This all made it deserve a place as my 8th 5 stars rating this year among 145 other books that I read this year Once again my hunch was trueAnother fact apparently this is self published which blows my mind and I certainly will check the author’s other works🌟 Prescription Do yourself a favor and read this book if you like fantasy I can guarantee that it won’t disappoint ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

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Samurai shinigami vengeful spirits and an impossible uestItami Cho has earned the name Whispering Blade She is a Shintei warrior sworn to the path of oaths and honour But keeping her oaths has always been difficult than taking them When Do I need other reasons to read this book beyond the fact that the cover is pretty and rumor has it the story is heavily inspired by Japanese animeTo uote Hamlet act III scene iii line 92 “no”