The Century Blade by Rob J. Hayes

Orochi, the king of the dragons, has ordered his brothers and sisters to destroy humanity. It falls to a young hero to assemble a team and stop the dragons’ rampage. It falls to the Century Blade.

This is a short story set in the world of the award-winning Mortal Techniques. It is designed to be read as a standalone story, completely independent from the full length novels set in the same world.

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My Review – a short review of a short story.

“You mustn’t forget about the goat”

The animal companion steals the show in this Asian inspired fantasy.

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At under 30 pages this is a very quick read, but a satisfying one with plenty of solid world building, interestingly described characters and dragons – with an exciting battle sequence near the end. All of which combine to make for a fantastic introduction to the world of Rob J. Hayes’ Mortal Techniques series which I have been wanting to read. This is a prequel short story and explains the legend of the Century Blade, a character which I understand appears in the other Mortal Techniques books. The hero Su An collects together an unlikely band of companions as he travels through the realms towards his goal of fighting and beating Orochi, the King of the dragons and the dragons who obey him. The dragons have been laying waste to humans and their livelihoods alike and it has become time something is done to stop them. Su An and his band of heroes will take them on in the hopes of ridding the world of their menace once and for all.
The ending of this story was somewhat abrupt but The Century Blade was a story I would recommend to fans of Asian inspired fantasy.

About the Author

Having served in a hundred different offices as a keyboard monkey Rob J. Hayes finally decided to follow his life long passion of daydreaming. After writing a small horde’s worth of short stories, he released his debut dark fantasy trilogy “The Ties that Bind” in 2013 as an indie publication and followed it up with the steampunk caper “It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise” in 2014. In 2017 he released his piratical duology, Best Laid Plans, and in 2018 the first book, Where Loyalties Lie won Mark Lawrence’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off. Rob has now tried his hand at Science-Fiction (Drones, 2018) and Military Fantasy (City of Kings, 2018), and even East-Asian influenced fantasy (Never Die, 2019).

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