Ein is on a mission from God. A God of Death.
Time is up for the Emperor of Ten Kings and it falls to a murdered eight year old boy to render the judgement of a God. Ein knows he can’t do it alone, but the empire is rife with heroes. The only problem; in order to serve, they must first die.
Ein has four legendary heroes in mind, names from story books read to him by his father. Now he must find them and kill them, so he can bring them back to fight the Reaper’s war.
Ever since tearing through Century Blade and Spirits of Vengeance last September I have been desperate to read another book in Rob’s Mortal Techniques series. There is just something about east Asia that I find myself drawn to. I don’t know which part but it fascinates me.
Never Die is such an interesting book to even hear about. A child needs heroes to kill an Emperor but he cannot recruit them if they’re alive so he must kill them first. It’s basically the epitome of fantasy – whatever you want to happen can happen and that’s the second thing that drew me to this book.
Never Die is the Winner of the Booknest 2019 award for Best Self Published Fantasy Novel and rightly so. This is a fantastic story. From the first page I found myself happily pulled back into this world and wanted to just ‘read another chapter’ each time I got to chapter markers. The story just flows. It’s easy to follow, interesting enough to keep you keen but not inundated with purple prose.
The characters are the main draw here. The story wholly revolves around their actions, skills and ability to work together as a team to overcome so many different issues from jealousy to yokai (vengeful spirits) and many more. They each have a history that has been plotted out enough that you know where they have come from and learn who they are as you read.
The cover for this book is awesome, as are all the covers in this series, and I regularly found myself looking to the front of the book at characters who had not yet been introduced yet to see if they matched the description of a new character who had appeared in the book. Don’t forget that this is a book on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited programme so you can effectively get this (and the others) for FREE.
Never Die is, as I mentioned, set in the same world as other stories (Pawn’s Gambit, Spirits of Vengeance and Century Blade) and this allows for little tidbits and crossovers. Having read two of the other three books I found a few references to other characters which put a smile on my face as I recognised them and found a connection between the books that helped cement the world as a real place, if only in my head.
If you haven’t read these books yet I implore you to pick up Never Die, or any of the others since they’re all standalones and can be read in any order, and delve into the Mortal Techniques world. It’s sharp, exciting and mysterious. It will push what self published fantasy can achieve and hopefully get you excited about stories inspired by Asian fantasy.