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Offline Davis Ashura

A Warrior's Path is actually the 7th novel I've written, but it's the first one where I trusted my words enough to release it out into the world.  Before I did so, I wanted an independent assessment, so I asked for a Kirkus review, and here it is:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/davis-ashura/a-warriors-path/

I especially like the part where they talk about "the ...milieu is markedly original..." and "...first-rate world building." Funny thing: they draft I sent Kirkus was the one I thought was the final, but my sister, with whom I share a brain, convinced to rewrite certain sections. All told, it turned out to be changing about 3% of the words or less, but that 3% made a huge difference.

I should also point out that this book is not set in a proto-typical medieval Europe but rather in a world that is a melange of India, Japan, and ancient Greece.

Anyway, here's what the book is about:

Two millennia ago, a demon thundered into the skies of Arisa, casting down the First World. She was Suwraith, the Bringer of Sorrows. And on the same night as Her arrival, there rose about the world's great cities the Oases, a mysterious means by which Humanity lies protected against the might of the Sorrow Bringer. It is a temporary respite. Throughout the rest of Arisa, Suwraith’s Chimeras boil across the Wildness, the wide swaths of land beyond the boundaries of the few, far-flung cities, killing any unfortunates in their path and ruling all in Her name. But always She seeks more: Humanity’s utter extinction.

Into this world is born Rukh Shektan, a peerless young warrior from a Caste of warriors. He is well-versed in the keen language of swords and the sacred law of the seven Castes: for each Caste is a role and a Talent given, and none may seek that to which they were not born. It is the iron-clad decree by which all cities maintain their fragile existence and to defy this law means exile and death. And Rukh has ever been faithful to the teachings of his elders.

But all his knowledge and devotion may not save him because soon he must join the Trials, the holy burden by which by which the cities of Humanity maintain their slender connection with one another, and the only means by which a warrior can prove his worth. There in the Wildness, Rukh will struggle to survive as he engages in the never-ending war with the Chimeras, but he will also discover a challenge to all he has held to be true and risk losing all he holds dear. And it will come in the guise of one of Humanity’s greatest enemies – perhaps its greatest allies.

Worse, he will learn of Suwraith’s plans. The Sorrow Bringer has dread intentions for his home. The city of Ashoka is to be razed and her people slaughtered.


And here's where you can buy it:

http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Path-Castes-OutCastes-ebook/dp/B00HLJ80QE/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1391175157&sr=8-1&keywords=a+warrior%27s+path

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-warriors-path-by-davis-ashura-davis-ashura/1117925133?ean=2940149080014

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-warrior-s-path-1
« Last Edit: November 30, 2015, 02:11:02 AM by Davis Ashura »
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: A Warrior's Path
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014, 11:57:50 PM »
Kinda excited to announce my first discount sale.

Starting sometime later tonight and extending until March 7th, I'm lowering the price on A Warrior's Path to just $2.99.

If you know someone who might be interested in the book, now would be a great time for them to buy it!

Here are the links to buy!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HLJ80QE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0X1RPEJ1DY30TH772GY5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

Barnes and Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-wa...=2940149080014

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebo...rrior-s-path-1
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: A Warrior's Path
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2014, 11:38:10 PM »
Sigh. I hate marketing, but I suppose it's a necessary evil.

Anyway, starting on April 27th and running for the rest of the week, A Warrior's Path will be part of Amazon's Countdown Deals. For three days, it'll only be $0.99, then $1.99 for three more days, then back to its regular price.

Here's the link to Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HLJ80QE/ref=s9_bbs_gw_d0_g351_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0E44GWJQMPF4ETBB0K64&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

A Warrior's Path
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2014, 05:01:46 AM »
From Oct. 19 through Oct. 22, A Warrior's Path will be on sale for $0.99.

BTW this is probably the best line in any review I'm every likely to receive. It comes from a reader in Mexico posting on Goodreads:
I really wanted to punch the writter at the end of the book. Theres a Cliffhanger and i really cant wait for the 2nd book to come out.

I love that!

Anyway, here's what the book is about:

Ashoka, a city of surpassing beauty where Humanity fights a losing battle against Suwraith, the Sorrow Bringer, a devouring goddess who hears the voices of Her murdered Parents.

Rukh Shektan, a peerless young warrior from a Caste of warriors finds the dogma of his training will no longer suffice. When traveling through the Wildness, he is forced confront terrible truths that will change everything he knows to be just and moral.

And House Shektan, a rising power amongst Caste Kumma, knows time is not on their side. The Withering Knife has appeared in Ashoka. The blade said to steal souls is being wielded once more. In every other time and in every other place where the Knife has demonstrated its cutting edge, the Sorrow Bringer has followed with dread intentions. This time, the city of Ashoka is to be razed and her people slaughtered.

Here's where you can buy it:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Path-Castes-OutCastes-Book-ebook/dp/B00HLJ80QE/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1413688756

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-warriors-path-davis-ashura/1120452465?ean=2940046210606

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-warrior-s-path-volume-one-of-the-castes-and-the-outcastes

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/481569

The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: A Warrior's Path
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2014, 02:21:19 PM »
Starting later today and extending until Jan. 5, 2015, my novel, A Warrior's Path, is on sale at $0.99. It's independently published with book 2 scheduled to come out in January. The book has 60 reviews from Amazon with an average of over 4.5 and over 110 ratings from Goodreads with an average of 4.05. Hmmm. I'm not sure I actually have that many friends and family to pump up my averages, so I'll have to assume those are actual readers ;) (note: that was all a joke - they are readers and not sock puppets) Anyway, here's the blurb and links:

Two millennia ago, the demon, Suwraith, thundered into the skies of Arisa and cast down the First World. Following Her arrival, Humanity is reduced to a few far-flung cities, barely able to keep alive the light of civilization. Otherwise, the world belongs to the Sorrow Bringer and Her hordes of Chimeras as they seek Humanity's utter extinction.

Into this world is born Rukh Shektan, a peerless young warrior from a Caste of warriors. While he is well-versed in the keen language of swords, all his formidable Talents will prove worthless if he is unable to overcome a lifetime of dogma and see the truth behind a born enemy's purpose.

But time is not his side. Suwraith has dread intentions for his home: the city of Ashoka is to be razed and her people slaughtered.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HLJ80QE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=02WCV17AZVMT4H8C494T&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-warriors-path-by-davis-ashura-davis-ashura/1117925133?ean=2940149080014

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-warrior-s-path-1

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/481569
« Last Edit: December 31, 2014, 02:24:03 PM by Davis Ashura »
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

A Warrior's Knowledge: Book Two of The Castes and the OutCastes
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2015, 08:07:00 PM »
Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Knowledge-Castes-OutCastes-Book-ebook/dp/B00TCORO90

And the blurb:

With A Warrior’s Path, Davis Ashura introduced readers to Arisa, an ancient world rich with history and myth where Humanity struggles to survive the never-ending battle with the demon Suwraith and Her hordes of Chimeras. Now Ashura’s bestselling epic continues with A Warrior’s Knowledge as Rukh Shektan learns the true meaning of loss…and of hope.

“The redemption of the fallen man is neither easy nor quick. It is fraught with hardship and loss, and those who seek to aid someone traveling this twisted path might do best to journey ahead and light the way.” (The Word and the Deed)

Rukh Shektan has lost everything: his home, his standing, and his future. He must journey with Jessira to reach her mountain home, the OutCaste city of Stronghold, before winter’s icy snow and winds bar all passages. Their travels test Rukh’s will and hope as Chimeras hound their footsteps, but the most difficult test proves to be Stronghold itself. The city is not as Jessira described.

Rector Bryce and Mira Terrell form a reluctant alliance. A secret from his family's past threatens Rector, forcing him to do the bidding of Dar’El Shektan, the ruling ‘El whom Rector had betrayed. Rector and Mira must seek the means to bring down House Shektan’s most bitter rival, Hal’El Wrestiva, the man responsible for Rukh’s banishment. Meanwhile, Bree and Jaresh continue their search for the Sil Lor Kum. Their hunt brings them closer to the truth. Danger lurks, and the Withering Knife murders continue. Unbeknownst to them, Hal’El Wrestiva, the SuDin of the Sil Lor Kum, furthers his own intentions.

And high in the heavens, watching the world is Suwraith. Her clouded mind is clear for the first time in millennia, and She makes Her own plans. The Sorrow Bringer has learned of Stronghold’s existence.
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: A Warrior's Path
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2015, 01:59:06 AM »
Just found out that A Warrior’s Path is the 2015 winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards in the category of Fantasy!

http://www.beverlyhillsbookawards.com/2015-BHBA-Winners-and-Finalists.htm#fant

Yeah, I know they misspelled my name and got my website address wrong (I really should have chosen ‘David’ as a pen name instead of ‘Davis’), but I’m too excited to care!
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: A Warrior's Path
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2015, 04:18:15 AM »
What a happy day!

A Warrior's Path was a finalist for the 2015 International Book Awards for Fantasy!

http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2015awardannouncement.html

http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Path-Castes-OutCastes-Book-ebook/dp/B00HLJ80QE
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: A Warrior's Path
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2015, 10:26:49 PM »
The audiobook version of A Warrior's Path is finally out! Just got released yesterday, and it should be available on Amazon's main site and iTunes sometime next week. For now, it's only on Audible
Here's the link:
http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/A-Warriors-Path-Audiobook/B0146ZSJCA/ref=a_search_c4_1_4_srTtl?qid=1440276921&sr=1-4

The narrator is Nick Podehl (the narrator for Patrick Rothfuss' magnificent tomes) and he did a fantastic job. Loved his voice and what he brought to the story.
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: A Warrior's Path
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2015, 05:03:08 PM »
Looks like A Warrior's Path won bronze for general fantasy in the 2015 Reader's Favorite Awards. Scroll down the page until you get to Fiction - Fantasy General. Pretty cool! Think I'll go celebrate by...getting back to work on book 3.

https://readersfavorite.com/2015-award-contest-winners.htm
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: The Castes and the OutCastes...where dharma may be based on a lie
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2015, 02:12:25 AM »
I didn't have normal internet service over Thanksgiving, and while I was gone, I found out that the audiobook version of A Warrior's Knowledge is now available. Nick Podehl once again did a fantastic job. What a great, early Christmas present!

Here's the link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/A-Warriors-Knowledge-Book-2-Audiobook/B0189RGDS8
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Re: The Castes and the OutCastes...where dharma may be based on a lie
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2015, 03:15:31 AM »
Congrats, Davis!
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Offline Davis Ashura

Re: The Castes and the OutCastes...where dharma may be based on a lie
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2015, 12:36:17 PM »
Thanks, Jmack!
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

Offline Davis Ashura

Re: The Castes and the OutCastes...where dharma may be based on a lie
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2016, 02:30:23 PM »
This review wherein A Warrior's Path is compared to Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archives, came across my computer yesterday. What a fabulous way to start the week!

http://geekritique.net/2016/02/15/the-castes-and-the-outcastes-1-a-warriors-path-book-review/
The crucible of tragedy teaches us the truth of our dharma: we sacrifice all so others need not. It is a weighty burden.

The Sorrows of Hume

 

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