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Sunday, June 6, 2010
Review - Devil's Honor by S.W. Vaughn
Title: House Phoenix Book Two: Devil’s Honor
Author: S. W. Vaughn
Publisher: Lyrical Press
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
One man. Two worlds. No options.
Shiro Kuroda is a man torn between two worlds - born and raised in traditional Japan, he's now a fighter and assassin embroiled in New York's underground street fighting scene. After he accidentally kills an opponent in the ring, breaking the one rule of the organization, his employer’s retribution is swift: he must assassinate a deadly rival to the Harada clan, or take his own life in shame if he fails.
However, the people he has trusted over the years are not who they seem to be. A secret from Shiro’s past assures that no matter what the outcome of his mission, he will lose - whether he must commit ritual suicide, or watch those closest to him die.
I had the great pleasure of reviewing the first book in this series, and I am not disappointed with the sequel. While not as bloody as the last installment, this foray takes us to the heart of the organization, where money and power hold more sway than human life.
The first book focused largely on Angel, and while he features strongly in this story as well, it is the secondary characters that are brought into the light. Specifically Shiro, and to a lesser extent, Jenner.
Shiro is interesting in that his defining characteristic puts him at odds with himself. His loyalty and honor bind him to both his boss and his friends, despite the fact that each party wants something different for him. His inner demons plague him every step of the way as he tries to come to grips with who he is verses what he has become.
Jenner, by contrast, does not change so much as add depth. He is still scary as hell.
Overall, and excellent sequel to the original and I will be keeping an eye out for the next installment.