Gatherer of Clouds

Gatherer of Clouds The magnificent concluding volume of The Initiate Brother This fantasy interweaves Asian culture mysticism and martial arts with magic in an epic story of war deception illicit passion and myster

  • Title: Gatherer of Clouds
  • Author: Sean Russell
  • ISBN: 9780886775360
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • The magnificent concluding volume of The Initiate Brother This fantasy interweaves Asian culture, mysticism, and martial arts with magic in an epic story of war, deception, illicit passion, and mystery Initiate Brother Shuyun, spiritual advisor to the military governor of the province of Seh, receives a shocking message from the barbarian lands the massive army ofthe GoThe magnificent concluding volume of The Initiate Brother This fantasy interweaves Asian culture, mysticism, and martial arts with magic in an epic story of war, deception, illicit passion, and mystery Initiate Brother Shuyun, spiritual advisor to the military governor of the province of Seh, receives a shocking message from the barbarian lands the massive army ofthe Golden K han is poised at their border And it may fall to one young monk with extraordinary powers to save the Empire.

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    About "Sean Russell"

    1. Sean Russell

      Aka Sean Thomas RussellSean Russel has co written, with Ian Dennis, a mystery series called Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner The first volume of the series was published by Bantam under their joint pen name, T.F Banks Sean Russell was born 1952 in Toronto At the age of three his family moved to the outskirts of the city, where they lived in a cottage at the beach of Lake Ontario At the age of ten he decided to become an author, and the fantasy genre caught him years later, while reading J R R Tolkien s Lord of the Rings After university, he moved to Vancouver, and two years later to Vancouver Island, where he still lives with his family He published his first novel in 1991.His first historical naval novel Under Enemy Colours, published in 2007, introduced a new Royal Navy hero, Charles Hayden, and HMS Themis, a fictitious frigate.Mr Russell cites history as one of his passions, collects old yachting and sailing books, skis, sails and travels Past interests include caving, rock climbing, hiking, and racing sailboats.

    266 thoughts on “Gatherer of Clouds”

    1. It is a good read. Book to be recommended early part was not as exciting as even book-I but later part sometimes crosses to novel -" Shōgun".ohh, I am happy that found and read the book. this book has so many deep characters gives you joy even long time after.“I believe, as you have said, that Jaku Tadamoto was an honorable man torn between honor and loyalty and love. In a lifetime of service to the Shonto I have never once felt so torn.”"we will never know if you fell into their hands with [...]

    2. Gatherer of cloudsis the sequel to The Initiate Brother a court-intrigue Fantasy set in an unspecified ancient Asian setting. A story of mystic monks, ambitions failed and realised, military strategy and political manouvering, Russell presents a fully realised world and a large cast of characters.I enjoyed The Initiate Brother quite a bit, but it somehow took me 6 months to get around toGatherer of Clouds . Given the complex plot machinations and the number of characters involved I expected to b [...]

    3. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Gatherer of Clouds is the sequel to Sean Russell’s The Initiate Brother, a story which is not so much about the Initiate Brother Shuyun, spiritual advisor to Lord Shonto, as it is about the entire Shonto household — a household that is seen as a threat by an insecure emperor. And with good reason, for Lord Shonto is an honorable, intelligent, and insightful man who has raised his children to be his equals and who has surrounded himself with a competent [...]

    4. reviewstaphorosis 3.5 starsSent away from the capital in a nominal propmtion, Shonto Motoru finds the threat from barbarian tribes to be a very real danger to the Empire of Wa. The barbarians have support from unexpected places, and Shonto must decide how to respond, when any course looks like treachery to the suspicious Emperor. Shonto's Spiritual Advisor, the talented monk Shuyun, faces his own dilemmas as he questions aspects of his faith just as others look to him for guidance.The prequel to [...]

    5. In many ways, part two of this book is far superior to the first, but I have tried to review them as one story. Because, unlike a serial series, a sequential series hangs on each other. You cannot have the Return of the King without the Fellowship of the Rings. Here we find resolution, and the answers to all the question Russell has raised, and the happy ending we all secretly have been waiting for.

    6. The story is complete now in part two of the duology: The Cloud Gatherer. I read both books back to back and would recommend them to readers who don't mind a slightly slow pace, some philosophy, and a little poetry.I read and listened. Narration is fine, but not brilliant.A medieval Asian tale (Japanese-Chinese mix) with the slightest fantastical bent, set in a mythical land (see maps) with lords and ladies, peasants and emperors, warriors and monks, politics, lies, and conspiracies, murder, gre [...]

    7. No book has ever struck me emotionally like this. It's a great book. It's a magnificent work of art. But the deaths cut deep. One death very specifically. I did not expect the great man, the father, the son, the teacher, to sacrifice even his life.I have no closure and that's what pains the most. I have no closure. It was unexpected and happened off screen. Why?I recommend this book to all those who delight in fantasy.

    8. A flawed but beloved old favorite from college, one I worry will pass from the collective memory sooner than it ought. That said, I must confess that I'm giving it stars based, I suppose, on a separate scale from that I might apply to Beowulf, say, or Dubliners. Perhaps--and I am realizing this as I consider the question of how many stars to award here--I use a five-star scale not so much as an absolute range of value applicable across all books, but as a measure of the extent to which a book me [...]

    9. 3.5 if possible, but I gave him that extra 1/2 point cuz it's xmas(as i write this). This was a good book. There were a few things that bugged me a little, but nothing is perfect. The main female character was a little too self absorbed for my liking considering everything going on around her. Her obsession with having sex with Shuyun got on my nerves. Leave the poor monk alone you tart! The emperor was a little too 'over the top' paranoid. So much so that it was a little unbelievable. A little [...]

    10. The sequel to The Initiate Brother, the story picks up immediately after the conclusion of the first book. This book contains more action and concludes the plotline of the first book, though I have to say that I found the wrap-up of the story-line of the invading desert army, to be very short and ultimately disappointing. Though I can understand that it was really just a thematic reason to drive the events of the story, the character of "The Great Khan" of the barbarians, so far unglimpsed, was [...]

    11. This book, while an interesting, well-thought out, deep tale suffers from a lack of knowledge of Japanese culture (on which it is 90% based) on the part of the writer. Touted as set in a "magical fantasy Orient" (a word I personally despise), it tells the story of Brother Shuyun (from The Initiate brother), Lord Shonto (governor of the province of Seh) and a large cast of others as they discover and fight off a massive invasion by desert clans who live to the north. Claiming to the be the savior [...]

    12. This story is profound. And the writing is masterfully done. So why 3 stars? Because while the themes were moving and the paragraphs beautiful, this book spends WAY too much time on non-essential elements, such as side characters (we really didn't need scene after scene with the consort of the Emperor) and poetry (the few tasteful poems of the first book became frequent and long). The ending leaves me not sure if I'm happy or not. That's not bad in and of itself--it's a complex tale. But it's wa [...]

    13. This book (both books actually) consider loyalty, courage, faith and compassion and more besides. I particularly liked that the last 20% or so of this book dealt with the aftermath of the war. There are consequences even for the winners that can't be ignored.It isn't perfect. It does drag a little in the middle and I never really bought into the main love story but it is well worth reading all the same.

    14. (3.5 stars)(Written while about halfway through, may update later.)This is a sequel second half of the Initiate Brother.It's rather similar, but a bit more boring, as there is little new or hidden information coming to light - they just re-hash the same old data, and occasionally change the numbers, but nothing like the first book. The second half (of the second half) picks up a bit, however.It's not bad, but only just manages to pull its weight in shelf-space.

    15. 4.25/5A short and well written fantasy series. Some aspects could have been done more aptly, but all in all every loose end is somehow tied together and the reader is left with a sense of both satisfaction at the end as well as a bit of sad bitterness that comes from bidding farewell to "people" whose lives have penetrated your own for a couple of weeks.

    16. A wonderful book of an asian land with exquisite formality. The story of a monk, his lord, the brotherhood of monks an emperor and so much, much more. An excellent writer who needs no explosive and grand actions to succeed in his efforts.Better than the first. Highly recommended.

    17. A fun, complex world and story written well. High literature? No. Worth reading? Yes. This book and the previous one (1/2 and 2/2) really feel like a single long book that was just too big to publish in a single volume.

    18. There were some spectacular scenes in this one, that even ten years later I occasionally think about. Wish this series had continued.

    19. The second half of Initiate Brother. This is not a "series" but a continuation of the story which was too long for one novel. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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