Death’s Kiss, A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

Death’s Kiss

A Daidoji Shin Mystery, A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

Death’s Kiss

A Daidoji Shin Mystery, A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

By Josh Reynolds

Nobleman sleuth Daidoji Shin returns for a brilliant new investigation deep in the Emerald Empire, in this exciting novel set in the fantastical world of Legend of the Five Rings

Daidoji Shin, former louche layabout turned amateur investigator, and his long-suffering bodyguard, Kasami, are called away from the comforts of the City of the Rich Frog and into Unicorn lands to investigate a seemingly open-and-shut case of murder. But it’s never that straightforward… A condemned woman’s life is at stake, and the outcome may prevent a war between noble families. But that’s only the beginning of this mystery: Shin will come face to face with a sinister seditionist organization that could have much deeper consequences than he could imagine.

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The realm of Rokugan is a land of samurai, courtiers, and mystics, dragons, magic, and divine beings – a world of heroism, magic, and steel. The clans have defended and served the Emperor for a thousand years both on the battlefield and in Rokugan’s courts. While conflict and political intrigue divides the clans, the true threat awaits in the darkness of the Shadowlands, behind the vast Kaiu Wall. There, in the twisted wastelands, an evil corruption endlessly seeks the downfall of the empire. The rules of Rokugan’s society are absolute, and the Great Clans must always maintain their honor, lest they lose everything in the pursuit of glory.

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Publication Details

Series: The Daidoji Shin Mysteries, book 2
Page Count: 352pp
Cover Art: Merilliza Chan
Genre: Fantasy

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
UK On Sale Date: September 2, 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9781839080807
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
ebook ISBN: 9781839080814


Global On Sale: January 25, 2022
ISBN: 9781666190885

About the Author

JOSH REYNOLDS is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories, including the wildly popular Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000. He grew up in South Carolina and now lives in Sheffield, UK.

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Interviews and Articles

“A comedy of manners masquerading as a forgotten episode of Perry Mason, set in feudal Japan – or the fantasy equivalent thereof.”

– Josh Reynolds

Death’s Kiss interview with Josh Reynolds
Court Games Podcaast,


“It’s a pleasure to follow the exploits of one of my favorite sleuths, Daidoji Shin… I love the voice of Shin – languid, biting, self deprecating – he slays me with his many humorous lines. ★★★★★”
Eyes to See

Death’s Kiss is another brilliant Rokugan story from Josh Reynolds, a fast-paced, intricately-plotted and highly rewarding journey through the Legend of the Five Rings setting, in the company of a charming, debonair protagonist with hidden depths and a knack for witty dialogue and amusing asides. ”
Track of Words

“I’ll admit to being fooled by the twist until very late on, but even if you manage to guess where the plot is going, it’s an entertaining journey to follow along. The main cast continue to develop and new figures are added with the continuing levels of diversity that we’ve come to expect from an Aconyte story.”
The Story Board

“I really enjoyed this book, knowing what happened did lend the twist as we tried to figure out the reasons for the crime, because they really do matter, and whilst there was some general predictability, it wasn’t glaringly obvious. Instead the book makes you feel smart as you go “ahh I think I know”, then leads you to they why, what giving it’s all a bit of a twist.”
Big Geordie Geek

“Classic pulp adventure story, fast paced and engrossing. He effortlessly captures the feel of the period in his prose.”
– The British Fantasy Society

“An effortless read and will do very nicely for anyone looking for high quality pulp fantasy action.”
Starburst magazine

“Everything you would hope for from a Rokugan novel… Any time spent reading this is definitely well-spent, and I would recommend it to others.”
– Fistful of Meeples

Death’s Kiss, A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

Global Ebook On Sale: June 1, 2021
US Paperback On Sale: June 1, 2021
UK Paperback On Sale: September 2, 2021
Global Audiobook On Sale: January 25, 2022

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