Novella Review: Dancing Blades by A.D. Starrling

Title: Dancing Blades
Author: A.D. Starrling
Series: Seventeen #0.2
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published:  February 28th, 2015
Page Count: 25 pages
Format: eBook
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review

1624. Edo period. Japan.

When hunted half-breed immortal Lucas Soul hears tales of legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto during his travels in the Far East, he sails to Japan to meet the great man and convince him to take him on as an apprentice. 

Musashi refuses to agree to his request, leaving Soul with no option but to shadow the samurai and repeatedly challenge him to duel, in the hope of proving his worth. But things takes a sinister turn when Soul stumbles upon a plot that threatens the life of Musashi’s son. 

Can the immortal rescue the young man in time and change the master’s mind? 

Join Soul as he embarks on an exciting adventure that sees him grow as a warrior and gain the respect of the greatest samurai who has ever lived.

Dancing Blades is a short story set in the action-packed world of AD Starrling’s award-winning thriller series Seventeen.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
Okay, I'm liking these novellas a lot! Dancing Blades was an entertaining read and super short (much to my dismay!). While First Death was about young Soul running for his life after his parents were murdered, Dancing Blades is about Soul trying to convince the greatest samurai to train him.

Soul is older now, but stuck looking like a young man since he's an immortal and doesn't age. He is wiser though and I liked that he's focused on getting better at fighting to survive any circumstance that may present itself. It was nice that this character has a bit of humour inside left since I thought he would be more dark and serious. His antics of trying to convince the samurai to train him were amusing, and I loved how when he least tried to convince him, it's when it finally worked.

Now I'm off to check out the next novella! It's so exciting that I'm finally getting closer to the first full-length novel, Soul Meaning, because by the looks of it, the Seventeen series will be amazing!


  1. Sounds like an intriguing bunch of books. I'm not sure if they're something I'd be interested in, but maybe. Great review. Glad you're enjoying these!

  2. Dancing Blades has been one of my favorites of the short stories in this series because of the setting <3. Just wait till you get to The Bank Job (SO GOOD)

  3. It might be a short book but it sounds like you really loved this one :3 So I shall definitely check it out, especially as it is such a quick read!