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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Abhorrent is the second book in the Obsidian Blade series by authors Nathan Wilson and S. E. Nin. The story of Shindara and his companions continues as they travel to Yomi to get some much-needed answers. Shindara’s curse was slowly but surely ruining his life, and it looked like there was no saving him. However, Shindara is not a quitter (which brought him into the mess in the first place). Being cursed by Yomi has disturbed his appearance and made it very obvious that Shindara did something terrible. Now he needed answers, and the only place he could find them was with Yomi. Joined by Hrioshango, Shindara has very limited time to find those answers and sidestep anyone and or anything that can deter him from his task. Along the way, Shindara realizes that he can protect Japan from the ravages of war and an Empire that has no god to offer to its people. But if Shindara is not careful, he may well destroy Japan with what he is slowly becoming. Can Shindara do it all?
I am in love with this epic fantasy series. I remember reading the first novel in the series, Obsidian Blade, and falling in love with the world-building. Authors Nathan Wilson and S. E. Nin have outdone themselves with this novel in the series. They struck the perfect balance between creating a universe where a creature like Shindara can exist while also remaining loyal and respectful to Japanese mythology. I can only imagine the research the duo must have gone through to gather all the knowledge about Yomi, study the ancient gods and goddesses of Japan, and incorporate them into the story in a way that everything fits perfectly well. Hrioshango’s character is nothing short of an enigma. However, he and Shindara work together well, and the duo gets more answers. The journey to Yomi, the descriptions of Yomi, and the images created by the authors was enough to transport me right next to Hrioshango and Shindara. For the first time, I am surprised to say that the sequel is so much better and more entertaining than the first novel! It exceeded my expectations!