What are the best martial arts novels?

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    #1Shogun (Asian Saga)

    Shogun (Asian Saga)
    Set in 1600, the first book of the Asian Saga features three main characters: John Blackthorne, a British adventurer who arrives at Japan; Toranaga, a feudal lord with dreams of becoming the Shogun and Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert who falls in love with John, an explosive combination of characters and personalities that ensures lots of adventures. 
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    Rebecca Ray
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Shogun not only a great read but is part of a saga so you have more books to expand on ."
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    #2Sky Ghosts

    Sky Ghosts

    Sky Ghosts: All for One is the first book in Sky Ghosts series written by Alexandra Engellmann published in 2014. It is an urban fantasy about a girl assassin Patricia.  

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    Benjamin Douglas
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is not good enough I don't like it "
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    #3The Taming of Mei Lin (The Tang Dynasty)

    The Taming of Mei Lin (The Tang Dynasty)

    The Taming of Mei Lin by Jeannie Lin is a historical fiction and romance novel originally published in September 2010. This is a prequel book to Lin's Butterfly Swords.

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    Rebecca Roberts
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a fun (although a bit too short!) story about an feisty and awesome sword "master" female. This love story is a perfect prequel to the author's next book."
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    #4Veterans of the Psychic Wars

    Veterans of the Psychic Wars

    Veterans of the Psychic Wars is a science fiction novel written by Wayne Gerard Trotman. It was published January 1, 2011 by Red Moon Productions Ltd. It follows the story of Roman Doyle.

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    Alan Owens
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Veterans of the Psychic Wars is an absolute gem of a science fiction novel, penned by Wayne Gerard Trotman. If you like the martial arts genre, this is a great twist, with intergalactic twists and turns, this will not be like anything you have read before!"
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    #5Butterfly Swords

    Butterfly Swords

    Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin is a historical fiction and romance novel originally published in October 2010. This book won the Golden Heart Award for Best Historical Romance. It is the first book in Lin's Tang Dynasty series.

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    Hannah Fisher
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The characters in this book was breathtaking. It me feel like everything was happening before me. I found it to be a very interesting romance story taking place in China. Thumbs up."
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    #6The Water Margin

    The Water Margin

    The Water Margin is a classic Chinese wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by Shi Nai'an and translated by J.H. Jackson. This book is also known as Outlaws of the Marsh. Published in 1963.

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    Anthony Flores
    Written on May 10, 2018
    ""The Water Margin" is a chinese version of the English classic, "Robin Hood and His Merry Men." As a young kid I loved Robin Hood. Am seriously considering ordering this book which *has* to be fun to read."
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    #7Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

    Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
    This book is a collection of anecdotes and stories from the clerk Yamamoto Tsunemoto, in which we can know what he thought about bushido, the warrior code every samurai followed. Like this, we can get to know helpful information about how samurais lived and what his way of life -and death- was.





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    #8The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants

    The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants

    The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants is a mythical wuxia novel written by Shi Yukun and translated by Song Shouquan, with Esther Samson and Lance Samson as editors. Published in 1997 by Chinese Literature Press.

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    Michael Weber
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This one was ok but did not keep my interest the entire time, nor did I want to keep reading it or go back to it after I put it down. I would not recommend this book to most, because it just is not interesting enough to be a good book. "
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    #9The Eleventh Son

    The Eleventh Son

    The Eleventh Son is a Chinese wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by Gu Long, 古龙. This book is published in 2004 by Homa & Sekey Books, after being first published in 1998.

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    Kelly Ellis
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Pretty interesting book. I don't know anything about martial arts novels but I liked this okay. if you're not into martial arts I really don't think you'll like it much more than I did but a friend of mine read it and she said as far as martial arts novels go it's one of the best she's read so if you're a fan you'll probably like it."
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    #10The Book and the Sword

    The Book and the Sword

    The Book and the Sword is a classic fantasy historical wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by Jin Yong 金庸 and translated by Graham Earnshaw. Published in 2005 by Oxford University Press.

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    Larry Pena
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I've always enjoyed martial arts and the Asian culture. This book has been a very elaborate tale set in eighteenth century China. It might take a little while to get going, but I found it was quite exciting once I got further into it."
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    #11Hot Soup

    Hot Soup

    Hot Soup: A Wuxia Martial Arts Fantasy of Old China is a xianxia/wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by Robyn Paterson. This book is published in 2011.

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    José Alfredo Amador
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I take Tae Kwon Do so I wanted to read a martial arts novel and this one was really enjoyable."
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    #12God Slayer

    God Slayer
    God Slayer is a xianxia/wuxia (martial arts/sorcery/chivalry) novel written by K.S.Y. as the first installment in the God Slayer series. This book is published in 2017 
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    Scott Fernandez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The God Slayer is perhaps not the best martial arts novel in the market. The novel suffers from poor writing making it difficult to understand. The beginning of the story is a drag, however, once that is past the story managed to keep me engaged. I would only recommend this novel to die-hard fans of the genre. "
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    #13The Samurai's Garden

    The Samurai's Garden

    The Samurai's Garden is a historical fiction written by Gail Tsukiyama. The novel highlights the intrinsic themes of loyalty and honor native to the Japanese culture. It was first published in May 1996.

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    Kevin Andrews
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is an excellent period piece novel. The tale is set in the 1930s, and focuses on family history of Japanese culture and tradition. Anyone interested in ancient Japan and samurai code should enjoy this story. Other user reviews also show that this is a popular choice for this genre."
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    #14The Courtesan and the Samurai

    The Courtesan and the Samurai

    The Courtesan and the Samurai is a historical novel written by Lesley Downer. Set in 1896, it focuses on 17-year-old Hana, the wife of a soldier, who became a courtesan at a pleasure quarter in Tokyo. The novel was published in 2010.

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    #15The Blade of the Courtesans

    The Blade of the Courtesans

    Seichiro Matsunaga, a young samurai that was trained by the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto, is defending Yoshiwara from spies of the Yagyu clan, including a woman that will gets Matsunaga's attention. 

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    Vishal Dutta
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Blade of Courtesans is an excellent martial arts novel that has a fun spy element on top of being historical. Samurai in a historical setting tends to be a more fun read, and who can resist a little romance in the mix. The novel is an excellent choice for anybody interested in history, samurai, romance, martial arts and spies."

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Best What are the best martial arts novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Shogun (Asian Saga)Books 50 Paid
2Sky GhostsBooks 46 Paid
3The Taming of Mei Lin (The Tang Dynasty)Books 40 Paid
4Veterans of the Psychic WarsBooks 37 Paid
5Butterfly SwordsBooks 30 Paid
6The Water MarginBooks 16 Paid
7Hagakure: The Book of the SamuraiBooks 16 Paid
8The Seven Heroes and Five GallantsBooks 14 Paid
9The Eleventh SonBooks 13 Paid
10The Book and the SwordBooks 10 Paid
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