This month’s Spotlight Week features Steampunk novel DRAGONFLY WARRIOR by author and blogger Jay Noel


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Dragonfly Warrior (The Mechanica Wars)

386 pages, Paperback

Genre: Adult, Steampunk Fantasy

Published on December 21, 2103 by 4 Wing Press

ISBN-10: 0991235606

ISBN-13: 978-0991235605


First Line:

Prince Kanze Zenjiro knew his mother was going to die one day from the illness that robbed her of her usual vitality



At the age of twenty, Kanze Zenjiro’s bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to protect the throne of his beloved nation of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they are sure to send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him. Zen embarks on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must live up to his nickname, the Dragonfly Warrior, and kill all his enemies with only a sword and a pair of six-guns and somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness.


My Review:


In main character Zenjiro’s world, there are airships and pistols, but there are also samurais and fighting tribal clans.

Zenjiro is a prince, but he is also a Samurai. When he goes into a battle, he also goes into a state called Ishen which gives him laser focus, amazing speed and allows him to deal death to his enemies swiftly and efficiently. At the young age of twenty, his battle skills and prowess as a warrior are already well known throughout the land of Nihon.

In hopes of uniting the eastern lands under Nihon rule, Zen’s father sends him on a quest to retrieve the Sky Blade, an ancient sword of legend. But since the quest is also a spiritual one, Zen is not allowed to bring anything but the barest essentials and must somehow track the sword using his own wits and strength alone. With only a medallion cut from the same stone as the Sky Blade as a guide, Zen goes off on his quest.

Although Zen is the story’s central character, I was able to get a peek into the other characters perspectives as well, thanks to the novel’s multiple POV. It was great to see Zen come to life through his own thoughts, but also through the perspective of the other characters around him. He’s a good person who has flaws just like everyone else. What struck me about Zen was his strong love and respect for his mother. Years after her death, he still heeds her words and pays tribute to her memory. It was refreshing to have a warrior character show that very vulnerable side of himself.

Aside from Zen, DRAGONFLY WARRIOR is filled with other fun characters whose lives are so fascinating, they could probably have their own books. There’s Zapitoni, the pirate whose rough exterior hides a kind heart, Neva, the woman warrior who is out to save her son, and Enapay, the tribal man whose love for technology took him far from his homeland. Their individual storylines somehow weave in with Zen’s own journey to create a memorable story that spans many lands.

I love that Zen’s adventure allowed me a glimpse into his story world. It was easy to imagine places like Nihon, Koreya, Iberia and Francia not only because the names were derived from the real countries, but because the settings themselves were described so visually.

There were moments when the narrative seemed to drag on, but the action-packed scenes more than made up for them. Aside from the fun characters and well-imagined setting, the plot itself was full of intriguing twists and turns. And I love that all the steampunk details—a submarine, an airship, pistols and goggles were all set amid the backdrop of Eastern mythology.

DRAGONFLY WARRIOR is Steampunk Samurai. It breaks away from the usual steampunk novel set in Victorian England and takes readers on an adventure-laden journey into the wild East. It was truly an enjoyable read, and I can’t wait to see where Zen goes next.


Tune in again on Wednesday for an interview with the awesome Jay Noel.

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14 Responses to “Spotlight Week: Dragonfly Warrior by Jay Noel, A Book Review”

  1. I bet Jay will be pleased with your review!

  2. Jay Noel says:

    Woo hoo!!! Thank you thank you thank you.

    And by the way, Zapitoni the pirate was such a big hit with my beta readers and editors, that I had to put him in all the books in the series. So Zapitoni will be back!

  3. Sheri Larsen says:

    Who doesn’t love fighting tribal clans mingled with steampunk??? I saw this book for the first time last week. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Sheri at Writer’s Alley

    Home of Rebel Writer CREED 2014

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  4. Everything I’ve read says this is a break-through novel. A cool review Nutschell.

  5. Eve Gaal says:

    Great review. Published in 2103? I always knew Jay is ahead of his time!!

  6. I’ve heard all good things about this book. Hoping to get to Dragonfly Warrior sooner, rather than later.

  7. Shelly says:

    Nice review, Nut!

  8. mooderino says:

    I hadn’t seen the trailer before, very cool.


  9. M.J. Fifield says:

    I have this book waiting for me on my Kindle. I really can’t wait to read it.

  10. Thanks for the review and letting us see the trailer!

  11. Julie Luek says:

    I love the twist on this. And the trailer. YAY! Go Jay!

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  13. Jay Noel says:

    Thanks everybody!!!

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