Dark Legacy: The End of the Kai

Dark Legacy: The End of the Kai

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by Domenico Italo Composto-Hart

The End of the Kai of the Dark Legacy Cycle details the violent end of the Kai Order–an ancient, spiritual guild of warrior guardians and priestesses who have sworn their lives to protect the Oracle Queen of Atlantis–at the hands of Maniok, the being referred to as the “Great Evil” in the age-old Song of the Oracle King. It is a chronicle of…  See more details below


The End of the Kai of the Dark Legacy Cycle details the violent end of the Kai Order–an ancient, spiritual guild of warrior guardians and priestesses who have sworn their lives to protect the Oracle Queen of Atlantis–at the hands of Maniok, the being referred to as the “Great Evil” in the age-old Song of the Oracle King. It is a chronicle of Arkan, the last Kai guardian, and his desperate attempt to save the life of his priestess who carries his unborn son, and his escape from Atlantis. Book I - Trinity is the story of Kieko, a lonely Lemurian boy of mixed blood who seeks to know more about his absent father’s mysterious Atlantean past. Constantly bullied by Aiko, he takes refuge with the village priest in the Kadek Temple where he studies medicinal and culinary arts, calligraphy, and ultimately, the art of Ki sword. Under the tutelage of the priest he comes to know the grim truth about his father, and is prepared to face the horrific assault of the armies of the Atlantean Empire upon his humble world.

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Dark Legacy: The End of the Kai 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark Legacy: Trinity is the the first foray into the world of SF by Domenico Composto. To describe the book with a single word: staggering. Detailing the clash of two civilizations, one technogenic and the other spiritual, this book is told from the perspective of a child thrust into the rural world of lemuria, grappling with his Atlantean past. The book details the coming of age of Kieko (the child), as the two nations clash. The characters are believable, the setting is seamlessly integrating fantasy with reality, but the most compelling factor of the book is the atmosphere: at times frustrating, foreboding or alternately light and full of hope. At times, the book is nigh on impossible to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark Legacy: Trinity, is a fantasy novel with a blend of science fiction that will appeal to both preferences in readers. It is a coming of age story of Kieko, son of the last Kai guardian of Atlantis. He is trained by the priest, Shinsei, as the relentless force that took Atlantis draws closer to his peaceful home of Ikishi. The oldest mystics of the Orient against the pinnacle of human kind--Atlantis, fused together seamlessly. When the technology of science fiction clashes with a primitive culture, sparks fly. When it collides with rich characters who are rooted deep in their spirituality, then it becomes a battle of absolute willpower against a merciless evil. Add just the right touch of vivid detail, characters and story, and you have this epic tale that is hard to put down. Kieko, Aiko and Kira are all lovable and thoroughly entertaining to follow to where their youth takes them next. As they become adults together, their trials and tribulations grow a powerful and unbreakable bond that the reader can easily connect with and follow alongside. Domenico Italo Composto-Hart has made a most impressive step into the fantasy and science fiction genre. This first book of the Dark Legacy series will join my shelf alongside my all-time favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My eldest son is an avid reader and read through this book in two days. He insisted that I read it because he knew that I was going to appreciate the deep Eastern philosophy that permeated the story (I was stationed at the Royal Navy's base in Hong Kong back in the late 70's and became immersed in Chinese philosophy). While on holiday in August I took my son's copy and read through the book in three days. I found it nearly impossible to put down, which my wife did not appreciate. The beginning of the story, entitled The End of the Kai, provided an intriguing introduction where the point of view flows wonderfully from that of a dove to an impoverished child to a black crow to characters in peril. This was the first time that I had ever come across such a unique writing technique. Other writer's I'm sure will appreciate this technique and add it to their toolbox. Although The End of the Kai was dense with characters, background, history, and detail I found it a fascinating portrait of an Atlantean civilization that was completely distinct. But as I was to discover The End of the Kai was really a prologue leading to the story of Kieko in Book I - Trinity. Kieko is an adolescent caught between two worlds: the Atlantean world of his deceased father and the Lemurian world he lives in with his mother. Atlantis is an oppressive empire eating away at the lands of the planet to soon reach the village of Ikishi in Lemuria where Kieko and his people reside. Kieko is treated as an outsider and only has a small group of people to look up to for guidance. He is eventually taken into his master's temple to learn not how to fight (although Ki sword is a part of his training), but how to heal, cook, plant, clean, write, and meditate as a means to cut down his anger and his ego. This is the part of the book that I found absolutely incredible. The detail of the book here is accurate in its portrayal of what living in a Buddhist temple is like - I know, I lived in one for a time. The Zen ethos here is wonderful and I found myself wanting to begin meditating again. This all aside the book is so rich with so many wonderful, three-dimensional characters that I simply could not put this book down as I raced toward an ending that really reflected the harsh realities of our world as one technologically sophisticated civilization invaded, conquered, and destroyed a weaker society. There is a lot being said in this book. Perhaps the author's own commentary on the Cold War . . . I don't know, but as one who lived through the Cold War I found a lot of parallels between this story and what I experienced in the 60's, 70's, 80's, and today when I think of how still First World nations continue to invade and occupy Third World ones. In the end, Dark Legacy is a first class read!
J-Lietzau More than 1 year ago
Dark Legacy is a real page turner, reminiscent of "Dune" by Frank Herbert which is one of my all time science fiction favorites! The characters are well delineated, the culture is beliveable and the relationships are three dimensional . . . a rarity in a book that's full of adventure and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the link to this book on another author's page. As I am always looking for new material to read in this genre I thought I would check it out . . . I was not disappointed! At first I thought it would be hard to follow, being very long and full of characters and history, but as I started reading, I found it easier to follow and became engrossed in the story of Kieko. The Japanese influence was quite interesting and enjoyable. Overall a good book . . . looking forward to the next one in the series.
Derek_Donais More than 1 year ago
Dark Legacy is a sweeping blend of epic fantasy and science fiction written in a 'high fantasy' style. It begins with the destruction of the Kai Order, and the society they are tasked to defend, by the evil Maniok and his devastating armies. The mix of magic and technology by the author is compelling and effective as he describes in chilling detail the final stand of the Atlantean forces against their ambitious and ruthless foes. In a faraway land, the son of the last Kai guardian is growing to manhood among a people who despise and abuse him because of his mixed-blood heritage. Here, the tale turns into a coming of age story as Kieko embraces the way of a Ki warrior and the mentorship of a warrior priest. He must learn to accept his past and seize control of his future, a destiny that has the potential for darkness and evil should Kieko fail to grasp the knowledge that his Shinsei attempts to impart. The author has succeeded in building a rich and detailed world with distinct cultures, where the characters act in accordance with their personas and within the wider societies they populate. They are presented with great detail and consistency, while they also grow and develop as the story progresses. Whether you are a fan of fantasy or science fiction—or even if you've never read genre fiction before—you will not be disappointed by Dark Legacy: Book 1 — Trinity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark Legacy is a distinct and compelling sci-fi/fantasy read that begins with the destruction of an Atlantean spiritual order at the hands of Maniok and his relentless cyborg and colossal droid forces. But as I was to discover the book was really centered around the adolescent Kieko, the last Kai guardian, who is reaching adolescence within a nearly isolated Lemurian fishing village. Because of his mixed Atlantean and Lemurian blood he is treated as a despised outsider with only a hand full of people to look to for direction. The Eastern philosophy and traces of Japanese culture make this book, which leans more toward the fantasy side of sci-fi/fantasy, very unique. Finally, a fantasy book that draws upon Eastern mythology and culture as opposed to Western mythology and culture. Kieko grows and develops under the tutelage of Shinsei, the village priest, and is forced to confront his inner demons so that he is prepared to face a destiny that may lead toward a darker path. The ending is shocking and a reflection of the cruel realities of our world. In the end, a gripping read. Looking forward to Book II.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intriguing tale, well written!
The_Craft More than 1 year ago
A very interesting and well written epic . . . after reading through The End of the Kai I went ahead and picked up Book I - Trinity and found the expanding story to be an absolutely fascinating read that was filled with so many rich characters.
N-Lang More than 1 year ago
Dark Legacy is a beautifully written but haunting tale of the struggles of an adolescent outsider who confronts both his inner and outer demons through the guidance of his Ki sword master as an oppressive, technologically advanced Atlantean civilization looms on the horizon. This is a character driven book that I would recommend to fans of any genre.
Mac Hamilton More than 1 year ago
Great book- you won't be able to put it down, so beware :) can't wait to read more from the author. I recommend this to everyone. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very sophisticated and philosophical sci-fi/fantasy book that has the power to break down one's psychological paradigms. After reading through The End of the Kai I picked up Book 1 and found the Zen teachings and dialogues of Shinsei with his students Kieko and Aiko refreshing . . . a reminder of the importance of living in the present . . . as opposed to being attached to a past that one can not change . . . or dreaming of a future that may never come. I really appreciated the ideas in this book . . . which were presented along a fast-paced and graphic story that was at times hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is rich, detailed ... and epic in scale! Happy I picked it up ...
Brave1Keith More than 1 year ago
A vivid and distinctive fantasy work ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful piece of sci-fi/fantasy literature that will entice and captivate any reader!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique and original story that was vivid, dark, but so full of hope and inspiration! Enjoyed the writing style and especially enjoyed the relationship between Shinsei, Kieko, Aiko, and Kira in Book I (Trinity).
Winthrop67 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book more than I expected! This book is an extended prologue leading to Book I - Trinity. Taken together it was an excellent read - intimate, dark and inspiring. Any book that is difficult to put down automatically gets my approval. It grabbed my attention in the first ten or so pages.
TPaine More than 1 year ago
A wicked good book! Excellent fusion of fantasy and sci-fi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been awhile since I´ve come across a fantasy book with such a cool beginning. The writing style is almost poetic at times. Cool book with an interesting story line. It kept me entertained.
NizK More than 1 year ago
Poetically written ... a nice primer for the expanding story in Book I Trinity.
One-Aris-One More than 1 year ago
AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING Dark Legacy is just amazing. The book starts out a bit complex but after I got into the story of Kieko I could not put it down.It is very very well written, and just amazing! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not really into fantasy but Im happy I read this book and the next in the series - recommended by a friend. I kept thinking how realistic the story was although it was sci-fi fantasy. An amazingly well written book!
Merry_Hayek More than 1 year ago
Pretty cool intro to a wider world in Book 1 of Dark Legacy. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This and Book 1 - one of the best books Ive read in a long time. Was totally drawn in by the detail and realism of the story. Need Book 2 now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great sci-fi novella that is lyrically written!