Meeting Sanaa Griffin in the dōjō is not the kind of first date Jiro had in mind. In fact, teaching her to sword fight is more like a cruel joke. He’s told not to get involved. He’s told to instruct her and make her fight, but that’s it. No flirting, no dating, and keep it business. Though she’s small and nervous, Sanaa surprises him when he puts her to work, and a slight but cautious friendship develops between the two. Who is Sanaa really, and why is Jiro expected to train her when he has so many other things he should be doing? Where does she stand in his life, as lover, friend, or enemy?
REVEALED is a collection of companion short stories to REMOVED, Book ONE of the Nogiku Series. Read REVEALED first or read it later, but don’t miss this look into the other side of Sanaa’s story.
Approximately 13,000 words (Five chapters).
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
I think this might be my favourite Revealed book so far, Jiro and Sanaa get to interact more with each other in the dojo and it was interesting to see Jiro’s point of view. He’s struggling with being Sanaa her teacher, but actually wants more and Mark has forbidden him to do more. It also showed how much Jiro is kept into the dark as well, until the end.
I really liked seeing these scenes from Jiro his point of view as it really explains his behaviour. It suddenly makes sense why he’s so standoffish at first and why he’s angry. I also started to like seeing things from his point of view more in this book and it was fun to see how he sees Sanaa.
Also it’s been a while ago since I read Removed, so it’s almost like reading the book again, but with a twist. With how this novella ends I am really looking forward to the next one as I know what’s going to happen next and am curious to see Jiro’s point of view of it and how he experiences it .
To conclude: I really enjoyed this novella, it explains even more of Jiro’s behaviour now we see his point of view and I think his side really ads to the story and it’s been a while since I read Removed so it doesn’t feel repetitive at all. I am looking forward to the next Revealed book!
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Other books I read and reviewed by this author:
– SJ Pajonas – Revealed Part One (Nogiku series #0.1) – 3 stars
– SJ Pajonas – Revealed Part Two (Nogiku series #0.2) – 4 stars
– SJ Pajonas – Removed (Nogiku series #1) – 5 stars
– SJ Pajonas – Released (Nogiku series #2) – 5 stars
– SJ Pajonas – Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) – 5 stars