Each book focuses on one of the brothers, telling the same story through the eyes of a different person, and each pushes the plot a little farther forward. After only two books in the projected 7-book series, I can already see where it's going, though I have no clue how it will end. These books build on one another to create an elaborate, breathtaking story, but are still full of unexpected twists and turns. This is a fascinating series, both for the historical content and for the excellent portrayals of the characters and kung fu fighting. It's obvious that author Jeff Stone not only practices kung fu himself, but that he knows a lot about Chinese history, and that he's a wonderful writer.
This series will appeal to readers who enjoy realistic fiction, learning about things they probably know little about, and lots of action and suspense. Many Chinese words make reading a bit difficult, especially without a pronunciation key, but this doesn't stand in the way of enjoying and understanding the stories.