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Takeo is just 16 when he loses his family to the evil Lord Iida and it seems like incredible luck when he is saved from death by the noble Shigeru, rightful heir to the Clan of the Otori. As Takeo travels into new territory and towards a new, unknown life, the tribal rivalries, romances and histories at large in this new world are revealed to him. These are treacherous times. Everyone is at risk, and few can be trusted. Takeo also has a special gift--inherited skills that mark him out as different from other men. He is at once desirable and highly dangerous to those in power. His life is soon in danger.
It's a fascinating landscape and a riveting story; it's genuinely very difficult to put down once you've started it. Unusually for a children's book with so many characters, several with strange-sounding names, the story is easy to follow. The writing is exceptional, with very few words out of place. The author, a pseudonym for Australian writer Gillian Rubinstein, is generous enough to paint the characters and scenery in great detail, yet keeps the writing clipped enough for the plot to move along at a steady pace. Importantly, there are no slow bits.
The book does not flinch from adult content and is certainly a mature read. There are numerous deaths, several beheadings, torture, cruelty and even a little lovemaking. All, however, are within context and not gratuitous. (Age 12 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brilliant I don't read much but have thoroughly enjoyed this and I am now halfway through the last in the trilogy.Published 7 days ago by Andrew
a very good read despite being so short. engaging characters and immersive Japanese culture. recomend this for anyone who likes history, manga and fantasyPublished 4 months ago by kylar stern
Another piece of beautiful prose, that you cannot put down until the end.Published 5 months ago by O. Quuadri
Fantastic fantasy adventure with a slowly unwinding superb Sifu that keep me wanting more right till the end.Published 5 months ago by M. Pears
After reading glowing praise for this novel, I was somewhat disappointed when I came to read it for myself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kim Dyer
He loved it and the other books in this series, they take pride of place on his book shelf along with various other books at in JapanPublished 9 months ago by Polly Peirce
Finally a fantasy novel not set in medieval Europe. The story "child with great skills rescued and brought into privilege seeks revenge" has been done over and over. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rich T