Oh my God, I'm out of breath! I have literally just finished reading it and boy, am I pleased I did. I started reading this yesterday on a train journey and I haven't been able to put it down since. If this isn't picked up by a publisher, becomes a trilogy, then films and sells by the truck load, then I'll eat my hat. Again.
'The Weeping Empress' begins with our protagonist, a normal modern woman called Chiyo wakes up in her pyjamas in the middle of a battle in what appears to be medieval Japan. She soon finds her inner dragon as she picks up a katana and starts to fight. She travels this new alien time and world with her two trainers and companions, Muhjah and Senka and she has to fight for survival in this world and the pain of being ripped away from her family back in the modern world.
This novel is blisteringly unique. It has an original and bad-ass heroine, lots of action, great characters and a cracking pace. The only thing I would like (apart from a sequel) is a bit more description of the world that Chiyo finds herself in. I understand we need to feel her confusion in this alien land but a bit of background to the oppression of her new home would be good. In the sequel perhaps? If you liked 'Kill Bill', martial arts and Japan, then this is definitely worth a download.