If you love Japan then this book is for you. Well the whole Sano Ichiro series. Rowland describes medieval Japan in a way that makes the reader able to see, feel and smell what the characters do. A must read.
This book obviously styles itself on James Clavell and his novels on Japan, especially the epic Shogun, and in comparison it appears to fall short of such a high standard. The plot is is finely structured , but I never felt involved and ultimately felt unsatisfied having read a book which just retreads old ground