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Disappointing Medieval Japan romance
on 13 November 2010
The reviews for this book are glowing and I'm interested in Medieval Japan, so I bought it, hoping for something akin to Shogun or Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori) by Lian Hearn or something like Boris Akun's Russian novels. Alas, no such luck. The first chapter was good, but after that the book is a fairly standard romantic novel, with not particularly well drawn characters -- the fairly standard fiesty female and good man misunderstanding each other (but I'm sure they get together fine in the end -- didn't read past the first 60 pages)-- the devious empress/mother and spineless king/shogun...yada yada. Standard fare belying the promise of the cover and the reviews. If you're after a nice predictable romance with a bit of murder mystery you'll be happy with this. If you expecting a bit more cultural detail and depth forget it.