(I received this book free from the Author in exchange for my honest review)
Going into the book I was excited. I love period fiction, especially when it come to the Japanese culture. Risuko was good. I was impress with the research, but, some of the dialogue wasn't well written to reflect the that specific time period. That threw me off and why this read is getting the 3.5 instead of a full 4.
The beginning, was, to me, confusing and the flow wasn't was as smooth was I would have liked. It did pick up and so we were neck deep in a war tone era, where no one is safe. The action was thick and bloody. The fight scenes were something out of this world and I love every minute of it.
I wasn't all that impressed with Risuko at the beginning, but she soon grew on me. What she went through at the first of this read, bork my heart. No child should be tossed aside like that. I loved her straight and bravery, she quickly adapted to her surrounding and knew she had to play the game or be worst off then before. God she can clime, she's more like a monkey then a squirrel.
I have mad respect for this book, and it's work your time to read it. It will take you into a unfamiliar time long past, you will be sucked into the rich world of magic, war and the will to keeping going on when everything is agents you. Take a change on this book.
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David Kudler is a writer and editor living just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife, actress, teacher, and author Maura Vaughn, their author-to-be daughters, and their apparently non-literary cats.