As is the way of the book nerd, I am always looking for something new to read. Obviously, I’m in the middle of A Song of Ice and Fire series (working on book 3 at the moment), but sometimes I need something to break up the big huge series, especially one as large as ASOIAF. So what I like to do is go through a book store, see what sparks my interest, and then write down the title so I can get the sample on my kindle to see if it holds my interest. One recent find did just that.
Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein is, apparently, the first in a series called the Fated Blades. I tripled checked when I realized it was a series that I had book one, and Daughter of the Sword is definitely book one. It focuses on Mariko Oshiro, a detective in the Tokyo Metro Police Department. In fact, she’s the only female detective on the force, something her new lieutenant doesn’t appreciate. He won’t give her the resources she needs, he refuses to allow her promotion to narcotics (a job she wants because she believes it’s the only way to help her addict sister), and he is looking for any excuse to demote her so far that her only job will be to serve coffee and tea. But she won’t give him a reason, no matter how menial a job he gives her.
Enter her new task, an attempted robbery at a farmhouse which is home to an elderly and nearly blind man named Yamada. The object, an ancient sword supposedly made by a master swordsman of the past named Inazuma. The stories say that Inazuma made three incredible blades, each with their own history, legends, and curses. And one man, Fuchida Shuzo, is looking to make history with the blades by being the first to possess two Inazuma blades at once.
This is basically the summary you’ll get from the back of the book. And it along with the sample on my kindle was enough to peak my interest. And then as I read the whole book, it grabbed onto the history nerd in me.
The book is divided into sections; half of them take place in the modern era, while the other half show us part of the history of each Inazuma blade. I had no idea this was coming, and I loved it. Each sword gets about equal time, and each sword is seen in different eras of Japan’s history. And the author really does a great job of making the swords as equal characters as the humans wielding them, especially in these sections of the book.
Something else I loved? No. Forced. Love story. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a love story sometimes. But lately I feel like I’ve been attacked with unnecessary love stories. I’ll find something interesting, read the description…and then the love story that doesn’t need to be there because the rest of the description was strong enough to catch me why ruin it with this unnecessary plot line that everyone knows how it’s gonna end. But Daughter of the Sword had none of that. It was just a great story, a great kick ass lead, and a hell of a cast of characters. Don’t get me wrong, certain parts were predictable to me, but overall this story was amazing. I’ll definitely be checking out the second book.
All images and characters depicted are copyright of their respective owners.