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Hearn sets his tale in an imaginary realm that is and isn't feudal Japan. This device serves the author well as he is able to play with familiar archetypes--samurai, Shogun, and ninja--without falling prey to the pitfalls of history. The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel. Hearn unfolds the tale of Takeo and the conflicting forces around him in a deliberate manner that leads to a satisfying conclusion and sets the stage for the rest of the series. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent book! It is well written and correctly follows the traditions and culture of the samurai. The author must have either lived in Japan or done a lot of research. Read morePublished 22 days ago by David Leong
The story is predictable but written really great and the characters are interesting - well the 2 main characters, the rest are not developed and written as this character is bad... Read morePublished 1 month ago by roy
Great Sci-fi, set in Japan, so it has an extra aura. About a boy who has extraordinarily keen hearing. First of a series which are all well done.Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth B. Leete
Another one of the best series I have ever read. Well written, keeps you interested in what is going to happen next. Never got bored, never skipped any pages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura
After I had bypassed it several times in favor of other books, once I got started this book grew on me as it went along. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MoseyOn
First of all, I own this in paperback, second this book is well polished and a decent writing style, so all my objections to this book are about the plot. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tetalia