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Tokoyo, The Samurai's Daughter Paperback – May 28, 2017
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About the Author
FAITH L. JUSTICE writes award-winning fiction and articles in Brooklyn, New York. Her most recent adult novel "Twilight Empress" is now available at all the usual places. She got her degrees in Elementary Education and Curriculum Development. Her favorite course was children's literature where she got to re-read all her favorite children's books. Faith is an avid collector of folk tales and is delighted to bring this favorite story of an adventurous girl to a young audience. For fun, she likes to dig in the dirt--her garden and various archaeological sites.
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I thought this was actually a pretty solid book for being so short. The only thing I really found myself disliking in Tokoyo, the samurai's Daughter was that it was so short. Even though I thought the author did a great job bringing Tokoyo's story to life, in the short span of the book, it would have been nice to have had just a little more added to her story.
While there is no way that I can vouch for the accuracy of anything contained within the book in regards to historical context, I found it an enjoyable read simply because all of the things that Tokoyo was permitted to learn, martial arts and diving, where not things that were commonly taught to women during that period, and yet, it was those things that would help her overcome so many of the trials that plagued her throughout the book.
There were a couple reasons that I enjoyed reading about Tokoyo and her story. Example- before her world was turned upside down when disaster struck, she had every chance to hold her position in life above those beneath her station, and yet, yet she chose to treat them with the respect they deserved. Now, I thought that was an interesting element to the story as you do not often see privileged characters treating those less fortunate with either scorn or pity, you know. I also liked the character arc that happened that slowly lead her from despair to gaining that small piece of hope that would push her forward.
Final Verdict: Tokoyo, the Samurai's Daughter- A short yet fascinating book that captures that spirit of a young girl in 14th century Japan. I really enjoyed the character development and overall story.
I loved that Tokoyo, The Samurai’s Daughter was all about Tokoyo. Her abilities and determination were what carried her through. There was no male figures that interceded to provide help to get her through the difficult parts. She did it all herself, with only the caring, mental support and encouragement of the Ama. Though there has definitely been a surge of girls being front and center on action and adventure tales lately, it’s still not enough. This book was a welcome addition.
Now, I don’t know anything about Japanese culture, but the representation in here felt respectful and real. (The notes in the back indicate that the author has done plenty of research!) There was nothing about it that was included for laughs. Tokoyo, The Samurai’s Daughter will hopefully provide young readers of Japanese descent another role model they can look up to situated in the history of their country.
Overall, the pace of the novel is fantastic, the prose is near perfect, and the story was an engaging one. Faith L. Justice has done a great job with Tokoyo, the Samurai’s Daughter. And Kayla Gilliam provides simple illustrations that spice up the text every few chapters and provide a treat for the eyes.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author for review consideration.
Which is a bit disappointing. My review won't be very long, as this book took me less than an hour to read. It was very short, and not that good either. Giving it two stars, as I felt like it could have been a great story, if only it had been written a bit better, and been a lot longer. Instead it ended up being pretty much of a disappointment.
I shall start with the writing. I suppose that it wasn't all bad, but it was not a writing for me at all. It's set in year 1300 something, in Japan. I felt nothing about this history, because the writing wasn't good, and nothing was described. The book is really truly all kinds of short, and so nothing really happens. This is not a book to read if you wish to read about old Japan. I don't know how old this main girl was supposed to be, but I think she was a young teenager. The reason for why I also had such issues with the writing was that in the beginning of the book, the girl thinks that if her father died, she would die too, and that she would have nothing to live for. And that's just. Yeah. Not a story for me at all. Ugh. Big thank you to the publisher, for sending me a copy of this book to read.
I really do not have much to say about this story. It was really short. And I did not like it much, I'm sorry to say. I wish this could have been a book for me. There are some kind of cute illustrations included, though those weren't that amazing either, sadly. I do think that some people could enjoy this story, but I was not one of them. I didn't like the writing, and I found the story to be way too fast and full of flaws. It's about a young girl who lives with her father, a samurai. It's mentioned often, but never shown. Should have been.
Then her father is accused of doing something she knows that he could not have done, and so he is sent away. She loses her home, and is full of grief. I felt nothing for this, simply because it was not written well enough to me. I didn't feel anything for this girl, as there was no personality there at all. After a year, she finally goes after her father, to live in exile with him. Just. Not good. There is even a sea dragon included. Story was too short, and too weird, and not good enough for me. But I am kind of glad that I gave it a try.
This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books.