The riveting story of a legendary magic sword, two rivals for a seat in a warlord s court, and a ninja who must use her own magic blade to complete her mission and keep herself alive Brimming with rich historical details, Streaming Dawn places the reader deep into ancient Japan, when warriors fought with deadly sharp weapons and even sharper wits in their quests for pThe riveting story of a legendary magic sword, two rivals for a seat in a warlord s court, and a ninja who must use her own magic blade to complete her mission and keep herself alive Brimming with rich historical details, Streaming Dawn places the reader deep into ancient Japan, when warriors fought with deadly sharp weapons and even sharper wits in their quests for power.Lord Itsumi Akiyama is in trouble He was a conspirator in the murder of Oda Nobunaga, Japan s most powerful warlord in 1582 Worse, he is responsible for the death of a disciple of the Wind, Japan s deadliest ninja clan Enter Kaida, the Wind s most dangerous agent She seeks to avenge her fallen prot g , but there is a complication once she kills Akiyama, the Wind must figure out how to replace him He occupies a key position in the inner circle of Oda s successor, Hashiba Hideyoshi, who is set to conquer all of Japan The Wind wants a puppet next to Hideyoshi, and Kaida is tasked with putting that puppet in place.Kaida resents her assignment The chosen puppet is Itsumi Kyusaku, brother and successor to Akiyama Kyusaku took part in the murder of Kaida s prot g , and so Kaida wants him dead But his only rival for the position in Hideyoshi s council is Okuma Tetsur , a samurai with a bounty on his head a bounty placed by the Wind Kaida respects Okuma and has no desire to kill him Moreover, she s not even sure she can His sword, Glorious Victory Unsought, is a legendary Inazuma blade With it, Okuma is undefeatable.But Kaida has a blade of her own Streaming Dawn can fend off death itself, though at a bitter cost It might even defend her from Glorious Victory Unsought, if she and Okuma should cross swords So armed, she takes on the most difficult mission of her career She cannot allow Kyusaku to come to power, but if she allows Okuma to rise in his stead, it will be Kaida s head on the chopping block.Since she cannot choose Kyusaku and she cannot choose Okuma, Kaida has no choice but to do what she does best achieve the impossible, proving herself once again to be the Wind s canniest, deadliest ninja.This companion novella to the Fated Blades series finds beloved characters from those novels in a new and dangerous adventure set in medieval Japan Bein s talent for combining rich historic detail with powerful action and magic is yet again on display in this intriguing historical fantasy read Fans of the Fated Blades series will enjoy revisiting their favorite characters, and for those new to the series, it s the perfect place to dive into centuries of intrigue, magic, honor, and swordplay.
Streaming Dawn The riveting story of a legendary magic sword two rivals for a seat in a warlord s court and a ninja who must use her own magic blade to complete her mission and keep herself alive Brimming with ric
3.5 starsWhile I enjoyed this Fated Blades novella, I did not like Kaida, the main character She s a shinobi, and part of the secretive Wind organization that carefully sets events in motion to control the rulers of feudal Japan I loved the setting, and that an old woman could be such a fearsome opponent, but I didn t like her Kaida is near the end of her career as an assassin, and she s determined to avenge the death of one of her students, in direct opposition of her current assignment, before [...]
Great Characters I just recently discovered Steve Bein s books and I m really looking forward to reading them all.It s usually difficult to for me to follow foreign names of characters, but Steve builds the characters into such real people that it is easy to differentiate them from one another without having to keep notes on who is who I didn t want the book to end because the story and all its layers were fascinating, the action doesn t stop and I care about what happens to Kaida.
Excelente historia sobre una vieja shinobi y elaf n de estos por controlar quien es qui n en el Imperio Japon s Sigue una historia del segundo libro de esta serie, que deber a haber salido en el tercero, pero como ese se le fue de madre, quit todo lo que se refiere a la vieja de la espada protagonista del tercer libro y la hapublicado como novella independiente, aunque no lo sea Buen uso del honor y el deber japon s y c mo se manipula al personal a trav s de la tradici n samurai A
Read these Steve Bein is one good story teller who also happens to know Martial Arts and a bit about Japan All elements are shaken well together, not stirred, into one great story after another.
Interesting ninja samurai action Makes me want to reread Disciple of the Wind to see how this fits into that story.
I m hooked on these The author is a Japan scholar and the descriptions of 13th century samurai politics is intriguing.