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Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop - The Shogun's Daughter by Laura Joh Rowland

About The Book:

Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Minotaur Books

Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed, attended by her nurse. Smallpox pustules cover her face. Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old woman watching from the doorway says, “Who’s going to tell the Shogun his daughter is dead?”

The death of the Shogun’s daughter has immediate consequences on his regime. There will be no grandchild to leave the kingdom. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun’s favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro.

Sano doubts that Yoshisato is really the Shogun’s son, believing it’s more likely a power-play by Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime’s death may have been a murder, he sets off on a dangerous investigation that leads to more death and destruction as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time, they may not survive the day.

Laura Joh Rowland’s thrilling series set in Feudal Japan is as gripping and entertaining as ever.

My Thoughts:

I was captivated by this book from the first paragraph!  I have always enjoyed fiction set in the Orient, and author Laura Joh Rowland does a magnificent job of transporting her reading right into the heart of feudal Japan of the 1700's with this novel. Her descriptive style of writing plus the fascinating narrative is a thing of joy to read. And if that isn't enough to keep the reader interested, then the intriguing mystery that weaves through this story will keep them on the edge of their seats until the very end.

I didn't realize that this book was the 17th (yes, 17th!) book in Rowland's series that features Sano Ichiro and his family, but even without previous knowledge of the characters or backstory this novel is easily read as a stand-alone work.  But now that I've dived into this one, I fully intend to go back and see what I've been missing with the rest of the books!

I highly recommend this novel for anyone who loves a good mystery, and for those who enjoy historical fiction with exotic settings.

About The Author:

Laura Joh Rowland

Laura Joh Rowland is the author of a mystery series set in medieval Japan, featuring samurai detective Sano Ichiro. The Shogun’s Daughter is the seventeenth book in the series. Her work has been published in 13 foreign countries, nominated for the Anthony Award and the Hammett Prize, and won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery. Laura lives in New York City.

For more information please visit Laura’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook.

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Follow the book tour at these blogs:

Monday, September 16
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Tuesday, September 17
Review at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, September 18
Guest Post at The True Book Addict
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, September 19
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, September 20
Review at The True Book Addict
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Monday, September 23
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 24
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Wednesday, September 25
Review at Impressions in Ink
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, September 26
Review at Unabridged Chick
Friday, September 27
Review at Jenny Loves to Read
Review & Interview with A Bookish Libraria
Monday, September 30
Review at A Bookish Affair
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, October 1
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, October 2
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Review at Just One More Chapter
Thursday, October 3
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Friday, October 4
Review at Book Dilettante

My thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Tours for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book.

I was not compensated for my opinions.

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1 comment:

Mystica said...

I do so like this review!