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I love stories set in Japan and The Shogun's Daughter does not disappoint. I had not know of the writings of Ms. Rowland prior to this and I'm so happy to have been introduced. I now have 16 books to look forward to in my spare time. (Pause for laughing fit.)
The book opens with the heartbreaking death of the Shogun's daughter which sets the intrigue in motion. And intrigue there is! The Shogun is well, not too bright and the factions within his cabinet for lack of a better word have been at war for a long time. At this juncture the enemy of our hero Sano Ichiro seems to gain the upper hand by convincing the Shogun that he has fathered a son. Most believe that the son really belongs to Yanigisawa himself but with the Shogun's backing nothing can be done to bring him down - or can it?
What follows is the intricate weaving together of several plots and yet I never felt confused. Nor did I realize that this was the 17th in a series; I never felt lost or confused about anything going on. The characters were amazing from the littlest children to the most evil of mystics. Yes, there is a mystical element to this novel that was executed perfectly. I am generally not one for the alternative realities in life (except for a love of time travel novels - go figure) but in this book it was well done and well suited. Sano Ichiro is a hero/detective for the ages and I will look forward to his further adventures.
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Disclosure: I received a free netgalley copy of The Shogun's Daughter from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.