söndag 12 juni 2022

The sword of Kaigen av M L Wang


A mother struggling to repress her violent past,
A son struggling to grasp his violent future,
A father blind to the danger that threatens them all.

When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family have the strength to defend their empire? Or will they tear each other apart before the true enemies even reach their shores?

High on a mountainside at the edge of the Kaigenese Empire live the most powerful warriors in the world, superhumans capable of raising the sea and wielding blades of ice. For hundreds of years, the fighters of the Kusanagi Peninsula have held the Empire’s enemies at bay, earning their frozen spit of land the name ‘The Sword of Kaigen.’

Born into Kusanagi’s legendary Matsuda family, fourteen-year-old Mamoru has always known his purpose: to master his family’s fighting techniques and defend his homeland. But when an outsider arrives and pulls back the curtain on Kaigen’s alleged age of peace, Mamoru realizes that he might not have much time to become the fighter he was bred to be. Worse, the empire he was bred to defend may stand on a foundation of lies.

Misaki told herself that she left the passions of her youth behind when she married into the Matsuda house. Determined to be a good housewife and mother, she hid away her sword, along with everything from her days as a fighter in a faraway country. But with her growing son asking questions about the outside world, the threat of an impending invasion looming across the sea, and her frigid husband grating on her nerves, Misaki finds the fighter in her clawing its way back to the surface.

Bokomslag och bokens handling hämtad från Goodreads.

Denna bok ville jag läsa då jag hade hört om den från många av de booktubes som läser fantasy som jag litar på och har liknade smak med, och jag ska säga att detta var verkligen inte en bok jag blev besviken av.

Jag fastnade för karaktärerna, handlingen och miljön som påminner om Japans samurajer etc, men har fantasy- och science fiction element som gjorde att detta verkligen var en berättelse i min smak.

Och jag är ledsen att den är slut, och även om det var en fristående bok så vekrar det finnas en triologi som utspelr sig efter denna berättelse, som jag ska försöka läsa nu då jag vet att jag gillar denna.

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