I read this book in one sitting ...simply cannot wait to see what happens next. This is such a powerful story of the life of the Japanese in the time of the Samurai - and how power and control masked as honour.
Throughout this book we see kindness and compassion trying to make it's way through ruthless, elitist, controlling and powerful alliances all aimed to destroy it. The best of human nature (the minority) is destroyed as powerful war lords (men) fight for control of the land. The peasants are as nothing in the fight and women are used as barter by their families to build alliances. It is unhelpful in this environment not to be beautiful and compliant. The women are also pitted against one another as they vie for position for their children. There is no second place.
This is a story also of the women who dared to be warriors and who died doing so. It is a story of deception, of hate and of power and control. It is also a story of passion and of deep and unbroken friendships. It is a story that rocks between war, death and cultural elitism to families, love and deep spirituality.
This a fascinating look into a culture, the outcomes of how we are socialised as people and the best and worst of humanity. To enjoy this book to the maximum, I recommend first read 'Across The Nightingale Floor'.
I am thankful to my son who gave me this series to read when it was part of his English reading criteria as year ten student. I am hooked and that doesn't happen often.
This was a great read!!! Flowed really well from the first book and set up for the next!! I couldn't put the book down and found it exciting and full of drama!! They should consider making this series a movie!! Although I'm sure they couldn't do it justice :D The story just keep building and getting better and the characters are excellent!! My only negative critique is that the author never uses page breaks or at times does not clearly divide thoughts between paragraphs which makes it sometimes confusing and an overload at times to read. I'd recommend this series to anyone!!
Wonderful fragile beauty every step of the way. It has reminded me all all the things I believed before this life took over. Never let it be spoiled by allowing people to make it into a film, all would be lost in the gross money making machine.