Series: Fated Blades, #3
Published by Roc on April 7, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 528 pages
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
When Tokyo falls victim to a deadly terrorist attack, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro knows who is responsible, even if she doesn’t have proof. She urges her commanding officers to arrest the perpetrator—an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge, as well as her best chance of fighting back.
Left on her own, and armed with only her cunning and her famed Inazuma blade, Mariko must work outside the system to stop a terrorist mastermind. But going rogue draws the attention of an underground syndicate known as the Wind. For centuries, they have controlled Japanese politics from the shadows, using mystical relics to achieve their nefarious ends—relics like Mariko’s own sword and the iron demon mask whose evil curse is bound to the blade. Now the Wind is set on acquiring Mariko.
Mariko is left with a perilous choice: Join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain, or remain true to the law. Either way, she cannot escape her sword’s curse. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it also promises to destroy her….
You know you've read a really good book when you finally put it down and want to re-read it right away just to be immersed in the world again. DISCIPLE OF THE WIND is one such book. DISCIPLE OF THE WIND has everything you'd want in a thriller from frantic chases, diabolical city destroying plots, and compelling characters you want to root for. I especially liked the fact that it is set in Japan as it was great to read a novel set in a place I don't read about much in urban fantasy. You learn a little about the geography of Japan, its history, and even the language throughout this story. The glossary of Japanese terms used in this book was also very enlightening and helpful as I found myself going back to it many times.
The modern day part of the story has the completely badass, take no prisoners Mariko who has to deal with police bureaucracy while racing to defeat a man who has an enchanted mask and is bent on destroying Tokyo. I love her and her gumption and grit and ability to show up the men in her police department. Also, her magical sword usage and fighting skills are pretty awesome. While the chapters that take place in the 21st century come off like a police procedural, the part that take place in Japan's past are a sort of hero's quest for Daigoro as he goes in search of a mystical sword that plays a big part in Mariko's story in the present. The evolution of the connection of past and present was really well done. I liked taking a small break from the fast pacing of modern Japan and seeing a bit of Japanese history and mythology with Daigoro.
The thing about this book is that with a cursory glance its light on the fantasy but the magic and fantastical are there guiding the story constantly. There are magical swords that are very important role in the end and while they aren't used a ton when they are the effect is startling. There is a ton of mythology behind these blades that has been slowly and carefully built up over the series and boy do these blades do amazing things that normal swords only wish they could. DISCIPLE OF THE WIND is a seriously well written, intensely researched, and exhilarating thriller with a vein of magic in it.Series Titles:
1. Daughter of the Sword
2. Year of the DemonMore Reviews:
For more historical fiction try Objects of His Obsession by Jae T. Jaggart