April 27, 2020
Great, Intense read
I loved this book. Mariko is a strong female character and it's really great to watch her thoughts and actions as the story unfolds. There is some kissing scenes and one non-descriptive sex scene, as well as some drinking, so I think this book is fine for 12 and up. All of the characters really have a lot of depth to them and I think that's part of what made this such a good book for me. I also would recommend the sequel, Smoke In the Sun.
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August 7, 2018
Mesmerizing Historic Fantasy in Japan
Astounding book! The characters feel real and the plot is set at the perfect Intensity. I picked up this book early in the morning and stayed up deep into the night in order to finish it. The story has empowering female characters who challenge the social norms of their time. Recommended for people who enjoy: powerful female characters, historical fiction, fantasy, genderbend, romance, and Japan.