The Shogun's Daughter

The Shogun's Daughter

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Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed, attended by her nurse. Smallpox pustules cover her face. Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old woman watching from the doorway says, "Who's going to tell the Shogun his daughter is dead?"

The death of the Shogun's daughter has immediate consequences on his regime. There will be no grandchild to leave the kingdom. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun's favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro.

Sano doubts that Yoshisato is really the Shogun's son, believing it's more likely a power-play by Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime's death may have been a murder, he sets off on a dangerous investigation that leads to more death and destruction as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time, they may not survive the day.

Laura Joh Rowland's thrilling series set in Feudal Japan is as gripping and entertaining as ever.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781250028617
Branch Call Number: FIC Rowla
Characteristics: vii, 326 p


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Sep 23, 2015

I like this story. Set in 17th century Japan these novels are so well written I feel like I am a part of the time and right there with the people. This is another in the Sano Ichiro and his family historical crime series. Laura Joh Rowlands writing is captivating, the story is fast paced, complex and full of fascinating characters. First rate for me.

Aug 16, 2015

I too enjoyed this book and recommend it to my contemporaries and teenage readers 16 and older. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Jan 25, 2015

This was my first book by Laura Joh Rowland. ‘The Shogun’s Daughter’ was an interesting historical fiction which takes place in feudal Japan; the year 1704. Ironically the book was actually about whodunit! Who killed the Shogun’s daughter?
From cover to cover the book reveals the conflict between Sano’s family and that of his arch rival, the cunning Yanagisawa. While not quite the same - made in Japan - intrigue as the master story teller, James Clavell in his epic book ‘Shogun,’ this book was nethertheless very enjoyable and I recommend it to readers 16 and older. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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