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.
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what a terrific story teller, complex but not confusing. great plot and beautifully narrated with perfect pace. I loved it, even more than reading the book
"A great addition to your new favorite series"
I was waiting for this 3rd book in the series for months. It did not disappoint. Steve Bein tells a really engrossing story and writes both action and reflection very well. Memorable characters, fast pace and a great flow. I love this series and I'm glad Audible jumped on it and had the audiobook timed exactly with the release of the physical book. I can't wait to read more about Mariko and Daigoro.
Alison Hiroto is also the perfect narrator for this series. This book probably sees her at her best. She voices all the characters well, but her Mariko fits the character so well.
Only criticism is that the cover artist seems to have forgotten that Mariko doesn't have a complete right fore-finger as at the time of this book.
"Another good read by Steve Bein"
Probably. He really cranked up the anticipation and suspense in this book. There were points where I literally could not stop listening.
Lian Hearn. Similar historic settings and preternatural themes.
Yes as she had read the other Fated Blades books. Same quality performance. Thumbs up.
The historical scenes with Shichiryo and Okuma were particularly riveting, but Mariko for the first time held me in thrall as she pulled a John McLane hunting down a terrorist. Also her boss is a riot, "Frodo", HA! I would love to see another book that had more of him and Mariko's partner in it.
"Another solid effort by Prof. Bein"
Prof. Bein continues to write magical realism (but we don't call it that) for the 21st century crowd. Great action and relatable characters are marred only by a mostly predictable plot and a so-so performance by Ms. Hiroto, who is normally a more evocative narrator.
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