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After the execution of her father, the young and beautiful Lady Asano is in grave danger from the powerful Lord Kira. In order to save herself Asano must find Oishi, the leader of the fighting men of her clan. She believes he is 300 miles to the southwest in the imperial city of Kyoto. Disguising her loveliness in the humble garments of a traveling priest, and calling herself Cat, Lady Asano travels the fabled Tokaido Road. Her only tools are her quick wits, her samurai training, and her deadly, six-foot-long naginata. And she will need them all, for a ronin has been hired to pursue her, a mysterious man who will play a role in Cat's drama that neither could have ever imagined.

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Classic quality writing

This a beautifully Witten and read book. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, it never got boring or predictable, and left me feeling like I'd taken the journey. Great read.

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  • 05-04-16

Awesome!

A bit hard to concentrate on the story at times. Still a wonderful book that I highly recommend!

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  • Phoenix
  • 08-01-15

Fabulous book!

Read it years ago, and can't wait to hear the audio version! A different take on the 47 Ronin legend.

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  • Bart Saint Bart
  • 17-02-18

Boring.

I couldn't finish this mess. It was so bogged down in descriptions that the plot moved at a snail's pace. I enjoy a SLOW story but this book barely moved at all.

SKIP IT.

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  • Michelle Smith
  • 06-08-18

Loved it

This was a very good story. The narrator was really good. I will definitely listen to this book again.

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  • Kathy Nichols
  • 06-08-18

A Visit to Feudal Japan

I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure story of a women's quest in another time, another place. At the end of the story there is an author's note explaining that the setting and background story really happened, but the main character's are fiction. And indeed, some of the events during the quest are satisfying but unbelievable (a woman repeatedly taking on groups of men and besting them, sometimes without real weapons). There is more violence than I am typically comfortable with, but it is handled in an almost impersonal, not detailed, way that made it easier for me to handle and not think too much about. What I loved were the rich descriptions of life on the road and feudal Japan. It was especially nice having both an aristocrat and a peasant, which allowed the reader to glimpse life for the different classes. And I loved and rooted for the main characters.