Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It is when we show off a book from our TBR that we’re looking forward to reading.
As the only female detective in Tokyo’s most elite police unit, Mariko Oshiro has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. But when he gives her the least promising case possible—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—it proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.
The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it.
Mariko’s investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.
This is a book I remember stumbling across accidentally as I was looking for a series of books I sure remember seeing advertised on Facebook about vampires in Tokyo. I know I saw them but search after search has returned with nothing… Anyway, about this series, this one is still very intriguing for me as it combines the modern-day with the ancient (a theme I really enjoy in fantasy) and is set in a place I really enjoyed going to when I was 12. Fantasies that also combine mystery and action are also a good combo as I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a mystery of some sort in their fiction 😉 If this was just a typical crime mystery I would be somewhat reluctant to read it because I guess I really like to mix faraway settings with magic, I don’t know why, it’s just me cause I guess I’m just that much of a fantasy fan. When the time is right I will request this whole series from my library because (thank goodness) they all seem to be available where I am 🙂 But I do wonder what it was I saw on FB all those years ago regarding an urban fantasy in Tokyo with vampires….. ? 😛