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.
The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.
So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.
The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
After all the glowing reviews I still cannot believe I haven’t read from this author yet despite already owning her Wrath and the Dawn series on kindle. Many already know that I’ll bee going with my mum to Japan next month and have been looking for the right books to take with me. So far there have been no sign of the books I ordered from my library for this trip and I have decided to give them after this week for the books to show up so if they don’t I think I’ll make alternative plans as there won’t be time for the library to buy in and process those books before we go away. This book is listed as fantasy even though the description doesn’t really hint at magic, more like a historical thriller from where I am, but that still is plenty appealing to me especially after all the glowing reviews and hints of action and betrayal. I much look forward to taking this with me on my trip as other reviews have also said the setting has amazing attention to detail and the author has researched the culture really well. A much anticipated read 🙂