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Title: Disciple of the Wind
Series: Fated Blades
Author: Steve Bein
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Police Procedural
2 storylines this time around instead of 3. Thankful for that.
Mariko must continue to hunt down Joko Daishi, the insane but genius mastermind who is the Leader of the Divine Wind. Only she has to do it on her own, as she’s been kicked out of the police force. And it turns out there is another group interested in bringing down the Divine Wind. Only Mariko isn’t sure she can work with this new group.
Daigoro is still on the run from Shichio but now a mistress of politics and intrigue, Nene, enters the fray, hoping to lure them both to a mutual destruction for political gain for her husband. Can Daigoro survive Nene, Shichio AND the backstabbing of former allies?
And a mystical blade, one that gives immortality, is mixed up in it all.
Whoowhee! Now this was a fun ride. While the transition from the first book, Daughter of the Sword, to the second book, Year of the Demon, was like a complete cut with brand new storyline, etc, this book was practically a direct continuation from Year of the Demon.
I did deduct a half star for lack of sword fighting, but the more I read, the more I realize that the Inuzama blades are more about their reality shaping powers than their battle prowess.
The pacing and cutoff points between the Modern Day and Historical Times was excellently done and kept me reading. I read most of this in one day. Came home from church, plopped down on the couch and just tore through it like a starving man into a steak.
In the afterwords, Bein did state who the model for this cover was [one Sayuri Oyamada] but I’m not sure if she’s been the model for the previous covers or not. Either way, once again, I love the cover. Exotic Woman with Deadly Weapon = Good Stuff.
Bein also mentioned a novella that accompanies this book, Streaming Dawn, which I’m assuming will be like the previous short story. I’m off to hunt it down now.