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Tales of the Magatama #02: Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince

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High fantasy and political intrigue in medieval Japan.

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Oguna is an orphan with a secret even he doesn’t know—he’s a prince and heir to a terrible power. His best friend Toko is a member of the Tachibana clan and a potential high priestess able to tame that power...or destroy it.

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"Second in the Tales of Magatama, set centuries after the first book, Mirror Sword centers on Toko, the beloved only daughter of the Tachibana clan's chief and her foster bother Oguna. Consigned by his foundling status to a secondary role, the weak-willed Oguna seems reconciled to his fate; drawn by unsuspected parentage into the twisted politics of the Imperial family, Oguna finds himself burdened with the godlike power of the Dragon Sword and thrust into a central role in the Emperor's schemes. Alarmed at the transformation of her childhood friend and at the carnage that follows Oguna, the iron-willed Toko begins a quest that will take her across the empire in search of the pieces of Misumaru neckace, itself the manifestation of godly power. Ogiwara avoids the temptation to write a simple quest story; the representations of divine power are more burdens than gifts, weighing possessors down with obligation and terrible temptations and while Oguna does not entirely lack agency, Toko's determination is sometimes misapplied. The result is a morality tale where faith in external struggle can be misplaced; in the words of the Buddha, peace comes from within. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

High fantasy and political intrigue in medieval Japan.

Reads L to R (Western Style)

Oguna is an orphan with a secret even he doesn’t know—he’s a prince and heir to a terrible power. His best friend Toko is a member of the Tachibana clan and a potential high priestess able to tame that power...or destroy it.

About the Author

Noriko Ogiwara was inspired to write by the classic Western children's books she read as she was growing up. Dragon Sword and Wind Child is her first book, part of the award winning Magatama Trilogy. Her other books include The Good Witch of the West and Fuujin Hisho. Ms. Ogiwara makes her home in Japan.

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ISBN:
9781421537252
Author:
Ogiwara, Noriko
Publisher:
Haikasoru
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
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Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20110517
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
500
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 26.915 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Second in the Tales of Magatama, set centuries after the first book, Mirror Sword centers on Toko, the beloved only daughter of the Tachibana clan's chief and her foster bother Oguna. Consigned by his foundling status to a secondary role, the weak-willed Oguna seems reconciled to his fate; drawn by unsuspected parentage into the twisted politics of the Imperial family, Oguna finds himself burdened with the godlike power of the Dragon Sword and thrust into a central role in the Emperor's schemes. Alarmed at the transformation of her childhood friend and at the carnage that follows Oguna, the iron-willed Toko begins a quest that will take her across the empire in search of the pieces of Misumaru neckace, itself the manifestation of godly power. Ogiwara avoids the temptation to write a simple quest story; the representations of divine power are more burdens than gifts, weighing possessors down with obligation and terrible temptations and while Oguna does not entirely lack agency, Toko's determination is sometimes misapplied. The result is a morality tale where faith in external struggle can be misplaced; in the words of the Buddha, peace comes from within. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , High fantasy and political intrigue in medieval Japan.

Reads L to R (Western Style)

Oguna is an orphan with a secret even he doesn’t know—he’s a prince and heir to a terrible power. His best friend Toko is a member of the Tachibana clan and a potential high priestess able to tame that power...or destroy it.

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