ARC Review: Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

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ARC Review: Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein
Daughter of the Sword
Book Info

Released: October 2, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Fated Blades #1
Pages: 468

Mariko Oshiro is the only female detective in the Tokyo police force something that disgusts her new Lieutenant, but she is determined to prove herself she knows she is as good, better really, then the other cops on the department. She certainly doesn’t deserve to be taken off a big case involving a possible cocaine shipment and given a rubbish dead end one in its stead. But she gets stuck with a case involving the theft of a supposedly magicical sword and with its unusual owner the mysterious and elderly Yasuo Yamada. But murders of drug pushers start showing up on the street, murdered by a sword and somehow the big drugs case and her attempted robbery all seem to link up, it almost seems like destiny.What a fascinating book this was! Magic swords and samurai set alongside drugs and modern Tokyo and all blending in together to produce an engrossing and original story.

This is one of the few books that I have read that wasn’t set either in the UK, America, or a fantasy Westernised world, this made the setting new and exciting for me but the huge change in culture could have become very confusing if it wasn’t for the Mariko, she was an essential bridge between me and Japan. Mariko herself was a good lead character, she had the tough female bit going on, not that much different from other heroines I have read about, but likeable none the less.

What I found most enjoyable about this book was the way it switched from the past to the future, mapping the history of the swords and showing the havoc the have wreaked through out time to the unwary. It really added something epic and most definitely magical to the book.

An interesting and absorbing read, I really recommend it and can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

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About Steve Bein

Steve Bein (pronounced "Bine") is a philosopher, photographer, traveler, translator, climber, diver, and award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Writers of the Future, and in international translation. Daughter of the Sword, his first novel, was met with critical acclaim.

Steve was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. His first career as a perpetual student took him to universities in Illinois, Germany, Japan, and Hawai‘i. That all culminated in a PhD in philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Today Steve is a visiting professor of Asian philosophy at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he also teaches ethics and philosophical themes in science fiction.

His other academic interests include bioethics, which led him to a short stint as a visiting researcher at the Mayo Medical School, and environmental philosophy, which led him to see polar bears in Canada and penguins and whales in Antarctica. His more recent travels have taken him to historical sites and art museums around the Mediterranean and to wildlife preserves across southern Africa.

Steve is a rock climber, mountaineer, SCUBA diver, skier, and avid traveler, and he enjoys just about anything he can do outdoors. He has dabbled in a wide range of martial arts (twenty-five at last count) and he holds black belts in two American forms of combative martial arts. These days he has returned to studying Brazilian Jiujitsu.

Today Steve splits his time between Rochester, Minnesota and Rochester, New York. He lives with Michele, his partner of seventeen years, and their Labs, Kane and Buster.

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