Daughter of the Sword

Daughter of the Sword

Steve Bein / May 30, 2020

Daughter of the Sword ANCIENT POWERAs 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 promisi

  • Title: Daughter of the Sword
  • Author: Steve Bein
  • ISBN: 9780451464774
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • ANCIENT POWERAs 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 dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo YamANCIENT POWERAs 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 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 rud 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.

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    1. I am somewhat at a loss for words to explain why, exactly, Daughter of the Sword was an emotional miss.The story begins with a look inside Fuchida's head as he heads out to kill someone. Fuchida is an ambitious member of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia, and has an unnatural affection for his sword. We're next dropped into a scene of a group of Tokyo's cops on a drug bust, led by Mariko, the only female detective in the unit. Raised in America, Mariko is doubly an outsider in the department, and a [...]

    2. I don't use the term brilliant much when I'm writing reviews. But this is the term that just keeps coming to mind about this book. I knew I'd appreciate it, because I have an appreciation for Asian culture and people, and swordsmanship; and honestly, something about a book with a woman holding a sword on the cover just pulls me in.This book speaks to me of a writer who loves Japan, both modern and ancient. Someone who has taken the time to investigate and learn the culture, even to the deepest l [...]

    3. Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS: There are some books that grab your attention because of their blurb or genre details, some books that hook your eyes with their cover art. Yet few books manage to do both and this debut by Steve Bein beckoned me with its blurb details and awesome cover. I was excited and began reading to see how this book would hold up against my curiosity. I couldn’t have ever imagined what was to happen next.Firstly a few details are necessary in regar [...]

    4. The main story thread in Daughter of the Sword belongs to policewoman Mariko Ochiro, who has to face off sexism everyday at work.Her dream is to work in narcotics, but her boss lets her only work on a boring breaking and entering case, involving ancient japanese swords.These swords seem to have a life of their own and suddenly Mariko has to realize that her case is much bigger than it seemed.Mariko's story is old in 5 out of 9 larger subsections of the book. The other 4 take us back to ancient t [...]

    5. **edited 11/28/13Daughter of the Sword is not your standard urban fantasy. It is free from snarky, trenchcoat-wearing protagonists, twisted fairy tales, and supernaturally steamy love triangles. There are no vampires. There are no werewolves. In fact, supernatural creatures of all varieties are entirely absent. There's not even all that much magic. Instead, Daughter of the Sword is the story of a modern-day Tokyo policewoman dealing with modern-day crime in the modern-day world when suddenly con [...]

    6. 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 a [...]

    7. OMG this was drop dead dynamite awesomely GOOD and I sincerely hope this is a series (oh wait, it is) because it just can't end this way. Best of all, no stupid romance in which the heroine is kick-ass until the first whiff of testosterone. In fact, there's no romance at all (yay). Myth, history, gritty police procedural all wrapped up in the culture and mores of modern Japan. It was like being there. I love books that feel like armchair travel. And cursed magical SWORDS! Mariko Oshiro is the Ja [...]

    8. Originally reviewed on Kirkus' SF/F Blog: kirkusreviews/blog/scThe sword in Fuchida Shuzo's bed was the oldest known of her kind, and he loved listening to her song.Mariko Oshiro is the only female detective in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD), and also the only woman working the highly competitive narcotics division. Being the only woman in the job – and a senior Sergeant Detective, at that – comes with its healthy dose of crap, as Mariko finds herself embroiled in a two-bit [...]

    9. Steve Bein's "Daughter of the Sword" is an excellent read. A book that defies easy description because it combines a present day cop story with various historical vignettes that revolve around the ill fortunes of the bearers of a legendary magical sword nicknamed the “Beautiful Singer” made by the renowned samurai swordsmith Inazuma. The sword hungers for death and is said to be cursed. Not all who wield it end up dead, but most end up appeasing the sword's hunger in foul ways.Mariko Oshiro [...]

    10. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy See site review for similar titlesPitch me an urban fantasy with a killer cover by Chris McGrath, set in both modern and Feudal Japan, involving magical swords and drug trafficking, and that’s a book that’s going to grab my attention big time. The problem with DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD by Steve Bein, is that that’s not exactly what you get. The writing is lush and evocative, and the characters are broken and heroic in turn, but despite the publisher [...]

    11. An undiscovered gem, blending a crime mystery with historical fiction, with some fantasy elements. Mariko is a female detective on the elite Tokyo Metro Police Department, has spent her formative years in the U.S and has a meth addict sister. Her boss wants her out of Narcotics, and assigns her to look into an attempted robbery of a blind man, instead of pursuing a hot lead regarding a rogue yakuza trying to import cocaine in contravention of their bushido code. Mariko is a modern woman, but bec [...]

    12. I'm disappointed. I'm still trying to figure out WHY, exactly. The writing is decent. The first chapter is about a psycho a sword fetish (pretty sure I'm using that term correctly, as that he is sleeping with the sword and comparing it to a beautiful woman -- albeit a deadly one with possibly murderous intent) (yes he thinks the sword has Intents right off the bat), which weirded me out, BUT it contributes to the plot, because it introduces the sword, which does have Intents. Maybe it's because [...]

    13. First, there's a glossary in the back, you don't have to look everything up on the Internet! If you're just glancing down reviews, that's the most useful thing I can tell you. It really should be in the front, I didn't discover it was there until I was peeking at the end to see if one of the characters survived when I was two-thirds of the way through the book or more and had already looked up at least a dozen words.And on to more traditional review-like stuff.This book was really terrific. The [...]

    14. *Genre* Fantasy, Historical, Magical Swords*Rating* 3.5 stars*Review*Daughter of the Sword is the story about Sergeant Detective Mariko Oshiro as the only female cop in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. It’s a story about her daily struggles for respect among a department filled with men who believe that women have no place in the work place. It’s also a story steeped in history and destiny. Mariko is an interesting character who I believe readers will respect and come to appreciate; [...]

    15. A friend, who knew I'd just returned from a trip to Japan, recommended this book to me. I wasn't sure it would be 'my cup of tea' but figured I'd give it a go. I couldn't put it down! I loved how the history entwined with the modern day, making a well rounded, exciting read even more interesting. Can't wait to read more in this series.

    16. Изключително доволна съм от тази среща, нищо че бях настроена много нападателно.По принцип съм нападателна спрямо книги, съдържащи думата Япония, дори когато не съм специалист то феновете са истински страшните!knigoqdec/2017/09/

    17. Daughter of the Sword is this conglomeration of historical Japanese lore, true Japanese history and urban fantasy. I received a copy with a really great cover from Literal Addiction which received the copy from the publisher for review purposes. I have to admit this was already on my to-be-read list already so when I had the opportunity to review it for L.A. I jumped at it and though there were times I was lost in the Japanese terminology, I enjoyed learning them. Steve Bein did such a good job [...]

    18. It's not often I have such mixed feelings about a book, peeps. It's also very rare that I would give such book high rating, but I had to with this one.Daughter of The Sword is a mixed genre book - partly urban fantasy, partly historical fiction and a mystery all the way. It takes time to get into it because it's pretty damn slow, but if you persevere it's full of rich cultural details on different historical eras of Japan down to modern time.It's no secret I collect and treasure paranormal ficti [...]

    19. I was surprised by how much I liked this one. It was a slower read for me than normal, I think because I had to keep going back to the glossary in back to read what the Japanese words meant and to understand what all was going on. At first glance there are parts of the story that don't really make sense. We have the story in the present, police detective, people dying, drugs, and the yakuza. This part of the story seems pretty straight forward, about what you expect when those combo of things ar [...]

    20. This is a hard book to review. The synopsis above doesn’t really do justice to how epic in scope this novel is. Daughter of the Sword weaves past and present together, following the story of the swords through time. The vignettes into the past were especially well-researched and fascinating.Mariko is trying to prove herself worthy of her spot on one of Tokyo’s most elite police forces. She is as good, if not better, than most of her coworkers. However, this doesn’t stop her boss from remov [...]

    21. Enjoyed this book. Loved the mix of urban police drama, Japanese history and fantasy. Good story and interesting characters. Writing very good overall. The historical passages are especially good. My only criticism of this book: When Mr. Bein writes in the first person as Mariko, he tends to get long winded at times. In several places he spends paragraphs relating Mariko's thoughts, which are either already obvious to the reader having already been foreshadowed in detail earlier in the story or [...]

    22. I finished reading Daughter of the Sword yesterdayank you, Natasha Dawkins, for recommending it. I've read a number of novels revolving around Japan written by non-Japanese, and many of them don't quite grasp the real Japan. This one is different, though. The author Steve Bein has obviously spent many years here and not only knows the country and the history, but the spirit. I admit there were a few discrepancies here and there, but very few! If you have any interest in either the history of Jap [...]

    23. If this book were a newspaper article, it would read:"Crazy lady destroys priceless sword 'because it was cursed'"

    24. This was a book that I really wanted to like. Billed as fantasy, taking place in Japan, with swords? Sign me up.I'll give credit where it is due - the actual sword scenes in this are well-done, and were some of my favorite parts of the book. I also really enjoyed the historical scenes, even though I thought several of the historical characters fell a little flat.I think that my main disappointment with this book was mismatched expectations. I was expecting an urban fantasy, but I'm not sure that [...]

    25. This is the kind of urban fantasy I really enjoy. The story about swords, legends, honour and bravery weaves its way between past and present without me feeling disconnected from each storyline and once started really draw me in with every turn it take. For me it offered a glimpse into a world more or less unknown to me and sparked an impulse to gather new information now - to learn more - and that is something I really appreciate in books.

    26. Reviewed for Book Chick Citybookchickcity/2012/09/I love all things Japanese, so when I started DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD by Steve Bein, I was expecting to love this book. It is set for the most part in Tokyo, but also delves into Japan’s ancient past, detailing the honour codes held by samurais. The book begins in the modern Heisei era, in the year 2010, with the villain, Fuchida Shūzō, and a description of his attachment to his ancient sword, Beautiful Singer. He goes so far as to sleep next t [...]

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