The Shogun's Daughter

The Shogun's Daughter

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Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies dying of smallpox. Incense burns to banish the evil spirits of disease. As Tsuruhime draws her final breath, the old woman watching from the doorway asks, 'Who wants to tell the shogun his daughter is dead?' The death of the Shogun's daughter has immediate, drastic consequences for his regime. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, the shogun names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently learned was his. Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun's devious, corrupt advisor. In the ensuing political turmoil, Chamberlain Sano Ichirō falls out of favor at court. Sano thinks Yoshisato isn't really the shogun's son, but rather an audacious fraud, the focus of a power play masterminded by Sano's longtime enemy, Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime's death may have been a murder, he embarks on a dangerous investigation that leads to catastrophe. Sano, his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son, Masahiro, become targets of his enemies, who would destroy them to wreak vengeance and gain control over Japan. And this time, Sano and his family may not survive the day."--Front jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250028617
Characteristics: vii, 326 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 23, 2015

I like this story. Set in 17th century Japan these novels are so well written I feel like I am a part of the time and right there with the people. This is another in the Sano Ichiro and his family historical crime series. Laura Joh Rowlands writing is captivating, the story is fast paced, complex and full of fascinating characters. First rate for me.

Aug 16, 2015

I too enjoyed this book and recommend it to my contemporaries and teenage readers 16 and older. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Jan 25, 2015

This was my first book by Laura Joh Rowland. ‘The Shogun’s Daughter’ was an interesting historical fiction which takes place in feudal Japan; the year 1704. Ironically the book was actually about whodunit! Who killed the Shogun’s daughter?
From cover to cover the book reveals the conflict between Sano’s family and that of his arch rival, the cunning Yanagisawa. While not quite the same - made in Japan - intrigue as the master story teller, James Clavell in his epic book ‘Shogun,’ this book was nethertheless very enjoyable and I recommend it to readers 16 and older. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.


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