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Friday, September 27, 2013

HFVBT: Tour Stop and Review: The Shogun's Daughter by Laura Joh Rowland

From the Tour's Home Page:

Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed, attended by her nurse. Smallpox pustules cover her face. Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old woman watching from the doorway says, “Who’s going to tell the Shogun his daughter is dead?”
The death of the Shogun’s daughter has immediate consequences on his regime. There will be no grandchild to leave the kingdom. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun’s favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro.
Sano doubts that Yoshisato is really the Shogun’s son, believing it’s more likely a power-play by Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime’s death may have been a murder, he sets off on a dangerous investigation that leads to more death and destruction as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time, they may not survive the day.
My Thoughts:

The setting for The Shogun's Daughter is an unusual one to me, ancient Japan in the time of Shogun rule.  I don't know much about the Shogun but I know Samurai were prevalent and lived by a code of honor and ritual.  The time frame, cultural aspects and a murder mystery are what drew me to this book.

This story contains several interesting threads outside of the murder mystery: Sano's search for the truth which can not help but be wrapped up and twisted within all of the court intrigue, Sano's son and his journey to be just like his Dad,  and Hirata, a friend of Sano who is having difficulties of his own, very mystical and spiritual difficulties.  While I enjoyed reading how these events evolved and were connected to each other, I never felt any real connection to the characters.  I never felt as though I really got to know them and therefore I had no real investment in any of them.

This book is the 17th in Rowland's series featuring Sano, and this may be why.  Most of the character development and connections have probably occurred much earlier in the series.  I likened it to picking up a TV show out of the blue and not being able to make sense of the looks between characters or being able to pick up those inside jokes.  As you probably know, like'em or hate'em, I need to have a connection with characters in books, or else I am not as interested in the overall story.  This is why this book was not as compelling for me as others have been.

Overall the writing and details of ancient 1700's Japan were enjoyable and have pushed me to search out other stories set during this time period.  As far as pace with the story, I think Rowland did a good job with that as well.  It wasn't long and drawn out, and the pages did go by quickly.

Be sure to visit the other tour stops to see what others thought, because I am sure others enjoyed this one more than me.  That being said, I do plan to get the first book in this series and see how it all began.  Sano seems like a good guy, and I'm sure his origins story is pretty interesting.

Monday, September 16
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Tuesday, September 17
Review at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, September 18
Guest Post at The True Book Addict
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, September 19
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, September 20
Review at The True Book Addict
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Monday, September 23
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 24
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Wednesday, September 25
Review at Impressions in Ink
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, September 26
Review at Unabridged Chick
Friday, September 27
Review at Jenny Loves to Read
Review & Interview with A Bookish Libraria
Monday, September 30
Review at A Bookish Affair
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, October 2
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Review at Just One More Chapter
Thursday, October 3
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Friday, October 4
Review at Book Dilettante


Monday, October 7
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

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