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Oct 04, 2016
| ISBN 9780345803016
Nov 03, 2015
| ISBN 9780385536660
Nov 03, 2015
| 983 Minutes
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Oct 04, 2016 | ISBN 9780345803016
Nov 03, 2015 | ISBN 9780385536660
Nov 03, 2015 | ISBN 9780385362191
Samurai Musashi Miyamoto may have survived the cataclysmic battle of Sekigahara, but not without making enemies among the Yoshioka school of warriors. The second Musashi shows his face in Kyoto, he knows they will do everything in their power to make good on their threat to feed him to the crows. Still, taking down the Yoshioka is a crucial step in abolishing the “way of the sword,” an ancient code that binds samurai to their masters with unquestioning obedience. Musashi is prepared to risk everything … but even his spectacular gifts with the sword may prove no match for the cunning of powerful lords.
IN THE EPIC HISTORICAL NOVEL SWORD OF HONOR, DAVID KIRK CONTINUES THE SAGA OF MUSASHI MIYAMOTO, THE GREATEST SWORDSMAN IN JAPANESE HISTORY, AS HE JOURNEYS TO THE ANCIENT CITY OF KYOTO TO FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE AND HIS IDEALS.Having survived the cataclysmic battle of Sekigahara, which established the mighty Tokugawa Shogunate, young Musashi Miyamoto travels through Japan determined to proclaim his revolutionary epiphany that the “way of the samurai,” the ancient code that binds warriors to their masters, needs to be abolished. But during the battle Musashi insulted an adept of the powerful Yoshioka school, and a price has been put on his head. Musashi is drawn to Kyoto, domain of the Yoshioka, driven by anger and certain that he will deal a crushing blow to the traditional samurai dogma by destroying the school. Musashi will learn, however, that the capital of the nation is rife with intrigue and potential rebellion against the newly established government, a struggle into which he unwittingly enters. Among other outcasts, Musashi will find the worth of his spectacular skill with the sword weighed against the deep cunning of manipulative Lords, and must make his reckoning with the Yoshioka, the way of the samurai, and ultimately his own nature. Only then will he be able to take one step closer to becoming the wise old sage who wrote The Book of Five Rings. Sword of Honor seamlessly blends meticulous research, mesmerizing action sequences, and a driving narrative to bring this extraordinary figure to life.
David Kirk is the author of Child of Vengeance. He grew up in Stamford, Lincolnshire, in the UK. He lived in Sendai, Japan, from 2008 to 2016. Currently he lives in Alberta, Canada, with his wife. Visit him at http://www.davidkirkfiction.com.
“An extraordinary read: throat-gripping set pieces, beautiful imagery, crafty politics, and themes of ego, power, and individualism.” —Booklist (starred review) “If one purpose of imaginative fiction is to show us that other people have different beliefs and a different understanding of morality … then Mr. Kirk fulfills it… Enlarges our sense of what it is to be human.” —The Wall Street Journal, “Books of the Year” “Kirk’s vigorous and robust prose complements the action to make rousing historical and philosophical statements.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review). “So authentic, it’s easy to forget one is reading a novel.” —Library Journal (starred review)
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