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4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,409 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
I see you blink with surprise. A girl? you are thinking. Surely a girl cannot be asamurai. But you are wrong.

Kimi dreams of being a great samurai warrior, but she and her sister, Hana, are young ladies of ancient Japan, daughters of the Jito of the province. Her future seems clear: Girls do not become samurai.

Then, a murderous betrayal shatters the sisters' world. Suddenly
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Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 27, 2017 AthinaB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Είναι ένα γρήγορα βιβλίο με πολύ ζωντανές εικόνες μιας άλλης εποχής. Σου δείχνει την Ιαπωνία τον καιρό των σαμουράι, μαζί με τον κόσμος της δολοπλοκίας καθώς και την δίψα για εξουσία. Το μοναδικό μου πρόβλημα ήταν ότι οι πράξεις των κυρίων ηρώων και ο χαρακτήρας τους δεν αντιστοιχούσε στην ηλικίας τους.
Nov 28, 2010 Mery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w, translating-works
I loved this book because the plot's interesting and well-written. Even though too much violence and gory. But still good.
And I love the way the writer picture the relationship between the sisters.

*my translation*
Well, more like middle-school age to me, I felt. Even if the characters are older, I felt the language and emotions shown were a little too simple, even though subjects such a viewing murder, familial betrayal and honor were discussed.

It was a very quick read at around 170 pages (e-book format).

I felt it deserved 2 stars because it really didn't interest me much. Foreshadowing was clearly evident, characters felt too archetypal for me.

Then again, I'm no longer in middle school. I'm sure it woul
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for

Kimi and her sister, Hana, live a life of luxury as daughters of the Jito, a samurai lord and leader of a strong province in 13th-Century Japan. They do not lead idle lives, however; their father understands the importance of a broad education, and in addition to learning the womanly arts of embroidery and tea-pouring, they are trained in the ways of combat, leading Kimi, the narrator, to wish fervently that she could one day be a samurai, like her
Nicole Svare
Mar 21, 2012 Nicole Svare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend recommended this book to me, and after I read the synopsis I immediately borrowed it. The story is about an extremely wealthy noble family in Japan. One day, the father is assassinated by his brother, who also kills two of the children. The family is suddenly being hunted for their lives, and two sisters have to disguise themselves as normal boys living in a dojo, while they try not to let it show that they are skilled in the art of the samurai. My favorite quote in this book is when t ...more
Angelic Zaizai

Dapat kehormatan mengintip kerjaan kembaranku, dan sukaa

sudah lama ga baca buku yang bau-bau jepang juga
ini cerita dua saudara Hana dan Kimi, putri bangsawan yang biasa hidup enak
nyaman, harus tercerabut dari rumahnya, setelah ayahnya dibunuh
mereka harus kabur karena dikejar oleh orang yang membunuh ayahnya - pamannya
dan harus menyamar jadi anak laki-laki saat masuk ke sebuah perguruan (aduh lupa
istilahnya haha) tempat belajar anak-anak bangsawan yang ingin jadi samurai (ada
sih y
Cass -  Words on Paper
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'I once knew little of danger, and nothing of death.' Kimi and Hana's lives of luxury are torn apart with the murder of their family. They must hide as servants and find a way to avenge their father's death. Then the rumours start. Perhaps they weren't the only survivors? What secret will they find beneath the cherry blossoms?

In book one of this thrilling quartet, Hana and Kimi are delighted when their heroic uncle, Hidehira, arrives at their palace, along with his dashi
Feb 27, 2009 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good light action book with obvious appeal to younger teen readers. The plot is familiar: twins must hide from the evil responsible for their orphaning and are trained by a wise elder loyal to their dead parent. There's a malicious teen, plenty of hard work, and lots of Bushido trappings.

It did feel a little stiff at times. I wish there had been a little nuance between the sisters. The combat sequences were good and it moved along quickly. There wasn't the emotional punch of the best YA, but f
Jul 09, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book immensely! I could hardly put it down, and read it in two days, and could have read it in one, but I had already read two novels that took up most of my time. The plot, ancient Japan, is one of my absolute favorite story plots, and I have loved Japanese stories since I was a little girl. The ending was satisfying to me, and I am so ready to read the next book in the series! I am still curious as to what will happen in this thrilling series, which kept me on the edge of my seat, ...more
I liked this book because the plot was interesting but I also liked the Japanese culture which I don't know much about.
Jan 26, 2015 Marklessgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it. This book was a super cool concept and was executed excellently. It Kind of gave me the Gallagher Academy Vibe, but in the past and in Japan and being samurai not spies.
Emma Boersma
Actual rating: 1.5

This book was the kind of thing I might read in third grade, not in seventh grade. Compared to the other types of books I read now, the characters are flat, the plot is predictable, and the setting needs more detail.

Kimi and Hana are the only daughters of the Jito, a manager appointed by the shogun who is a military commander with a lot of power. As girls, they cannot be samurai which angers Kimi. However, they have been trained to protect themselves should someone try t
Whoo Hoo!

I love Asian-themed heroic fantasy, especially historic and definitely with kick-ass heroines who don't allow the hawt-boy-du-jour to lure them away from their destiny. Don't get it twisted, I have nothing against romance. It just seems to me that YA has a sexist slant that insists any book geared towards girls must have a romance, whether it's necessary to the story or no. And not only must there be a romance, but a wretched "luv triangle" as well. No matter how fierce a fighter the he
Krista Roberts
Sisters of the Sword
By Maya Snow
Fictional/ Historical Fiction
The protagonist is an aristocrat girl by the name of Kimi who always wanted to be a samurai like her father and like her brothers would be. But soon Kimi and her little sister Hana have to go into hiding disguised as samurai to train and get revenge on their uncle. The setting is ancient Japan in a dojo. The conflict presented to Kimi and Hana is their uncle killed their father, brothers and servants. The girls had to escape leavi
Nov 22, 2015 airin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Mainly because of the writing, which didn't appeal to me all. I think at some points it even annoyed me, because it felt rushed and unrefined. Even childish.

But then again I told myself that this is a book targeted mainly at middle-schoolers without making a big deal of or having requirements about the writing. They just need a really interesting plot and fun, relateable characters.

Well, for me this book had neither of them to a satisfactory degree.

Even though the whole idea about samurai gi
Frankie Rufolo
Rufolo Reviews: The Warrior's Path by Maya Snow
The best thing about visiting my nan: seeing my little cousins
The second best thing about visiting my nan: Taking them on a tour of all the charity shops in a DYING town and finding cheap books - like this one!
I'd say this is one of the most exciting historical fiction books I've ever read. It's about two princesses called Kimi and Hana whose father, a Samurai lord gets assassinated by a power-hungry, back-stabbing (literally) rival. They're forced
Jan 30, 2013 Cayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This is precisely the kind of book I expected it to be: enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. I don't mean that as an insult, either. This was a nice break from some of the heavier reading I've been doing and I finished it in two days. In many ways it seemed more like a MG book than a YA (besides a few moments of startling gore at the very beginning), but if anything that only made it better since there was a distinct lack of angst. ;)

The characters were sympathetic, but in need of more developmen
Feb 13, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kimi and Hana are happy daughters of the Jito, the head Samurai in the area. Then Uncle kills tries to kill their family. They escape, but Uncle is hunting them. They must hide and find their mother and young brother before Uncle. They find shelter in an unexpected place, as servant boys in the local samurai school. Will they be able to hide as boys? And how will they manage to find their mother and brother without revealing their identities? This first book in the series brings us into the worl ...more
May 17, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really intriguing and it consists of good content and an ample amount of literary technique for future reference.

When Kimi and Hana's uncle murdered their father because of his greed of power, Kimi and Hana flees their home and shelters in the nearby dojo. Driven with rage and fury, they plan on learning the Samurai swordskill for future vengeance for their father and their older brothers.

This books can improve by changing the way it ends. Like most books, this book ends with compet
Abby Xiong
Nov 15, 2012 Abby Xiong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Genre of this book is action and drama. This book was about 2 young lady who is from the Yamamoto of them is name Kimi, and the other one was hana. kimi ande hana always wanted to be a sumari. They took small practice at a time since they were little. Their father was a jito, and because of this their uncle became jealous. After many years of bitterness and hatred their uncle couldn't endure it any longer. He murder most of their servant, their 2 older bother, and their dad. They ...more
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
I usually dislike historical fiction, but this book was so full of action that I didn't care. Sisters of the Sword is a must-read for any book lover!

I really loved the antagonist, Kimi and Hana's uncle. Or rather, I was enthralled with his evilness, if that's even a word. When you start reading the book, he sounds like the perfect relative; the one that you always knew would get the best Christmas presents, who you could always confide in. But, as the summary states, he ends up betraying his bro
Bridget R. Wilson
In feudal Japan, Kimi and Hana, girls of noble blood, must renounce their family to preserve it. Their uncle's greed and jealousy lead him to kill their father and two older brothers. He planned to kill the whole family, but Kimi, Hana, their mother, and younger brother escaped. The girls are separated from their mother. To protect themselves they become boys and take refuge at Master Goku's dojo as servants. They hone their skills with weapons and vow to avenge their family.

What I thought: As I
Feb 21, 2015 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like Japanese culture and stories.
Overall: 4/5 Stars.

Sisters of the Sword is a fantastic jump into historical Japan for a classic story of betrayal and revenge. The prestigious daughters of the noble Jito, Hana and Kimi, live a wonderful life in luxury. Their father is one of the most respected warriors and leaders of the nobility, bringing great honor to the family name. Their family of three sons and two daughters enjoy a tranquil life with their wonderful father, being taught the ways of nobles. For their brothers, school for
Brandi Rae

What a great start to a new series! Sisters Kimi and Hana want nothing more to become Samurai warriors...something quite impossible in 1216 in feudal Japan. Lucky for them, their father, the Jito, or ruler of the province, teaches them basic fighting techniques, believing that women should be able to defend themselves in case of an attack. However, their training is brief, for girls (especially daughters of the Jitoare meant to practice tea ceremonies and calligraphy, not fighting with swords an

May 09, 2008 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-12-and-up, fantasy
In feudal Japan, girls do not become samurai. Sisters Kimi and Hanna know more than most girls, because they have trained with their brothers, sons of the Jito (governor). Still, they can never attend the dojo, the school where boys are trained to be samurai. After witnessing their fathers' and brothers' murders, they escape with their lives. There is no time to mourn, and the girls must set in motion a plan to regain their family honor.

The author wastes little time with introductions, and lets
Jul 09, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random, fiction
I had a very fun time with this book and read it in one day. I've always liked the stories about people disguising themselves, and this one was very enjoyable.

Kimi and Hana's father and two (of three) brothers were killed by her father's brother. I knew that vengeance was a huge theme in the book, but even I was surprised that a brother would kill a brother and demand his whole family slaughtered.

Anyway, the girls run and hide in a Samurai school and have a lot of interesting encounters there. I
Mark Buxton
May 11, 2016 Mark Buxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is Kimi. My father, the Jito, was visciously murdered by his brother. My uncle then killed my brothers, so my sister and I had to find somewhere safe to hide. We've disguised ourselves as boys and are now working as servants at a dojo. We learned samurai skills from our father, but we hope to improve them enough to rise up and get revenge against our uncle. Keeping our identities a secret has become harder, since our cousin is also at the dojo. He's become a bully, and I suspect the path ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Philyra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: favorites
After reading this, my first thought was THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!

It is about a the young daughter of the Jito (noble appointed by the Shogun) Kimi, and her sister, Hana. They dream of being great samurai warriors, and train in all their free time, but suddenly their father is murdered and they are forced to go into hiding in the village, dressed as peasant-boys, after killing a samurai, and they stumble across Master Goku's dojo, where their father, uncle, and brothers trained. They manage
Beaulah Pragg
Nov 18, 2013 Beaulah Pragg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
Picked this book up from the library because of the beautiful cover and the summary which made me think of Tamora Pierce's 'Song of the Lioness' series with girls dressed as boys learning to fight.
Sisters of the Sword was an incredibly fast read, full of action and, while somewhat predictable, still quite satisfying. The thing I loved most about this book was that it had two girls (sisters) in disguise together. They loved each other and when one was down, the other was there for her. I also lik
Lady Knight
This book was so much better than I was expecting. I thought it might be a little dry and humdrum in places, but it's not! It's an action packed thrill ride with just the right amounts of down time.

Kimi and Hana are devasted when their treacherous power-hungry uncle murders their father and older brothers. They, their younger brother and their mother all escape but are separated. With samurai's hunting them down Hana and Kimi do the only thing they can: Disguise themselves as boys and seek out t
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