Sisters of the Sword (Sisters of the Sword #1)
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 ...more
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.
And I love the way the writer picture the relationship between the sisters.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
'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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The characters were sympathetic, but in need of more developmen ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What I thought: As I ...more
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 ...more
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...more
The author wastes little time with introductions, and lets ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more