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Sisters of the Sword (Sisters of the Sword #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,015 ratings  ·  134 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
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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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*
Nicole Svare
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
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
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
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
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
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
I cannot deny that the book had an interesting premise: two young women from a noble family disguise themselves as boys so they can train as samurai and exact revenge on their scheming uncle. The book has adventure, history, feminism, and hints of ninjas. What's not to like? However, I think it could have been improved with more character development. All the characters seemed a bit... flat. The protagonists had no real flaws, unless you count a controllable urge to beat the living snot out of a ...more
Corrine Zahra
Once their uncle arrives at their home, Kimi and her younger sister Hana cannot wait for revenge. Their uncle kills their father who is their uncle's younger brother so he can have the title of the Jito. Together, Kimi and Hana escape their uncle's samurai and make way to the forest. They come up with a plan of going to Goku's dojo where they can learn to become samurai and seek further plans to finding their mother and younger brother.

The story is well-written and very descriptive. I enjoyed re
I liked this book because the plot was interesting but I also liked the Japanese culture which I don't know much about.
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
Beaulah Pragg
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
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
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

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
Abby Xiong
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
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
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
Sep 08, 2013 Philyra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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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
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
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
"Sisters of the Sword" is an intense and thrilling quick read. The book is set in feudal Japan. The main character, Kimi, is the daughter of the Jito - the extremely powerful landowner or noble. He has an almost "royal" personality and is highly respected. At the beginning of the book, Kimi's father is murdered by her uncle who is greedy for power. Her evil uncle - Lord Hidehira - also murders two of her three brothers, burns the entire village, and slaughters the survivors. Luckily, Kimi still ...more
Emma Jones
This book was thrilling and a quick and fun read. This is one of my favorite books that I have read throughout my life. Every chapter has a new and exciting part to the story. The author Maya Snow for sure knows how to keep a reader hooked to a book. I like how Maya snow made the book have a lot of action and mystery in it. You never find out what happened to the mom and the little brother after Hannah and Kimi family got attacked. The author makes you wait until you read the next book in the se ...more
Mar 06, 2011 Li rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Li by: The Book Smugglers' review
I picked this up due to Thea's review at The Book Smugglers. I probably didn't love this book as much as Thea did, but it was an enjoyable read and I would get the next book, especially if the series grows in complexity.

I really liked the Japanese setting and traditions, which lent depth to the story. Kimi is a great heroine - I found myself rooting for her throughout - and I loved her relationship with her sister, Hana, as well.

Niggles I had: I hate foreshadowing, and this book does it in spad
It took me a while to get into this - while I support female empowerment, I'm always a bit iffy when the book is really stressing the fact and the protagonist is very pro-female-empowerment when it seems slightly off for the time period - but I really enjoyed it when I did get into it. Considering the fact that Kimi and Hana inherited their father's fighting ability and desire to fight, Kimi's wishes to do things that are prohibited for females does make sense. It's not something that I would bu ...more
An enjoyable story, but the stiff dialogue felt as if it was being ripped from the English Translation of a Kurosawa script or the latest feudel Japan Anime series. I do love the idea of female Samurai and though I could pretty much predict what every character in the story was going to do the story felt comfortably stock. I gave it three stars because it carried well enough to make me want to read the next, though I would hope the author finds a median between forced dialogue and way too modern ...more
Kimi wanted to take revenge on her uncle, but he was the all powerful 'Jito' after killing his brother (Kimi's dad). So Kimi went to a sword school to learn swordsmanship. Then, they came. This is a story of courage, furry, and betrayal.
A great tween historical fiction adventure. Reads at a younger level than I would have expected, but it should work for a variety of ages. The book is firmly grounded in time and place and the characters are engaging. 3.5 stars.
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