Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of the Magatama, #1)
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In the land of Toyoashihara, the forces of the God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness have waged war for generations. But for 15-year old Saya, the war is far away and unimportant--until the day she discovers she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden and a princess of the Children of the Dark. Raised to love the Light and detest the Dark, Saya must come to terms with...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 1988)
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Carrie
If I were to choose one thing I liked best about this book, I would probably choose the way that Ogiwara takes a bucket of fantasy tropes (magical swords, Chosen One types, Light and Darkness, etc.) and dumps it upside down. At first glance it seems like a rather cliché story, but read it and you will discover something strikingly original and beautiful.
Or I might choose the fact that this book struck me in the same way Ratha's Creature did. Original, interesting, a roller coaster of action with...more
Maya
Dec 03, 2013 Maya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Asian Fantasy
Noriko Ogiwara grew up reading Western Fantasy books such as Narnia. While she loved those, she also kept dreaming of a fantasy set in Asia. In the end, she simply went ahead and wrote one herself. Dragon Sword and Wind Child is the first book in her Magatama-series, but it is also a stand-alone novel that can be read on its own.

Saya, a slightly tomboyish girl from a tiny village, would be living a perfectly normal life, if it weren't for the intense nightmares that keep reminding her of her dar...more
Jayme
Jan 16, 2011 Jayme rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jayme by: Kaion Vin
It took me a while to get into this book, but it wasn't the story's fault, I think it was the translation. It felt very cold and didn't draw me into the amazing story that was unfolding right underneath the completely passionless words. But once I got used to that, the story was incredible.

While reading it I kept wondering if it was based on actual Japanese mythology. It had a real pagan, Greek or Celtic kind of saga feel to it, but Japanese instead. The afterword told me this was exactly what...more
Whitley Birks
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I recently found out that the second book in this series has been translated to English, so of course I had to do a reread of this one. For…what, the fourth time? Fifth? Who cares; I’m sure I’ll do more.

This one of my favorite books from my childhood, so one of those stars is probably from nostalgia.



That being said, the book probably won’t appeal to everyone. It’s a very dense, plot-heavy book with little in the way of in-depth character development. Whic...more
NebraskaIcebergs
I am not sure how I feel about this book. The ornate language reads like the classics that I grew up with and that turned me into a lover of children's books. The exotic worlds introduced within the book further made me aware that I was not reading any ordinary writer. Yet enough of the time I felt so confused that I am not sure how to react to this book.

Often I felt as if Ogiwara was explaining concepts alien to me, but which were so integral to the story that I remained unable to fully appreci...more
Hirondelle
This was a different book than I expected. It has more similarities to the current fashion for YA romantic adventure fantasy ( the female main character getting a boyfriend who is a vampire/werewolf/angel/demon/dragon/god/whatevertheywillthinkofnext) in a very different tone (mythologic) and setting, a prehistoric type of fantasy Japan. I head this compared to The Lord of the Rings, or Narnia, or many other things, but I would only compare it to one of the longish chapters in the Silmarillion, b...more
mich
This is a gorgeous story, but not without flaws.
Saya is our protagonist, an "ordinary" teenage girl who learns that she is the one destined to have the power to awaken and still the Dragon Sword, the only weapon that can end the war that is raging between the Light and Dark. I know, sounds a bit too familiar, a bit generic right? Still, I found myself quickly pulled in by the beautiful atmosphere of the story.

I was instantly intrigued by the story's concept of Light and Dark. One side is led by...more
Kristen
This was a rare impulse buy for me since I'd never heard of this book until I came across it at the bookstore. I was very glad I read it. It's a translation of a Japanese fantasy book written in the tradition of the common British and American fantasies based on Celtic mythology, only using Japanese mythology from the Kojiki as the basis for the story. I loved the fantasy elements and am definitely planning to pick up the second book in the Tales of the Magatama, which has also been translated i...more
Kami
Why is it that lame books stay around forever and good books, like this one, disappear off the face of the earth. I had to look this up under amazon.ca to even find it. Ridiculous. My only hope for society is that I tried looking up Catherine Called Birdie, (which I detested) and couldn't find that at all. Anyway, I liked this book a lot. It was kind of odd, much to my liking. It was set in Asia, or it's magical equivelant, and involved a quest, a sword, invading armies, that sort of thing. Not...more
Jennifer
Dragon Sword and Wind Child is a hidden gem. Ogiwara weaves a lyrical, whimsical, complex tale about love, war, fate and religion. Although the English translation is beautiful, I can't even imagine how gorgeous and nuanced it would be in the original Japanese. As a warning to fantasy fans looking for their next escapism read, this isn't a romp of an adventure; rather it is a slow burn, character and idea driven myth.
Hokuto
An intriguing read, with odd twists I didn't expect - I've heard that there are two more books in the trilogy, but I don't think they've ever been translated and it seems a shame, as I'd love to read them (and this one again!).
Tiffany
I first read the Chronicles of Narnia in 5th grade and I was hooked to fantasy. By Jr. High Narnia was starting to feel childish and that is exactly when I happened to pick up Dragon Sword and Wind Child. I felt the connection between the two stories immediately. DSWC has a more adult feel to it than Narnia which was exactly what I wanted. I was surprised when I read in the afterword that Ogiwara was a fan of Narnia.

I had no idea that this book was translated from Japanese and it wouldn't be for...more
Hana
I love when books are loosely based on myths or legends that come from the author's country. This is a book aimed mainly for young adults, but I found that even as an adult you could enjoy it.
Nancy
Nov 22, 2007 Nancy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: asian
This was the first novel I had read in a long while, and it kept my attention. The myth doesn't bog down the narrative and vice versa. Good read.
Kelly Flanagan
I really liked this book. And that's in it's entirety. The characters were deep, multifaceted like all people are. The plot was full. It is another one for the shelf I considered calling 'the wall breakers'. Books that test the line between good and bad; right and wrong; darkness and light. They face the fact that all of any one thing is bad, that he world only turns with proper portions of all. None is bad or good on it's own, it is used that way. And nothing is made-created-grown-grasped that...more
Marine_maiden
It's a story of dark against the light with a simple reason behind it, love. The main character of the story is a girl that is coming from Darkness but never knew it, so she has been worshipping Light all her life. She experienced a wide range of emotions, loneliness, fear, sadness joy, guilt, having crush, etc and it's described very good in the story development. Her maturity came after her various events in life along with her gullible friend she had taken away from the Light. I like how she...more
Suzanne Rooyen
More like 3.5/5 stars.

So much to love about this book but sometimes the storytelling got in the way of the story itself.

Firstly, this is a translation of a novel originally written in Japanese. The prose was heavy handed at times and did't always flow smoothly. Other times it read more like an anime series and I quite liked it. I think some of the head hopping might've been due to translation, and might not have been the author's intention, however, it still threw me out of the story a few times...more
Marissa
Imagine being the reincarnation of a powerful Priestess, but having no conscious idea of who you are? Yet, you’re haunted by dreams of your past life, knowing that there’s a part of you that doesn’t really fit in with the adopted family who raised you or the world you’ve come to know and rely on. This is what 15-year-old Saya has to deal with when her past life catches up with her and she’s thrust into a centuries old mythological battle. Saya must return to the people of the Dark, her people, a...more
Hannah
Feb 27, 2011 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Hannah by: Sami
What a delight. This is geared towards young-adults, but I find so many good stories in that genre that it makes absolutely no difference to me.

It's hard to pinpoint what I enjoyed so much about this book. It has the classic fantasy elements that I so love in the Celtic-mythology based stories I often read. But it also is very distinctly Japanese. The translator did an excellent job (in my opinion) of maintaining the poetry of that language. The characters, the setting, many of the themes were...more
Karline05 Un brin de lecture
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On se laisse bercer tranquillement par ce joli conte japonais plein de tolérance et d'écoute de l'autre et de la nature. La plume n'est aucunement veillotte et le récit même s'il souffre de quelques lenteurs vous tient jusqu'à son apogée final. Une jolie immersion dans la campagne japonaise dans un autre temps à la découverte de la mythologie japonaise. Un voyage original !
Amanda Reynolds
This book was just ok, the plot wasn't very original for me, I didn't feel attached to the main characters and the ending seemed rather predictable, but then again this is a children's book. What I disliked the most was that revelations to the plot just seemed to come out of no where there was no build up it just seemed like characters just happened to find out at very random moments what the purpose of the whole war was it didn't seem plausible for me, there was no proper explanation, with that...more
Rena McGee
For some reason while reading this book, I kept thinking, “this reminds me of The King of Elfland’s Daughter.” Dragon Sword and Wind Child does not have a great deal in common with that novel, and by “doesn’t have a great deal in common,” I actually mean “is nothing at all like.” It did however have a very strong “feel” reminiscent of Lord Dusany.

(I think the similarity might be in the narration of this novel, but I’m not sure.)


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Judy
This was a lovely fantasy tale, well written and engaging. Because it is a young people's story there was nothing too graphic and the language was beautiful. It is based on Japanese Shinto Prayers and has been translated from Japanese but you still get a sense of a different cadence coming from its origin. Like many fantasy stories it is a tale of the battle between the light and the darkness. Unlike most fantasy stories the darkness is not necessarily bad, and the light is not necessarily good....more
Mely
Reread, slightly updated translation; I don't remember it well enough to remark on the differences.

I get a little more out of it now that I know a little more of Japanese mythology, but I can tell I'm still missing a great deal. It also helps to think of the story as in mythic+folktale mode rather than novel mode (the difference between this novel and the sequel is striking), although Saya definitely suffers from first-novel-perfect-heroine problems, where the author describes her as having seve...more
Millguy
This book was a bit of a slog. It started out strong and I love the prince and princess twin gods whor epresent the sun and moon, but after the first half of the book it was slow reading, and didn't grip me. Although tied into japanese mythology a bit, it appears the deities in the book are largely the invention of the author, with some quick references to a revisionist take on the actual historical myth. It seems to have a modern outlook and a theme of gender equality that I doubt would be foun...more
Kantata
Finished reading in one day. i cant believe how amazing this book was :)
Christopher
As a whole, I really liked this book. There's an undeniable Asian feel to this fantasy. It was engaging enough; I never felt bored reading this. There are some elements that took away a star. First, the characters weren't as layered as I would've wanted. Second, overall as a story, it felt unfinished. Next, the ending...I don't know, it felt rushed to me.
Otherwise, I found it truly charming and a step away from the fantasy books I'm used to reading.
Rahmidru
I adored this book as a child; I tried to steal it from the library at one point, because I couldn't find it in print to get my own copy! I was excited when I realized that Viz was re-issuing the book and promptly bought it again. It's an extremely cool story with a stroy female character and a supporting cast that is just as vibrant as she is. Beware, though, as it does contain issues that can disturb young readers (incest, child-murder, rape).
Notturna
This was a beautiful story. As with Noriko Ogiwara's other work, the Moribito Series, I fell totally in love with the world she created and the story she told. There is something wonderfully distinct about her stories compared to those of Western authors and I will always seek out her books where possible.

I only lament more of her work has not been translated, especially when just a handful in a series have been translated.
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