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Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of the Magatama #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  729 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
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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Nov 02, 2015 Carrie rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 06, 2013 mich rated it liked it
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
Dec 03, 2013 Maya rated it really liked it
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
Jan 03, 2016 Jayme rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dawn Michelle

This was April's book-club book, and I have to admit, after last months read of "Monkey" I was a little dubious. We stayed in the Far East with this one, but this was centered in Japan and not China. And as I really love all things Japan, I was hoping that would help me love this book.

I am really surprised. I really, really enjoyed this book. I didn't understand HALF of it because I know nothing of Eastern Religion and the gods that they worship. Trying to figure out who they all were was the
Mar 25, 2016 Coolcurry rated it really liked it
Dragon Sword and Wind Child is a translation of a Japanese fantasy novel that draws on Japanese mythology and Western fantasy tradition.

The forces of the God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness have been at war for generations. For Saya, an orphaned teenage girl living among the people of Light, the war exists somewhere in the background… until she finds out that she is the Water Maiden, a reincarnation of the priestess of the Goddess of Dark. As the Water Maiden, Saya is the only one who can t
Jun 10, 2010 NebraskaIcebergs rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2011 Hirondelle rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 20, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2007 Kami rated it really liked it
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 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
Oct 20, 2015 saltandsea rated it really liked it
I will admit, I picked this up in large part because I think the cover is gorgeous.(The cover also happens to actually suit the story, which is rare.) I also wanted to read a fantasy that was different from the usual fare, and this book delivered. It's refreshing to read a fantasy based on a completely different mythology, and the author creates a rich world of battling gods. However, if you're looking for action and grand battles, this is not for you: Saya is not that sort of heroine, and this ...more
Although this was a fantastic and intriguing novel, set in a more fantastic world it did have some flaws.

The biggest issue for me was Saya- every other character here I adore except for the protagonist. Why? Because she was so passive, weak, and meaningless to the development of the plot (I felt like strangling her at times!!) that I couldn't find myself enjoying it as I should.

The author had made a beautiful world, but I felt we only were able to explore in depth a mere fraction of it. I woul
Jun 04, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Apr 22, 2015 Eden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eden by: Debra
In a world where you either follow the God of Light or the Goddess of Darkness, 15 year-old Saya was raised to love the Light. And when she is chosen as a handmaiden for the Prince of Light, there is no higher honor.

But Saya soon becomes dissatisfied with life at the Palace of Light. And she finds out why. Saya is really the Water Maiden, the Princess of Darkness. Though Saya loves the Light, Darkness is where she belongs and soon she finds both sides are at war with each other. But she, along
Jun 05, 2007 Hokuto rated it really liked it
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!).
Mar 18, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 22, 2008 Hana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 22, 2007 Nancy rated it liked it
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.
Lauren Schumacher
Mar 28, 2016 Lauren Schumacher rated it liked it
I first read this book when I was a kid, and I completely forgot about it for about two decades when it suddenly popped back into my head. The author's stated purpose was to take classic Western fantasy tropes and put a Japanese spin on them, and she's done a beautiful job of that.

The interior writing is really gorgeous, and I don't know if that's due to great writing, a great translation, or both. Descriptions of nature and landscapes in particular were poetic and lovely. I was less happy with
Nov 24, 2015 Ellie rated it it was ok
Dragon Sword and Wind Child is the story of Saya, a young girl who lives in very ancient Japan, where the kami of Light and his immortal children have imprisoned all of the gods of the earth. The prince and princess of Light have waged a very long war against the people of Darkness (i.e., all the mortals and their gods) so that their father, the God of Light, will return. Meanwhile, Saya thinks she's just a normal peasant girl, but it turns out she's the reincarnation of the Princess of Darkness ...more
Kelly Flanagan
Jun 06, 2011 Kelly Flanagan rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 24, 2013 Suzanne Rooyen rated it liked it
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
Feb 16, 2011 Marissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japan
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
Feb 27, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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
Karline05 Un brin de lecture
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
Apr 03, 2014 Amanda Reynolds rated it liked it
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
Chisa Puckett
Aug 05, 2015 Chisa Puckett rated it liked it
If you love Japanese fairy tales, this is definitely the book for you. I had several flashbacks to some of my favorite anime (Ranma 1/2) and Miyazaki (Spirited Away) while reading this.

It's a bit slow for me, and I don't care for the generic personalities used for minor characters (ala the eldest handmaiden). However, Saya and Chihaya are enjoyable primary characters.
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