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Year of the Demon

(Fated Blades #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Japan’s elite Narcotics unit—and with this promotion comes a new partner, a new case, and new danger. The underboss of a powerful yakuza crime syndicate has put a price on her head, and he’ll lift the bounty only if she retrieves an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen from him in a daring raid. However, Mariko has n ...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Roc
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Being the only female police officer in Tokoyo can be tough but Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Narcotics. Her new case though strikes closer to home, how can an old iron demon mask, her Inazuma sword Glorious Victory Unsort and the strangest drug deal her and her new partner has ever seen be connected? But, the history of the mask and the sword began hundreds of years before and the sword and the mask's deadly relationship is now making itself known in the present.

I reall
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: After last year’s fantastic debut Daughter Of The Sword, Steve Bein was very high in my lists for this year. I got a copy of Year Of The Demon early & was very intrigued to see how it would mark against its superb predecessor.

Like the previous title, the book’s blurb doesn’t reveal the entirety of the story. Similar to the last book, this book also has multiple POV characters and occurs in various time periods. The first one focuses on Mariko
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
I had a great review penned then my computer went wonky. Suffice it to say that this rocked. Mariko is an awesome character and this is the urban fantasy for those who are tired of urban fantasy being co-opted by the romance genre. If you're looking for the heroine to fall in love with some hunky kitsune shifter, don't waste your time complaining. This heroine's got a damn sight more important things to do, such as her JOB, staying alive since the Yakuza has a hit out on her, and reclaiming her ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Steve Bein’s DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD felt like a book James Clavell might have written if he had ever turned his hand to urban fantasy. That’s some of the highest praise I can give a book because Clavell’s Asian Saga is easily my favorite series of all time. Bein’s mix of police procedural, historical novel and just enough magic to make it actually seem plausible had me hoping for more of the same when I started YEAR OF THE DEMON.

Bein’s second book in the
Voto 3,5
Più lungo e con meno ritmo rispetto al primo, che era stato ottimo. La parte nel passato è bella ma finisce per essere troppo lunga e ridurre quella nel presente. Però leggerò anche il terzo, se mai uscirà in italiano
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
datemi il terzo, subito!
K. Lincoln
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aww....this book is just so fun. And so cool. I'm a bit jealous. Because, you know, it's got a female cop in Japan and it's the 2nd book in the series (started out with Daughter of the Sword) and its even BETTER than the first book.

We still have Mariko the Japanese female cop in Tokyo with an ancient sword from Japanese myth trying to take down a bad guy interspersed with historic fictional narratives from prior people who owned her sword.

All the characterization bits I didn't care for so much i
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 500-2013
Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Japan’s elite Narcotics unit—and with this promotion comes a new partner, a new case, and new danger. The underboss of a powerful yakuza crime syndicate has put a price on her head, and he’ll lift the bounty only if she retrieves an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen from him in a daring raid. However, Mariko has no idea of the tumultuous past carried within the mask—or of its deadly link with the famed Inazuma bl
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
With this book I found myself more engrossed in the parts of the story that took place in the past.

I really liked Daigoro, loved some of the moves that he made, they were so sneaky and underhanded, but still protected his family and allowed him to live according to the honor code of the samurai.

Kaida was a whole other matter. I loved that she was so brash, so brazen, and also that she knew the only place for her was away from her family. I hated her father, he had to know what was going on, bu
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An urban and historical fantasy about duty vs. honor, choosing the hard path, committing to a course of action (vs. overthinking), and the law vs. justice. The main characters are all crippled in some way and underestimated – Mariko (a woman in a man’s world, who lost a finger), Daigoro (with a withered leg), and Kaida (who lost an arm); they are all intelligent, curious, questioning, and struggle with philosophical debates about honor, duty, morality, and the law. The must devise strategies to ...more
Brian Palmer
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Mariko has continued her career as a police officer in Japan. Now possessing the sword Glorious Victory Unsought and her mentor's notebooks, she tries to reposition herself after the losses and issues of the first book.

The book does a great job of weaving historical and modern time settings, giving a history of her sword and the forces that have shaped it; enough stuff is different that it's clear these are not simply parallels of one another but different stories in their own right. I found mys
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sequel to Daughter of the Sword which was also very very good. As in book 1, the story alternates between 1500's Japan and modern day Japan, with our heroine Mariko being a female cop struggling with male chauvinist attitudes as well as criminals. She is now the owner of the sword Glorious Victory Unsought, and a new artifact appears in this story, an ancient face mask which has an affinity for both violence and Mariko's sword. All the characters are very interesting and complex, and the details ...more
Marge Day
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really liked the book. I hope the series is long and eventful. Mariko is a member of Tokyo's elite narcotics unit. She is also a student of the Samurai sword. It has an excellent plot. However, I was very sad when her sensi got killed in the first book. I missed this character, he gave the series a measure of warmth and depth. Why do authors kill off characters too early? Also I felt that this second book could do with a lot less police procedure and description.
Jenny T
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So. Darn. Compelling.

A police officer in modern-day Tokyo reluctantly joins forces with a yakuza to seek an ancient evil demon mask stolen by a mysterious cult that wants to destroy the world.

Meanwhile, in Feudal Japan...

Great storytelling, plenty of history, and a magic sword or two. Also, ninjas.

Keep it coming, Mr. Bein, because you have me more-than-slightly hooked.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, read-2013
An excellent second book in the Fated Blades UF series set in Japan. With its intriguing blend of fantasy, Japanese history and police work, this was a highly enjoyable and very difficult to put down read that leaves me hoping there'll be many more entries to come in this series.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was an odd book. I didn't like how it kept jumping back between modern day story and the past stories of a few characters. I just didn't like it as much as I hoped I would.
Michael Howard
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actually likes this better than the first one. I really enjoyed the historical fiction element and felt it was more prevalent. Looking forward to reading book 3.
Claudius Auermann
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is even better than the first one.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Year of the Demon is the second book in the Fated Blade series. The second book picks up where the first book ended in regards to Mariko and Okuma Daigoro, both owners of the sword Glorious Victory Unsought, though in different eras. Mariko Oshiro wields Glorious Victory Unsought during current times, while the story of Daigoro is set in the late 16th century CE. The book also tells another story, this one set in the earlier half of the 16th century about the bond between the sword Glorious Vict ...more
Sean Goh
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
The protagonists are flawed (hot-headed, short-sighted, perpetually weary, etc) but their fighting spirit is really commendable. Improves upon the 1st book and weaves the historical narratives of these fated artifacts together in a spellbinding way.

It was so easy to terrify these men, these fearless worthies from the samurai caste. They thought nothing of pain, they held death in contempt, and yet the mere sight of a lunatic gave them pause. This one had no idea what to make of Shichio and h
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
3 1/2 stars. This can be reader as a mystery/thriller and/or a fantasy novel. The history is interwoven with modern day with dept skill, though sometimes it dragged a little.

Bein's depiction of Mariko as a hard working narc officer who has to contend with sexual bias both in the work place and in her newly important world of working with Glorious Victory without getting bitter is well done. The book also gives insight to a culture that is very foreign to Westerners.

There's nothing boring about
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
liked the first one but the author's sex/morality hangups really overwhelmed this time
Keinushi Snyder
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: quit-reading
Not as good as the first one. Harder to get into. Seems kinda unnecessary. Ultimately gave up reading it. So take this review with a grain of salt.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while longer to get into the sequel of "Daughter of the Sword" but then I found myself enjoying it as well. The sequences in the past and the addition of a new point of view was something I particularly liked.
*Genre* contemporary thriller and historical fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Year of the Demon is the sequel to Daughter of the Sword. Once again, Steve Bein takes readers back to Tokyo, Japan and into the life of Mariko Oshiro who has been promoted to Detective Sergeant in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Narcotics Unit. Mariko is slowly coming to grips with the fact that she's lost a finger on her right hand and somehow managed to survive being skewed with a Katana. She is also suffe
Giusy Moscato
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dopo gli avvenimenti di "La figlia della spada" e la morte di Fuchida, ritroviamo il nostro sergente detective Mariko Oshiro che ha realizzato il suo sogno: entrare nella narcotici. Le è stato affiancato un partner, chiamato da tutti Han (come Han Solo, suo "gemello di basette"), con cui ha uno straordinario rapporto. Han la considera semplicemente una collega, non la guarda con diffidenza come fanno molti uomini dinnanzi a una donna detective. Inoltre, i pensieri dei due poliziotti sono sempre ...more
Martina Frammartino
La figlia della spada mi è piaciuto molto. Sono belle le sezioni storiche, ambientate in periodi diversi e spesso con protagonisti diversi per mostrarci all’opera spade diverse, ed è bella la sezione contemporanea, dove l’unica detective donna di Tokyo lotta contro i pregiudizi sessuali, lo spaccio di droga, una situazione familiare non proprio idilliaca, i suoi stessi dubbi e un tizio decisamente fuori di testa. L’anno del demone non è male, intendiamoci, ma rispetto al primo l’ho trovato un po ...more
Matt Braymiller
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Daughter of the Sword, the first volume of the Fated Blades trilogy. I was so pleased, upon reading this book, to see that the elements I so enjoyed from that book are continued in this one. This trilogy is quickly becoming my favorite read of 2015. As in the first book, the story in this book takes place in the past and present.

The present follows Mariko trying to follow the thread of clues to unravel the plans of a cult. Are they a new power in the drug scene, or are they a t
The sequel to last year's Daughter of the Sword is another interesting combination of modern urban Japanese police thriller and stories of samurai and ninja in ancient Japan.

This time, instead of a crime involving an antique samurai sword, the contemporary thriller involves the theft of a antique demon mask (a No mask.) That serves as a bracketing story for a pair of historical fictions with light fantasy overtones. One continues a story of a samurai swordsman that was introduced in the first bo
Sadie Forsythe
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a hard one for me to rate because I didn't read the first (Daughter of the Sword) and I don't know how many of my complaints are the result of that. For example, I knew Mariko carried over from book one, but until I finished this book and glanced at some other reviews, I didn't realize one of the historical characters does too. Certainly, I followed and enjoyed it, but my largest issue was that I didn't feel like the three plot lines converged in any way, such that I felt like I'd rea
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