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(Warrior Woman of the Samurai #1)

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There are some who believe that the honor of a samurai is reserved for men. But they are wrong.

Keiko was born the daughter of a samurai. But as a mere younger sister, her future was to run errands for her lovely elder sister and obey her father.

Until the day her brother thought it would be amusing to teach Keiko the way of an onna-bugeisha—a warrior woman of the samurai.
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Red Empress Publishing
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Lady Alexandrine
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was well-written and mostly entertaining. Unfortunately, it seems to me the story wasn't very historically accurate and also some parts of the book seemed to have the sole aim to shock the reader. I am not sure I will read more novels by this author.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I would give the story three stars, but some of the things were just plain wrong. The author comes off as someone who just did a brief Google search for what they wanted and didn't do any real research. A geisha is not a prostitute. Soru doesn't mean sky, that would be sora. Why would someone who's upper class use a Lowe class euphemism? I had other issues with other translations and euphemisms throughout the book.

I don't care enough about the story to continue the with the next book. My disappo
Sandra Singleton
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this plot and characters. A wonderful written plot and characters. I volunteered to read an advance copy for an honest review.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written new series of India Millar. I enjoyed her Geisha With Green Eyes series, so I was happy to see some of the places and characters back in this book. This story, too, grapped me from the start. I'm curious to see where Keiko will go and what adventures she will have in the next books!
Wytzia Raspe
I think this novel will please young readers between 15-25 but for an old hen like me the first half felt too highschool. I also thought a lot of the thinking too European. Towards the end it became a lot more interesting.
Lori Eshleman
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent of Life of a Geisha, very convoluted and sympathetic.
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved:
The main character in this story is Keiko and I loved her SO MUCH! She was given a cruddy lot in life, but she is sure going to try to turn it around! The character building is amazing and made me connect very quickly to the story.

How I Felt:
I was pulled into this story right from the start. The characters are rich and full of life, while the world is built in such descriptive depth that I could envision everything. I loved the strength that Keiko shows through every step of her jo
Mandy Parmenter
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Japan, a Samurai was the highest level of a warrior and they followed the bushido code of honour. Through the centuries samurai women fought alongside their men but they no longer exist and are considered a myth. Keiko is an exception to that belief and as an ugly younger sister she was tolerated and fated to run errands for her beautiful older sister and obey her father (when he acknowledged her existence). That all changed when her older brother thought it would be funny to teach her the il ...more
Saundra Wright
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of another great historic series. As with India Millar’s books on Geisha, the author brings you into the life and times of a Japanese woman warrior. This series is sure to be epic.

Keiko is the youngest daughter in her Samurai family. Women have very little intrinsic value in Japanese society. Keiko has even less than most. She bears the misfortune of her mother’s death in childbirth, something her father and sister never fail to remind her of.

She should be grateful that her father
Marie Shirley Griffin
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it

Would have given it 5 stars, but it had some very gratuitous, trashy sex in places, almost as if the author left the room and some hack snuck in and wrote a couple of really horrifically bad porn scenes. That accounts for for no more than 4% of the entire book.

The rest of the book is so well written and so beautifully done with characters that you can relate to from the "get go".

Feudal Japan was like the rest of the world in its treatment of women. They were chattel, to be used by their
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a poignant tale of a woman challenging her fate in a world of samurai. Just a fair warning this story is not for the faint of the heart and contains more than one very disturbing passages, so well written that I had to put my book down for a breath before being drawn back into it as fast. If I shivered from the terrible thing lived by Keiko, I was also delighted along with her at what the wonders and freedom that came with her adventures. I felt calm when she was training and meditating ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Keiko is the worthless daughter of a powerful samurai in feudal Japan. Ignored by her father, abused by her elder sister and an amusement to her favored elder brother, Keiko believes she is doomed to die an unloved old maid in her father's house. When she learns a centuries old story of an ancestor that was a Warrior Woman she is inspired and begins an unbelievable journey of self discovery to become the Warrior Woman of the Samurai.
The story is beautifully written with vivid descriptions of the
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A female samurai truth or myth?
I had second thoughts about picking this one up I was afraid that I would not get it read and review by the 30th, but once I started to read nothing was going to stop me from finishing it. I know nothing about the Japanese culture so this was as much an education as an entertaining read. The piece was fascinating and so well-written. I had never heard of the onna-bugeisha it would appear that myth becomes truth in Keiko. Wonderful characters and an outstanding stor
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great start to this series. After reading The Geisha Who Ran Away series I was looking forward to reading this new series by India Millar. Love the Japanese settings in her books. As the yougest daughter born into a Samuirai family, Keiko's life is not meant to b one of glory. After the death of her mother, she spends a lot of her life reminded by her family how it was her childbirth that caused the death. After being given a chance to become a female samurai, she jusmps at the chance. Enjoyed t ...more
Heather W
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting historical fiction read...

Firefly is the first book in the Warrior Woman of the Samurai series and the first I have read by this author. This look at historic Japanese culture is truly fascinating. The characters are well developed and the story is well written and engaging. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Too ugly to marry off, Keiko was fated to run errands for your beautiful older sister for the rest of her life. But that was until her brother thought it would be fun to train her as a female samurai, the highest honour that could befall any citizen in Japan. And this turned her into a confident albeit confused young woman.

India Millar spins amazing tales, with eye opening and education bits in her stories. Looking forward to book 2
Catherine Edgar
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A traditional lady who was sheltered and lowly came to be her true self when an unexpected door opened for her. In spite of jealousy, pressure and social discrimination, she found love and also became more than she thought she would ever be...more than most women of her time and culture could ever hope to experience.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know much about Japanese culture or history, but have always been interested. This book is so well researched and written so well, that I could barely put it down. I look forward to continuing the series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Take journey to old Japan

The first book was very good. It was hard to put down. I am looking forward to the following books so I can remain in this world of adventure, love, lust and honor. This book features a strong female main character and the plot and character development was pleasingly well done.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend, different from what I thought it be like but I liked it. I've never read anything else from this author but I'm looking forward to reading more.
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INDIA MILLAR started her career in heavy industry at British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. She now lives on Spain’s glorious Costa Blanca North in an entirely male dominated household comprised of her husband, a dog, and a cat. In addition to historical romances, India also writes popular guides to living in Spain under a different name. Her Romance Noir serie ...more

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