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KIMIKO CHOU is a girl on a mission. Her mother and brother have been killed by robbers in 14th century Japan while her father, a samurai warrior, is off on an invasion of Korea.

Chou ("butterfly" in Japanese) narrowly escapes death by hiding while the robbers ransack her home, then—dressed as a boy in her brother's clothes—she goes in quest of her father. Alone on the road,
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Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Expected publication: March 15th 2021 by Atmosphere Press
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Glen
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

After her mother and brother are killed by bandits, a girl dresses in boys' clothes and tries to get to Korea to find her father. Along the way, she joins up with a ronin and his page. The ronin is looking for a new Lord, while the page is a peasant lad The ronin is little more than a bandit himself, and leads the girl on various adventures on her way to Korea.

When they get to Korea, they find their problems were just beginning.

Recommended for Mulan fans.
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Alex
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11
Thanks to the publisher for providing a digital review copy of Kimiko Chou, Girl Samurai in exchange for an honest review.

Con Chapman starts their translator note with the statement "the remarkable story you are about to read is truth, not fiction" which I honestly think is the best way to describe this. Kimiko's story feels like a fable or legend and I had to keep reminding myself that it was a translation of a memoir. If you're trying to get into that style of book, I'd definitely recommend th
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Nathaniel
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Before I begin my review, I wanted to mention that I won a copy of this book in a giveaway; thank you so much!

This book was quite enjoyable, if a bit short and raw in its writing. I feel that there's a potential to really dig into the story behind the memoirs this book is based on, but there's also the desire to stick to the original as close as possible, I'm sure. The climax and ending of the story are also over too quickly, and leave something to be desired by means of wrapping up the journey
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River
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A true story of courage

I really enjoyed this story and was surprised to find that it was a real story from 14th century Japan. It is written in an engaging conversational style and grabs your attention. I highly recommend it!
Nafiza
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Free ARC given for honest review:

Girl Samurai isn't a very in depth book but works as a wonderful glimpse in to Kimiko Chou's life. The author claims it's a true story found in a second hand manuscript. Part of me hopes that's not true because while the book was worth the time and is interesting it also leaves me wanting more. Very exciting and a wonderful look at ancient Japan, it still feels like a bit of an outline versus a fully fleshed out story.

I do hope that it turns out to be "real" as M
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Katy Clauer
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Outline?

Enjoyable short read that could potentially fleshed out into a more detailed adventure. It was like reading an outline submitted as base material for a creative arts class
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