The Shogun's Daughter: A Novel of Feudal Japan

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Macmillan, Sep 17, 2013 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Japan, 1704.  In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed, attended by her nurse.  Smallpox pustules cover her face.  Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old woman watching from the doorway says, “Who’s going to tell the Shogun his daughter is dead?”

The death of the Shogun's daughter has immediate consequences on his regime. There will be no grandchild to leave the kingdom. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun's favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro.

Sano doubts that Yoshisato is really the Shogun's son, believing it's more likely a power-play by Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime's death may have been a murder, he sets off on a dangerous investigation that leads to more death and destruction as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time, they may not survive the day. Laura Joh Rowland's thrilling series set in Feudal Japan is as gripping and entertaining as ever.

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Review: The Shogun's Daughter (Sano Ichiro #17)

User Review  - Frishawn Rasheed - Goodreads

This book is quite the surprise. The combination of historical fiction and mystery blending in new and exciting ways within its pages. Sano has everything to lose in 1704, when after the suspicious ... Read full review

Review: The Shogun's Daughter (Sano Ichiro #17)

User Review  - Emilee - Goodreads

The plotline is likable and learning about the various aspects of feudal Japan was entertaining - what I know of Japan I've gleaned only from anime, manga, and video games, mostly in a modern setting ... Read full review

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LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of sixteen previous novels in her acclaimed series of thrillers set in feudal Japan; two of them have been named among the Best Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly, while a third was declared one of the five best historical mystery novels by The Wall Street JournalThe Incense Game,  her most recent novel, won the RT Book Reviews  Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery. She lives in New York City.

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