A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan, based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto.
Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against each other, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father Munisai has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord, Shinmei. Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life. But Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when Munisai returns, gravely injured, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family's history and his own place in it. These revelations soon guide him down the samurai's path—awash with blood, bravery, and vengeance. His journey will culminate in the epochal battle of Sekigahara—in which Bennosuke will first proclaim his name as Mushashi Miyamoto. This rich and absorbing epic explores the complexities of one young man's quest while capturing a crucial turning point in Japanese history with visceral mastery, sharp psychological insight and tremendous narrative momentum.
Number of Pages: 322
Reviewed by Connor, age 17
When I first saw this book I was not very sure I would like it or not, however, Kirk definitely taught me not to judge a book by its cover. I picked this book up many times to start it before I actually got really into it. After about my third time picking it up I read farther than before and I was not able to put it down; I finished the entire book by the next day. Kirk’s writing is excellent and he gives large parts of Japanese history with very intimate feelings with the main character Bennosuke. Bennosuke along with all of the other characters have much layers and depth and make for a very enjoyable read.
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*this is an adult title, but is marketed as a crossover to young adult
Connor, age 17
Connor, age 17