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 blade she wields. The secret of this mask originated hundreds of years before Mariko was born, and over time the mask's power has evolved to bend its owner toward destruction, stopping at nothing to obtain Inazuma steel. Mariko's fallen sensei knew much of the mask's hypnotic power and of its mysterious link to a murderous cult. Now Mariko must use his notes to find the mask before the cult can bring Tokyo to its knees - and before the underboss decides her time is up…
"Vibrant and unforgettable characters combine with Japanese history and fast-paced action to create an urban fantasy for fans of Asian culture." (Library Journal)
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Another solid read.
The flashbacks for Glorious Victory Unsought and the Okuma boy were great and held me more in thrall than the modern storyline. I found Mariko a strong character, but I feel that if she had toughed it out in such a horrible working environment to get to be a detective, she would have been a lot less hot headed and in control that she was written. That issue always threw me off while listening to the modern sequences.
Yes. It is a solid read, that keeps your interest 20 hrs. Can't argue with that.
At first the reader's performance threw me off as she tends to have an odd cadence/rhythm while reading. However, as I continued to listen this odd pattern grew on me.
Yes. This book ends on a cliffhanger and finishes in the next book Disciple of the Wind.
- Kristen A. Wellmann