Book Review: Mineko

Mineko: Book of SistersMineko: Book of Sisters by R.G. Dillon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 17th century Japan a little girl is ripped from her home and is forced to be a slave to a house of vicious Samurai. As she grows up she only wants one thing, vengeance for her slain family and to find her surviving sister. So begins the story of a female assassin, trained in the ways of the Samurai and ninja - unusual but not impossible.

I really enjoyed Mineko; Dillon creates fantastic imagery and the story flows at a great pace. You can feel the emotions of tortured Mineko as she is betrayed and beaten, and struggles to survive in an impossible situation. Fight scenes are meticulously choreographed and delivered in a way so that you see it all and are rooting for the underdog Mineko, and the description of ancient Japan takes your breath away. She is a strong female protagonist without being unrealistically perfect. I look forward to reading about more of Mineko’s descendants, and hope they inherit some of her skill and honor.


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