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Author: Zoë Marriott
Release Date: July 4, 2013
Publisher: Walker Books
A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon.
fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana - an ancestral
Japanese sword - out of its hiding place in her parent's attic to help
liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness
she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that
she is going to uncover.
The paralysing paranoia that descends
on her before she gets to her friend's party is her first clue. The
vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty
good warning too.
The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.
away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious
warrior boy. But it's already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil
between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and
monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her
and the sword.
With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox
spirit named Hikaru - and the devoted protection of the bewitchingly
familiar Shinobu - Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword
and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn't learn
how to control the katana's incredible powers, she's in danger of being
overwhelmed by them. And if she can't keep the sword safe from the
terrible creatures who want it for their own, she'll lose not only her
own life... but the love of a lifetime.
I want this book. It sounds interesting, filled with Japanese culture and London's geography. The cover is stunning, the simple and striking colours and artwork. :)