Sword of Honor

Sword of Honor

Or, Hours of the Dog

Book - 2015
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In the epic historical novel Sword of Honor , David Kirk continues the saga of Musashi Miyamoto, the greatest samurai in Japanese history, as he journeys to the ancient city of Kyoto to fight for his life and his ideals.
Having survived the cataclysmic battle of Sekigahara, which established the mighty Tokugawa Shogunate, young Musashi Miyamoto travels through Japan determined to proclaim his revolutionary epiphany that the "way of the sword," the ancient code that binds samurai to their masters, needs to be abolished.
But during the battle Musashi insulted an adept of the powerful Yoshioka School, and a price has been put on his head. Musashi travels to Kyoto, domain of the Yoshioka, for a reckoning. He has taken up with Ameku, a beautiful blind woman branded as a witch; his burgeoning love for her will make him vulnerable.
Mushashi intends to deal a crushing blow to the traditional samurai dogma by destroying the Yoshioka warriors, but Musashi will learn that his spectacular gifts with the sword are no match for the cunning of powerful lords. The wily Tokugawa governor, still struggling to establish dominance in Kyoto, sees in Musashi just the weapon he needs to overcome the rebellious Yoshioka.
Sword of Honor seamlessly blends meticulous research, mesmerizing action sequences, and a driving narrative to bring this extraordinary figure to life.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780385678186
Branch Call Number: FIC KIR
Characteristics: 441 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Hours of the dog
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Jul 09, 2019

This is the second book in the Musashi series, a fictionalized account of the life of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) the famed samurai and author of the "Book of the Five Rings," a treatise on Zen Buddhism and swordsmanship. "Sword of Honor" picks up essentially where the first installment of the series, "Child of Vengeance" left off, at the conclusion of the Battle of Sekigahara (1600) with Musashi and other members of the defeated army being hunted down, with the legendary samurai school known as the Yoshioka taking a particular interest in Musashi for a perceived slight during the Battle of Sekigahara. The story of Musashi and the Yoshioka plays out against the backdrop of social upheaval, as the grand city of Kyoto struggles to accept the yoke of a new centralized authority in the form of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Musashi also begins the beginning stages of fleshing out his personal philosophy in this book, reaching a sort of maturity that he lacked in "Child of Vengeance." I am personally looking forward to the third installment of the series, it can't come quickly enough.

Jan 20, 2017

Quite simply one of the best books i have read in a long time in this genre. What an amazing book, a very clear "warts n all" addressing both the noble and ignoble traits of the Samurai.

Well worth the read.

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