Review of Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow
Kimi dreams of being a great samurai warrior, but she and her sister, Hana, are young ladies of feudal Japan, daughters of the Jito of the province. Her future seems clear: Girls do not become samurai.
Then, betrayal shatters the sisters' world. Their power-hungry uncle murders their father, and their mother and little brother mysteriously disappear. Determined to seek revenge and restore their honor, they disguise themselves as boys to train at a school for samurai. Kimi and Hana are thrown headlong into a life of warrior codes, sharp swords, and shadowy figures—as they work with fierce determination to avenge the brutal wrongs done to their family.
In a flash, life has swept them into a terrible adventure, more heart-pounding than Kimi and Hana ever could have imagined . . . and once it has been set in motion, nothing will ever be the same.
Sisters of the Sword is very fast moving, quick read. A lot of detail in things like costume, fighting style and other such culture. I enjoyed it. I know how cliche sounding this is, but is very much a Japanese version of Mulan.
It isn't something I would of picked up in a bookstore. BUT....if you are interested in things like Aikido, Japanese culture or samurai-I would recommend it. For those who aren't interested, it is still a nice read-forgettable, maybe-but still enjoyable. It does have a nice setup for a possible sequel.