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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.

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  • [Kirk’s] books are amazing, a way of giving us historical perspective about feudal Japan by making us resonate with one character and his ordeals; just as Dumas did with The Three Musketeers and 19th-century France.... What Kirk has accomplished in this series is a new way to understand a classic tale: the sword hero and his quest, in a world full of ancient rituals and beliefs, a world entirely different to our own. If you love samurai films, ancient Japanese traditions, and would like to immerse yourself in them, this is the best book I’ve read in years.
    --GeekDad.com 
  • Kirk has captured the essence of life in medieval Japan.... [H]e has used impeccable research to provide a story rich in historical detail.... vividly portrayed. Historical Novel Society
  • So authentic, it's easy to forget one is reading a novel...solid, action-packed, thoughtful. Library Journal (Starred Review)
  • If one purpose of imaginative fiction is to show us that other people have different beliefs and a different understanding of morality, of what is right and wrong, then Mr. Kirk fulfills it in [Child of Vengeance and Sword of Honor]. In doing so he enlarges our sense of what it is to be human—even if one response to samurai culture may still be horror, or revulsion.... It is possible to enjoy these books as fine examples of the blood-and-thunder school, the sort of thing Rafael Sabatini did marvelously well a few generations ago. But every now and then they bring you up with a start. 'The world is as it is.'Yes, indeed, but might it, as Miyamato comes to ask, be something better than it is? The Wall Street Journal 
  • There are lots of elements that make this novel an extraordinary read: the throat-gripping set pieces, beautiful imagery, crafty politics, and themes of ego, power, and individualism. Most of all, it is how this tale of a masterless samurai is rendered in language that feels like it’s from a different time and place—not because of archaisms or cheap tricks but because it is slow without being tedious, and it emerges from a wholly foreign worldview without being incomprehensible to the modern mind. Musashi is an unforgettable character, and this novel should make Kirk a leading name in historical fiction. Booklist (Starred Review) 
  • [P]oetic.... Kirk's vigorous and robust prose complements the action to make rousing historical and philosophical statements. Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
  • “There are lots of elements that make this novel an extraordinary read: the throat-gripping set pieces, beautiful imagery, crafty politics, and themes of ego, power, and individualism. Most of all, it is how this tale of a masterless samurai is rendered in language that feels like it’s from a different time and place—not because of archaisms or cheap tricks but because it is slow without being tedious, and it emerges from a wholly foreign worldview without being incomprehensible to the modern mind. Musashi is an unforgettable character, and this novel should make Kirk a leading name in historical fiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Poetic…Kirk’s vigorous and robust prose complements the action to make rousing historical and philosophical statements.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “So authentic, it’s easy to forget one is reading a novel…solid, action-packed, thoughtful.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

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