The Shogun’s Queen written by Lesley Downer, publisher Bantam press and Transworld Digital is available in ebook and hardcover format from Thursday 3rd November 2016.
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Only one woman can save her world from barbarian invasion but to do so will mean sacrificing everything she holds dear – love, loyalty and maybe life itself . . .
Japan, and the year is 1853. Growing up among the samurai of the Satsuma Clan, in Japan’s deep south, the fiery, beautiful and headstrong Okatsu has – like all the clan’s women – been encouraged to be bold, taught to wield the halberd, and to ride a horse.
But when she is just seventeen, four black ships appear. Bristling with cannon and manned by strangers who to the Japanese eyes are barbarians, their appearance threatens Japan’s very existence. And turns Okatsu’s world upside down.
Chosen by her feudal lord, she has been given a very special role to play. Given a new name – Princess Atsu – and a new destiny, she is the only one who can save the realm. Her journey takes her to Edo Castle, a place so secret that it cannot be marked on any map. There, sequestered in the Women’s Palace – home to three thousand women, and where only one man may enter: the shogun – she seems doomed to live out her days. But beneath the palace’s immaculate facade, there are whispers of murders and ghosts. It is here that Atsu must complete her mission and discover one last secret – the secret of the man whose fate is irrevocably linked to hers: the shogun himself . . .
This was such an epic story that sent my emotions soaring high and dramatically cascading low. I was enchanted by the author Lesley Downer’s beautiful words describing a colourful world. I felt instantly transported to a land far, far away to a time where legends and rituals were significant and paramount. To a time were the unknown were feared. A time when sacrifices had to be made for the sake of the countries survival.
The Shogun’s Queen is a fictional novel based on events in Japanese history. Young Okatsu with her beauty, knowledge and courage has been given a task like no other. At the tender age of 17 Okatsu has been given a mission, a mission that seems almost impossible but none the less she has no option but to try. Okatsu must leave her family, her village and the love of her life. A tumultuous journey lies ahead for Atsu, as she is now formerly known and her destiny is shrouded with secrets, political upheaval and death.
The torment that Okatsu faces saying goodbye to her love is so heartbreaking but more heartbreak is to come. I could hardly read the words with the tears falling. The Shogun’s Queen story gripped me and left me intrigued all the way through and has left me feeling quite emotional and bereft at the end. I completely adored this novel and would highly recommend it. A stunning historical romance of sacrifices and love. 5/5*
I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book and would like to thank the author and publishers for this.
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