Sunday, February 15, 2015

Warrior Born by Katherine Leannan

Title: Warrior Born
Series: The Katana, 1
Author: Katherine Leannan
Publisher: Grimoire Books
Genre:  Fantasy, non romance.
Pages  235
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
From the immortal kingdom of the Samurai, Imperial Leader Yokami Sukani and his wife Tomoe Gazen yearn for the child they know they will never birth. Tomoe’s Katana keens bereft, for the next Daughter of the Sword. Meanwhile, Bishamon, the God of War, and his Katana, wreak havoc in his endless pursuit of pain and suffering.
Bishamon’s Sword of War must disappear, forever.
The battle of Culloden Moor is forty-eight hours away. Epona, Goddess of horses, dogs, healing springs and crops, prays for the coming of the girl child prophesized to be born with the Sight for the magnificent Friesian horses.
Yokami’s Katana recognises Marie MacDonald.
A bargain is struck.
In modern Australia, the awaited one, Connor MacDonald is birthed, awakening the ancient Scottish Horsemen from their three-century slumber.
Brutality finds her.
Bishamon, mad with rage, hunts for his blade.
Will he regain his instrument of destruction?
Born of the blood of the ancient Scots, named Daughter by the immortal Samurai, doubly blessed or doubly cursed, will Connor MacDonald be Bishamon’s instrument of revenge?

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Katherine Leannan has a really great series start with Warrior born.  This book is the first in the Katana series.  I loved how this story has a little of everything, romance, action adventure, and lore.  I happen to adore anything with a highland theme.  Blend that with some Japanese lore and you have a book you just cannot put down.
Marie MacDonald gets a very special gift from the Japanese god Yokami Sukani.  Marie has pure warrior blood and has been blessed by her Scottish Goddess.  Marie is going to live, in exchange for one of her children.  She really doesn’t have the choice it is a deal between the Scottish goddess and Yokami.  The child is to be blessed by both gods. Doubly cursed or blessed depending on your point of view. She is going to be the long awaited daughter of the sword. In exchange for this the Scottish goddess hides the Japanese sword of war.
Now in modern times, the girl who is to save both gods is born. Her name is Connor.  Connor has the ability to find trouble no matter where she is from the day she was born.  When Connor turns 13 the enemies who wish to possess the sword of war for evil purposes take notice of her.  Can she change the fate and bring peace to them all.
I loved how the lore is blended in and just how personalized the gods and goddesses are. You feel their pain and joys.  The pace of this story is really good too, not to bogged down but gives you just enough facts that you are not lost either.  I hope to read many more stories in this series. I cannot wait to find out what happens next. When you want a good fantasy story you can sink into and really get a little of everything in, this is the book to pick up. 

                                  Five Shooting Stars

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