I blame the translator and want my money back. Spoilers are a big petpeeve of mine. Anyways, nothing I can do about it now except trying to enjoy the rest of it. Only one I can find online is the one on page And I have to say, my emotions were quite mixed while reading. And it seemed to get more difficult the further I got in. Now, in retrospect, I understand why. This story was way over my head. It was a retelling of stories from Japanese folklore.
If I had known some of the original tales, things would have had a lot more context. Sure, you could read the book and enjoy the writing and story, but there would be no way you could fully comprehend everything that was going on. Reply to this comment. On a different note, have you considered adding a forum to your website? Hi there. I finished the novel today. I loved how things turned out.
But nonetheless this was well crafted to say the least, such as the relationship between Toko and This tale was rather interesting, a look into Japanese folklore by the same author. But nonetheless this was well crafted to say the least, such as the relationship between Toko and Oguna. The shift to the palace, for the Emperor and his various secrets.
The man had a lot of them, no kidding. All the twists revealed later were surprising, but at the same time completely plausible.
But it all goes down to interpretation, and I barely even knew the Emperor. Which makes it hard for me to guess that he will hide something like what was revealed in the book. The ending was rather perfect, in all ways tying up the loose knots. As well as giving a rather happy ending to this rather tragic tale. But overall, I did find something greatly entertaining about this tale. Not exactly to my taste, but rather enjoyable. Jul 27, branewurms rated it liked it Shelves: childrens-and-ya , poc-authors , poc-characters , read , sci-fi-fantasy.
Whew, this book was kind of It's not only chunky, but packed - there's so much happening with very little breathing room. Much like Dragon Sword and Wind Child, it's eerily compelling despite its flaws. These books are based on Japanese myth, but they also seem to tap into a sort of proto-mythological vein - the motifs all seem so familiar, and are played out with such deep dream-logic, that it gives one a spooky, distant-memory sort of feeling.
That said, I thought this could really have stood to be tightened up, but given the ancient, rambling myths this was based on, maybe "rambling" was what the author was going for. It seemed like there were a lot of dropped threads. I also felt the ending was a little I feel the events that happened toward the end could have been presented in a more momentous way, or something. For instance, I wish we'd gotten Oguna's pov during the time he was view spoiler [dead hide spoiler ].
I was disappointed by how little Toko had to do at the end, too. Despite that, it was still a gorgeous story, and this book is probably going to be a keeper for me and I kind of want get a copy of Dragon Sword and Wind Child of my own, too. Side note: wow, this book was put together rather shoddily. There's a couple of very pretty color illustrations at the front, but other than that, it feels flimsy, the paper over the inside of the back board is bubbled up, the paper is very thin and the margins and indents on the pages are tiny, making it harder to read.
Noriko Ogiwara was inspired to write by the classic Western children's books she read as she was growing up. Dragon Sword and Wind Child is her first book. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Noriko Ogiwara was inspired to write by the classic Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince by [Ogiwara, Noriko].
Maybe it was a sentence, maybe a few paragraphs - I have no way of knowing. All I know is enough text was missing that I couldn't guess the contents from context.
Seems more attention should have been paid to presentation, especially given the rather expensive list-price. Mar 24, Mely rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , young-adult.
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Set centuries or millenia later than the first book, whose events are now only the substance of legends. There's still plenty of magic and mythology here, but it feels grittier, more historical, and the characters at least start out more down-to-earth. Toko and Oguna are childhood friends who are parted when she gets old enough to assist the shrine maiden and he is sent off to become the "shadow" of Prince Oh-usu, his stand-in in ceremonies and times of danger.
So far both of Ogiwara's male "hero Set centuries or millenia later than the first book, whose events are now only the substance of legends. So far both of Ogiwara's male "heroes" -- you can't really call them protagonists, the girls get a lot more attention and agency -- are strangely passive, but I kind of like that. Toko reads as much more vivid and real than Saya; a tomboy and stubborn as hell. Feb 20, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Though I enjoyed it and literally couldn't put it down until I'd finished it the story is very much in the same pattern as the first and in that sense I was a bit disappointed.
The biggest difference between the two is the importance of the supporting characters. Compared to "Wind Child," it is here that they are more fleshed out and complex.
While the first book had some dark elements, the themes within "Mirror Sword" are certainly more grown up and sad. Some of which is very relatable. Both are based on Japanese folklore and myth, and are fun and interesting reads. Both are well translated, and very interesting stories, b "Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince" is a sequel to "Wind Child and Dragon Sword", though you don't necessarily need to have read both to enjoy "Mirror Sword Both are well translated, and very interesting stories, but "Mirror Sword Much of the book followed an almost RPG style quest; after the events of the first act, the main character Toko, had to travel the land in search of 5 sacred stones, a very common storyline, which if done well, can be very interesting, but in this book felt drawn out excessively.
Then, the last chapter of the book felt as if it was rushed and haphazard. I felt as if it really didn't take the time to address the climax. So much of the book had lead up to a final clash, and we saw none of it. The book often changed POV characters, but during a crucial event, the POV is of someone not involved, waiting from a distance, unaware of the outcome?
I felt robbed of closure. I also feel that Toko did not get the development that she deserved. She began the story as a strong willed, tomboyish girl, and ended it as a meek, submissive woman. I would have preferred she kept that fire, especially when the shift was so sudden, and only seemed to come about in order to advance the story according to the writer's benefit. I also wished we had gotten more development between Toko and Oguna as adults.
The ending left me feeling unsatisfied and cold.
No true climax, no closure in terms of Oguna's fight between himself and his destiny, and then the story ends with a "we'll be living a quiet life now, bye! That would have given more closure I feel. Overall, it was a good book, but I feel it needed some editing in some places and fleshing out in others. Mar 15, Sarah CoolCurryBooks rated it really liked it Shelves: diversity , fantasy , other-world , protag-multiple , ya.
However, it is set centuries or even millennia after the first book and so could be read independently. The main thread that ties the books together is the shared mythology and setting. Oguna and Toko have grown up together, but Oguna has never known who his parents are. But when Oguna awakens a strange power, it is up to Toko to gather the magatama, beads with magical properties, and stop Oguna. I mentioned in my review of Dragon Sword and Wind Child that the heroine was more passive than I prefer.
That was true as well for Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince. Some of what I initially thought she would do ends up getting given to various male characters, and by the end she feels almost redundant. The plot line and pacing also seemed oddly structured.
The quest format works fairly well, but all interest and urgency seem to fizzle out by the end. The last hundred pages or so were the most boring in the book and seemed to be killing time more than anything else. As with the previous book, the world and mythology were my favorite things about it. Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. Oct 16, Rena McGee rated it liked it.
We are first introduced to a girl named Toko Tachibana, and her adopted brother Oguna. Toko is very close to her adopted brother, and a great deal of the opening a Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince is the second book of the Tales of the Magitama series, and takes place many centuries after the events of Dragon Sword and Wind Child. Jun 25, Rena rated it it was amazing. However, even if you've never heard of the name 'Yamato Takeru' before, you could still enjoy this book.
The main characters are more well developed than the first book Dragon Sword and Wind Child and the stories are well crafted and are much deeper in details. I also love the romance between two protagonists. I found the scene when they encounter each other on the ship very emotional and heartbroken.
Aug 02, Cassie rated it really liked it. Classic Noriko Ogiwara I think it had a lot to do with not being able to understand Oguna's character well, which was really important to tying in the whole story. It seems he was an easy plot device, able to be bent at will when the story needed him to be strong, vs.
So she may have been succe Classic Noriko Ogiwara So she may have been successful in her portrayal of him, but it just didn't work for me as a character in reality. But I do love that she takes her inspiration from Japanese folk tales which is really unique, and that I can appreciate.
I would say this is a better book than the first. Love development can use more work but it doesn't feel like it's dropping outta nowhere anymore. The main character girl is strong-willed though most of the time it was fueled by wrong reasons.