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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Blade's Edge by Virginia McClain is a fantasy story about Mishi and Taka, two young girls who have to keep their powers a secret. In a world where only male Kisoshi warriors are recognized, Mishi and Taka are inseparable. When they are taken from their orphanage home and separated from one another, both try to survive their ordeal. Vowing to find each other again, Taka secretly develops her healing powers over the years, while Mishi works on her elemental fire and warrior skills.
Virginia McClain's inspiration from feudal Japanese samurai culture dominates the premise of the story. However, she reminds readers in advance that this book isn’t actually about Japan, but loosely based on her experience as she was living in Japan when she wrote the first draft of the story. Blade's Edge has an intricate plot and the short chapters pave the way for a swift pace. I particularly liked the part where Taka encounters the wolf and Mishi's training days with Tatsu the dragon.
A glossary is included to help readers identify the Japanese terms used in the story. The glossary is provided at the beginning of the book, and this proves to be more convenient to me instead of at the end like some fantasy books that I’ve read. As a matter of fact, I like the whole formatting of the book which is perfectly done to complement the premise of the story. On the whole, fantasy fans will definitely enjoy Blade’s Edge.