I didn’t know what to expect when I started this novel but I found it captivating as Risuko discovers the fight within her. There are many things to like about this story; one thing is I liked the way that as the characters are deciphering the questions as they move around in the story, we also as readers are finding the answers with them. I like solving these inquiries as I feel it brings more emotions into the story and I feel more connected to the characters. I liked the innocence of Risuko, she was chosen by Lady but her actions and temperament did not make her stand out. I liked the tone of this novel; there was something about the way it read. I enjoyed it for its entertainment value and for the story that it provided.
I felt for Risuko as she was sold by her mother to Lady Chiyome and for what reason, Risuko did not know. I was torn when Risuko left her mother and learned that she would never see her again. Risuko is treated nicely in her new surroundings and she told that she is going to school to be trained along with other girls. There is war in Japan as multiple warlords are fighting to control the country. The girls are being trained in multiple areas. I enjoyed reading about the training that these girls endured. Although they thought they could not tolerate another day, the sun rose and set and they conquered the task that was set before them. They worked as a team some days yet individually they were preparing themselves to become strong women. Risuko never knew when she might need to call upon the strength that she had mastered; she now has the power to conquer should she need it.
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Stillpoint Digital Press in exchange for an honest review.