June 2009, Oxford University Press
288 pages, Paperback
Yunaleska's recommended rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Summary from OUP
In the second instalment of this stunning quartet, sisters Kimi and Hana are still disguised and in hiding. Hunted by their traitorous uncle, Hidehira, the girls await word from their mother while continuing with their samurai training in order to avenge their father's murder.
A much smaller summary, but life for Hana and Kimi is as dangerous as ever.
SPOILER ALERT - IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BOOK ONE PLEASE STOP READING NOW.
For those who don't mind the spoiler, since the death of the dojo master, Kimi and Hana think they are safe there. Unfortunately their Uncle comes, desecrates the funeral and spots them. They flee, along with a friend from the school. They manage to meet up with an old servant, who is there to help them find their mother. He doesn't know where she is, but she sends the girls coded messages that rely on their intelligence for decoding.
With the groundwork laid in book one, book two is action packed, with more than a few tissue moments. The girls' have their fast falling out, which is realistic and does get resolved by the end. Their inner and out strength grows as they encounter an unfamiliar world outside their privileged upbringing. An end which I didn't see coming, and has me eagerly awaiting book three.
Liked this? Be sure to check out book one: The Warrior's Path: Sisters of the Sword.