Cold Heart: Yamabuki vs. the Shinobi Priest

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All that stands in the way of love is a Cold Heart.

Yamabuki, a warlord’s daughter trained as a samurai, is shadowed by a lapsed priest turned shinobi who vows to avenge the man whom she killed–his lover and teacher.

She is seduced by the handsome and ambitious warlord, Kiso Yoshinaka, whose aim it is to rule all of Japan. And before she knows it, she’s drawn into events far bigger than she ever imagined, and must question her loyalties.
Yamabuki balances giri, duty to her clan, against ninjo, human feelings–her passion for the charismatic warlord–and it doesn’t get easier when Tomoe Gozen comes on the scene to tip the scales in the decision.

The adventures of Yamabuki continue in this full-length 83,000-word novel, action-filled with pitched battles and adventure depicting the samurai life as it was in ancient Japan—Book Three of Sword of the Taka Samurai.


 Praise for Cold Heart


Lush, intriguing, and surprising tale

My copy of Cold Heart arrived yesterday, and the only regret I have is in reading it too quickly. Yamabuki continues the adventure started in Book 2, embarking on a variety of adventures both military and romantic. There were several surprises in the story and it would be hard for me to single out my many favorite scenes without revealing too much, but from the start to finish, Lawrence infuses the characters and settings with vitality….I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

—Eristic, Amazon review


Great Series

I’ve been following this series from the beginning and as soon as the e-book version is available, I purchase it. I then drop my other reading to start the current book and then devour it. The stories pick up right where they left off in the pervious book, unlike other books that pick some time in the future. My only complaint is that it’s hard to wait patiently for the next book, but it’s always worth it

—BOOKLOVER24, Amazon review

five out of five stars

Fast-moving action & believable characters

Reading this was as easy as drinking spring water on a hot day. It’s a fast moving adventure with complex, believable characters (living and dead) in a meticulously-imagined medieval Japan. I don’t know if you need to have read the previous two volumes in order to appreciate this one, but reading it will probably make you want to. There’s a glossary in case you need to look up any of the transliterated Japanese words. I found most of them easy to guess.

Warning to the squeamish: There is a lot of well-described killing, since the country is falling apart and the characters are warriors, mostly on various secret missions.

—Nina G. Wouk, Amazon review


  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9912667-7-7
  • Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9912667-9-1
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