Exciting and spooky samurai story!It’s fast-moving, the characters are convincing, and it makes medieval Japan come alive. It’s moral but not heavy-handed. A promising debut.
Doubly impressive is the character Yamabuki herself, deftly crafted and executed on the page and throughout the story. Skillful, confident; full of Japanese “warrior spirit”, Yamabuki embodies much of what the original tales of samurai and the feudal era would have given her, making Lawrence’s work feel authentic.