Reviewed by Rebecca Wells for TeensReadToo.com
On her fifteenth birthday, Miu Miu wakes not to the matchmaker, as is tradition in her village, but to a frightening revelation from her mother. Miu Miu's father was murdered, she discovers, and Miu Miu must travel to the city of Chang'an to avenge her father's death and find her true love.
But the path to victory is never straight, Miu Miu learns, as she faces challenge after challenge in her journey towards Chang'an, only to find that her most difficult task lies in the form of the evil emperor who she must defeat.
SWORD is a captivating adventure that paints an intriguing portrait of ancient China. While the story is simplistic and sometimes predictable, readers will remain invested in SWORD because of the way it is crafted. Miu Miu is a sympathetic heroine and her adventures are highly entertaining, especially when they involve martial arts.
I enjoyed SWORD immensely, and heartily recommend it to readers in search of a good, clean adventure story with a strong female protagonist.
This book was captivating and fast-paced, interesting, and quite different from anything I've ever read before. I would probably classify it as Chinese Fantasy.
Miu Miu learns on her fifteenth birthday that she is the daughter of a legendary sword maker, who was killed by the Emperor after crafting a magical sword for him. Miu Miu takes up the quest for vengeance and with her father's blue sword, the mate to the Emperor's, and a jade necklace with the name of her betrothed, she sets off for the capital. On the way she meets Tong Ting, her betrothed, and together they continue on the journey. But can they defeat the Emperor without losing their lives?
Well-written and exciting, this was an extremely enjoyable read. Recommended!