Not an easy read,found it a little difficult to get into, but is a beautifully written, complex story, compelling plot and interesting, wonderful characters-just a really great read, as is its companion book, Autumn Bridge. Definitely five stars IMHO:) Also, although it has ghosts in it, not a book about the occult.
I liked this book. It is a fast-paced story, with interesting characters and a well-thought out plot.
The writing is very fluid and clear. It does not presume on your morality, it does not try to explain or justify historical happenings, and the writer presents a very down-to-earth human situation set in a time and place that is far enough away (from me) to be fantastic, yet real enough to hold (at least my) attention.
It is like Shogun written by a Zen disciple. Which is what it is. I can't wait to read the second volume!!
the plot was quite original and kept my attention.
Fascinating--if sometimes unfocused--look into life in Japan as it was being opened to the West. Compelling throughout, although somewhere near the end of each subplot it became clear that the author had a sequel planned--and which, in fact, he did write. (I haven't read that one--)