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by Steve Bein
Series: Fated Blades #2
Published by Penguin
Its clever mixture of present and past events makes this an intriguing story ~ Under the Covers
Being the only female police officer in Tokoyo can be tough but Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Narcotics. Her new case though strikes closer to home, how can an old iron demon mask, her Inazuma sword Glorious Victory Unsort and the strangest drug deal her and her new partner has ever seen be connected? But, the history of the mask and the sword began hundreds of years before and the sword and the mask’s deadly relationship is now making itself known in the present.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series Daughter of the Sword and I continue to enjoy the Fated Blades series with this installment, Year of the Demon. Its clever mixture of present and past events makes this an intriguing story.
Year of the Demon continues the format of the previous book, by showing half the story in the present with Mariko, the current holder of a very famous sword Glorious Victory Unsought, and the other half shown in hundreds of years ago with a past owner of the sword, Daigoro Okuma. I like the way the past is used to explain some of the mysteries in the present, piecing together a puzzle that seems to have started a hundreds of years before Mariko was even born.
The book, although it could feel slow at times, did tell an interesting story, one that kept me reading and wanting more. I look forward to the next book in this series where I can follow the characters from both the past and present, as well as the intriguing history Steven Bein has created for the sword and the mask.
* ARC provided by publisher
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?