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The Name of the Blade
by Zoe Marriott


Overview - Ancient Japanese gods and monsters are unleashed on modern-day London in this first book of an epic trilogy from acclaimed fantasy writer Zoe Marriott.
When Mio sneaks the family s "katana " a priceless ancestral sword from her parents attic, she just wants to spice up a costume.
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Overview
Ancient Japanese gods and monsters are unleashed on modern-day London in this first book of an epic trilogy from acclaimed fantasy writer Zoe Marriott.
When Mio sneaks the family s "katana " a priceless ancestral sword from her parents attic, she just wants to spice up a costume. But the "katana" is much more than a dusty antique. Awakening the power within the sword unleashes a terrible, ancient evil onto the streets of unsuspecting London. But it also releases Shinobu, a fearless warrior boy, from the depths of time. He helps to protect Mio and steals her heart. With creatures straight out of Japanese myths stalking her and her friends, Mio realizes that if she cannot keep the sword safe and learn to control its legendary powers, she will lose not only her own life . . . but the love of a lifetime."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763669577
  • ISBN-10: 0763669571
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 368
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Marriott (Shadows on the Moon) launches a trilogy that draws from Japanese mythology to deliver an action-packed story with a romantic undercurrent. When nearly 16-year-old Londoner Mio Yamato “borrows” the katana that has been in her family for centuries to flesh out a Christmas party costume, she inadvertently awakens an ancient evil—a nine-tailed cat demon called a Nekomata—which leaves blood and misery in its wake and wants the sword for itself. But she also frees Shinobu, a young man who has been trapped in the sword for 500 years. To rescue her best friend’s sister from the Nekomata and thwart its plans, Mio and Shinobu team up with London’s reclusive Kitsune community of shapeshifting foxes while Mio learns to master the sword’s power. While the story starts off slowly, it quickly kicks into high gear as Mio and friends fight for their lives in the real and spirit worlds, deal with Kitsune intrigue, and face omnipresent danger. Strong characters and an intriguing premise make this a solid, enjoyable story. Ages 12–up. Agent: Nancy Miles, Miles Stott Literary Agency. (Nov.)

 
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