"Once this series is complete, it will rank with Buffy the Vampire Slayer's seasons 8, 9, etc. as a heroic female adventure worth waiting for one installment at a time." —Nina G. Wouk
Cold rain washes runnels of blood past her feet.
Yamabuki finds herself moving through a different world. Or is it she herself who has changed? Her mother’s words ring in her ears: “You must prevail. That is the only allowable outcome. No one who you can truly trust will be there to offer you solace. It is something you will bear alone.”
Alone, wary and weary, trapped by an unseasonable snowstorm in a lawless town, Yamabuki tries to bring order and peace back to her life, if only for a night. A handsome warrior of distinguished lineage shows interest in her, but he is not the only one. No one is content to leave her be.
The acclaimed series continues with Book Two of Sword of the Taka Samurai.