Aozora Kaede is on the run. Forced to flee from home after a violent disagreement with her aunt and cousin, she is a wanderer with a spirit wolf as her only companion. Homura Imari lives in the lap of luxury. As the daughter of a daimyo, her duties are clear: stay home and learn how to rule the province she will inherit. But when fate brings the two of them together, Imari notices Kaede’s connection to the spirits and decides to ask for a favor. She needs someone to guide her to Hongshan, a faraway mountain where a magical blacksmith is rumored to live—a blacksmith who can hopefully replace her missing left hand. Together, they must travel across the treacherous Jade Sea, protect themselves from Kaede’s vengeful family, and perhaps even save the Empire from destruction.
This book was a great read. The characters were well developed and the plot was interesting with many twists. It is one of the best books I have ever read. I loved how the author combined fantasy, adventure and romance into this book. It does a great job of showing that there is good and bad in all people and others. It also does a great job of showing love is love and that our differences are what make us unique and interesting. For those who want to be taken to another land with yokai and samurai, where one strives for honor and love in all its forms, you will want to read this captivating fantasy, adventure, romance.