Absolutely non-stop awesome! THIS ladies and gents is how GOOD urban fantasy is supposed to be written. Notice the heroine isn't decked in a corset and stilettos and posed in some manner better suited to a layout in Vogue magazine. No, this heroine looks plenty ready to kick major ass. And NOTICE that she's Japanese. On the cover. The world didn't come to an end.
I had Disciple of the Wind on my Amazon wish list for an entire year and was chomping at the bit. I seldom pre-order books but I most certainly did this one. This is a brilliant fusion of Japanese history, mythology and gritty police procedural. Mariko is one of my favourite all-time heroines. I thought poor Jane Tennison of Prime Suspect had it bad with the odious sexism, but Mariko deserves a medal for all the nonsense she has to endure. Yes, I understand how patriarchal Japanese culture can be, but that still doesn't make it easy to take, especially because Mariko keeps putting life and limb on the line.
Yes, this needs to be a miniseries. Stat!