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Sword of Honor

Narrated by: Erik Singer
Series: Saga of Musashi Miyamoto, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the epic historical novel Sword of Honor, David Kirk continues the saga of Musashi Miyamoto, the greatest samurai in Japanese history, as he journeys to the ancient city of Kyoto to fight for his life and his ideals. 

Having survived the cataclysmic battle of Sekigahara, which established the mighty Tokugawa Shogunate, young Musashi Miyamoto travels through Japan determined to proclaim his revolutionary epiphany that the "way of the sword", the ancient code that binds samurai to their masters, needs to be abolished. 

But during the battle Musashi insulted an adept of the powerful Yoshioka school, and a price has been put on his head. 

Musashi is drawn to Kyoto, domain of the Yoshioka, driven by anger and certain that he will deal a crushing blow to the traditional samurai dogma by destroying the school. Musashi will learn, however, that the capital of the nation is rife with intrigue and potential rebellion against the newly established government, a struggle into which he unwittingly enters.     

Among other outcasts, Musashi will find the worth of his spectacular skill with the sword weighed against the deep cunning of manipulative Lords, and must make his reckoning with the Yoshioka, the way of the samurai, and ultimately his own nature. Only then will he be able to take one step closer to becoming the wise old sage who wrote The Book of Five Rings.      

Sword of Honor seamlessly blends meticulous research, mesmerizing action sequences, and a driving narrative to bring this extraordinary figure to life.

©2015 David Kirk (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"There are lots of elements that make this novel an extraordinary read: the throat-gripping set pieces, beautiful imagery, crafty politics, and themes of ego, power, and individualism. Most of all, it is how this tale of a masterless samurai is rendered in language that feels like it's from a different time and place - not because of archaisms or cheap tricks but because it is slow without being tedious, and it emerges from a wholly foreign worldview without being incomprehensible to the modern mind. Musashi is an unforgettable character, and this novel should make Kirk a leading name in historical fiction." ( Booklist)
"[P]oetic.... Kirk's vigorous and robust prose complements the action to make rousing historical and philosophical statements." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"So authentic, it's easy to forget one is reading a novel...solid, action-packed, thoughtful." ( Library Journal)

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enjoyed it very much

Sword of Honor is my first audio book in Samuari Fiction and I enjoyed it. I look forward to more .

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Entertaining story

While it’s not Go Rin No Sho by Musashi himself this book series is quite interesting and worth reading. I enjoyed the series and look forward to its continuing.

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the original tyler durden.

i loved these characters, the depth and the thought they provoke. all samurai fans will love this book.

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Excellent.

A worthy sequel to the original. Poetic swordsmanship in it's best. Engaging. A surprising ending.

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Great book.

Loved it. Great historical novel about the most famous swordsman and the beginning of the Edo period.

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Sooo damn good

wtf why are you reading this review? quit wasting your time and just buy it, you won't regret it, going to be so pissed if I can't read the 3rd one Omg, I can't stop listening.

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Engaging

It lived up to the first books energy and passion. Very easy to listen to and it's hard to pause it for life.

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  • james
  • Modesto, CA, United States
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nice

I hope this will not be the last book. I listened to both books in two days

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A better understanding

I read the book almost 25 years ago, and having it read instead of it being read. This brings in the tone and inflection words cannot. Although it is a written being spoken by a narrator. In the final chapters that lead up to the end rise and fall was constant. Hearing the book also gave me sense that he was a rebel and innovator. How Musashj committed himself to his way through his experience. He was trying to break tradition because he knew that this did not work.

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