The Fated Blades

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 334 ratings

Daughter of the Sword Publisher's Summary

Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case - the attempted theft of an old samurai sword - proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined. The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma - one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.

©2012 Steve Bein (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Daughter of the Sword

    • A Novel of the Fated Blades
    • By: Steve Bein
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 163

    Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case - the attempted theft of an old samurai sword - proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Story, more Fantasy than Sci-Fi

    • By DocJim on 12-05-12

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 2

    • Year of the Demon

    • The Fated Blades, Book 2
    • By: Steve Bein
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Japan's elite Narcotics unit - and with this promotion comes a new partner, a new case, and new danger. The underboss of a powerful yakuza crime syndicate has put a price on her head, and he'll lift the bounty only if she retrieves an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen from him in a daring raid. However, Mariko has no idea of the tumultuous past carried within the mask - or of its deadly link with the famed Inazuma blade she wields.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Another solid read.

    • By Kristen A. Wellmann on 11-14-15

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 3

    • Disciple of the Wind

    • The Fated Blades, Book 3
    • By: Steve Bein
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    When Tokyo falls victim to a deadly terrorist attack, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro knows who is responsible, even if she doesn't have proof. She urges her commanding officers to arrest the perpetrator - an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge as well as her best chance of fighting back.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great addition to your new favorite series

    • By Jara on 04-23-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Only a Shadow

    • A Story of the Fated Blades
    • By: Steve Bein
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    The Tiger on the Mountain is a legendary blade, crafted by the master swordsmith Inazuma, and reputed to possess magical powers. In 1442 Japan, the sword dwells inside the impregnable fortress of Hirata Nobushige, the enemy of the Iga clan. Venerable shinobi Jujiro has recruited the brave young ninja Tada to steal the sword and restore power to the Iga clan. If Tada is successful, he’ll go from being the clan’s orphaned ward to a legend for the ages - and he’ll be able to ask for Old Jujiro’s granddaughter’s hand in marriage.

    Regular price: $6.95