Musashi Miyamoto

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 228 ratings

Child of Vengeance Publisher's Summary

A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan, based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto.

Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against one another, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father Munisai has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord, Shinmei. Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life. But Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when Munisai returns, gravely injured, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family's history and his own place in it.

,p>These revelations soon guide him down the samurai's path - awash with blood, bravery, and vengeance. His journey will culminate in the epochal battle of Sekigahara - in which Bennosuke will first proclaim his name as Mushashi Miyamoto. This rich and absorbing epic explores the complexities of one young man's quest while capturing a crucial turning point in Japanese history with visceral mastery, sharp psychological insight, and tremendous narrative momentum.

©2013 David Kirk (P)2013 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Child of Vengeance

    • A Novel
    • By: David Kirk
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    Japan in the late 16th century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against one another, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father Munisai has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord, Shinmei. Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Clever weaving of history and fiction.

    • By Jonathan W Crummett on 02-25-16

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 2

    • Sword of Honor

    • By: David Kirk
    • Narrated by: Erik Singer
    • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyed it very much

    • By bill on 06-10-18

    Regular price: $35.00