Feudal Japan

18 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 360 ratings

The Snow Empress Publisher's Summary

Chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2007, The Snow Empress showcases author Laura Joh Rowland's deep understanding of 17th-century Japan and her impeccable gift of storytelling. This thrilling novel finds samurai detective Sano Ichirõ working to gain freedom for his son by investigating the murder of a lord's beloved mistress.
©2007 Laura Joh Rowland; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 12

    • The Snow Empress

    • By: Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2007, The Snow Empress showcases author Laura Joh Rowland's deep understanding of 17th-century Japan and her impeccable gift of storytelling. This thrilling novel finds samurai detective Sano Ichirõ working to gain freedom for his son by investigating the murder of a lord's beloved mistress.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Japanophile delight

    • By Lee on 03-21-09

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 13

    • The Fire Kimono

    • By: Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    Japan, March 1700. The strife between Sano Ichir-o, the samurai detective who has risen to power in the shogun's court, and his enemies has escalated to the brink of war. Called away from the crisis by the shogun's orders to investigate a mysterious skeleton, Sano and his wife, Reiko, must confront dangerous, long-buried secrets. What was Sano's own mother doing on the night when a burning kimono ignited a blaze that nearly destroyed the city?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-08-12

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 14

    • The Cloud Pavilion

    • By: Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Japan, 1701. A woman is brutally attacked within a bamboo prison as clouds swirl around her head. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain Sano Ichiro is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative since returning from exile.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyable

    • By Anna on 01-22-11

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 15

    • The Ronin's Mistress

    • A Novel of Feudal Japan
    • By: Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge—but why did they wait so long? And is there any reason they should not immediately be ordered to commit ritual suicide? Sano Ichiro, demoted from Chamberlain to his old post as Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, has mere days to solve the greatest mystery of samurai legend—while his own fortunes hang in the balance.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • a Lot of skips in recording, Worst I ever heard!

    • By Beth Walker on 03-15-18

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  • Book 16

    • The Incense Game

    • A Novel of Feudal Japan
    • By: Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    In the wake of a terrifying earthquake, Sano Ichiro races to solve a crime that could bring down the shogun's regime. When a massive earthquake devastates Japan in 1703, even the shogun's carefully regulated court is left teetering on the brink of chaos. This is no time for a murder investigation - except when a nobleman's daughters are found dead from incense poisoning and their father threatens to topple the regime unless Sano Ichiro tracks down the killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Execution

    • By Sarah on 09-20-13

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 17

    • The Shogun's Daughter

    • A Novel of Feudal Japan
    • By: Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed. The death of the Shogun's daughter has immediate consequences on his regime. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun's favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Will Sono ever get a break from the Emperor?

    • By Kathryn on 04-05-18

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 18

    • The Iris Fan

    • A Novel of Feudal Japan
    • By: Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Japan, 1709. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichiro has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between his two enemies Yanagisawa and Lord Ienobu has left him puzzled and wary. Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place. In his own palace, the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk with sharp-pointed iron ribs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yay<br />

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-29-18

    Regular price: $34.99