cover image Daughter of the Sword

Daughter of the Sword

Steve Bein. Roc, $16 trade paper (480p) ISBN 978-0-451-46477-4

Bein%E2%80%99s gripping debut is a meticulously researched, highly detailed blend of urban and historical fantasy set in modern Tokyo. Det. Sgt. Mariko Oshiro is fighting an uphill battle against sexism and tradition in the narcotics division of the Tokyo police. Her antagonistic boss assigns her to a mundane case involving the attempted theft of a sword, but it gets a lot less boring when Mariko winds up on the trail of a ruthless killer. As she learns the hidden history behind a trio of ancient magical swords, she discovers that she may be destined to wield one of them. Alternating segments switch between Mariko%E2%80%99s present-day adventures and other owners of the swords throughout history. Bein%E2%80%99s scrupulous attention to verisimilitude helps bring all the settings to life, respectfully showcasing Japan%E2%80%99s distinctive cultures and attitudes. Agent: Cameron McClure, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Oct.)