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Reviewed by Deepak Menon for Readers' Favorite
Warrior Born (Book One of the Katana Series) by Kathrine Leannan is an extraordinary tale of medieval times, about the ancient legends of the Japanese gods in the celestial Kingdom of the Samurai and their interaction with humans on Earth. The tale starts with Imperial Samurai Leader Yokami Sukani, and his wife Tomoe Gazen, sorrowfully looking down at Earth since Tomoe is barren, and the only hope for a girl child to train as the next Daughter of the Sword is waning. Suddenly Yokami is faced with mutiny from Bishamon, the Japanese god of war, returning with his celestial sword painted red with the blood of humans, in violation of the code of the Samurai. Yokami angrily draws his sword, the God Killer Katana, and disarms Bishamon, rendering him powerless. To prevent Bishamon from ever repeating his crimes, Yokami departs for Earth to hide Bishamon's Katana for all eternity. He materialises in remote Scotland.
Yokami meets the Celtic goddess Epona, who leads him to a Scottish family where a 'Warrior Born' daughter of the Highlands is to be born, who will also become Yokami's Daughter of the Sword. The vengeful Bishamon follows! Thereafter the book is a riveting sequence of amazing action, taking the reader to realms existing within realms, bringing alive the unknown truths behind the Scottish and Japanese legends of gods and their influence on the course of history. Right from a great cover, this gripping tale has been written in a flawless and unique style, fluidly weaving the past into the present. Events flow across a broad canvas, and human frailties as well as emotions are woven into the stories, often leaving the reader open-mouthed with wonder. As an author myself, I feel that Kathrine Leannan deserves the highest accolades for this book. 5 stars!