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Firefly by India Millar

Warrior Woman of the Samurai #1


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Firefly: Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 1

by India Millar

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Page Count: 324 pages

Publisher: Red Empress Publishing

Publishing Date: September 10, 2019

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved:

The main character in this story is Keiko and I loved her SO MUCH! She was given a cruddy lot in life, but she is sure going to try to turn it around! The character building is amazing and made me connect very quickly to the story.

How I Felt:

I was pulled into this story right from the start. The characters are rich and full of life, while the world is built in such descriptive depth that I could envision everything. I loved the strength that Keiko shows through every step of her journey.

Keiko’s family is just awful to her and it grated on me over and over. Her sister is especially terrible to her. This adversity in the story made every achievement of Keiko’s so much greater for me. I really appreciate the author’s ability write a character I hate so much that I WANT to read so I know that the main character overcomes!

My 4 star rather than a 5 star is due to some of the sexual sections that did not feel like they even belonged in the book. I did not like the way they flowed into the story, and felt that they were a bit overdone and could have been shortened or eluded to, but not described.

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a historical fiction novel with some romance in it. Historical fiction junkies will enjoy this, but I believe it reaches beyond just those readers. If you enjoy a story with a strong female main character, a journey of self-growth and discovery, or Japanese history this book is perfect for you.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

There are some who believe that the honor of a samurai is reserved for men. But they are wrong.

Keiko was born the daughter of a samurai. But as a mere younger sister, her future was to run errands for her lovely elder sister and obey her father. Until the day it fell to her to defend the honor of her sister and her family…

Aren’t you so excited now?!?! You should be! I loved that blurb so much!

In this book, we meet Keiko, the youngest of the Samurai family. She expects to spend her days running errands and taking care of her older, beautiful sister. She is the lowest family member and she reminds herself to be grateful as her father could have killed her as a child, just because he could.

Keiko is only treated nicely by her brother and her sister’s fiance. One day, her brother brings her to see an ancient book of the onna-bugeisha, a female samurai. She had always believed these stories to be fairy tales, until her brother opens her eyes to a very real historical onna-bugeisha. He begins to train her in the way of the onna-bugeisha and she is determined to succeed.

Where to Find This Book:

Goodreads * Amazon

About the Series:

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Mantis: Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 2

By: India Millar

Page Count: 320 pages

Publisher: Red Empress Publishing

Publishing Date: October 15, 2019

Keiko’s men are dead, slaughtered by peasants in a desperate attempt to obtain food for their starving families. She is the last of her line; without her, the noble and ancient house of Hakuseki will die.

In order to try and save her family name, this noble samurai warrior woman is forced to humble herself at the feet of the local daimyo. When he ridicules her and takes the family estate for himself, the samurai code of bushido says there is only one thing left for Keiko. Vengeance.

Keiko plots to take revenge for the actions of her greedy noble lord and revenge against the men who wanted to buy her and keep her as their slave.

Just like the praying mantis, Keiko lures her enemies into a sense of safety before taking her revenge…

Where To Find This Book:

Goodreads * Amazon

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Chameleon: Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 3

By: India Millar

Page Count: 300 pages

Publisher: Red Empress Publishing

Published Date: November 12, 2019

Keiko’s revenge on her enemies is almost complete. Like her namesake, the chameleon, she has changed herself to attract and entrap the men she seeks. Now, just one man remains unpunished.

But before she can complete her vengeance, karma destroys her plans cruelly. Niko—her adopted younger sister—has been kidnapped. Keiko is sure she knows who is behind the abduction, but she cannot act alone to get Niko back.

She is forced to turn to the most unlikely ally to help her—Akira, the most feared yakuza in Edo. Karma forces Keiko to change her colors to get what she wants. She has become as adaptable as the chameleon. But first and last, she is still a warrior woman of the samurai.

Where To Find This Book:

Goodreads * Amazon

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I started my career in the heavy industry of British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library.

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Now, I share a blissful early retirement on the wonderful Costa Blanca, living in a male dominated household with my long suffering husband, a cat and a dog.

Author Links:

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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