Dragon Sword and Wind Child [NOOK Book]

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The forces of the God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness have waged a ruthless war across the land of Toyoashihara for generations. But for 15-year-old Saya, the war is far away and unimportant--until the day she discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden and a princess of the Children of the Dark. Raised to love the Light and detest the Dark, Saya must come to terms with her heritage even as she tumbles into the very heart of the conflict that is destroying her country. The armies of the Light...
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Overview

The forces of the God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness have waged a ruthless war across the land of Toyoashihara for generations. But for 15-year-old Saya, the war is far away and unimportant--until the day she discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden and a princess of the Children of the Dark. Raised to love the Light and detest the Dark, Saya must come to terms with her heritage even as she tumbles into the very heart of the conflict that is destroying her country. The armies of the Light and Dark both seek to claim her, for she is the only mortal who can awaken the legendary Dragon Sword, the fearsome weapon destined to bring an end to the war. Can Saya make the dreadful choice between the Light and Dark, or is she doomed--like all the Water Maidens who came before her…?

Raised in the ancient Japanese village of Hashiba, fifteen-year-old Saya discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden, princess of the underworld, who must try to reconcile the powers of heaven and earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An epic battle rages throughout the land of Toyoashihara, pitting the invading forces of the God of Light and the indigenous forces of the Goddess of Darkness in this masterful first novel from Japan. Immortal demigods representing Light fight the Goddess's band of endlessly reincarnated mortals. As the story opens, Saya, a 15-year-old whose adoptive parents have raised her to worship the Light, discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden and therefore a leader of the Children of Darkness. She must travel to the very heart of the lands ruled by the Children of Light and retake the Dragon Sword, a mighty, magical weapon stolen from the Children of Darkness many years before. Then she must tame the destructive power of the Sword and help bring the war to an end. To accomplish these tasks--Saya has failed over and over again in previous lifetimes--she must master her own fear and hatred, and develop her ability to love and forgive. Drawing on Shinto mythology, Ogiwara crafts a complex, action-packed novel with dizzying plot twists and breathtaking fantasy sequences as well as gentle, emotionally charged scenes. Psychologically truthful and abundantly inventive. Ages 12-up. (May)
Ilene Cooper
In this sweeping fantasy, drawing on Japanese mythology, Ogiwara centers her story on Saya, who senses that her life is to be more than that of a normal village girl. Plucked out of her home by Prince Tsukishiro, one of the immortal children of the God of Light, Saya thinks she is to be just a handmaiden at his palace. But she learns that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden, who is dedicated to the Goddess of Darkness, once the lover but now the enemy of the God of Light. The adventures that follow are too tangled to relate. Suffice it to say that as Saya proceeds on her quest for her destiny, her involvement with another child of the God of Light, Chihaya, leads to both a climactic confrontation between the God and the Goddess and the union of Saya and Chihaya. Ogiwara's saga is long, sometimes overly so, and it will take good readers to stay with it. But those who do will be amply rewarded by a tale that is full of the stuff of all great myths--battles, love, death, and the voyage through the maze of life. Hirano is to be congratulated on her prowess as a translator. This could easily have become dense and difficult, but there's a lightness, to the dialogue especially, that keeps the story flowing. An impressive first novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421540566
  • Publisher: VIZ Media
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 469,571
  • File size: 465 KB

Meet the Author

Noriko Ogiwara was inspired to write by the classic Western children's books she read as she was growing up. Dragon Sword and Wind Child is her first book, part of the award winning Magatama Trilogy. Her other books include The Good Witch of the West and Fuujin Hisho. Ms. Ogiwara makes her home in Japan.
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  • Posted November 12, 2008

    Love it! Love it! Love it! Can't get enough of it!

    IF you haven't read this book then you don't know what you are missing! It had romance, action, suspense and so much more! I can't wait for when she has the second volume come out! I found this book while browsing the books store and I started reading it and I couldn't put it down it just got better and better! I just had to read what happened next and it surely wasn't what you expected which is what made this book all the worth while! I love it and I am sure that you will love it too! ^_^

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

    FAVORITE BOOK!

    Dragon Sword and Wind Child is definately my favorite book of all times! i had read this book when it was very hard to find in america, which was a bout 3 years ago, but now Viz has made a new version of it for sale, with a new cover. it is definately THE best book i have ever read, when i first picked it up i thought it was going to be boring and a waste of time, one of those books it takes me months to get through. no! i had the book done in 2 days! It follows the story of Saya, a village girl, who is found out to be the water maiden born to protect the dragon sword, who then mets the devious prince tsukishiro,and his sister princess teruhi, and the wind child Chihaya[brother of prince and princess], who is the only one able to wield the sword. it was definately a page turner and was unberably hard to put down i reccomend it to anyone interested in japan or just looking for an amazing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    A timeless story that will not disappoint

    More than 15 years ago, Hirano first brought Ogiwara's young adult classic to an English-reading audience. Newbery Medalist Lloyd Alexander hailed it as 'one of the most significant works in Japanese literature for young people--for young people everywhere, and adults as well.' Dragon Sword and Wind Child was a book that 'set new terms and new possibilities for the whole genre of high fantasy.' Ogiwara's debut novel is a magnum opus, a beautifully-told story with honestly portrayed, winsome characters and elegant, evocative prose. The plot draws deeply on the richness of Shinto mythology and employs dizzying twists and breathtaking fantasy sequences. The imagery is exquisite, yet defined and cinematic. The beauty and clarity of the characters and the story touch the reader without fail. Both returning fans and new readers will delight in this long-anticipated reprinting of the novel. Dragon Sword and Wind Child is back and it's here to stay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    One of my Favorite Books of All Time!

    I love Japanese Hist. Fiction, but this was my favorite because it was not just another samurai story. I first read it when I got it out of my school library and I loved it. When I heard about the the re-relase, I jumped at the first chance and bought it. I'm telling you, when you start this book you will not put it down. Romance, mystery, action, and suspense,along with countless plot twists, it's a classical fairytale with many new additons. If your a fan of swordfights, Demi-Gods, love, hidden secrets, etc., you'll love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

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    I found this book very disappointing. I don't know why the novel was not put in the children's section, as the cover of the book describes itself, instead of in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi section. The author merely made the book happen the way she thought that it should develop. The protagonist was the most disappointing factor of this novel, as she did not develop at all. What you get is a complaining useless girl who gets a quickly constructed change of heart at the end, developed to either make you love or pity her, but made me feel like I was cheated out of my money. Perhaps, the problem wasn't within the story itself. Any language loses a lot of meaning when it is translated into another. Japanese with those kanji probably couldn't have translated its meanings into the English, which would explain why it was considered an award-winning novel but turned out to be so disappointing. Who knows, read this novel for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    YAY What a great book

    Seriously, this is a fantastic book. I could not go more than 3 hours before picking it up and reading another section. This is now officially my favourate book. I happened upon it by chance too. My friend called me over in our school library and said it looked like sumthing i would read. Maybe it isn't so bad to judge a book by it's cover once in a while!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005

    Great book!

    I picked this book up at the local library, because it looked interesting. The second I drifted through the first page, I couldn't put it down. It's by far one of the best books I've ever read. It's not really about good or evil, the light against the darkness, neither side was really evil. They were just different from one another. I strongly recommend this book, it will inspire. :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    Wow What a book!!!

    Okay i've read this before so i'll give a reveiw. In this book we find our main Charecter,Saya. some one who loves the light.but eventually finds Chihaya,the one who loves the dark. tours the end of this great book we find out the true feelings of them both and the must fight for there beautiful land that they love. this book is filled with love,war and a spell that bind you to the book so you can't put the book down!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Simply Amazing

    I picked this book up on a whim and I simply couldn't stop reading it. I actually stopped reading all of my other open books just to finish this one. It filled me with a range of emotions right to the very last line, and I'm sure it will have you biting your nails and at the edge of your seat, too. It's a must read! A one of a kind fantasy tale set in ancient Japan... translated marvelously into English. With such a display and usage of words that express Ogiwara-sensei's vision to their fullest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2002

    A Beautiful Japanese Fantasy Book

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. When I picked it up, I couldn't stop reading. The characters and the story are all very unique. The plot was wonderful. It was a different kind of fantasy then I've ever read before. The struggle between the Children of Darkness and the Children of Light made it very interesting and to see darkness in a different way made it even more special. I suggest you get this book, you'll really like it. ^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    Great Book

    The characters were great and there was always excitment going on. I loved Saya's inner strength and wit. Chihaya was an amazing character and was captured fabulously in the book. This book was an amazing piece of literature. I read the book in one day. I just couldn't put it down.

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