Dragon Sword and Wind Child

Dragon Sword and Wind Child

by Noriko Ogiwara

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Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara

Caught between two worlds, will Saya be destroyed by her own destiny? The fate of her world rest in the palm of her hand; The Dragon Sword can save the world, or destroy it; As the forces of Light and Dark wage war, the Dragon Sword waits to be awakened.

Reads L to R (Western Style), for audiences. 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…? The magatama are stones of destiny, magical amulets passed down to a chosen few. But all knowledge of the stones' true nature has been lost, and each bearer must discover the power of the magatama to calm the Dragon's destructive spirit before it destroys the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421537634
Publisher: Haikasoru
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Series: Dragon Sword and Wind Child Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 714,704
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 11.54(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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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Dragon Sword and Wind Child 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
AnnaRieman More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a complete whim and it ended up being one of my favorite books of all time! I've forced members of my family to read it and they loved it as well. It is beautifully translated and I highly recommend it!
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gustalibros More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.