Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
Sen knows it is her duty to marry soon. But she’s a Christian who seeks a Christian husband, and her faith has been banned in Japan. Nobuhiro, the son of a respected samurai, may be a good choice for marriage, but he doesn’t understand the hold Sen’s foreign religion has on her. Her faith may prove dangerous for herself and those around her in The Samurai’s Heart, a novel by author Walt Mussell.
I’ve become nicely acquainted with samurai culture through books and film over the years and have heard about Christianity in early (well, at least, earlier) Japan. So as soon as I learned of this ChristFic novel’s existence, it went straight to my TBR list.
I must say, the Prologue got me especially pumped. Although I didn’t get quite as pumped about the story again until the last third or fourth of it, it was worth reading and waiting for. I wasn’t exactly wild about the two leading characters at first, who seem to be a mutual mix of much blushing and shrinking away and bouts of naiveté, and I didn’t get a convincing sense of chemistry between them. But they do get their moments to stand up and show some fire, and in due time, they both grew on me.
I found much of the narration to be somewhat stilted or simplistic, the development to be a bit choppy in places, and missing quotation marks occasionally disturb the flow between the narration and dialogue. But the story maintains a keen sense of its historical setting throughout the read, and the intrigue eventually took me from being interested to being enthralled.
I’m keeping my eyes peeled for the next book in this series.
Note for my blog readers: not out of keeping with the subject matter, this novel contains some scenes of bloody violence.