This is the second book in the Musashi series, a fictionalized account of the life of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) the famed samurai and author of the "Book of the Five Rings," a treatise on Zen Buddhism and swordsmanship. "Sword of Honor" picks up essentially where the first installment of the series, "Child of Vengeance" left off, at the conclusion of the Battle of Sekigahara (1600) with Musashi and other members of the defeated army being hunted down, with the legendary samurai school known as the Yoshioka taking a particular interest in Musashi for a perceived slight during the Battle of Sekigahara. The story of Musashi and the Yoshioka plays out against the backdrop of social upheaval, as the grand city of Kyoto struggles to accept the yoke of a new centralized authority in the form of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Musashi also begins the beginning stages of fleshing out his personal philosophy in this book, reaching a sort of maturity that he lacked in "Child of Vengeance." I am personally looking forward to the third installment of the series, it can't come quickly enough.
Quite simply one of the best books i have read in a long time in this genre. What an amazing book, a very clear "warts n all" addressing both the noble and ignoble traits of the Samurai.
Well worth the read.
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