Himiko's world is falling apart. An attack by the Ookami clan has left many from her tribe dead or enslaved. And those who remain in the ransacked Matsu village are certain they've angered the gods. Amid the chaos and fear, Himiko hatches a plan to save her beloved tribe. Traveling through the treacherous wilderness with her best friend Kaya, their only goal is to free her clanfolk from the Ookami. At every turn she encounters other tribes and unforeseen challenges. But just when it seems that she will outwit Ryu, the cruel Ookami leader, she is captured. Held agains her will, Himiko starts to realize that not all of the Ookami are her enemies and every step of her unconventional journey has prepared her for something greater than life as a princess. Though she may not see her path as clearly as the spirits seem to, there's more adventure (and even unexpected love) for this young shamaness and warrior.
Oh, I really enjoyed this book! It did break my heart, because that "unexpected love" Daimu, he dies, and somehow he was connected to the guy that she's been dreaming about before, and yeah, that was really sad, that Ryu, was stubborn, and didn't listen to her warnings about the coming disaster, and that's why Daimu died!
This was a really great book, and the outrages that Ryu caused, from his treatment of Daimu's uncle's bones, and of her people, and the ones that Ryu saw as slaves, that was just hard to read. But his family was comparably kind to her brother, so that was a small mercy, though he was used against Himiko.
I loved how Himiko grows up in this book, to see beyond the prejudices of different tribes, of the one that killed so many of her family, becoming the shaman and leader of her tribe, and her mom, being broken over all that the Ookami did to her family.
I loved how it ended with her going to basically rule all the tribes, to bring them together, but that they'd all have their individual leaders like her dad and Ryu, but that they were all together, and that it was a fulfilment of her and Daimu's dream of better things!
I really enjoyed this book, and I don't know why it took me so long to read it!! So good!!
Author: Esther Friesner
Series: Spirit's Princess #2, Princesses of Myth #8
Read: December 28th, 2013
Reason Why: Love Esther Friesner's writing! And it's a Historical Fiction 2013 Book, and a Sequel Challenge 2013 Book!
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Published: April 23rd 2013