Spirit's Chosen (Spirit's Princess #2)

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Age Range
12+
Release Date
April 23, 2013
ISBN
978-0375869082
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Himiko's world is falling apart. An attack by a rival clan, the Ookami, has left many from her tribe dead or enslaved. Amid the chaos and fear, Himiko hatches a plan to save her people. But just when it seems that she will outwit Ryu, the cruel Ookami leader, she is captured. Held against her will, Himiko starts to realize that not all of the Ookami are her enemies. Though she may not see her path as clearly as the spirits seem to, there's more adventure (and even unexpected love) for this princess turned shaman-warrior.

Readers who love strong girl-centric adventures are eating up Esther Friesner's Princesses of Myth books, finding the mash-up of historical fiction and fantasy adventure irresistible!

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After the Ookami have attacked and taken over her town, Himoko makes her weary way back to her family with her friend Kaya, only to find that her mother is dangerously ill in the wake of her brother Noburu's capture. She vows to return her brother, and sets off on a long and dangerous journey. She comes across many different people on her way, and is guided by the spirit world, since she is a shaman. As a bonus, there is an unexpected romance.
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It is not surprising that the blurb on the front cover of this sequel to Spirit's Princess is by Tamora Pierce. Alanna and Himoko would get along great! As with the other two sets of books (one featuring Helen of Troy, the other set in ancient Egypt), this book has a lot of detail about everyday life, and a strong female character having a great adventure. I really enjoyed her relationship with Kaya, even though circumstances made it rocky at times. The romance is nicely done, and Himoko never sacrifices her own identity to pursue it. While I preferred the series about Helen of Troy just because I like ancient Greece, anyone interested in the ancient Orient will find this a satisfying read.
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