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Spirit's Princess by Esther Friesner
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Plot: 4 stars
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Pace: 3 1/2 stars

A little slow in parts, but otherwise a nice, light read. ( )
  Jami_Leigh | Jun 22, 2014 |
Review from ARC from NetGalley.

I barely finished this one. Almost didn't purchase it for the collection. Could have been *so much* better. ( )
  kcarrigan | Aug 26, 2013 |
In Spirit’s Princess, Esther Friesner expands her Princess Of Myth series to include the Japanese mythos on shaman queen Himiko. Unlike prior princesses, this new princess and time period may not be as well-known to readers – and, for me, this is most likely the reason why I found Spirit’s Princess both interesting and frustrating. Himiko is an admirable young woman who tries to break away from family expectations and cultural traditions, wanting first to be a hunter and then a shaman. However, the story felt too detail-oriented and lacked an extra “sparkle” to make Himiko come alive from history. I realize Spirit’s Princess is simply laying the foundation for this new Princess Of Myth, but I would probably recommend readers to wait until Book 2 comes out to get a better picture of how Himiko grows into her destined role. ( )
  theepicrat | Feb 19, 2012 |
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Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe's shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl's future—one day this privledged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes. Book One revolves around the events of Himiko's early teen years—her shaman lessons, friendships, contact with other tribes, and journey to save her family after a series of tragic events. Once again, Esther Friesner masterfully weaves together history, myth, and mysticism in a tale of a princess whose path is far from traditional.

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In ancient Japan, Himiko, the privileged daughter of her clan's leader, fights the constraints and expectations imposed on young women and finds her own path, which includes secret shaman lessons.

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