Dragon Sword and Wind Child
Author: Noriko Ogiwara
Book: Dragon Sword and Wind Child
Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC
Author’s URL: Unknown
Number of Pages: 244
About the Book:
This is the story that draws heavily on Japanese mythology. It involves a war between the forces of the God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness. The main character is a young woman called Saya, a simple village maid who is in reality an important figure for the forces of darkness. Saya grows up with only nightmares of what her life was like before her adoptive parents found her (Ogiwara, p.9-10). Her world is turned upside down when Prince Tsukishiro asks to accompany her to the village festival (Ogiwara, p.33).
Saya finds herself having dreams about moments from her previous life after she goes to live in the heart of the Light Empire. She quickly comes to understand how little she fits in and decides that she will accomplish what her previous incarnations never did, find the mysterious figure in her nightmares. From there her life is again turned upside down, when she joins the forces of Darkness and tries to discover her part in the fate of her new people.
Opinion: This book is well written. There isn’t any point in the story where the author just leaves you hanging, so to speak.
1. Saya chasing after her belt in the river (Ogiwara, p15).
2. Saya sneaks into a shrine (Ogiwara, p94).
3. Saya is chased by a giant bear spirit (Ogiwara, p166).
4. Saya walks throw a field of flowers in underworld (Ogiwara, p265).
There are also a resounding lack of dull portions that make you want to skip ahead to find out what happens. Unfortunately, this book is hard to understand if you don’t have a basic understanding of Japanese mythology, specifically the sun goddess and how Japan was formed. I would give this book an 8 out of 10.
Ogiwara, N. (2005). Dragon sword and wind child. San Francisco: VIZ Media.