The Samurai’s Honor by Walt Mussell – Book Review

Posted September 22, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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The Samurai’s Honor by Walt Mussell – Book Review

The Samurai’s Honor

by Walt Mussell

Series: The Heart of the Samurai #0
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Publication Date September 22, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction
Setting: Japan Azuchi–Momoyama period - Japan - 1573 - 1603
Main Character Ages: 11-14
Written for: Adults
Pages: 69


Younger daughter of the area's most prominent swordsmith, Sen's life is marked with jealousy, curiosity, and love. Jealousy that her older sister, Haru, gets to marry her father's handsome apprentice. Curiosity about her father's important customers. Love from a family that is planning her next step to adulthood. But when a high-ranking samurai visits her father to order a sword, Sen's curiosity gets the best of her. She and her sister find themselves eyewitnesses to a murder and on the cusp of a plot that seeks the samurai's demise. Will Sen's curiosity lead to her own death?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Samurai's Heart

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I’ve not read many stories that take place in Japan, and particularly not any that take place so long ago. Three years ago, I happened across The Samurai’s Heart and was fascinated.

Discovering I loved the story and the style of writing, I knew I need to read more of Walt Mussell’s books. So when I found he had written a prequel, I was excited. And how could I resist the beautiful cover?

The Samurai’s Honor is short and yet it sets the scene beautifully for the events in the rest of the series. I enjoyed getting to know the young Sen and seeing how her impetuosity and curiosity got her into quite a serious situation!

Now that I have read this, I want to re-read The Samurai’s Heart!

If you enjoy historical fiction and learning about other customs and lands, this is an excellent series to read.

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About Walt Mussell

Walt Mussell lives in an Atlanta-area suburb with his wife and their two boys. He primarily writes historicals, with a focus on Japan, an interest he gained during the four years he lived there. He refers to his work as “Like Shogun, but the heroine survives.”

Walt’s first novel, The Samurai’s Heart, was published in 2017. E-copies can be downloaded from any Amazon website. Print copies can be ordered at your local bookstore. Please visit Walt’s website at to subscribe to his newsletter. 


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