Seabird of Sanematsu
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by Kei Swanson
Category: Historical Fiction/Romance
Description: Japan, 1500. Aderyn Aquilla wakes to the clamor of war. An hour later, she is the only European on the ship alive and is face-to-face with an evil samurai with a sword at her throat. How will she save herself? Sanematsu Yoshihide has seen more bloodshed in his short life than he ever imagined and cannot bring himself to spill more. But what will he do with the stranger who could bring civil war to his domain on the island of Kyushu? Together, Aderyn and Sanematsu defy convention to fall in love and begin a governing partnership, unheard of in feudal Japan. Only the shogun can stop the Sanematsu clan's ascent to power and he will stop at nothing to thwart their success. Part one of three.
eBook Publisher: Zumaya Publications, 2006
eBookwise Release Date: October 2006
7 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [463 KB]
Reading time: 294-412 min.
"... a rich story full of life..." -- Novelspot
"Fascinating, absolutely fascinating!" -- Marilyn Rondeau, RIO
The karou bowed and left.
Sanematsu could not allow Tori to see his weakness. With her lack of guile, she would give away the mortality of his condition and cause his army to lose confidence. He needed time and strength, neither of which he had. He must attend this afternoon's ritual to show himself to his samurai to maintain their loyalty and support. A large number were already allied with Matsumoto.
He wearied of people questioning him about Tori. How could they understand his love for her? Solid barriers were in place against their being together as husband and wife, though not in the manner of man and woman. He would never get the chance to be with her in any manner, if he read the omens correctly. With every breath, his life ebbed from him, drained further with every drop of blood seeping into the dressing on his side. In his desperation to hang on, his hand bunched into a fist around a wad of his bedding.
The doctors arrived, and after their examination, they told him his side was satisfactory, at best. Sanematsu's senses told him otherwise. He was dying. Only one man could save him.