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さわらびの譜

Author: 葉室 麟

Summary

Japanese

揺れる想いと、藩の非道。伊也は苦難を打ち払えるか?

「わが想いは一筋の矢の如し、届け――!」

扇野藩重臣有川家の長女・伊也は、藩随一の弓上手、樋口清四郎と渡り合うほどの腕前。競い合ううち清四郎に惹かれていく伊也だったが、妹の初音に清四郎との縁談が持ち込まれる。伊也とのあらぬ噂により、藩主の不興を買った清四郎の汚名をそそぐため、伊也は清四郎と弓勝負で立ち合うことに――。有川家に身を寄せる謎の武士の正体とは。姉妹の揺れる想いの行方は。くすぶる藩の派閥抗争が彼女らを巻き込む。
高潔な志が清々しい感動を呼ぶ、時代長編!

English

Shaken feelings and the clan’s inhumanity. Will Iya be able to overcome the hardship?

My love is like an arrow, deliver it!

Iya, the eldest daughter of the Arikawa family, the chief vassal of the Ogino clan, is so good at archery that she competes with Higuchi Seishiro, the most skilled archer in the clan. As they compete with each other, Iya becomes attracted to Seishiro, but hisher younger sister, Hatsune, is proposed to marry Seishiro. Iya decides to fight Seishiro in an archery contest to clear his name, which has been brought into disrepute by the lord of the domain because of an unfortunate rumor about Iya. What is the identity of the mysterious samurai who has taken refuge in the Arikawa family? What will happen to the sisters’ wavering feelings? The factional strife of the smoldering clan engulfs the sisters.
A historical novel with noble aspirations that will move you with fresh emotions!

(Translated with DeepL, because I’m lazy :wink: I have corrected the pronoun where the AI was incorrectly suggesting incest but otherwise left it alone.)

Length: 312 pages
Category: historical/romance

Availability

Paperback on Amazon
Ebook on Bookwalker

Personal Opinion

So, this one’s from my to-read pile; I figured I’d nominate it to see what the club’s appetite for historical fiction is – maybe you’d like a change from mystery fiction? :slight_smile: I’ve read and enjoyed a book by this author before (草雲雀), and I found it a fairly easy read as historical fiction goes. Author has won the usual collection of awards including 歴史文学賞, 松本清張賞 and 直木賞, though not for this book in particular.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • It’s only just over 300 pages, which hopefully compensates for historical-setting vocab issues

Cons

  • If you haven’t read historical fiction before, there’s a bit of genre-specific vocab that might increase the difficulty

Preview

The Bookwalker preview has pages 1-60

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