Blossoms And Shadows a novel by Lian Hearn, is a fascinating historical epic that follows one woman as she lives through the tumultuous years of Japan's 19th century cival war. This is the story of the birth of modern Japan as told by a young woman Tsuru who breaks every stereotype of the Japanese lady. This is a fascinating period of Japan's history with Japan in the mid 1860s in a grip of a revolution almost as tumultuous as the French Revelution 100 years earlier, yet we in the West know very little about it. This book lets readers feel they are there among the revolutionaries, guided by the engaging character of Tsuru.
The authors passion for all facets of the Land of the Rising Sun shines through in her description of the social customs and her honourable warrior characters.