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The Resource The name of the blade, Zoë Marriott

The name of the blade, Zoë Marriott

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The name of the blade
Title
The name of the blade
Statement of responsibility
Zoë Marriott
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Mio takes the katana, a Japanese long sword her grandfather hid in the attic before his death, her actions unleash an ancient evil onto the streets of London
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Storyline
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Tone
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Review
  • Gr 6 Up — Mio Yamato has owned a beautiful and dangerous katana for most of her life, a gift passed down from her beloved Ojjichan (grandfather), meant to become hers when she turns 16. She knows she shouldn't take it out earlier than her 16th birthday, but with her parents away on a trip and a Halloween party to get ready for, the teen takes it down just days before it was meant to be hers. Almost immediately, she regrets her decision. To and from the party, she begins to see dark figures and omens everywhere. The Nekomata, an ancient cat monster begins stalking those close to her, and a boy she has only seen in her dreams shows up to aid her against the monster she has apparently set free. Since everything has come from the sword, Mio feels like she has to make it right, especially when the monster threatens her best friends. What follows is a crucial battle for a highly sympathetic character and a clever twist on Japanese mythology. The story is slow to develop, but readers who keep with it will be rewarded with unique and fun characters, a truly dire conflict, and a lifetime-spanning love story. This is a particularly good choice for library collections that need more myth-based fiction, and want to branch out from Greek myth and fairy tales.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City --Heather Talty (Reviewed August 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 8, p103)
  • Marriott (Shadows on the Moon) launches a trilogy that draws from Japanese mythology to deliver an action-packed story with a romantic undercurrent. When nearly 16-year-old Londoner Mio Yamato “borrows” the katana that has been in her family for centuries to flesh out a Christmas party costume, she inadvertently awakens an ancient evil—a nine-tailed cat demon called a Nekomata—which leaves blood and misery in its wake and wants the sword for itself. But she also frees Shinobu, a young man who has been trapped in the sword for 500 years. To rescue her best friend’s sister from the Nekomata and thwart its plans, Mio and Shinobu team up with London’s reclusive Kitsune community of shapeshifting foxes while Mio learns to master the sword’s power. While the story starts off slowly, it quickly kicks into high gear as Mio and friends fight for their lives in the real and spirit worlds, deal with Kitsune intrigue, and face omnipresent danger. Strong characters and an intriguing premise make this a solid, enjoyable story. Ages 12–up. Agent: Nancy Miles, Miles Stott Literary Agency. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 29, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 39, p)
  • An antique Japanese sword causes havoc in contemporary London in this series opener. Growing up in the U.K., Mio has little knowledge of her Japanese heritage. What she does have comes mostly from her late grandfather, who on one unforgettable occasion showed her their family's heirloom katana. Mio knows it's stupid to use a priceless family treasure as part of her costume for a Christmas party, but she can't resist the temptation to accessorize with the Japanese long sword. Of course, when she removes the katana from its hiding place, she unwittingly awakens its powers and unleashes a monster from Japanese myth on London. In her first foray into urban fantasy, Marriott (Shadows of the Moon, 2012) wears her influences on her sleeve. Many details of the plot will feel familiar to fans of shonen manga and anime, like Tite Kubo's Bleach or Kazue Kato's Blue Exorcist. While Mio's wry narration is appealing, her romance with Shinobu, a boy linked to the katana, progresses too quickly to instant love to be compelling. In the end, it's a shame the London setting isn't more fully explored, as the contrast between the setting and the use of Japanese myth has the potential to make this otherwise derivative adventure feel fresh. Fast-paced but forgettable. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10376916
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1982-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Marriott, Zoë
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 12 and up
  • 750L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Name of the blade trilogy
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Monsters
  • Swordsmen
  • Good and evil
  • Teenagers
  • Mythology, Japanese
  • Swords
  • Good and evil
  • Monsters
  • Mythology, Japanese
  • Swords
  • Swordsmen
  • Teenagers
  • London (England)
  • England
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The name of the blade, Zoë Marriott
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1066579
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
358 pages
Isbn
9780763669577
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013955946
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763669577
  • (OCoLC)870896532
Label
The name of the blade, Zoë Marriott
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1066579
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
358 pages
Isbn
9780763669577
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013955946
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763669577
  • (OCoLC)870896532

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