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Title:
The name of the blade
Author:
Marriott, Zoë, 1982- , author.
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
358 pages ; 21 cm
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.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Ages 12 and up.

750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 5.2 12.0 170890.
ISBN:
9780763669577
Format :
Book

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Summary

Ancient Japanese gods and monsters are unleashed on modern-day London in this first book of an epic trilogy from acclaimed fantasy writer Zoë Marriott.

When Mio sneaks the family's katana -- a priceless ancestral sword --from her parents' attic, she just wants to spice up a costume. But the katana is much more than a dusty antique. Awakening the power within the sword unleashes a terrible, ancient evil onto the streets of unsuspecting London. But it also releases Shinobu, a fearless warrior boy, from the depths of time. He helps to protect Mio -- and steals her heart. With creatures straight out of Japanese myths stalking her and her friends, Mio realizes that if she cannot keep the sword safe and learn to control its legendary powers, she will lose not only her own life . . . but the love of a lifetime.


Author Notes

Zoë Marriott is the author of the young adult fantasy novels The Swan Kingdom, Daughter of the Flames, and Shadows on the Moon, which won the prestigious Sasakawa Prize. She lives in England.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Mio Yamato's grandfather died before he could explain the mysterious katana in the attic, and although Mio enjoyed Japanese fairy tales as a kid, she's way more interested in the sword's potential to spice up her outfit for a big party. Unfortunately for Mio, unleashing the katana on London means opening a portal that releases a (superhot) Japanese warrior named Shinobu and calls up the gods and monsters of Japanese legend to battle over this mysterious sword. Marriott gifts Mio with a bit of uncertainty and typical teen angst, tempering the hard edge of the high-stakes-action scenes with convincing, swoon-worthy moments between Mio and Shinobu. Fans of Japanese lore will appreciate the wily kitsune tribespeople, who agree to help this unlikely trio, and there's enough nail-biting action and near misses in the romance department to keep every reader on their toes. First in a trilogy originally published in the UK, this will win American fans who like their fantasy urban, their romances mysterious, and their swords well sharpened.--Howerton, Erin Downey Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal 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 (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.