Dream of a Spring Night (2020)

Dream of a Spring Night In the tempestuous closing years of the twelfth century the fourteen year old Oba Toshiko daughter of a provincial warlord enters the women s quarters of Emperor Go Shirakawa her body bartered for
  • Title: Dream of a Spring Night
  • Author: I.J. Parker
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dream of a Spring Night
    In the tempestuous closing years of the twelfth century, the fourteen year old Oba Toshiko, daughter of a provincial warlord, enters the women s quarters of Emperor Go Shirakawa, her body bartered for favor at court Toshiko s talent as a singer of popular songs and her innocence excite the emperor s lust and the dangerous jealousy of Lady Sanjo An accidental and forbiddeIn the tempestuous closing years of the twelfth century, the fourteen year old Oba Toshiko, daughter of a provincial warlord, enters the women s quarters of Emperor Go Shirakawa, her body bartered for favor at court Toshiko s talent as a singer of popular songs and her innocence excite the emperor s lust and the dangerous jealousy of Lady Sanjo An accidental and forbidden meeting with the noble physician Yamada Sadahira tempts Toshiko s heart and tests her loyalty to her family When her enemy strikes, she flees the palace to be with Sadahira.
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    1. It s not bad, I just found it difficult to care about any of the characters, with the expection of the evil woman who was actually the most engaging I did finish it.

    2. Toshiko, the 14 year old protagonist was not sympathetic or well developed enough to compel me toward the next book in the series She s basically sold by her family to the Emperor as part of her father s plan to better the family s rank As part of his cunning plan, his father has Toshiko taught the songs and dances that are normally the specialty of courtesans, because he knows that s what the emperor likes But her mother, in charge of teaching her what s required of women, apparently fails to m [...]

    3. The writing in this book seemed undeveloped, as if this was the author s first attempt at writing It also seems unfinished, and while it is the first of a trilogy, I am not really interested in reading the next book.

    4. The Hollow Reed trilogy volume 1Ms Parker creativity has sparked once and has provided us with another exciting and very captivating historical fiction This time a trilogy that tells the stories of human beings caught in the terrifying events that shook a nation The first installment brings us to the closing year of the twelfth century Japan with Go Shirakawa as its emperor At the time there is growing unrest between factions forcing a minor vassal, Oba no Hiramato to sell his fourteen year old [...]

    5. Enjoyed this book greatly Most interesting to learn a bit about life in an emperor s palace in Japan from the perspective a a young country girl Having been told by her mother that whatever happened to her was simply her karma and must be accepted Also to pray for the strength to forget herself and simply to serve future generations.Such an isolated, lonely life in spite of her luxurious surroundings, Toshiko only has one friend among the other ladies of the court, until a chance meeting with th [...]

    6. Free kindle book You get what you pay for I wasn t very impressed I understand this is part of a trilogy but if the first was to induce me to read the remaining two, it failed in that regard This is the story of a very young Japanese courtesan and her experiences at the court of a retired emperor In my opinion, the characters are shallow and the predictable plot develops slowly before coming to a very abrupt end For light reading over a weekend or two this will do, but don t expect anything like [...]

    7. I J Parker really has a way with the older historical Japanese settings This trilogy is a wonderful venture into this era If you like ancient Japan, you won t want to miss this The central female protagonist, Toshiko, is likeable and strong A somewhat intimate story set against a backdrop of political turmoil I suggest you buy all 3 volumes of The Hollow Reed series at once because the first two are sort of cliff hangers the trilogy really is a single 3 volume novel.

    8. I liked this book for its protagonist, Oba no Toshiko, and a few other compelling characters The rigid social structure, though, was disturbing to my twentieth and twenty first century self not just the compartmentalization by gender, class, urban provincial dichotomy but the willingness of the Oba family to sacrifice their daughter to advance agendas of the rest of the family was distasteful Toshiko s independence and strength of character ultimately lead to a satisfying conclusion.

    9. Meh Not as good as the detective series by a long shot, but still, I love the details of life, custom, dress, and etiquette This felt like it needed fleshing out, plus a dramatic plot trajectory.

    10. not worth the time Superficial and predictable story Characters developed minimally disappointing ,, Ending like a Cinderella story not believable or even possible as conclusion.

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